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Matt Ward

Title: Nightlife writer
Department: Editorial/Entertainment
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About Matt Ward


Matt 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.
Matt Ward

Position History

  • Nightlife writer
    08/24/2011 - current

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Recent Work

  • Nightlife: Market Square's Scruffy City Hall a premier music destination Published 04/17/2014 at 3:04 p.m.

    What can be said about Scott and Bernadette West that hasn’t already been written or spoken in the media on Knoxville, Tennessee? Well, how about this? They are nuts. ... The two one day will make very interesting documentary subjects. ...

  • Nightlife: Raise a glass to a taste of Ireland in Maryville at Flaherty's Irish Pub Published 04/02/2014 at 6:46 p.m.

    Flaherty’s Irish Pub is located on the southwest outskirts of Maryville, not far from the split of Highway 129 at Foothills Mall. The bar/restaurant is conveniently located right off the main drag of Broadway right next to Jet’s Pizza and ...

  • Nightlife: The Casual Pint stays ahead of the curve Published 03/19/2014 at 6:07 p.m. 1 Comment

    Bars are changing. What a vague statement to begin this week’s nightlife column. Sure, there are plenty of bars that stick to the tried-and-true formulas of carrying domestic beers and allowing the adults within their walls to smoke. Some of ...

  • Nightlife: In Bearden, Kristtopher's picks up where Kurt's left off Published 03/14/2014 at 7 a.m.

    Kurt’s opened its doors at 4928 Homberg Drive in Knoxville in mid-2002. The bar lasted just shy of a decade, having a run that lasted until 2011. Kurt’s, without question, was a gay bar. Not much time passed before a ...

  • 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 ...

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