About Us

The Story Behind

Clancy's Tavern


Clancy’s Tavern and Whiskey House is downtown Knoxville’s premier Irish Pub. Located directly next door to the historic Tennessee Theatre, at the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue. We serve good food and provide a relaxed atmosphere that offers a great place to meet after work for a drink or on weekends when shopping downtown.

Clancy’s Tavern and Whiskey House opened in May 2014 and is owned and operated by lifelong friends Danny Clancy and Josh Turbyville. Both were raised in Knoxville and Danny’s family owned Clancy Optical for 75 years. Danny and Josh recognized a need for a downtown Irish Pub in Knoxville and Clancy’s Tavern & Whiskey House was created.

The building is over 100 years old and has been a bank, JC Bradford, The Shamrock, The Exchange Restaurant (during the World’s Fair), Clancy Optical, and is now Clancy’s Tavern & Whiskey House.

Danny and Josh are active in the community and support Sacred Heart Cathedral School, St. Joseph’s School, Knox Catholic High School, Habitat for Humanity, and Rotary Club.

Both Danny and Josh can be reached by emailing clancystavernknoxville@gmail.com.