The Rambler: Memphis Guide

The Rambler
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The Rambler

The Rambler: Memphis Guide

Museums & Art Galleries
Located in the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the center of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Built in 1991, renovated in 2014, and considered to be one of the premier heritage and cultural museums in the United States. The museum is located one block from the The Rambler (400 feet SE).
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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Located in the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the center of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Built in 1991, renovated in 2014, and considered to be one of the premier heritage and cultural museums in the United States. The museum is located one block from the The Rambler (400 feet SE).
The estate owned by Elvis Presley, now a museum and exhibit complex that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. With 650,000 annual visitors, Graceland is the second-most visited house in the United States behind only the White House, and received a $45 million renovation in 2017. The complex also includes a 464-seat live entertainment venue, two restaurants, and over 17,000 square feet of meeting space, and is located 7.5 miles (10-minute drive) south of the Property
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Graceland Mansion
3764 Elvis Presley Blvd
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The estate owned by Elvis Presley, now a museum and exhibit complex that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. With 650,000 annual visitors, Graceland is the second-most visited house in the United States behind only the White House, and received a $45 million renovation in 2017. The complex also includes a 464-seat live entertainment venue, two restaurants, and over 17,000 square feet of meeting space, and is located 7.5 miles (10-minute drive) south of the Property
Museum located in the legendary Sun Studio, called “The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” featuring recordings from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King, Ike Turner, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Located in The Edge neighborhood, 1.4 miles NE of the Property.
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Sun Studio
706 Union Avenue
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Museum located in the legendary Sun Studio, called “The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” featuring recordings from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King, Ike Turner, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Located in The Edge neighborhood, 1.4 miles NE of the Property.
The Blues Hall of Fame Museum, opened in 2015. Located across the street on South Main Street from The Rambler.
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Blues Foundation
421 S Main St
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The Blues Hall of Fame Museum, opened in 2015. Located across the street on South Main Street from The Rambler.
Located on the original site of Stax Records studio, it is the only museum dedicated to the legacy of American soul music in the world. Located 2.4 miles SE of The Rambler.
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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Located on the original site of Stax Records studio, it is the only museum dedicated to the legacy of American soul music in the world. Located 2.4 miles SE of The Rambler.
Music museum focused on musical pioneers that overcame racial and socio-economic obstacles. On Beale Street, a 10-minute walk (0.5 miles) north of The Rambler.
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
191 Beale Street
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Music museum focused on musical pioneers that overcame racial and socio-economic obstacles. On Beale Street, a 10-minute walk (0.5 miles) north of The Rambler.
Arenas & Events
19,000-seat arena that is home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball University of Memphis Tigers, and year-round concert and event stadium. Built in 2004 and located on Beale Street, a 10-minute walk from The Rambler (0.5 miles NE)
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FedExForum
191 Beale Street
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19,000-seat arena that is home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball University of Memphis Tigers, and year-round concert and event stadium. Built in 2004 and located on Beale Street, a 10-minute walk from The Rambler (0.5 miles NE)
14,000-seat baseball field that is home to MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A team the Memphis Redbirds and new USL Soccer Team 901 FC. Built in 2000, the stadium was named “Minor League Ballpark of the Year” by Baseball America. The park is a 15-minute walk from the Property (0.7 miles N).
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AutoZone Park
200 Union Avenue
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14,000-seat baseball field that is home to MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A team the Memphis Redbirds and new USL Soccer Team 901 FC. Built in 2000, the stadium was named “Minor League Ballpark of the Year” by Baseball America. The park is a 15-minute walk from the Property (0.7 miles N).
Memphis in May Festival Featuring the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest. Occurs every year during the month of May at Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River, a 5 minute walk directly west from The Rambler.
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Tom Lee Park
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Memphis in May Festival Featuring the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest. Occurs every year during the month of May at Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River, a 5 minute walk directly west from The Rambler.
Historic theater hosting traveling Broadway plays, Ballet Memphis, and unique concerts and shows in a 2,300 seat arena. Located along South Main Street, 4 blocks north of The Rambler.
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Orpheum Theatre
203 South Main Street
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Historic theater hosting traveling Broadway plays, Ballet Memphis, and unique concerts and shows in a 2,300 seat arena. Located along South Main Street, 4 blocks north of The Rambler.
