Deemed the "Best Night Out" in Chattanooga by US Travel and Attractions for two years in a row, Vaudeville Cafe is an entertainment chameleon. On some nights, the tables at the spacious dinner theater are packed with families savoring Italian feasts as they try to solve original murder mysteries. Weekend nights have a more adult slant as headlining standup comedians seen on HBO and Comedy Central garner guffaws while guests enjoy a full bar of cocktails, wine, and frozen specialty drinks. But regardless of the event, every evening brims with jolly vaudeville spirit, and every seat in the house offers stellar views of the stage and napping spotlight operator.
The friendly staff at Cloud 9 stockpiles a variety of different tobacco and tobacco-free shisha flavors, alongside a menu of fingerpicking fare and craft beers. Guests can pack regular ($12) or large ($18) hookah bowls with tasty fusions such as the apple, cherry, and coconut blend of Al-Fakher, or add extra zest with flavor bases more juicy than grape-juice gossip ($5). Their collection of comestibles unveils the tomato bruschetta atop a toasted baguette ($4) and the stuffed pita a la jones ($5), which delivers bite-size packages of house hummus and feta to oral doorsteps. Cool off a piping-hot palate with bottles of Avery Ellie's brown ale and Yuengling lager ($3.50 each), or take a swig from your own bottle of spirits ($8 cork fee).
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
With the Chattanooga location named one of Times Free Press's Best Happy Hour and Best Place to Have a Cold Beer in 2010, draughts and dishes flow freely at both Fanatics Sports Bar & Grill locations, each festooned with a slew of HDTVs, pool tables, and dart boards. Soak up suds with the menu's starters, such as monterey cheddar bacon cheese fries ($6.49), or peck at a platter of philly cheesesteak nachos ($7.99/$12.99). Tangy wing seasonings range from mild spice to insane heat ($7.49+), and buffalo shrimp offers a seaside alternative ($7.99). Bolster belly caverns with the quesadilla burger, a 1/4-pound burger with three types of cheese corralled between two tortillas and topped with salsa and sour cream ($8.99), or dive into the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich ($7.49).
Though T-Bone’s cooks can appreciate simple mainstays, such as chilidogs and fried bologna sandwiches, some of their pub-style meals require more painstaking preparation. In an onsite hickory pit, boston butt smokes for 12 hours before chefs pile it onto the hand-pulled pork platter, and beef brisket slow cooks until it’s tender enough to recite sonnets without using a goofy voice. As diners decimate their entrees in T-Bone’s smoke-friendly restaurant and bar, they can pass the time watching SEC football on 1 of 20 TVs (including three big screens) or listening to the live musicians who play a few nights a week.
Tucked within the Chattanoogan Hotel, The Foundry vibrantly bumps on beats of live jazz, shaken martinis, and modern American cuisine with a southern edge. Bask in the moody nuances of The Foundry's interior while skimming its winding list of wines by the glass (starting at $6.50). After scanning the menu, organize your own prairie cartel with a steaming bowl of braised bison chili, which smuggles smoked cheddar sour cream and tender, carnivorous flavors on the back end ($8), while the blue crab sandwich showcases more regional style and is accessorized by green tomato, remoulade, and fries ($13). Those looking to sip and socialize can procure a cocktail ($8+) and cozy up near the fire pit of the lounge's tree-lined courtyard, or admire local artists' work within the main bar area, where live weekend jazz inspires sentimental, non-ear splicing moments.