Taps: 10 / Bottles: 160
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by b3shine:
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
My wife and I stopped in for a beer here after reading that Draft Magazine labeled it one of the best beer bars in America. Let's just say that I wouldn't want to hang out with whoever did that review. The atmosphere sucked. Unless hanging out in a smoke-filled, dimly lit (likely to hide the dirtiness) place is your scene. The patrons were equally as bad. Wanna be hipsters and goths were sparsely placed throughout the fairly empty establishment. Unless you're looking to pick up an ugly version of Dita Von Teese, don't waste your time. Their bottle selection was the only silver lining - minimized by their abysmal draft selection. I won't be going back, and suggest you skip over it as well.
03-29-2011 18:19:35 | More by b3shine
More User Reviews:
2.65/5 rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$
This place is still there simply because it was the first bar on the renewed Market Square, and it's the only place where smokers can hang out. A small tap selection and a decent, but not outstanding, bottle selection. Always packed with smokers puffing on their cigarettes and blowing it away from where they sit. What could be a nice atmosphere is destroyed by the beer coolers that cast a bright glare of florescent lighting at anyone at the bar. The bartenders do not know beer, and act bored, and can be surly. Unless the above appeals to you, don't bother. Lack of seating; No food.
11-18-2011 04:13:13 | More by mbdaniel
4.14/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Outside of the beer selection, this place really deserves 2 separate reviews. On a night when they have live music, the place is a great hangout with about 10 taps and lots and lots of bottles. On a night without live music, it's a place with great beer that is a pretty boring place to hang out in. I've been there in both instances. Overall, I'd still give it high reviews. Lots of crafts and imports both on tap and in bottle and about half the draft selection seems to turnover pretty quickly with the remainder being for the "regulars". Prices are certainly reasonable and for the area the selection really can't be beat. If going, definitely check their website calendar to make sure they have live music as this seems to make or break a visit atmosphere wise.
04-22-2010 04:38:47 | More by tedho21
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Pres. Pub is a wonderful local hangout for anyone in Knoxville, but especially for those who live in and around the downtown area here in Knoxville. It is a short bike ride from all of the outlying downtown neighborhoods, and the beer selection is just ripe and ready to quench your thirst. They carry tons of bottles, and always have a solid 8 or so selections on draft. The service, while at times a bit hectic, is always great! Brian and Jill are great people, as well as excellent conversationalists! The atmosphere is realy cozy, and they have bands almost every night. Great music, good beer and really nice people, along with a solid patio for the warmer days make this a certain stop for any Market Square passer-by!
12-31-2009 14:06:02 | More by FreeTibet
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
We've been going to the pub for the past couple years, and we almost always enjoy ourselves there. Other than having a great selection, the atmosphere is the main reason we keep going back! Its not a small place, but its not too big either... just nice, cozy place to sit and have a few drinks while watching their nightly bands. The beer selection superb! I tried some of my favorite beers for the first time there (Anchor Porter, Chimay, St. Peter's). The prices are somewhat reasonable... until you get into the stronger beers, then you're paying about $7-8 per beer. But, I think thats worth it for a Chimay Tripel. The service is varied depending on the time of the day and the week. On slow days, its not too shabby, on busier days its borderline rediculously understaffed. I wouldn't come here for food, they just have some over-priced snack items (nachos, big pretzels), but theres a few resturaunts next-door that will deliver to the pub.
Overall, a good alternative to loud sports pubs, and a great place to go and chill out with friends.
12-24-2009 14:50:43 | More by marshane
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
TN has some different laws that require higher taxes on stronger brews (over 6.2%), so with saying that I will start my review. I went on a Wednesday night and the place had two wonderful bluegrass bands rockin the house. The place was probably 70-80% full. It reminded me of a college bar for young adults. Their selection was the best in the area. The draw back were the price and the service; there were two servers in the entire place; there were probably 70+ patrons spread out throughout the bar.
11-19-2009 17:41:04 | More by phishgator
4.06/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here as I made my walk through downtown on the way to the downtown brewery. The place had a really cool rustic kind of feel to it. Great selection of beer, and in hind sight I wish I had a few more here as the beer at the brewery was just average. Had about 6 taps from what I saw, 1 foothills, 1 Catawba, a rogue, a stone and a DFH, very nice. Bottle selection was very impressive and I would say probably close to 100. Prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was defiantly fun. I would love to stop in here and hang out again one night. The place just seemed great and lively and had a really good selection. Definitely a must stop if you are in the downtown area.
11-14-2007 00:37:58 | More by mikesgroove
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was planning to drink here a bit longer--really good extensive beer selection in bottles and several drafts including Stone, Rogue, local beer, plus good standards. Hole in the wall beer bar in the downtown Kville area on the Market Square. Nice pub, but no food except free pizza from a local place they have sent over and all you need to do is add to the tip for the delivery guy.
I had a Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale, which was the best of the Highland beers I had had during the week, and the other Highland brews were very good as well. Went for dinner across the square, and didn't make it back is all--tired. Nothing to do with the bar. I would gladly return.
08-19-2007 19:32:59 | More by FightingEntropy
Preservation Pub in Knoxville, TN
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.