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Downtown Grill & Brewery

Not Rated.
Downtown Grill & BreweryDowntown Grill & Brewery
Based on:
8 Beers
44 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 32
Visits: 47
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

424 S Gay St
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37902-1103
United States
phone: (865) 633-8111

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Place added by: schteve

In the Woodruff Building.
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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 47
Reviews by Photekut:
Photo of Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This used to be the place I hung out on Friday nights before the kid was born.

Looks like some things have changed since then.

The porter used to be my favorite beer, it seems to have lost a lot of its bite. Now I like the IPA, but it is nothing special. ( I hear a newer brewer too? )

I joined the mug club about 2 years ago which was really cool. You got a large mug fill for $2 during happy hour. That is still a good deal.

Last time I was there, however, the service was pretty crappy. The bartender was too good to get my mug and took forever to get my beer. After that the mug went empty a few time and had to flag people down.

I recommend not sitting at or near the bar if you want any service at all because they are too good for you.

Not sure how often I will be going back.

The food is very good though here. I would come here to eat and have a beer anymore instead of just to kick back and have a few. (922 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JJanisse
3.18/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Decent place to grab a pint. Not very much beer selection. Love the upstairs balcony and kettles in the middle of the restaurant but overall a little plain for my liking. (170 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Stout was really good. The other beers were OK, but not memorable. My Smothered Burger, which was supposed to have so much bacon you could almost call it a bacon burger, had 2 slices of bacon. (195 characters)

Photo of knoxbeer
4.19/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of mwar
2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2.25

If visiting Knoxville, good luck a finding a decent bar. This place is like all others in Knoxville, uninteresting and obsessed with the Vols. (142 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Twebb77
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of AlexFields
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JIMMER
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jbridge127
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The atmosphere is amazing. Especially during Tennessee football games and March Madness. The bar is beautiful. I had their Beer Sampler ($9 for 7 3oz glasses of their own beers). The food isnt the best I've ever had but still a great place to go and watch a game. My waitress was very friendly and did not push me at all to leave before the game was over! (she got an extra tip for that). One of my favourite places in Knoxville to dine. (437 characters)

Photo of AUGRAD06
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mte1972
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Went to the Grille & Brewery when I was in town for a UT Football game. I really enjoyed the place. The have a selection of 7 different beers that cover a pretty wide range of style. There beers ranged from decent to good. I'd say the White Mule Ale, the Woodruff IPA, and the Alt were the best. I had the Philly Cheese Steak and fries for dinner. It was really good. I would definitely go back. (395 characters)

Photo of Pabetism
3.18/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

I joined the mug club on my 21st birthday. I love this place, and as a Knoxville native I find myself here often on Sundays. The two pretzel & ale cheese appetizer is my favorite bar food of any place, and I'm torn between the porter and the IPA as my favorite beer.

Be warned, it's usually jam packed and loud as hell, as the entire restaurant is open. I usually find myself looking to see if the very back table in the back of the top bar is open. (451 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went to the Downtown Grill and Brewery w/ some co-workers for some late dinner/beer on a Saturday night. The place was jam packed- mostly w/ college age kids, but the atmosphere was pretty good. That is, until the band started to play. Even though we were on the second floor halfway back- it was almost impossible to carry on a conversation it was so loud. That was a major drag. I tried 3 of their beers, the nut brown, the stout and the IPA. All were decent, but not great. I imagine the average person who just wanted a beer would have no problem w/ these beers. The stout was probably my favorite of the 3. Service was good, as was the food. It was a very reasonable priced place as well, which was nice. Overall this was an average place that would've been much nicer if the band had turned down from 11. I've also tried to not let the noise influence my ratings. (869 characters)

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I stopped here back in October 2010 for a quick drink as we were passing through town that evening. The place was packed!! We were lucky to find a corner at the bar (not a stool available anywhere!). It was a Friday night with pleasant weather so I see why people were out.

The bartender that served us was really friendly and helpful. He made his recommendations and we followed. I enjoyed their nut brown so much that we actually decided to get a growler filled with it to take with us on our way out of town. He offered to put it in their fridge behind the bar for us until we left, which he didn't have to do. My wife enjoyed a pint of the White Mule pale ale and I remember it being quite refreshing.

This place was popping for a reason that night. I'd like to go back for a meal sometime if I'm ever in Knoxville again. (839 characters)

Photo of beersensei305
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The atmosphere here is pretty amazing. This is a huge two leve establishment with pool tables in the back, and old english style bar in the middle, which huge coper tanks to 'brew beer in.' There was a band playing the night I was there. The quality of everything was great even the service, except the bartenders- all the beer was sold out they had a couple brews available but the were pretty nasty. Jack Daniels is what I had that night. The server we had, was also a veggietraian so it made it tough to order things from him. Other than that the food was good and prcied reasonably. If your ever in downtown Knoxsville, check it out. (637 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Convenient in downtown Knoxville, in the Market Square area. We went on a Tuesday night, and all drafts were $1.50(!). Too bad the beer wasn't more to my liking, but the price was right.

This is a huge establishment, 2 floors with a bar on each one, seating for hundreds, mostly tables but also plenty of bar stools. Several copper tanks provide ambiance, otherwise a little wood and just generally huge rooms. Pool tables upstairs but the place was packed so no dice on using them.

I didn't order food so I can't rate that, but the beer itself was mediocre. I tried the IPA but it was a bitter mess with no redeeming flavors, then went to the alt which was better but nothing to write home about. Oh well, it was cheap. (722 characters)

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Downtown Grill & Brewery in Knoxville, TN
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.