About Matt Ward
BiographyMatt Ward relocated to Knoxville in 2009 from Carolina Beach, North Carolina. He is a nationally touring stand-up comedian and musician. Matt grew up in Central Ohio and has been in the south since 2006.
- Nightlife writer
08/24/2011 - current
Nightlife: Fort Sanders Yacht Club scores with eclectic ambience
Published 03/05/2014 at 6:07 p.m.
The Fort Sanders Yacht Club. I remember the first time I heard its name, I immediately thought, “Where would you dock a yacht in Fort Sanders?” Yes, I was new to Knoxville and still getting used to what was where, ...
Beer and jokes enliven Ozzy's in South Knoxville
Published 02/26/2014 at 4:52 p.m.
Ozzy is a two pound shih tzu who will never get to step a paw inside the South Knoxville drinking establishment named after him. Why, you ask? Because of THE MAN. That’s right, heath codes say you can serve beer ...
Nightlife: Old City's Armada crafts high-brow cocktails
Published 02/19/2014 at 5:05 p.m.
I first heard about Armada in December when I was browsing new business licenses in public records. The address of the bar did little to register with my memory bank other than to let me know it was in the ...
Nightlife: Bottom's up at Whiskey Down
Published 02/05/2014 at 5:31 p.m.
Formerly the Sweet Lime, Whiskey Down Bar & Grill is at 815 Parkway in Sevierville, walking distance from a few hotels. Although, I would imagine it is nearly impossible to be in Sevierville without being walking distance to a few ...
Nightlife: Bluff's Bar & Grill a hidden hot spot in Sevierville
Published 01/29/2014 at 5:16 p.m. 1 Comment
I am cheap. It shows if you ever see me. I am likely to have pants with worn knees or holes in them. I thought about this as I saw the volcano on the side of the road at the ...
Nightlife: Asia Cafe West offers a welcome respite from world's worries
Published 01/22/2014 at 5:26 p.m.
The parking lot was packed outside the West Knoxville location of Asia Cafe. A faint thump of bass was coming from the bar area of the restaurant, growing louder with each step closer to the entrance. Asia Cafe West is ...
Nightlife: SkyBox, Jack Cellar elevate downtown scene
Published 01/15/2014 at 6:28 p.m.
A few weeks back I wrote about stopping in at The SkyBox Bar & Grill on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville to see what had changed since its revamp from Sky Nightclub and Lounge. At the time I just gave ...
Nightlife: Goal Post Tavern keeps OCI traditions alive
Published 01/08/2014 at 6:42 p.m.
On Feb. 24, 2010, Chili’s on UT campus closed down after seven years at its location at 1824 Cumberland Avenue.
Nightlife: A look back at 2013's best bar concepts
Published 12/31/2013 at 4:04 p.m.
In 2013, I visited 49 nightlife establishments. They weren’t all bars. They weren’t all amazing. However, I saw something I didn’t see in 2012. Stability. Out of all the bars I covered this year, only two closed their doors for ...
Nightlife: The Whammy Bar in West Knoxville crafts the perfect listening room
Published 12/26/2013 at 1:21 p.m.
I had never been to Rik’s Music & Sound in West Knoxville. When I needed things for my Dean Acoustic electric I always found myself at Broadway Sound or on occasion at Guitar Center. I frequent Sunrise Asian Market almost ...
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