Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall features live music every night of the week. The venue itself isn't the most glamorous, but the talent is undeniable. The resident performers, Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band play Friday through Monday. It's located next to the Rum Boogie Cafe, which is known for its delicious Cajun and barbecue dishes. Make a night of it and visit this venue for some great blues.
B.B. King's Blues Club as the name would suggest is owned by legendary blues musician B.B. King and features some of the best blues music in Memphis. From the regular appearances of Ruby Wilson - who can belt out a tune and entertain a crowd as well as anyone - to the special concerts by groups such as Booker T, this club consistently delights visitors and locals alike. There is a menu of ribs, barbecue and other entrees, as well as snack items, but most people come here for the music, not the food. The dance floor rocks every night of the week. Reservations are required for special concerts.
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.
This bar has wrap-around windows that let you see the dancers bopping and jiving from the outside, or watch the street scene on Beale from the inside. Autographed guitars hang from the ceiling, offering proof that musicians such as Carl Perkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh and others have hung out here. The house act, James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band, performs at Rum Boogie Café when there isn't a visiting artist. The kitchen serves several dinner and snack items, but the Rum Boogie is famous for its red beans and rice.
Take a cue from the sign outside and enjoy a Guinness at Celtic Crossing. A traditional menu of pub food like Irish beef stew, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie is made even better by weekly specials. Traditional Irish music played by local musicians can be heard several times per month, and trivia night is always popular. When they don't have live music, you might catch great local DJs providing the musical entertainment for the evening. Check the website for information on music and events.
Dining at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is more akin to dining at a friend's house than dining at an acclaimed restaurant (even though it has garnered many accolades). That's because it's built in a former residence. Dine in the homey interior or get some fresh air in the backyard, where the chefs grown their own herbs. Taste the fresh flavors in pastas like the tortellini with celery root, parsley, butter, and truffle. Enjoy a creative cocktail and finish off your meal with a delectable dessert - the marscapone cheesecake.
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.
Dig into delicious Southern fare prepared from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients at Felicia Suzanne’s in Brinkley Plaza. Set in a classy space with brick-exposed walls, dim, comforting lights and lovely outdoor patio, it’s easy to like this place the moment you step in through the door. The Caramelized Onion Tarts, Chicken Crepes and Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich are particularly popular with the locals.They also have plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options allowing everyone to feast on the sumptuous delicacies served here. Keep a look out for their theme nights which can be quite a lot of fun. The warm atmosphere, charming Southern hospitality and delicious meals will have you raving about this place for a long time to come.
Bardog Tavern has a great selection of beer on tap, but it's best known for its tasty bar menu. Start with the seared Ahi wontons, for something savory to share. Sandwiches like the "Amazing" Island Club are popular: this filling sandwich is made with grilled chicken, a fried egg, ham, bacon, white American cheese, provolone, avocado, lettuce, spicy mayo, onion, and tomato. Friendly bartenders will be able to recommend their tastiest shots. Come in for brunch on the weekend and get a taste of specials like the lobster sandwich, mimosas, and screwdrivers.
This elegant lobby bar in the grand Peabody Hotel has been restored to its original late 19th Century glory, although with modern comforts added. Couches and overstuffed chairs make for a relaxing place in which to enjoy the player piano or the live music that takes place on weekend nights. The lobby is crowded, when the famous Peabody ducks march to and from their place in the lobby fountain. The best time to stop by at the Peabody Lobby Bar is late at night after an evening on Beale Street or at the theater.
117 Prime is an elegant Southern steakhouse. The walls decked up with mirrors and vintage cocktail napkins are a perfect foil to the banquette and leather chairs. Perfectly grilled steaks are the order of the day. But they do have great seafood, poultry and a few vegetarian options that are worth a try. Tipple on cocktails or wine from their extensive list. Unwind at the bar during happy hours. No matter the reason for your visit, you will be more than satisfied. Reservations are recommended.