James’s Memphis Guidebook

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James’s Memphis Guidebook

Bars & Nightlife

Go here Tuesday-Saturday for Memphis' best 1/2 priced happy hour! Alchemy is an awesome full service bar with great appetizers too!
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Alchemy Memphis
940 Cooper Street
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Go here Tuesday-Saturday for Memphis' best 1/2 priced happy hour! Alchemy is an awesome full service bar with great appetizers too!
Here's another amazing happy hour from 4-6 with $5 wines, $5 cocktails, and $1.50 off the baot raw oysters. The bar is stunning!
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Here's another amazing happy hour from 4-6 with $5 wines, $5 cocktails, and $1.50 off the baot raw oysters. The bar is stunning!
This is a great place to go for live music and drinks. The Tin Roof is located on Memphis' historic Beale Street (similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans).
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Tin Roof
315 Beale St
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This is a great place to go for live music and drinks. The Tin Roof is located on Memphis' historic Beale Street (similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans).
This is a great place to eat, drink, and listen to live music. It is located closeby in Overton Square.
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Lafayette's Music Room
2119 Madison Avenue
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This is a great place to eat, drink, and listen to live music. It is located closeby in Overton Square.
This is one of Memphis oldest bar and a popular favorite among the locals. Grab a drink and enjoy a soul burger right off the grill. They are amazing! Go upstairs and see the old brothel rooms and the tiny bar. This place won't disappoint!
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Earnestine & Hazel's
531 South Main Street
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This is one of Memphis oldest bar and a popular favorite among the locals. Grab a drink and enjoy a soul burger right off the grill. They are amazing! Go upstairs and see the old brothel rooms and the tiny bar. This place won't disappoint!
Drus is an LGBT bar with drag shows on Saturday nights and some Thursdays.
Dru's Bar
1474 Madison Avenue
Drus is an LGBT bar with drag shows on Saturday nights and some Thursdays.
If you want a super classy cocktail head to Tiger & Peacock on Cooper in the Overton Park area. Gentlemen must have a collared shirt (be advised). The bar is at the top of the Memphian Hotel.
Tiger and Peacock
21 Cooper Street
If you want a super classy cocktail head to Tiger & Peacock on Cooper in the Overton Park area. Gentlemen must have a collared shirt (be advised). The bar is at the top of the Memphian Hotel.
Voted one of the top 20 Irish bars in the USA! It is stunning! Great food and a fantastic bar!
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The Brass Door
152 Madison Avenue
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Voted one of the top 20 Irish bars in the USA! It is stunning! Great food and a fantastic bar!
Want to hangout outside, play corn hole, have a drink, and eat? Go to Loflin Yard. They have it all. Get the chicken tenders or the burger. So good! This is the perfect place to chill in Memphis.
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Loflin Yard
7 W Carolina Ave
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Want to hangout outside, play corn hole, have a drink, and eat? Go to Loflin Yard. They have it all. Get the chicken tenders or the burger. So good! This is the perfect place to chill in Memphis.
Want to hang outside, drink, hear live music on the weekends? Go to Railgarten! It is so fun and great for selfies!
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Railgarten
2166 Central Ave
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Want to hang outside, drink, hear live music on the weekends? Go to Railgarten! It is so fun and great for selfies!

Sightseeing

The Pink Palace is an awesome history museum. Check out the iMax screen and Planetarium.
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The Pink Palace Mansion
3050 Central Ave
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The Pink Palace is an awesome history museum. Check out the iMax screen and Planetarium.
One of the best zoos in the country!
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Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
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One of the best zoos in the country!
This is a must-stop in Memphis.
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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This is a must-stop in Memphis.
Stand in the place where Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded. So awesome!
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Sun Studio
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Stand in the place where Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded. So awesome!
Walk Across the Mississippi River on the Big River Crossing bridge. At night, the LED lights come on for a show. It's so worth it and very safe.
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Big River Crossing
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Walk Across the Mississippi River on the Big River Crossing bridge. At night, the LED lights come on for a show. It's so worth it and very safe.
Enjoy the duck parade in the main lobby every morning and the amazing hotel (the oldest in the south). Also, the hotel has a lovely cocktail bar.
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The Peabody Memphis
118 Union Avenue
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Enjoy the duck parade in the main lobby every morning and the amazing hotel (the oldest in the south). Also, the hotel has a lovely cocktail bar.
Go visit the home of Elvis Presley. The tours are expensive but you can always just drive by for free.
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Graceland
Elvis Presley Boulevard
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Go visit the home of Elvis Presley. The tours are expensive but you can always just drive by for free.
Go take a picture with the Memphis sign on the Mud Island Park. Park downtown near the crossover and walk down the island. It is a bit of a walk but perfect for taking a photo with the Memphis sign with the city skyline in the background.
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Mud Island River Park
125 Island Drive
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Go take a picture with the Memphis sign on the Mud Island Park. Park downtown near the crossover and walk down the island. It is a bit of a walk but perfect for taking a photo with the Memphis sign with the city skyline in the background.
Visit Beale at night for an amazing night scene (like Bourbon Street in NOLA). You can also visit during the day for a quieter atmosphere. I love the Tin Roof.
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Beale Street
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Visit Beale at night for an amazing night scene (like Bourbon Street in NOLA). You can also visit during the day for a quieter atmosphere. I love the Tin Roof.
Check out the world's largest Bass Pro Shop. Also, go up the elevator and see the incredible view of the Mississippi River and downtown. Have a cocktail while you are up there!
Bass Pro Drive
Check out the world's largest Bass Pro Shop. Also, go up the elevator and see the incredible view of the Mississippi River and downtown. Have a cocktail while you are up there!
This is by far the best park in Memphis. There are trails, open grass areas, playgrounds, and even live music on the weekends in the warm months. It's a true jewel!
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Overton Park
1914 Poplar Avenue
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This is by far the best park in Memphis. There are trails, open grass areas, playgrounds, and even live music on the weekends in the warm months. It's a true jewel!

