JJ’s Bohemia

view of jj's bohemia stage/bar area with red lighting

231 East M L King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 362-5695

Shows are 21+ unless noted
Snacks, beer
Smoking allowed indoors

Live music

This legendary dive bar venue has been putting on shows in Chattanooga since 2006. It’s impossible to talk about local live music without someone mentioning an unforgettable night at JJ’s.

It’s a long, narrow brick room frenetically adorned with crazy art, mismatched lighting and areas wallpapered with stickers and light vandalism. The raised stage is in your lap as soon as you enter the building. The sight lines are great, though it doesn’t take much of a crowd for it to begin to feel full.

The smoker friendly rear patio is a pleasant place to meet new friends or regroup in between bands.

They book a lot of local bands as well as regional and national touring acts. There is a long list of now famous bands that played JJ’s on tours early in their careers. Keep an eye on their calendar because this modest spot regularly books surprisingly big names.

JJ’s Bohemia also hosts regular comedy nights, open mics and dance parties.

Regular events

Open Mic Comedy Night – Every Dang Thursday


Street parking on MLK Blvd and nearby streets is free after 6:00pm.

There is a large paid lot directly beside the building. Always pay your parking fee. Parking enforcement will ticket quickly and without mercy.

Using U.T.C. parking lots after hours is generally allowed, but avoid any lots that are reserved 24/7.

Walkable destinations

Bless Yer Heart
The Greenhouse
Hutton and Smith Brewing


Artists who have played JJ’s Bohemia

Deerhunter, Screaming Females, Jonathan Richman, All Them Witches, Dan Deacon, Damien Jurado, Palehound, JEFF the Brotherhood, Saintseneca, Earth, Kurt Vile, Beach Fossil, Alabama Shakes, Cloud Nothings, Shovels & Rope, Emmitt Nerschi Band, Frontier Ruckus, Justin Townes Earl

Live from JJ’s Bohemia

Terrestrial Troubadours full set live from JJ’s Bohemia in Chattanooga – May 27, 2023
Protomartyr performing live from JJ’s Bohemia in Chattanooga – March 12, 2023