NIGHTLIFE IN KNOXVILLE MAKES A BIG COMEBACK
Knoxville nightlife got a jolt of excitement in the last few years. The rebirth is a thrilling shock.
Back in the 1980s you could hear a pin drop in this city after dark. Exactly how the change began is open to debate, but nobody denies that downtown is the place to be at night. You can walk from bistros to bars, music venues to movies. ... Sidewalks overflow with visitors staying at downtown hotels, University of Tennessee students, suburbanites looking for a change of pace, or city dwellers who thrive on urban sights and sounds. ...
—Linda Lange, Tennessee Triptales, tnvacation.com, April 27, 2012