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Nightlife in Gatlinburg, TN

While Gatlinburg is often known for being a family-friendly destination, it’s also home to a surprising number of nighttime hotspots. Featuring live music, great food, DJs, drinks, and games, the bars, restaurants, and shows in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, offer hours of fun when the sun goes down.

You can spend the night checking out local bars, taste and take home some local moonshine and whiskey, find live music somewhere almost any night of the week, or dance the night away. And along with the late-night bars and clubs, Gatlinburg offers even more nighttime entertainment.

Family-friendly Nightlife

But the nightlife in Gatlinburg is not just for adults. Although the bars and some restaurants are geared towards the 21-and-over crowd, there are also plenty of things for families and kids to do at night. In fact, one of Gatlinburg’s most exciting nighttime events, the Festival of Lights, is family-friendly. During winter, the Festival of Lights turns the city into a winter wonderland of glittering holiday lights. Guests can take the trolley for a tour of the lights or just enjoy as they stroll the Parkway. Winter Magic Tunes & Tales offers free live performances along the streets of Gatlinburg, and Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is the springtime equivalent.

Whether you’re traveling with kids or adults, you can find something fun going on after hours. If you want to have a fun night with the kids, check out one of the many dinner shows in the area. Hatfield & McCoys Dinner Feud, Dixie Stampede, and Lumberjack Feud offer great food, laughs, and family-friendly entertainment. The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre will transport guests back to the entertainment style of the 1890s music halls. For a stunning view of the city lights at night, ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Kids will also be amazed by the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont just 1-2 weeks each summer. At night, these fireflies light simultaneously, creating a truly magical experience in the woods of the Smokies. Just be sure to reserve your spot on the shuttle early – passes sell out fast!

Seasonal family-friendly events at night add something special to the holidays. Head to Gatlinburg for the Fourth of July Midnight Parade or watch a fantastic fireworks display and the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

Bars & Pubs

If you’re looking for a more grown-up experience at night, spend the night bar hopping or try tastings and tours at area breweries. With all-you-can-eat wings all day Mondays and drink specials throughout the week, Pucker’s is a casual bar open until 1 a.m. From 10:45 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Blaine’s Grill & Bar becomes 812 Gatlinburg – a 21-and-over club with cool drinks, guest DJs, and dancing into the night. Formerly Hogg’s and Honey’s, Hogg’s Upstairs Taverne (HUT) offers a sports bar atmosphere during the day and a fun place to dance and drink at night. It’s open 7 days a week, 3 p.m. until 1 a.m., with classic tavern fare, live entertainment, a pool table, and a balcony overlooking downtown Gatlinburg. You might also want to check out Loco Burro, a “Fresh Mex Cantina” with a rooftop patio, fire pits, and live music almost every weekend. Smoky Mountain Brewery offers a lodge atmosphere, along with an extensive menu and local brews. It’s a laid-back sports bar with live music Monday through Saturday, including some open mic nights.


For those who prefer a more laid-back experience to the bar scene, Gatlinburg is now home to a number of breweries and distilleries. Enjoy tours and free tastings (21 and over), and then take home a bottle of local whiskey, moonshine, or wine. At the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, learn about the area’s history and culture while tasting unique flavors such as Apple Pie, Blackberry, Lemon Drop, Peach, Pineapple, and Strawberry. Pick up a bottle of merlot or cabernet sauvignon at Sugarland Cellars (open until 9 p.m.) or check out Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey in downtown Gatlinburg (open until 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

Of course, you don’t have to plan out a night on the town when you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Parkway is so packed with restaurants, bars, and cool places to hang out, you’ll find plenty to do just strolling along at night. Throughout the year, the city calendar is so packed with events, you’ll never run out of things to do – day or night. The nightlife in Gatlinburg is always exciting!

After a night on the town, you’ll want a fun and comfortable place to go back to. We have more than 200 cabins to choose from, ranging from cozy and romantic to spacious and fun. Many of our cabins offer theater rooms, game tables, big screen TVs, and outdoor hot tubs, so your nighttime fun can continue when you call it a night! Call us at 1.800.684.7865 and let one of our reservation specialists help you choose the perfect Gatlinburg cabin!