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Cotton Eyed Joe

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11220 Outlet Dr Ste 10
Knoxville, TN 37932
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(423) 675-3563
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Best

CEJ is great place for a wide range of people. It's got great food for the dinner crowd, and it's got a really fun bar scene for the night owls. But Sunday night is my favorite ...

Worst

Well what can I say other thanI have been in this bar 3 times and I will never go back. The carpet floors are dirty just looking at them. And if you can notice how dirty they are...

Incredible place for a wide range of people 2/10/2011

CEJ is great place for a wide range of people. It's got great food for the dinner crowd, and it's got a really fun bar scene for the night owls. But Sunday night is my favorite -- college night. If you want to see 40-60 drop-dead gorgeous college girls in little UT dresses and cowboy boots, go there on a Sunday night. Trust me on this one... more

Go to dance, people watch, fun with friends 4/25/2010

I've been going to CEJ for around Six years or so, I enjoy going to hang out with friends, people watch and dance. I feel safe there. The kitchen has great food. The shoe shine ladies only charge $5.00 to shine your boots. The wait staff are on top of things, the are friendly, and most think they are easy on the eyes. The bouncers are an important part of the whole experience, you can rest assured that nothing bad will happen to you because the security guys are always ready to Handle any situation that comes up. I have visited other dance locations in Knoxville but keep coming back to the best Cotton Eyed Joe's. They have their regular characters that are fun to watch, always entertaining. They also have drink specials which you can appreciate in todays economy. Come on down and we'll see you at the JOE. Pros: Great Security more

Not Impressed 3/8/2010

Well what can I say other thanI have been in this bar 3 times and I will never go back. The carpet floors are dirty just looking at them. And if you can notice how dirty they are in the dark I would hate to see the lights turned on. As for the bathrooms, oh my, they are horrible. The front bathroom has no locks on the inside of the stalls and the floor is bad need of replacing. It needs a lot of money invested in this thing. As for the back bathroom, it was flooding the floor and I advised the back bartender (which happened to be a male) he stated he didn't use the womens room so he could care less. Well so much for caring about where you work and 30 gallons + of water running in the hallway. By the way, in the hallway there were exposed metal screws were all along the wall. Here you could get some free acupuncture and who knows who else has already. As for the Music. The DJ calls all the dances which are the same dances all night long. At 9pm it turns into pop music/dance music. I was in there for the Randy Houser concert on March 4th, 2010 and went back Saturday March 6 just too see if the music would be any better in between sets. Well let me tell you, NO! They played 1 new song out by Brad Paisley and 1 other new song out by another artist. The DJ played dance music like juking stuff, electric slide, cupid shuffle etc. I was shocked to find out that this bar is up for the nomination at the ACM Awards 2010. There was no NEW County music songs played. Worst part is they call all the dances no matter what they are and ALLthe linedances are so old. God forbid you know a new dance that can go to the old stuff they were playing. If we knew something different the locals would keep getting closer and closer to you till they kicked, stomped or push you off the floor. What unfriendly people here. Where I come from we enjoy the "new country" songs as well as some old stuff. We love to see people bring new linedances and want to know what they are. But here, oh NO, you are an outsider and treated like one. I am proud to be from the South too and I LOVE where I live and linedance. So don't you worry Cotton Eye, I won't be back. P.S. I know our group spent at least $400 in there in 2 nights on drinks. Take some of that and repair the bathrooms. Hell just a coat of paint wouldn't hurt. Pros: Good Concert List Lineup Cons: Old Music Old Dances more

Don't Go! 11/1/2009

My husband and I have been going to the Cotton Eye Joe for about four years now. It has always been a celebration night out for us when we recieved good reports from the doctors that my husband was beating his cancer. We found out on Oct. 28th that the cancer had gone into remission, so of course, it was time for us to celebrate. We went to the Halloween bash, where my husband drank an Alabama Slammer shot, which ended up causing a really rare reaction with one of the meds he still has to take. If any of us had thought that would happen, we wold have never let him drink that one shot. He ended up in the bathroom passed out. It took us half an hour to even find him, and the man at the table next to us came and told me that two bouncers had tossed him out for being uncouncious and drunk in the bathroom. For anyone who has had to deal with cancer, you know how it feels for your whole world to crash around you. I found a bouncer and asked him where they had taken him. He laughed at me and informed me that they tossed his sorry drunk a** out and were detaining him until the cops arrived. I didn't have time to deal with police, because I had to get him to a hospital. I came running out and told them to leave him alone, that he wasn't drunk, and that he had cancer. They called me names, I told them they didn't have to be jerks about it. They kicked me out and would not let us in to find our group so that we could leave. I decided to go in any way, which was when Gingi, the owner, stopped me, ask what was going on, and when I told him, he stood up, started calling me an F-ing B, and everything else you could think of, then told me that my husband shouldn't have come to his club. Wow, apparently cancer is dirty and contagious. Who knew? Whenever I finally told him to shut up, he decided to send me to jail as well for being drunk. I found that funny, because I can't drink, so I laughed, which the 300 pound owner on steroids didn't take to well. Finally our group heard what was going on and came out to defend me. We were able to leave before the cops got there and get my husband to the hospital. He had gone in to total liver failure, and would have died if just a few more minutes were wasted by little boys on a power trip. So if you have a medical condition, stay far away, because in a life or death situation, death will probaby win out. Oh and if you read this Gingi, you still owe that B***** who was trying to save her husbands life, an apology. Pros: Use to be fun an loved to go Cons: The owner gets Roid Rage! more

Average 4 country 12/23/2002

Although this bar boasts to be a great country dance club, it is at best only average. The DJ is very pro-active and basically calls out each and every dance..this is fine if you know a few dances like the rebel stomp, schottish, barn dance etc. however, if you want to two-step you will find maybe 3 songs every one or two hours. Part of the lack of country dancing can also be attributed to the CEJ playing other formats of music like rap and pop. Leaving those criticisms aside, the bar service is excellent, it draws a nice crowd, has a fake bull and provides the best entertainment that can be found in Knoxville. more
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