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The National Ornamental Metal Museum is the only one in the country dedicated to ornamental metalwork. Exhibits often include such diverse objects as silver tea services, swords, jewelry and weathervanes. See a blacksmith at work forging works of art. An annual exhibit in May features the fantastic devices people use to barbecue, timed to coincide with the Memphis in May Barbecue Contest. The museum is set in a lovely spot on the banks of the Mississippi, and the lawns are sometimes used for weddings and other private parties.
What could be better than nature combined with music and entertainment? Enjoy the outdoors and live music in Overton Park, a small shell theater where Elvis once played that hosts concerts in the summer. Listen to jazz, classical or blues music while you gaze at the stars. Occasionally, old films are shown and live performances are hosted here. This is a great place to take children, since there is lots of room for them to play and use their imaginations.
Located in the buzzing neighborhood of Cooper-Young, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is responsible for a chuck of the city's excitement. Makers of some of the finest brews available in the city, this brewery never fails to keep its fans happy, by producing a fresh, new variant of beer each year. A Dimly lit space, with a typical pub ambiance, the taproom is the scene of absolute excitement. Here you can sample some of the fine brews on available tap, before purchasing a bottle of which you enjoyed the most. From German-style Kolsch beer to all-American craft, no matter what your preference, this brewery will sure have one to suit it.
Wiseacre Brewing Company is devoted to producing highly flavorful brews that are contemporary and unique. The brainchild of siblings Davin and Kellan Bartosch, Wiseacre is always on the lookout for new and improved techniques from all over the world, to produce exquisite flavors. For a USD10, the brewery offers an in-depth educational tour about the brewing process and you also get to taste some of their beers. In addition to making new friends with common interests, you also get to take home a taster glass as a souvenir. So the next time you are in Memphis, be sure to visit the Wiseacre Brewing Company for an informative tour about your favorite drink.
Head to the Rec Room if you are looking for a fun spot to hangout with your friends. This sports bar is known for offering an array of beverages and is just a great place to unwind after a hectic day. If you are a fan of console gaming, this bar offers several latest games for you to play with your friends or meet new game enthusiasts. The energy of this place never goes down as it features arcades game machines, foosball tables, pin-pong and a variety of board games. In case you feel hungry after an exciting gaming session, Rec Room offers a scrumptious small plate menu. Though your children can accompany you during the day, Rec Room becomes an adult only bar after 5p everyday.
Tired of putting people, especially kids, to sleep with droning lectures in a dark room and trying to compete with the IMAX theater next door? This planetarium has spiced up its shows with laser lights and music from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. There is even an Elvis show during Elvis Week in August. During special meteorological events, such as meteor showers, the planetarium staff sets up telescopes on the front lawn and encourages visitors to bring their families as well as a picnic dinner.