Take a trip back in time at Blind Bear, a speakeasy-style bar in downtown Memphis. Classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, Manhattan, and Cosmopolitan are featured in the drinks menu. However, the bar snacks have as much draw as the drinks. Try the chicken sandwich, turkey burger, or white cheddar mac and cheese. There's an outdoor patio that's great for people watching, while the interior is decorated in dark hues and dimly lit. The bartenders add to the festive atmosphere by dressing in costumes from the roaring '20s.
Hi-Tone has a cool bar which serves a decent variety of drinks, especially some cheap beer. It's definitely the local favorite for live music, with lesser known bands as well as big names like Elvis Costello and Duncan Sheik having performed here. Check the website for performance schedules and specials on wings and drinks.
Enjoy great beer, food, and blues music at King's Palace Cafe's Tap Room on Memphis' ever-bustling Beale Street. This bar is open late, serving hungry and thirsty patrons until 5a. Great prices and friendly service get this place a lot of return business. The wings are a must-try if you're ordering food. If you don't have time to stop in for a drink, don't worry: you can get one to go from the walk-up window facing the street.
The the Paula & Raiford's Disco club is part of the hip and happening nightlife scene of downtown Memphis. It’s a typical club from the 1980s, complete with disco balls, fog machines and leather couches. Paula Raiford, the owner and DJ, spins some great tunes. If you wish to take a break away from the music and smoke on the dance floor, head to the VIP area. This nightspot also offers limousine service for all those who wish to arrive in style. Don't forget to carry cash, as it does not accept credit cards.
This hot spot used to be a pharmacy, was also rumored to be a brothel upstairs. Now Earnestine and Hazel's is leading the revival of the South Main area. Music and the jukebox (rumored to be driven by ghosts) at the bar bring in the late-night crowds and the famous soul burgers keep them satiated as they listen. Weekend nights feature a piano bar upstairs early in the evening, R&B or jazz later and, often, late night jam sessions with local musicians. The clientèle changes as the evening goes on, with the action really starting around midnight. On Sunday afternoons, there is live music from a variety of local groups. Ghost tours of the haunted rooms upstairs draw curious thrill seekers.
If you want to venture away from the usual tourist spots in Memphis to hear some live music, Wild Bill's is a great option. While it's a bit out of the way, the lively atmosphere, cheap drinks, and unbelievable talent will make you glad you made the trek. When the music starts playing, people are get up and start dancing. So don't be shy, and join in!
Try this fun and interesting restaurant for a taste of local cuisine. The atmosphere, the friendly owner and the food combine for a down-home experience. Try the fried chicken, catfish, or fried green tomatoes. You will also find an array of salads and vegetables including turnip greens, mashed potatoes and green beans. Desserts include a rich bread pudding and German chocolate cake. A jungle motif provides an interesting and entertaining atmosphere, especially for the kids. The service is friendly and the owner is usually around to greet customers as they come in the door.
Andrea Ferraro brings the taste of homemade New York style pizzas to Memphis at this cozy little restaurant. Try the delectable pizza pies that are a blend of fresh ingredients and Ferraro’s ingenuity with flavors. Besides the popular pizzas, there are also sandwiches on offer, all made on bread prepared fresh daily. Stromboli is the house specialty, made with salami, provolone, roasted red pepper and prosciutto. Customers can enjoy the fare dining in, ordering take away, or by having it delivered to their doorstep. See the website for more information.
Located in the heart of the downtown district, Local embodies the city's lively vibe and laid-back atmosphere. This buzzy gastropub is the place to head to for casual lunches, brunches, and drinks with friends. Sports fans can catch games live on their four big screens while sipping on local brews from some of the city's best craft breweries. Seasonal, elevated pub fare serves as the perfect accompaniment to your pints. Happy hours from 4p to 7p draw in post-work crowds looking to unwind over drinks and conversation. Brunch on weekends are a popular affair.
The food here is designed to complement the beer. Appetizers include the beer cheese soup, hot tamales, sausage quesadillas, and sausage and cheese plates. Sandwiches make up most of the main dishes. One of the rooms contains a large bar and wooden tables and chairs, and the other room has pool tables and a sports bar atmosphere. The most popular place to eat and drink is on the wrap-around patio at the windows. Cigar smoking is encouraged on the patio, and the restaurant offers a cigar list. The restaurant features live music on weekends and is in the heart of the tourist district, so there are usually plenty of chances for people-watching.