One of the many things that makes downtown Bristol so special is the late-night atmosphere. During the day it is a bustling downtown district, but as the sun sets, bands seems to come out of the woodwork, while and restaurants and tap houses begin to open their doors.
620 State — a sushi, Asian, new American fusion restaurant– is upscale enough for date night but also family friendly. 620 State is on the Tennessee side of historic State St. in the H.P. King building. The restaurant features live entertainment, outdoor seating, as well as a private venue upstairs.
The mood is nothing less than warm and welcoming. Whether you are inside, on the patio, or at the bar you will receive fast, friendly service and delectable food.
620 State offers a large variety of sushi, Asian, and American entrees. The menu is full of premium proteins, fresh veggies, and of course, spicy aioli and house-made jams; some of their most popular dishes include the drunken noodles, the 620 sushi roll, the seaweed salad, and the un-Brie-lievable burger. Fans of the restaurant rave about the vegetarian and vegan options. They offer lunch, dinner, a full sushi menu as well as having a full bar.
If you are looking for somewhere a little more relaxed space, look no further than Bristol Station Brews & Taproom. Homebrewer Ken Monyak turned his dream into a reality in 2015 by turning the old Greyhound bus station into downtown Bristol’s first brewery and taphouse.
The brewery has created more than two dozen beers while stocking an ever changing seasonal handful on tap, with a variety for sale in cans at the brewery. Some of the most popular options are the Vanilla Imperial Porter, an incredible, and sweet, twist to a classic porter; the Bristol Helle Raiser, a pale with a Bristol twist; and the Barefoot Blonde, a Belgian white with a hint of orange.
With indoor and outdoor seating, a fire pit, TV’s and live bands, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. They offer a variety of activities and food options to entertain including open mic night, trivia, live music and food trucks like Feeding Frenzy, Foodie Fiction and Tri-a-Bite.
If you can’t make it to the brewery, don’t worry! You can buy Bristol Station by the can at your local grocery store.
For more information on planning a trip to Bristol, go to https://discoverbristol.org/music/breweries-nightlife/.
Written by Angela White for Northeast Tennessee Tourism.