Monday, August 11, 2008

toot's little honky tonk

The Little Korean himself was on hand this weekend during his 5 city North American Summer Tour.

Here he is, enjoying alcohol not made from rice:


We visited some old favorite places (including a newly revamped patio at Backroom BBQ) but we capped off the evening at a new (to me) dive(ish) in Old North, Toot's Little Honky Tonk. I spotted Toot's last week when I was riding my bike down Anderson Ave to the Time Warp Tea Room for the Old Time Jam. It reminded me of Marie's Olde Towne Tavern (a Wigshop favorite) so I made a mental note to check it out.


The first thing you see is the handwritten sign on the front door decreeing 8, count'em 8 solid hours of Karaoke. Sure enough, the singing hit us like a sonic wall as we entered. Up front the karaoke station was set up by the pool table. Moving to the bar, the place immediately gave me a comfortable down-home feel, sorta like Marie's, with brick walls and a long bar, and a quirky collage of more handwritten signs behind the bar.


The Ralph Waldo Emerson bartender got to us quickly, even though the place was packed. Looking around, Toot's had a great cross section of people, ranging from Old North Yuppies to college students to Lincoln Park Blue Collars. Everyone seemed welcome, and everyone was having a good time.


Toot's has that neighborhood bar feel that so many chains strive for, because it actually is a neighborhood bar. According to the owner, they've been operating for 10 years. I don't know how this gem has escaped my radar for so long. But if you're looking for an alternative to Sassy Anne's and Marie's is too hardcore for you, check this place out. Nestled on the edge of the "Happy Hollow" District of Central Ave and just down the hill from the Old North neighborhood, Toot's Little Honky Tonk is the perfect location for Knoxvillians of all walks to get together and sing loudly off key.

6 comments:

Big B said...

i sang gangsta's paradise there. it was pretty bad. what's worse is that the karaoke is right by the door. it takes bold perseverance to keep on singing as your critics walk past you and out the door.

em said...

SOOOO bummed I missed Will! UGH! I am glad you guys had fun though. I am finally IN KNOXVILLE for a full TWO WEEKS! Can you believe it?!

actually, i probably lied. I think i am going to MI this weekend. but still...that's a long time at home.

stan said...

my favorite is the sign that reads: "beer to go." now, that's what i'm talking about--need to leave early? take a traveler!

will cote said...

haha i missed the beer to go... too busy checking out the yeuingling and fat tire. as soon as i leave knoxville they started serving all my favorite beers!
btw that was the dumbest night in a while thanks to CK... had to pack it all in as i was only in town for 36 hours.... 5 bars in one night.i was dead by the end. i think ck could have gone a couple more and then went skinny dipping.
hope you're doing a follow up on the musical adaptation we experienced

ck said...

no one ever thanks me for the epic nights i give them. "i'm tired! i'm too drunk!" it's always the same... lame.
see ya at christmas for your next hangover, will!
and for the record, ryan and greg did end up going skinny dipping that night, but not yours truly. i had to get someone home and tuck him in bed.

Big D said...

Yeuingling in K-town!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's like Hell has frozen over...