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Cotton Eyed Joe - 2,719 Photos - 4,129 Reviews - Bar & Grill - 11220 Outlet Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
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Aaron Sink reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe1 star

Went to see Jon Langston concert over the weekend looked it up and it said he came on at 9. Got there at 8 so we could get a good spot. At 10 I went and bought a drink came back and ask the two women at the front when he was coming on that I saw online it said 9 they snapped at me and was very rude and said I was wrong it said 1030. I said ok went back to where my fiance and me were at within a few minutes two guys in normal clothes came up and ask me to talk outside I said o...k and walked out. There a bouncer approached and got within inches off my face told me I'm kicked out and to leave. I ask why and they said "its the establishments decision" that's the only reason they gave. I was never cut off I hadjust bought a drink and I was never given a warning.I asked to speak to someone else about it and was told "if you dont leave now you will be taken to jail" So without any warning and no reason other than "its the establishments decision" they were gonna cuff me and take me to jail. One of the two guys who came and ask me outside proceed to stand behind the bouncer to the side yelling and cussing at me. I ask them to get him away from me so I could talk with the bouncer and they said no so he kept doing it the entire time. The bouncer even said to me before I left "its not my decision I'm sorry" so someone was doing this just because they could. So on top of all of this I never got to hear one song of the concert. I'm a combat veteran who was just trying to enjoy a night with my fiance and it was ruined by some immature idiot who is abusing their power at a once somewhat respectable place. I would strongly say not to come here as I do not plan on going back at this point. I sent then an email the same night this happened which is now 3 days ago with no reply. Vets and everyone else don't waste your money here beer is overpriced and staff is beyond disrespectful.

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Brittany Riggs reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe4 star
August 13

Well for 4 years we have been loyal patrons .... I met my fiance there we have excellent memories but over the last 6 months the staff has had a turnover ... It started when we opened a tab with a bartender and she closed it out 3 hours before y'all closed and tipped herself the same amount as the bill but we had her cancel it out she apologized and we never complained to the owner or staff left it at that ... Haven't seen the girl since... But last night the bouncers are hum...iliating they threatened to kick me out bc the bouncer pulled my fiance aside and checked his hands to find his stamp had washed off.. What I can't understand is he hadn't even had a drink ? ... This will happen if u pee a lot .. Good hygiene . but when he gave this id the bouncer popped off w an attitude .. And when I asked him,to check the id he is 29 yrs old .. I can vouch for him he told,me I was kicked out too at this point of course I became irate .... It's one thing to do ur job and another to embarrass the loyal customers u have .. he could have approached the situation better minus the ego trip ... Put the stamps up higher on the persons arm please .. Was very hurtful considering it was my birthday and it pretty much ruined my night .. Whether u get kicked out or not should not be dictated by any bouncer but by the owner or co owner..bouncers are intended to keep order in an establishment I understand that but they totally stretch the truth ... Especially if they have a personal reason for disliking the person ..the situation was happily resolved ...fortunately

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Lea Polson Glass reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe5 star
July 8

We have been a couple times for different concerts and had a great time. The food is a bit pricey but it is a bar so I really didn't expect anything different. I don't drink so I am always the DD and they kept me water coming all night. Those that did drank in my party always had ice cold drinks and the "specialty drinks" had plenty of alcohol in them.
If you call ahead you can get VIP Seating for a small extra fee but we never have an issue of bot being able to find a seat.
This is a great BAR but if you are looking for a restaurant and/or concert hall go someplace else because this isn't the place for you. It is just a little country bar and does an awesome job!!!!

Samantha McClain reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe1 star
August 15

My friend and I went here a few weeks ago she opened a tab on one end of the bar and i opened one on the other end and she got charged double one on each end! She called and the lady was very rude to her!! So we won't be going to establishment who is dishonest and rude!! People don't use your debit cards here!!! They will double charge you!!!

Melisa Stout reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe5 star
October 6

I absolutely love going to the Joe every Saturday. It's an amazing place and all the workers are awesome. Everything about it is wonderful. I love the dancing and the concerts. Thank you cotton eyed joe for giving me a place to have fun and relax.

went to Cotton Eyed Joe's went to Cotton Eyed Joe's tonight to see Tracy Lawrence it was wonderful for a small ticket price of $10 but I'll tell you what Jose has gone downhill I probably won't be back because it looks old and needs to be improved inside updated for face used to be the happening place in Knoxville now it's like downtown dump was very disappointed

Liz Bules reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe3 star
September 22

Went for Yelawolf concert, had a nice time. But on our way out there was a black, bald, ego crazed bouncer there at the left side front of the building that was extremely rude to us for no reason, other than he can not take a joke. It was very uncalled for to ask us if we want our skulls crushed in for making a joke about "sneaking in the back door" when we were obviously on our way out, we didn't even stop walking when the joke was said in a happy, JOKING VOICE. I don't think I want to come in contact with your employees anymore so I won't be back. But good try Cotton Eyed Joe. Yes, sir, a 120 white girl is going to try to "sneak past you". Yes, please crush my skull in. Gah.

Erica Russell reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe5 star
July 2

Saw Granger Smith last night. My late husband was his BIGGEST fan. My family was able to meet him and take pictures with him. He did his Bury Me in Blue Jeans, and took my husband's dress boots on the stage towards the end of the song. You all have absolutely no idea how much this ment to my mother in law, myself, Blake's best friends and our daughters. I can't wait until the next concert. Keep up the good work so singers like him will keep coming back! � My husband and I always loved your bar, I will continue to cone with our friends to any concert he would have enhoyed

Teresa Jirles reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe1 star
September 2

It's bullshit that I'm 40 years old and had my ID with my picture and birthday on it to prove my age but because my license is expired and I can't get it reinstated right now due to out of state reasons they wouldn't let me in! Really? What does the expiration have to do with my age and photo! F$&@ this place I'll never come back! Piss poor door service! Seriously I guess because my license is expired my age and birthday did too? Legally as long as I prove my age the expiration has nothing to do with it! Now I'm sitting at a restaurant missing time with my daughters because I wasn't going to ruin their night due to complete ignorance!

Cliff Kimmel reviewed Cotton Eyed Joe3 star

Too hot, they need to lower the temp.

They have personnel coming around to collect empty containers around the dance floor, but no one would take your order for drinks. If you leave your seat, it's up for grabs.

Very limited seating available, just hard bar stools and chairs.


Great entertainment, but with everyone packed in so tight, it not comfortable. The stage needs to be elevated so that you could see who the entertainers are.

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