Named after the title character of Cormac McCarthy's Knoxville-set novel Suttree, this downtown pub offers craft beers of "high gravity," in the European style. (Hint: more alcohol content.) They also present a nice selection of nibbles prepared by the inimitable Holly Hambright, including a grilled cheese that blends poblano pimento cheese and Dubliner Irish Cheddar.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

Whatever your opinion of Cormac McCarthy and the novel that provides the name of this eclectic bar, those thoughts will fade as you turn your mind to the many pleasures that the bar affords. In fact, outside of the name and the locale and the fact that it is a bar, there’s not much that Cornelius Suttree might recognize. Suttree’s is clean, polite, and pleasant and is likely to be populated with clear-eyed beer aficionados, assorted professionals, and the young and upwardly mobile—“sots and archsots, lobcocks, smellsocks, runagates, rakes, and other assorted and felonious debauchees” are noticeably absent.

Suttree’s is the kind of place that offers pleasant surprises—like the draft selection that shifts and reflects owners Anne and Matt Pacetti’s love of “going into a bar and not knowing what’s going to be on draft, just trusting that they’ll have some interesting things.” There’s a full bar and a good selection of artisan spirits, but the main attraction is the frothy stuff. So, as you’d expect, there are plenty of high-gravity beers and other craft brews to satisfy your thirst and whet your whistle for conversation with the ever-interesting crowd that Suttree’s attracts.

Happily, the bar is also home to interesting food that brings even more surprises—much of what Suttree’s offers is Asian-inspired with offerings like banh mi and steamed pork buns filled with Holly Hambright’s unctuous braised pork belly. You can look forward to okonomiyaki, which are like Japanese pancakes, or pizza fritters made with cabbage and dashi stock that get topped in a variety of tasteful ways. Still, there’s also good stuff that comes from closer to home in the form of Bull’s BBQ for pulled-pork sandwiches and good quality smoked bologna for fried bologna sandwiches.

Even so, the place is first and foremost a temple to the increasing excellence of craft brewers. Suttree’s keeps its tap lines fresh and full of the good things of life. And even if you won’t find the darker side of life that the bar’s namesake knew, you’ll certainly find somebody at Suttree’s who will be glad to talk about it. You may need to buy a couple of pints to keep the conversation going, but with beer this good, you’ll be glad to do that and probably more than once.

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Bar Details

Happy Hour Hard Liquor Dance Floor Live Music Karaoke Glow Sticks
Darts Foosball Pool Tables Shuffleboard Trivia Night Outdoor Seating


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 3 p.m. 9 p.m.
Monday 3 p.m. midnight
Tuesday 3 p.m. midnight
Wednesday 3 p.m. midnight
Thursday 3 p.m. midnight
Friday 3 p.m. 2 a.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. 2 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 3 p.m.
9 p.m.
Monday 3 p.m.
Tuesday 3 p.m.
Wednesday 3 p.m.
Thursday 3 p.m.
Friday 3 p.m.
2 a.m.
Saturday 3 p.m.
2 a.m.

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