Ole Red Gatlinburg: Restaurant, Bar and Live Music Good Times

Ole Red was a hit the day it opened in Gatlinburg, and has stayed that way ever since. A restaurant, bar, live music, dance floor and all around fun spot on Parkway, Ole Red offers an upbeat and lively experience.

Built on country music and Southern food, this entertainment venue was created by country music star Blake Shelton, making his third establishment of that name (after his hit song Ol’ Red), and one he brought to town because Gatlinburg was one of his favorite places – and we’re glad he thought of us.

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Ole Red Gatlinburg Offers a large bar easy to sit around or stand at, tables placed on both floors of the spacious venue, with the upstairs balcony-style surrounding the main floor and overlooking all the action and a great view of the stage and dance floor in front. It’s a bustling place, both rustic and modern, with a nod to Tennessee’s rich musical heritage and the laid-back lifestyle espoused by Blake Shelton himself.


Ole Red Gatlinburg serves lunch and dinner – reservations are accepted and always advisable, but you’ll never be bored if you just walk in and maybe have to wait a little. The menu features hearty servings of many Southern favorites and contemporary American cuisine, and with many creative twists – the kitchen is a made-from-scratch place and takes advantage of that.

Offerings include barbecue, burgers, deli sandwiches, creative appetizers and entrees that include bison steak and catfish, as well as pie and cheesecake desserts. There’s a kid’s menu, and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan are welcomed too.The food is designed to satisfy hungry people, with a wide range of tastes and preferences, and the full bar offers a selection of local brews, cocktails, and signature drinks, and a few house wines.

Live Music

Live music is the heart and soul of Ole Red, with performances scheduled throughout the week. The stage and sound are state of the art. The venue showcases a mix of established artists and up-and-coming talent, offering a stage for performers in the country music genre and beyond. The entertainment lineup is carefully curated to provide guests with an authentic and enjoyable experience, echoing Blake Shelton’s passion for music and discovery of new talent.

Ole Red Gatlinburg likes a party, so if you’re strolling Parkway and feel like a pick-me-up, Ole Red will get you in an upbeat mood. The dance floor is changeable, sometimes with tables everywhere, sometimes standing room only for a big concert feel, and sometimes there’s space to mingle with others or else you just dance where you are – the music will get you going.

Ole Red Gatlinburg hosts various special events and activities throughout the year as well, ranging from themed nights and seasonal celebrations to private events and parties. The venue’s flexible space and vibrant atmosphere make it a sought-after location for both public and private gatherings, including weddings, corporate events, and more – hey, even corporations have to have a little fun sometimes. Mostly it’s a come-as-you-are walk in kind of adventure, and you never know what the night will hold.

Beyond entertainment and dining, Ole Red Gatlinburg plays a role in the local community by supporting music education and offering a platform for local artists to showcase their talents. The venue’s commitment to the arts and community engagement makes it a welcome addition to Gatlinburg’s bustling scene.

Ole Red Gatlinburg manages to be more than just a restaurant and bar – there’s a spirit there too, and a feel for country music, and all its modern variants. Southern cuisine and a down home friendliness are part of that vibe, which you could say about all of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. That sense of community shines out  here, and whether you’re a country music fan, hungry for tasty foods, or just looking for a lively and welcoming atmosphere, Ole Red Gatlinburg can probably welcome you home.

Useful Information

Ole Red Gatlinburg
511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Web: olered.com
Hours: Daily from 11 am