Food Scene

Central BBQ is just a mile down the road and features some of Memphis' BEST BBQ. You will love it! The BBQ nachos are awesome!
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Central BBQ - Midtown
2249 Central Avenue
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Central BBQ is just a mile down the road and features some of Memphis' BEST BBQ. You will love it! The BBQ nachos are awesome!
Awesome food and great drinks!
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Celtic Crossing Irish Pub
903 Cooper Street
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Awesome food and great drinks!
The a great place to get brunch and mimosas or lunch or dinner. Absolutely the best! They stay booked 24/7 so make a reservation.
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The Beauty Shop
Cooper Street
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The a great place to get brunch and mimosas or lunch or dinner. Absolutely the best! They stay booked 24/7 so make a reservation.
The best place for a nice dinner, lunch, or brunch.
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South of Beale
361 South Main Street
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The best place for a nice dinner, lunch, or brunch.
A wonderful place for a fine meal and cocktails.
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Pontotoc Lounge
314 South Main Street
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A wonderful place for a fine meal and cocktails.
Huey's has the best burger in town. They also have lots of beer on tap and TVs to watch sports. It is a Memphis classic with locations in midtown, downtown, and the burbs.
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Huey's Midtown
1927 Madison Avenue
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Huey's has the best burger in town. They also have lots of beer on tap and TVs to watch sports. It is a Memphis classic with locations in midtown, downtown, and the burbs.
This is my favorite place! They have an affordable menu (most items under $10) and a great bar/atmosphere. Tons of beer on tap and pool tables and TVs to watch sports!
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Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Avenue
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This is my favorite place! They have an affordable menu (most items under $10) and a great bar/atmosphere. Tons of beer on tap and pool tables and TVs to watch sports!
Come try smoked Memphis BBQ at The Rendezvous. The ribs and pulled pork are spectacular!
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Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley
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Come try smoked Memphis BBQ at The Rendezvous. The ribs and pulled pork are spectacular!
This is my favorite little pizza and pasta shop. It is located in an old service station and the cutest thing ever. Relax on the patio and enjoy their hand-made pastas and pizzas. Or even get it to go!
Tamboli's Pasta & Pizza
1761 Madison Avenue
This is my favorite little pizza and pasta shop. It is located in an old service station and the cutest thing ever. Relax on the patio and enjoy their hand-made pastas and pizzas. Or even get it to go!

Neighborhoods

Cooper Young is a Memphis favorite among locals. Make sure to have happy hour from 4-6 at Alchemy and then a cheap but yummy dinner at Young Avenue Deli. Or enjoy sushi at Mulan, Irish food at Celtic Crossing, or fish at Soul Fish Cafe. Be sure to stop and take a selfie at the LGBT Rainbow Crosswalk as Cooper Young is LGBT friendly neighborhood.
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Cooper-Young
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Cooper Young is a Memphis favorite among locals. Make sure to have happy hour from 4-6 at Alchemy and then a cheap but yummy dinner at Young Avenue Deli. Or enjoy sushi at Mulan, Irish food at Celtic Crossing, or fish at Soul Fish Cafe. Be sure to stop and take a selfie at the LGBT Rainbow Crosswalk as Cooper Young is LGBT friendly neighborhood.
Be sure to visit Overton Square while in Memphis. Great restaurants like Local, Porch and Parlor (fancy), Babalu, and Boscos. Also enjoy live music at Lafayettes.
Overton Avenue
Be sure to visit Overton Square while in Memphis. Great restaurants like Local, Porch and Parlor (fancy), Babalu, and Boscos. Also enjoy live music at Lafayettes.
The South Main Arts District is a favorite with the locals. Tourists always go to Beale while South Main sits quietly tucked away. Go check out the great resturaunts such as SOB (South of Beale, The Grecian Gourmet, Slider Inn, and Aldo's Pizza. Have a classy cocktail at Ponatoc Bar. Hold hands with your significant other and takes a stroll down South Main. Even ride the Memphis trolley and relax. You will love it!
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South Main
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The South Main Arts District is a favorite with the locals. Tourists always go to Beale while South Main sits quietly tucked away. Go check out the great resturaunts such as SOB (South of Beale, The Grecian Gourmet, Slider Inn, and Aldo's Pizza. Have a classy cocktail at Ponatoc Bar. Hold hands with your significant other and takes a stroll down South Main. Even ride the Memphis trolley and relax. You will love it!
The Broad Avenue Arts District is so fun. Grab cupcakes at Muddy's Bake Shop, have a cocktail at The Cove pirate themed bar, have sushi and cocktails at Salt-Soy, or take a stroll down the sidewalks. You will love Broad Avenue!
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Broad Avenue
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The Broad Avenue Arts District is so fun. Grab cupcakes at Muddy's Bake Shop, have a cocktail at The Cove pirate themed bar, have sushi and cocktails at Salt-Soy, or take a stroll down the sidewalks. You will love Broad Avenue!

