Guidebook for Memphis

Matt And Kimble
Matt And Kimble
Guidebook for Memphis

Entertainment & Activities

Memphis Grizzlies Games are a civic party and some of the most affordable tickets in the NBA!
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191 Beale St
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Memphis Grizzlies Games are a civic party and some of the most affordable tickets in the NBA!
Well, you sure shouldn't come all the way to Memphis without seeing the sun set on the Mighty Mississippi. Perhaps even pack a picnic.
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Tom Lee Park
Riverside Drive
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Well, you sure shouldn't come all the way to Memphis without seeing the sun set on the Mighty Mississippi. Perhaps even pack a picnic.
Oldest continuously operating business on Beale. Great gift store, now with an old fashioned Soda Fountain. If you visit Beale St, don't miss it!
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A. Schwab
163 Beale St
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Oldest continuously operating business on Beale. Great gift store, now with an old fashioned Soda Fountain. If you visit Beale St, don't miss it!
Take the family to church. You may get lucky and hear the Reverand Al Green officiate. But even if he's not there, you'll still hear some great gospel. Family friendly too!
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Full Gospel Tabernacle
787 Hale Rd
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Take the family to church. You may get lucky and hear the Reverand Al Green officiate. But even if he's not there, you'll still hear some great gospel. Family friendly too!
It's a kid friendly game centric bar with vintage video games, ping pong et al, and living rooms you can rent by the hour with sofas an large screens. I the Broad Ave. Arts district which is worth it
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Rec Room
3000 Broad Ave
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It's a kid friendly game centric bar with vintage video games, ping pong et al, and living rooms you can rent by the hour with sofas an large screens. I the Broad Ave. Arts district which is worth it
Frequently on Best in the US lists, our zoo is so charming proms and weddings are held there. Plus a water feature that the kiddos can play in helps beat the Memphis heat.
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Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
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Frequently on Best in the US lists, our zoo is so charming proms and weddings are held there. Plus a water feature that the kiddos can play in helps beat the Memphis heat.
Surrounded by the MS River, it includes a miniature replica of the river that you can wade in while you learn about the topography of the Delta and the power of the Big Muddy.
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Mud Island
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Surrounded by the MS River, it includes a miniature replica of the river that you can wade in while you learn about the topography of the Delta and the power of the Big Muddy.

Sightseeing

Just Google Time Is Tight by Booker T and The MGs. Really do it now while you read our listing! Stax is a must!
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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Just Google Time Is Tight by Booker T and The MGs. Really do it now while you read our listing! Stax is a must!
It will make an impression on you! Aside: Our home was built by an architect as his family's first home. Many years later his partner was part of the team that designed Graceland!
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Graceland
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It will make an impression on you! Aside: Our home was built by an architect as his family's first home. Many years later his partner was part of the team that designed Graceland!
Memphis is unique in it's demographics and it's central role in the national struggle for Civil Rights, a particularly defining characteristic of the Delta region. Giants have walked here.
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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
450 Mulberry St
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Memphis is unique in it's demographics and it's central role in the national struggle for Civil Rights, a particularly defining characteristic of the Delta region. Giants have walked here.
Metal working is a timeless craft, and the National Ornamental Metal museum is also a working foundry. It is in a beautiful location, often has fun family events and workshops. On the river bluff!
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Metal Museum
374 Metal Museum Dr
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Metal working is a timeless craft, and the National Ornamental Metal museum is also a working foundry. It is in a beautiful location, often has fun family events and workshops. On the river bluff!
Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Rufus Thomas, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. And it's still a working Studio.
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Sun Studio
706 Union Ave
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Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Rufus Thomas, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. And it's still a working Studio.
All aboard! The spirit of New Orleans will get you there, possibly overnight. With a bar car. That's the way to see the Delta.
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Memphis Central Station
545 S Main St
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All aboard! The spirit of New Orleans will get you there, possibly overnight. With a bar car. That's the way to see the Delta.
Rooftop offers great views, Lobby Bar offers ducks on parade. The Peabody is not on Peabody Ave, but it is on the list of best known attractions in Memphis!
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The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave
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Rooftop offers great views, Lobby Bar offers ducks on parade. The Peabody is not on Peabody Ave, but it is on the list of best known attractions in Memphis!
Elvis' family moved into this downtown public housing when he was a young teen, & he cut his teeth on the local bluesmiths playing in the area. Private condos now, his apt. is open to the public.
Lauderdale Courts
Elvis' family moved into this downtown public housing when he was a young teen, & he cut his teeth on the local bluesmiths playing in the area. Private condos now, his apt. is open to the public.
The jewel in the crown of midtown. If you love historic homes, drive, bike or walk this street.
South Belvedere Boulevard
South Belvedere Boulevard
The jewel in the crown of midtown. If you love historic homes, drive, bike or walk this street.