Features live bands seven nights a week, from local and touring acts playing rock ‘n roll to jazz to blues and everything in between. Lafayette’s kitchen, led by Chef Jody Moyt, features a variety of southern-inspired offerings – for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch – like po-boys, shrimp and grits, wood-fired pizzas and made-from-scratch desserts.
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Lafayette's Music Room
2119 Madison Avenue
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Features live bands seven nights a week, from local and touring acts playing rock ‘n roll to jazz to blues and everything in between. Lafayette’s kitchen, led by Chef Jody Moyt, features a variety of southern-inspired offerings – for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch – like po-boys, shrimp and grits, wood-fired pizzas and made-from-scratch desserts.
Restaurants & Bars
Earnestine & Hazel’s, like many other Memphis bars, is housed in a building that has a lot of history behind it. The building was formerly a pharmacy, then a cafe and lastly a brothel, but it’s now Memphis’ favorite dive bar and juke joint. Though the beer list isn’t as long as in some bars, all the domestic and foreign standards are available. For food, don’t miss the legendary “Soul Burger.” The secret “Soul Sauce” is what takes this burger from simple to extraordinary. Another main feature of this place is its excellent jukebox. Live music is played on the second floor. You may need to be just wary, though: this place is also known as America’s most haunted bar. Located along South Main Street, 2 blocks south of The Rambler.
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Earnestine & Hazel's
531 South Main Street
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Earnestine & Hazel’s, like many other Memphis bars, is housed in a building that has a lot of history behind it. The building was formerly a pharmacy, then a cafe and lastly a brothel, but it’s now Memphis’ favorite dive bar and juke joint. Though the beer list isn’t as long as in some bars, all the domestic and foreign standards are available. For food, don’t miss the legendary “Soul Burger.” The secret “Soul Sauce” is what takes this burger from simple to extraordinary. Another main feature of this place is its excellent jukebox. Live music is played on the second floor. You may need to be just wary, though: this place is also known as America’s most haunted bar. Located along South Main Street, 2 blocks south of The Rambler.
The Gray Canary is located in The Old Dominick Distillery. From the raw bar to the hearth, The Gray Canary is full of surprises. With a cocktail menu built from scratch by our beverage director Nick Talarico and a wine list curated by our wine director and sommelier Ryan Radish, the drinks reflect adventure in the same way that the food and the atmosphere do, all working collectively to create an unforgettable dining experience.
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The Gray Canary
301 S Front St
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The Gray Canary is located in The Old Dominick Distillery. From the raw bar to the hearth, The Gray Canary is full of surprises. With a cocktail menu built from scratch by our beverage director Nick Talarico and a wine list curated by our wine director and sommelier Ryan Radish, the drinks reflect adventure in the same way that the food and the atmosphere do, all working collectively to create an unforgettable dining experience.
One of the most famous BBQ restaurants in Memphis, with a large outdoor patio and frequent live music. Open since 1972, Central BBQ has accumulated a pile of awards and accolades for their ‘slow smoking’ techniques using hickory and pecan wood. Located next to the National Civil Rights Museum.
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Central BBQ - Downtown
147 East Butler Avenue
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One of the most famous BBQ restaurants in Memphis, with a large outdoor patio and frequent live music. Open since 1972, Central BBQ has accumulated a pile of awards and accolades for their ‘slow smoking’ techniques using hickory and pecan wood. Located next to the National Civil Rights Museum.
Open on South Main Street since 1919, The Arcade is Memphis’ oldest operating restaurant and a local institution. It’s also the restaurant where Elvis Presley ate fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches while sitting in a blue booth. Now, a century after Arcade opened, third generation owner Harry Zepatos Jr. runs The Arcade as a modern diner. However, he hasn’t forgotten the past – Elvis’ booth is still intact and his PB&B sandwich remains on the menu.
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The Arcade Restaurant
540 South Main Street
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Open on South Main Street since 1919, The Arcade is Memphis’ oldest operating restaurant and a local institution. It’s also the restaurant where Elvis Presley ate fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches while sitting in a blue booth. Now, a century after Arcade opened, third generation owner Harry Zepatos Jr. runs The Arcade as a modern diner. However, he hasn’t forgotten the past – Elvis’ booth is still intact and his PB&B sandwich remains on the menu.
The latest restaurant from Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman is a French Brasserie inside Central Station on South Main Street. There are local beers and the cocktail list is rooted in the classics with names riffing on a chess match. The restaurant is likely to stay busy, but the bar and little known lounge area are perfect for those who want to just pop in.
