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.
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.
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.
A local favourite hangout, this pub is popular among the youngsters as well as the adult business crowd. The place focuses on drinks, simple food, and of course, great music. Drop in for a drink or two, and dance to the latest numbers.
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.
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.
Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is perfect for those who want to try a little bit of everything. Sample soups, salads, entrees, desserts, and of course, wine, in flights. The seafood flight features small portions of Maine lobster and crab pie, a sea scallop Benedict, and shrimp and grits. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening out or an intimate dinner with friends.
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.