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Peter Kern Library

407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Red light door down an alleyway

This is a gem of a place just off Market Square. You can enter through the Oliver Royale, but it's... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Great spins on vintage cocktails

Perfect place to grab a drink and people watch before dinner at the Oliver Royal restaurant, with a... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Kristi G
Portland, Oregon
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“red light” (13 reviews)
“oliver hotel” (8 reviews)
“sliding door” (3 reviews)
407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a gem of a place just off Market Square. You can enter through the Oliver Royale, but it's more fun to go via the alleyway around the corner. The drinks here are really outstanding. It's a classy joint, and I'm sure the ingredients...More

Thank RamblingEconomist
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Perfect place to grab a drink and people watch before dinner at the Oliver Royal restaurant, with a nice small speak-easy vibe.

Thank Kristi G
Reviewed 10 June 2017

My co-worker took me to this place. He raved about the rye drinks they offer here. The location of the bar is in the Oliver access behind a rolling wall or in the alley by the red light. The place is dark wood and softly...More

Thank Carol D
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Great drink menu. Excellent service. Neat atmosphere. Right in the heart of Knoxville. Enjoyed a cozy evening with friends trying new drinks with good suggestions from server and bartender. We went on a Monday evening around 8. It was not very crowded but was starting...More

Thank S M
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Small...cozy...quaint...intimate! Enjoyed drinks to end the evening! Staff is excellent - friendly and helpful!

Thank AngCrab
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Also recommended by folks on the plane. Easy to find, despite its hidden status and it was pretty busy inside. I was a bit disappointed atmosphere wise- too bright and loud. They need to darken the ceiling and get rid of the pop music. It...More

Thank valzebub
Reviewed 15 January 2017

You open an unmarked sliding door in the Oliver Hotel, or look for the red light above an unmarked door down a back alley, and you are in the Peter Kern "Library". It is small and cozy, drinks are well made and pricy. A great...More

Thank TjttTraveller
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an evening in Market Square that ended at the Library. Took work colleagues from Alabama for a drink to end our evening. Service was excellent and you can't beat the atmosphere. Nice place to have conversation and relax with friends. Drinks were delicious and...More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

I thought they had a good selection of alcohol. The location seems cool if you enter through the ally way. I'd definitely go back there.

Thank Washingtonsteven
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a classic speakeasy. You enter through the alley, through the door under the red light. You go down a non-descriptive hall, then pick the first door on your left and you are transported into the 1920's. This is a mixology type of a...More

Thank Nick P
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17 June 2016|
Response from centaur41 | Reviewed this property |
About 4PM ... shortly before our grand-daughter's dance recital nearby