Food Scene

Great looking diner, Elvis was a patron. Getcha a classic breakfast or a PB and Banana sammie. Featured in Jim Jarmusch's epic Memphis movie Mystery Train.
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The Arcade Restaurant
540 S Main St
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Great looking diner, Elvis was a patron. Getcha a classic breakfast or a PB and Banana sammie. Featured in Jim Jarmusch's epic Memphis movie Mystery Train.
It is not an exaggeration. This is the worlds best fried chicken. Skip the sides, they are nothing to write home about, have another piece of chicken instead.
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 S Front St
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It is not an exaggeration. This is the worlds best fried chicken. Skip the sides, they are nothing to write home about, have another piece of chicken instead.
Interesting take on southern food. Charming little lunch spot.
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Lunchbox Eats
288 S 4th St
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Interesting take on southern food. Charming little lunch spot.
Head to their downtown location at 51 S. Main. This is a delicious mix of soul food and Cajun, and offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options!
Dejavu Restaurant
936 Florida St
Head to their downtown location at 51 S. Main. This is a delicious mix of soul food and Cajun, and offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options!
Some of the best BBQ in town. Plus Cornish Hens! A hole in the wall, near St Jude, the food's well worth the visit.
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Pkwy
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Some of the best BBQ in town. Plus Cornish Hens! A hole in the wall, near St Jude, the food's well worth the visit.
Right around the corner. Often cited as the best Thai in Memphis, and definitely the best patio and deck bar in the area.
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Bhan Thai
1324 Peabody Ave
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Right around the corner. Often cited as the best Thai in Memphis, and definitely the best patio and deck bar in the area.
Classic little soul food joint with good chicken and friendly staff. just a block away.
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Peggy's
326 South Cleveland Street
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Classic little soul food joint with good chicken and friendly staff. just a block away.
Definitely not for the ambiance; its bare bones and across from the UT Methodist Teaching Hospital. But The Wings!!! Great picnic fodder for a free show at the Levitt Shell!
Crumpy's Wings & More
220 S Claybrook St
Definitely not for the ambiance; its bare bones and across from the UT Methodist Teaching Hospital. But The Wings!!! Great picnic fodder for a free show at the Levitt Shell!
Good, natural farm to table food and regionally sourced crafts and gifts. Good place for lunch before Sun, very nearby Sam Phillips studio. On the Cleveland St. trolley line (under renovation 2015)
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The Trolley Stop Market
704 Madison Ave
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Good, natural farm to table food and regionally sourced crafts and gifts. Good place for lunch before Sun, very nearby Sam Phillips studio. On the Cleveland St. trolley line (under renovation 2015)
Kimble's favorite BBQ is also Memphis' favorite BBQ
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The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Ave
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Kimble's favorite BBQ is also Memphis' favorite BBQ
Anothe top BBQ joint, they even have a bbq portabella sammie so the vegetarian can get in on the smokey goodness. Ribs and wings, hommade chips and potato salad are some of our favs.
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Central BBQ - Midtown
2249 Central Ave
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Anothe top BBQ joint, they even have a bbq portabella sammie so the vegetarian can get in on the smokey goodness. Ribs and wings, hommade chips and potato salad are some of our favs.
Historic, bustling restaurant and theater district w a $3 parking garage and a $2 Ride the Roo Shuttle to get you from here to Cooper Young so you can safely enjoy Midtown's 2 fav intersections.
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Overton Square
2101 Madison Ave
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Historic, bustling restaurant and theater district w a $3 parking garage and a $2 Ride the Roo Shuttle to get you from here to Cooper Young so you can safely enjoy Midtown's 2 fav intersections.
Get the tapatio. A friend once tipped me that any Mexican that has the ham is muy bueno. Si!
El Mezcal
1492 Union Ave
Get the tapatio. A friend once tipped me that any Mexican that has the ham is muy bueno. Si!
NY stile slices and more.
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Little Italy Midtown
1495 Union Ave
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NY stile slices and more.
Incredibly good. Nationally ranked, high end wine and dine.
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Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
39 S Main St
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Incredibly good. Nationally ranked, high end wine and dine.

