Nightlife: Working stiffs always welcome at Dirty Shirts Tavern

matt ward/special to knoxville.com
Dirty Shirts Tavern owner Billy Joe Pate poses for a photo at the bar.

matt ward/special to knoxville.com Dirty Shirts Tavern owner Billy Joe Pate poses for a photo at the bar.

Sometimes it feels good to find a bar that is off the beaten path I can potentially “discover” for readers. Not a place with a huge budget for advertising or a great high traffic location that people would stumble upon easily. Well this week I have just that place to tell you about. Located at 5712 Kingston Pike is a little one-room beer pub called Dirty Shirts Tavern. Now, time for a brief history lesson.

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