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Peter Kern Library

407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Cozy, comfy and craft cocktails for the win!

Just once in your life you should check out a Speak Easy. Peter Kern Library is a cool place to... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
J David H
Virginia Beach, Virginia
via mobile
Hidden speakeasy

The Peter Kern Library is an awesome speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. It is behind a hidden... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee
via mobile
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“red light” (15 reviews)
“speak easy” (6 reviews)
“oliver hotel” (10 reviews)
407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Just once in your life you should check out a Speak Easy. Peter Kern Library is a cool place to visit if you’re in Knoxville. Dark, cozy & comfy couches to enjoy incredible craft cocktails with friends. Expect a wait on Wednesday - Saturday. My...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The Peter Kern Library is an awesome speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. It is behind a hidden door off the lobby of the hotel. If you are a guest, which we were, you can enter through there. If not, there is an unmarked door...More

Thank birkibeach
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Came from the alley into a cozy space decorated as a library. Excellent service by a knowledgeable staff with an interesting selection of craft cocktails. A bit pricy but definitely a treat.

Thank Roger1154
Reviewed 17 August 2017

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