The Cotton Eyed Joe is the largest nightlife venue in Knoxville. It's where urban cowboys and cowgirls congregate to line dance the night away, but a variety of music to suit every taste will be played during the evening. If you are intent on remaining a wallflower, a large selection of bar games (pool, darts, etc.) is available throughout the establishment.
Also, it wouldn't be a truly redneck experience if a mechanical bull, an in-house roping ring, and scantily clad shooter girls weren't present, so be prepared for a completely countrified evening. You'll also see the occasional drunken bar fight being broken up quickly by the hulking bouncers, one of whom is the owner, Gingi, who will probably greet you at the door.
The following is a list of typical weekly activities being served up at the Cotton Eyed Joe. Check the official Cotton Eyed Joe site for directions and information about special events.
The first Monday of the month is Family Night (no cover for ages 12 and under, with no alcohol served), with free beginner dance lessons from 7 to 9pm, with $0.50 soda and $1 food items. Doors open at 6pm.
There’s Texas Hold'em Poker, Bubba's All Request Dance Party, and karaoke. There is $0.25 beer and $0.75 well drinks for men until 10pm, 2-for-1 mixed drinks until 9 pm, and a complimentary buffet from 6pm until it's gone. Those ages 18 and over are welcome.
$1 mixed drinks until 10pm and $0.25 longneck beers
It’s Ladies Night (no cover), with a karaoke contest and free beginner dance lessons from 7 to 9pm. There are $0.75 well drinks for ladies until 10pm., $3.75 pitchers of beer, large $1 draft beers, and a free Tex-Mex buffet from 6p.m. until it's gone.
There’s free cover until 7pm, $1.50 mixed drinks until 10pm, and $1.50 domestic bottled beers all night. Ages 18 and over are welcome.
There’s free cover until 7pm, and ages 18 and over are welcome.
It’s College Night (discounts with valid student ID), with beginner dance lessons from 7 to 9pm and $3.75 pitchers of beer. Ages 18 and over are welcome.
June 7, 2005
From journal Don't Knock Knoxville - Tennessee's Third City