Fine Dining

This is my hands down favorite fine dining restaurant in all of Memphis. All food is served in flights of 3 including small plates, desserts, and wine. The staff is unbelievable. Expect to spend $200-300 but it is sooooo worth it!
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Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
39 South Main Street
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This is my hands down favorite fine dining restaurant in all of Memphis. All food is served in flights of 3 including small plates, desserts, and wine. The staff is unbelievable. Expect to spend $200-300 but it is sooooo worth it!
I love this lovely Italian restaurant in downtown Memphis. Sit a the bar with no reservation or make one. The staff, food, and bar are top notch!
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Catherine & Mary's
272 S Main St
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I love this lovely Italian restaurant in downtown Memphis. Sit a the bar with no reservation or make one. The staff, food, and bar are top notch!
You can't go wrong with this gem. Chef Kelly English will blow your mind with a fun menu and amazing foods. It is located further out in East Memphis but worth the drive.
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Iris
2146 Monroe Avenue
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You can't go wrong with this gem. Chef Kelly English will blow your mind with a fun menu and amazing foods. It is located further out in East Memphis but worth the drive.
Porch and Parlor is a fantastic American restaurant. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Get the bacon appetizer. It's crazy good!
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Porch and Parlor
2125 Madison Avenue
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Porch and Parlor is a fantastic American restaurant. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Get the bacon appetizer. It's crazy good!
Craving Steaks? Go to Char. The food is top notch and steaks cut like butter. It is located a bit further east on Highland near the University of Memphis.
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Char Restaurant
431 S Highland St
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Craving Steaks? Go to Char. The food is top notch and steaks cut like butter. It is located a bit further east on Highland near the University of Memphis.

LGBT

Atomic Rose is an LGBT bar located just off Beale Street. Drag shows are Friday and Saturday nights with dancing from 12-3 am.
Atomic Rose
140 Lt. George W Lee Avenue
Atomic Rose is an LGBT bar located just off Beale Street. Drag shows are Friday and Saturday nights with dancing from 12-3 am.
Drus Bar is an LGBT bar where all people are loved and accepted. Drag shows on Saturdays with other fun nights too!
Dru's Bar
1474 Madison Avenue
Drus Bar is an LGBT bar where all people are loved and accepted. Drag shows on Saturdays with other fun nights too!
The pumping station is gay bar located on Poplar Avenue. It has a smoking bar, non-smoking bar, and 2 large patios. It is a bit of a dive bar and doesn't get busy except on weekends after 11:30.
The Pumping Station
1382 Poplar Ave
The pumping station is gay bar located on Poplar Avenue. It has a smoking bar, non-smoking bar, and 2 large patios. It is a bit of a dive bar and doesn't get busy except on weekends after 11:30.

Breweries

Memphis Made is one of my favorite breweries. Be sure to get the Memphis Made Fireside. It is a delicious amber and my favorite local beer.
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Memphis Made Brewing Co.
768 Cooper Street
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Memphis Made is one of my favorite breweries. Be sure to get the Memphis Made Fireside. It is a delicious amber and my favorite local beer.
Wiseacre is probably my favorite brewery in downtown Memphis. The brewery itself is stunning and the beers match the look. The Gotta Get Up To Get Down is a local favorite coffee stout.
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WISEACRE Brewing Company HQ
398 South B.B. King Boulevard
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Wiseacre is probably my favorite brewery in downtown Memphis. The brewery itself is stunning and the beers match the look. The Gotta Get Up To Get Down is a local favorite coffee stout.
Want a brewery with a view of the Mississippi River? Go here. The beer selection is not huge but the patio and photos you can take are worth it!
Grind City Brewing Co.
76 Waterworks Avenue
Want a brewery with a view of the Mississippi River? Go here. The beer selection is not huge but the patio and photos you can take are worth it!
This brewery has some of the best beer in Memphis. It has super unique beers and a large selection.
Soul & Spirits Brewery
845 North Main Street
This brewery has some of the best beer in Memphis. It has super unique beers and a large selection.