Drinks & Nightlife

Cool Dive, great Juke Box, delicious burgers. Also used to be the place for the after party for many a Beale Street musician back in the day. And it was once a brothel. Be sure to explore upstairs.
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Earnestine & Hazel's
531 S Main St
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Cool Dive, great Juke Box, delicious burgers. Also used to be the place for the after party for many a Beale Street musician back in the day. And it was once a brothel. Be sure to explore upstairs.
Beer made from the "Worlds Sweetest Water". No kidding, we sit on top of a sand filtered aquafer. This, according to waterworld.com. Memphis is the Saudi Arabia of water! And Boscos has a restaurant!
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Boscos Squared
2120 Madison Ave
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Beer made from the "Worlds Sweetest Water". No kidding, we sit on top of a sand filtered aquafer. This, according to waterworld.com. Memphis is the Saudi Arabia of water! And Boscos has a restaurant!
You know that bar thats tons of fun when there's live music, but not so much otherwise?
Murphy's
1589 Madison Ave
You know that bar thats tons of fun when there's live music, but not so much otherwise?
In trending Crosstown, the HiTone is the definitive local live music club. 2 show rooms and a lounge.
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The Hi Tone
282-284 N Cleveland St
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In trending Crosstown, the HiTone is the definitive local live music club. 2 show rooms and a lounge.
Prettiest pirate themed bar in Memphis.
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The Cove
2559 Broad Ave
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Prettiest pirate themed bar in Memphis.
Another great dive bar, and the oldest in Memphis. It's small, beer + setups, cash only, and sometimes crowded esp if there's a band. Still a good place to get your drink on.
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Lamplighter Lounge
1702 Madison Ave
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Another great dive bar, and the oldest in Memphis. It's small, beer + setups, cash only, and sometimes crowded esp if there's a band. Still a good place to get your drink on.
Popular dive bar with lots of varied entertainment, from shows to trivia, karaoke, comedy and more. An institution. Good burgers too. Beer only, setups sold.
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The P & H
1532 Madison Ave
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Popular dive bar with lots of varied entertainment, from shows to trivia, karaoke, comedy and more. An institution. Good burgers too. Beer only, setups sold.
Do you like 80s soul? How about dancing on a stage that's lit from below a la Sat. Nt. Fever...with a stripper pole? Executive seating and cold 40s? Channel your inner Prince and get on down to the coolest club in town.
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Paula & Raiford's Disco
14 S 2nd St
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Do you like 80s soul? How about dancing on a stage that's lit from below a la Sat. Nt. Fever...with a stripper pole? Executive seating and cold 40s? Channel your inner Prince and get on down to the coolest club in town.
Best Juke Joint in town, and many say the live best blues you'll hear while in Memphis. Thurs-Sat. Cash only: 40s and setups and good wings. $10 cover, ass shaking fun.
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Wild Bills Memphis
1580 Vollintine Ave
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Best Juke Joint in town, and many say the live best blues you'll hear while in Memphis. Thurs-Sat. Cash only: 40s and setups and good wings. $10 cover, ass shaking fun.

Essentials

Seasonal and Farm Fresh!
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Memphis Farmers Market
566 S Front St
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Seasonal and Farm Fresh!

Arts & Culture

Mid sized venue great for touring acts.
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Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave
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Mid sized venue great for touring acts.
Ok so this one's really a web stream/studio. But once a month they host a live show called VS and the bill is two usually great, disparate bands plus comedy in front of a live studio audience.
Move The Air Studio
437 N Cleveland St
Ok so this one's really a web stream/studio. But once a month they host a live show called VS and the bill is two usually great, disparate bands plus comedy in front of a live studio audience.

Shopping

Headquartered in Memphis, Fred's is like a southern chain of bodegas, one is always nearby. If you forgot it, they probably carry it. Small grocery selection and sundries. If only they had booze.
Fred's
1290 Lamar Ave
Headquartered in Memphis, Fred's is like a southern chain of bodegas, one is always nearby. If you forgot it, they probably carry it. Small grocery selection and sundries. If only they had booze.
Deep stacks and knowledgeable staff make this a favorite.
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Shangri-La Records
1916 Madison Ave
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Deep stacks and knowledgeable staff make this a favorite.
Nearest liquor and wine store.
Kimbrough Fine Wine & Spirits
1483 Union Ave
Nearest liquor and wine store.
Joe's Cool Sign (and the beer and wine growler stations).
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Joe's Wines & Liquor
1681 Poplar Ave
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Joe's Cool Sign (and the beer and wine growler stations).
Because Rolling Stone Magazine named Goner one of it's best record stores in the country, because it's also a label, because it's a Memphis institution, and the curator of Gonerfest every September.
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Goner Records
2152 Young Ave
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Because Rolling Stone Magazine named Goner one of it's best record stores in the country, because it's also a label, because it's a Memphis institution, and the curator of Gonerfest every September.