Since 2009

Zanesville, Oh

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The guys at the Smiling Goat have always been great to work with, and the bar is one of my favorite spots to play. They know how to throw a party in Zanesville!

Nashville recording Artist Mark Leach


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The Legend Continues

Entertainment, Food & Fun

The Smiling Goat Saloon opened in August of 2009. The owners were three friends who had always wanted to bring world class entertainment to a bar in Zanesville. The original owners were Darren Tigner, Jay Tigner, and Mark Vensil. The club quickly became a local favorite, bringing in a variety of great bands from Muskingum County and across the country. Locals quickly fell in love with our attentive staff and great service.

In May of 2012, we added the new patio featuring decorative pavers and a stage. The Smiling Goat was now able to bring in even larger bands and accommodate larger crowds. The patio has become an important part of the night life in Zanesville, providing entertainment every weekend.

In November of 2012, we built the see through portion of the upstairs balcony. Customers are able to see and hear bands that are playing on the inside stage from the upstairs. Prior to this customers that were upstairs couldn't hear or see the band. This allowed even more people to enjoy the amazing live entertainment.

Our full food menu was added in the summer of 2015. Now customers can enjoy an entire evening including dinner while attending shows. Food items like panini's, flat bread pizzas, and wagon wheels quickly became favorites.

Current owners, Darren and Kristy Tigner and Mark Vensil, are excited to continue to bring larger acts to Zanesville. We are very proud to be the area's home for live entertainment! Our amazing staff ensures that customers have positive experiences while seeing world class entertainment.

The Best In Town

Day or Night

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What People Say

We think the Smiling Goat Saloon is the best entertainment venue in Muskingum County but don't take it from us. Here is what our artists and patrons have to say.

Smiling Goat has such a cool vibe. It's one of our favorite venues in Ohio. Everytime we go there the folks make us feel like family.

Black River Entertainment recording artist From Nashville John King


The guys at the Smiling Goat have always been great to work with, and the bar is one of my favorite spots to play. They know how to throw a party in Zanesville!

Nashville recording Artist Mark Leach


Love this place! We drive down from Canton anytime Chris Cavanaugh or Clayton Anderson is there . Not a single bar in this area that comes close to the atmosphere at -The Goat-!

Tim W.


Really good live band. Drinks are awesome and the outside seating/stage area is great. Love the atmosphere!

Brittney Ann


The Smiling Goat is by far the best bar in Zanesville because of the service! If you want to go to a watering hole & order a beverage & then wait for 5-10 minutes this is not for you. The Goat brings in the best live music in town. I don't know of another establishment that even tries to compete. All of the bartenders are very personable & take pride in their craft. It has now become an on going joke amongst my friends to try and find somewhere else to go have a drink (other than the Goat). I would recommend it to anyone whom doesn't already know!

Happy Hour Regular


Great place to enjoy music and play musing!! First class staff, HUGE outdoor patio!! Highly recommend The Smiling Goat!!

Mike G.


Brings in a diverse crowd, I return for the awesome staff, the delicious drinks and the entertainment. The DJs are personable and the bands are rad.

Mindy Kay A.


The band totally kicked ass, the bartenders were on point and the crowd was cool!

Kara C.


Great place to go. Very friendly bartenders. Couldn’t ask for nicer people.

Raymond K.


Good place to chill and hang with friends and make new friends.

Tamara J.


When you're here, nothing else matters. Happiness starts on the corner of Linden and Sheridan

Sam B.


The Smiling Goat is a wonderful place to frequent after work. The laid back atmosphere is great to unwind after a long day. Their happy hour prices are quite possibly the best around. They offer food deals that are also hard to beat. The night life is fantastic. The entertainment they bring is always top notch. The bartenders and staff/security are very friendly, enthusiastic and professional. I highly suggest stopping in for a fun time!

Josh M.


The staff at the smiling goat saloon are the absolute best in town. They treat their customers like family. You'll always have a friend at the goat.

Paige T


Great live band as well as outdoor area. Not being a country fan, I really enjoyed the band that played from Nashville!! As well as the option to hangout inside and dance! Great customer service and super friendly people! It made for a great night in Zanesville, Ohio!

Brie P.


It’s a small intimate place. Always have a good time!

Joyce M.


Great music, excellent service and friendly people. Plus the bar manager Trevor does an excellent job. He went out of his way to ensure my friends and I had a good time.

Riley A.


I was out there for the first time for Chris Cavanaugh and loved it.

James W.


Great place with great people and great entertainment!

Chad M.


I've never been so welcomed and appreciated in any other establishment. I look forward to each and every visit!! The bartenders are by far the best in town! The security is on point! As for entertainment? Well, nothing compares! Where else can you go and see Nashville acts, local bands, and professional DJs every week! Thank you for bringing a amazing vibe to our town!

Scott S


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