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Bars and nightlife in Memphis

Top bars

Music Venue
“A great place to enjoy some great music - this place has some really interesting history with the Memphis music scene. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Hotel
“Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?”
  • 53 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“When you go to the Arcade for breakfast, try to get a seat at the Elvis booth towards the back of the restaurant (it was apparently his favourite). Even if you can't get the coveted seat, you can still gorge yourself on the restaurant's fantastic sweet potato pancakes and other classic southern breakfast treats. The Arcade is one of the oldest restaurants in Memphis and the classic retro decor hasn't changed in years.”
  • 39 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Most famous Memphis Ribs. The dry rub is a must try. Grab plenty of towelettes.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“Go to Earnestine and Hazel’s for the real soul food experience and stay for the jukebox operated by ghosts. That’s right, in downtown Memphis Earnestine and Hazel’s is a dive bar on the grounds of an old haunted brothel. It’s home to several locally famous ghouls and the equally well-known ‘soul burger’, which costs just $6 and has gained national notoriety for its mouthwatering ‘soul sauce’.”
  • 51 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The Majestic Grille has the best of both brunch worlds, with equal style and substance. Enjoy live music on the mezzanine of the 1920s Art Deco theatre while sipping a carafe of mimosas and noshing on veggie frittatas. Or saddle up to bar to watch football and tear into a rib eye Steak & Eggs served with potatoes, biscuits, and a Bloody Mary.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to get your Memphis music vibes checked off the box. GREAT food menu as well. If you want to have a conversation, it may be tough as the music can be pretty loud...”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“The specialty margaritas are killer, and the tableside guac is the reason to go!”
  • 32 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Bar
“An art-deco spot located inside a historic Victorian house. A trendy nightspot that caters to both locals and visitors. The lounge offers martinis, tapas & sing-along piano plus DJs & bands.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“Good drinks and fast service! The owner is actually one of the patrons...Daniel. Great for Sunday Fundays and turns into a nightclub on Friday and Saturdays. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Memphis go to venue for mid-size concerts and national touring acts. A beautiful indoor venue that hosts shows frequently. One of your favorite artists may be playing here, so always check who is playing. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Night Club
“The fifth Memphis eatery from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, The Gray Canary's mix of industrial modern and Old World decor is the perfect background to a menu focusing on small plates inspired by the chefs’ Italian roots and the use of local ingredients. A raw bar and classy cocktail program round out the stellar experience.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nightclub
“ Tri-level dance club with bands, DJs & pub grub drawing young crowds until the wee hours.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Alfred's Restaurant and Bar is well-known around town for its fabulous food and great live music. Alfred's was the first club on Beale Street to feature Rock 'n Roll music. Currently, they feature a variety of genres including acoustic bands, soloists, and even the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, which plays every Sunday night. They offer two patios perfect for both relaxing and partying, as well as a huge dance floor, and karaoke several nights a ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Night Club
“Featuring live piano players seven nights a week, this watering hole is known for being packed with an eclectic mix of regulars, newcomers, socialites and Elton John junkies. • This is the sister bar to the famous Chicago bar by the same name that was opened in 1929. • thezebralounge.net”
  • 10 locals recommend
Night Club
“For something a little more low key, check out Club Rumba. This South Main club features salsa dancing late into the night every Friday and Saturday. For those with two left feet, there are free salsa lessons at 9:30pm both nights. If salsa isn’t your thing, Club Rumba has a hip-hop night on the first Saturday of each month from 6-9:30pm. Unlike Raiford’s, which doesn’t serve food, hungry dancers can feast on Club Rumba’s small pub grub menu of nachos, wings, and taquitos.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Music venues

Music Venue
“A great place to enjoy some great music - this place has some really interesting history with the Memphis music scene. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
“An art-deco spot located inside a historic Victorian house. A trendy nightspot that caters to both locals and visitors. The lounge offers martinis, tapas & sing-along piano plus DJs & bands.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Every Saturday, on South Main! You can catch the trolley ($1) from the building. Great fresh, local produce! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Memphis go to venue for mid-size concerts and national touring acts. A beautiful indoor venue that hosts shows frequently. One of your favorite artists may be playing here, so always check who is playing. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Nightclub
“ Tri-level dance club with bands, DJs & pub grub drawing young crowds until the wee hours.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The Rum Boogie Cafe is one of the most happening spots on Beale. There is always a great band and a vibrant crowd. For the best rum drinks on Beale Street and perhaps in Memphis, this is definitely the place to go.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“My favorite Mexican food in Memphis! I love this place, it has great vibes and wonderful food. A "must try" for someone that likes to go where the locals eat!”
  • 1 local recommends
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