Johnson City (Tennessee)

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Johnson City is a city in Eastern Tennessee. With a population of just over sixty thousand, the city is the 8th largest in the state.

Get in[edit]

  • Greyhound, [1] 137 W Market St.

Get around[edit]

A car is best for this area. Public transit operates with limited hours of operation and the area has been allowed to develop so that it is impossible to get around by bike or walking. The local bus service is run by JCT (Johnson City Transit System) [2] Fare is 75 cents per ride. Transfers are free.Monday through Friday from 6:15AM to 6:15PM (last 30-minute route begins at 5:45PM), and on Saturday from 8:15AM to 5:15PM (last 30-minute route begins at 4:45PM). Buses stop one per hour.


Rocky Mount Living History Museum - An 18th century living history open air village. They have people dressed in period clothing demonstrating what life was like at the time. The Museum is Located just north of town, and can be reached by bus on the SILVER LINE. 200 Hyder Hill Rd Piney Flats, Tennessee

Hands On Regional Museum Kids science and discovery museum. 315 East Main Street Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 (423) 434-HAND (4263)

Gray Fossil Site


The Down Home Founded in 1976, the Down Home has become a mecca for music lovers in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The primary emphasis is on quality music, and the performance atmosphere promotes listening rather than socializing. There is plenty of time for friendly conversation before the show and between sets. With an excellent sound system hung from the ceiling, the club is a favorite of performers as well as listeners. 300 W. Main Street. Johnson City, Tennessee. Beer & Food Available. Cash Only



  • Amigo. Mexican food.
  • Bello Vita - Italian
  • Cootie Browns. Idiosyncratic place with an eclectic menu - all very tasty. Arguably the best pizza in JC.
  • Crazy Tomato - Pizza and Italian
  • El Matador - Mexican.
  • Firehouse
  • Main Street Pizza - Good pizza and good beer selection. Open late.
  • Mama Mia's Pizza - Pizza and Italian
  • Mid City Grill - Open late, the best burger in the state of Tennessee.
  • Pal's - Local fast food place.
  • Peerless - Local steakhouse
  • Poor Richards - Local institution serving sandwiches and such.
  • Red Pig BBQ
  • Sahib - Indian
  • Scratch Pizza - Brick oven pizza. Order the "trust pizza" (they decide what to put on it), a Dr. Enuf (JC's local soda), and choose a record from their collection to spin. You won't regret it.
  • Simms Pizzeria - NY style pizza


  • Acoustic Coffeehouse. Live music, coffee, and good beer.
  • Cahootenany's - A proper dive bar. Offers around 40 beers on tap. A pool table is available, and live music on certain nights of the week. Order a 'Grateful Dead'
  • Cappy's Apex
  • Casbah
  • The Cottage. A blue collar bar.
  • Gatsby's - Now Capone's. One of the biggest music venues in Johnson City. Open 7 days a week, with different activities such as house bands and sports games on different nights of the week. There's a bar/performance area as well as a huge backroom, which offers a separate bar and more of a club feel.
  • Halo - Another dive bar, located in the heart of downtown on Main Street. It's a popular college hangout, and offers some of the cheapest drink specials in town. On Thursday nights, you can pay $7.00 for all you can drink beer. Typically . isn't open during the daytime hours. Offers a great patio on warmer nights. Offers all different types of live music
  • New Beginnings - a gay bar
  • Numan's - Bar and pool hall. If you're bothered by smoke, avoid this bar. Otherwise, a fun place to go throw back a few.
  • Tipton Street Pub - One of the more visited bars in town, always with a diverse crowd. Good food and drink specials all day. On weekends and certain nights of the week, the pub gets rather crowded, so get there early for a guaranteed seat. Numerous T.Vs which will always have the game on. Jukebox, no live music. Sometimes the frat boy and teenie bopper crowd will spill over from 112 next door.
  • Peanut's Mecca Cafe - A very small, beer only bar downtown, popular amongst local musicians. Cheap jukebox.
  • 112 Downtown - A restaurant by day, club by night. More upscale than other places around downtown. Popular with frat boys and sorority girls. If you're not into that kind of scene, stick to Tipton's next door.


  • Carnegie Hotel1216 W. State of Franklin Road +1-423-979-6400. A nice hotel, with a very nice bar and restaurant. Claims on their website that they are a revival of the old hotel that once existed- and this might be true in terms of their inspiration- but the hotel building itself is only a few years old.



Hilton, Virginia[edit]

  • Carter Family Fold, Hilton, VA. Probably the most interesting destination in the whole area. Old-time and bluegrass music, about an hour away. $7 to get in, concerts every Saturday night.


  • Rock Creek Camp Ground is a U.S. Forest Service camp ground that is clean and not that far from Johnson City (Erwin, TN); it has bathrooms and swimming pond and trails but is closed during winter.

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