Bishop
545 South Main Street
The latest restaurant from Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman is a French Brasserie inside Central Station on South Main Street. There are local beers and the cocktail list is rooted in the classics with names riffing on a chess match. The restaurant is likely to stay busy, but the bar and little known lounge area are perfect for those who want to just pop in.
BarWare shares a space with Juice Brothers and hopes its customers will find their way there to both detox and retox. The cocktails are beautiful and Instagram ready as is the decor, which is romantic and inviting. And they are the only place in town with Frobeer -- a Tiny Bomb with a frosty head.
BarWare
276 South Front Street
BarWare shares a space with Juice Brothers and hopes its customers will find their way there to both detox and retox. The cocktails are beautiful and Instagram ready as is the decor, which is romantic and inviting. And they are the only place in town with Frobeer -- a Tiny Bomb with a frosty head.
Named for its narrow footprint, Longshot is full of half moon booths and vintage shuffleboard tables. It’s got a fun and raucous vibe, an amazing menu of sausage based global snacks, and a full bar. The cocktail menu features timeless classics like the Old Fashioned, but with a twist. Take for example the addition of sausage fat to the above mentioned drink. Their Sidecar features cognac, lemon, curacao, green apple, and turmeric.
Longshot
477 South Main Street
Named for its narrow footprint, Longshot is full of half moon booths and vintage shuffleboard tables. It’s got a fun and raucous vibe, an amazing menu of sausage based global snacks, and a full bar. The cocktail menu features timeless classics like the Old Fashioned, but with a twist. Take for example the addition of sausage fat to the above mentioned drink. Their Sidecar features cognac, lemon, curacao, green apple, and turmeric.
Now open on South Main, the Arrive Hotel brought with it a host of new businesses to support. Bar Hustle is the lobby bar and is named in conjunction with the hotel’s bakery, Hustle & Dough. Guests can expect several familiar faces behind the bar and lots of new and exciting concoctions on the menu like the cheekily named “Instagram This Cocktail” which contains vodka, italicus, raspberry, tomato, cava⁠.
Bar Hustle
477 South Main Street
Now open on South Main, the Arrive Hotel brought with it a host of new businesses to support. Bar Hustle is the lobby bar and is named in conjunction with the hotel’s bakery, Hustle & Dough. Guests can expect several familiar faces behind the bar and lots of new and exciting concoctions on the menu like the cheekily named “Instagram This Cocktail” which contains vodka, italicus, raspberry, tomato, cava⁠.
When it opened, Slider Inn’s main draw was the Lobster Roll (the only one in the Mid-South, made with lobster flown in from Maine three times a week). However, its ever-expanding, year round climate-controlled patio and Jameson slushies are surely what its best known for now. The new downtown spot has all of what we love in Midtown writ large.
Slider Inn - Downtown
363 Mulberry Street
When it opened, Slider Inn’s main draw was the Lobster Roll (the only one in the Mid-South, made with lobster flown in from Maine three times a week). However, its ever-expanding, year round climate-controlled patio and Jameson slushies are surely what its best known for now. The new downtown spot has all of what we love in Midtown writ large.
Housed in a space that was once an actual beauty shop frequented by Priscilla Presley, this eatery from celebrated Memphis restaurateur Karen Carrier is suffused with aesthetic details you just won’t find at another Memphis restaurant. Booths are tucked into former salon stations, with seating beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers. But the best part is, of course, the food. “Watermelon and wings” is a good example of the type of eclectic dish you’ll find here: chicken wings dipped in white Sichuan pepper and sweet chile lime juice, dusted with sugar, and then deep-fried, served with a side of fresh watermelon and sprinkled with toasted cashews.
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The Beauty Shop
Cooper Street
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Housed in a space that was once an actual beauty shop frequented by Priscilla Presley, this eatery from celebrated Memphis restaurateur Karen Carrier is suffused with aesthetic details you just won’t find at another Memphis restaurant. Booths are tucked into former salon stations, with seating beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers. But the best part is, of course, the food. “Watermelon and wings” is a good example of the type of eclectic dish you’ll find here: chicken wings dipped in white Sichuan pepper and sweet chile lime juice, dusted with sugar, and then deep-fried, served with a side of fresh watermelon and sprinkled with toasted cashews.
Bardog is Downtown’s requisite neighborhood bar, and at 6pm you'll find it packed with friendly locals and amazing bartenders (who'll always shake your hand upon meeting you). The drinks are great, and the kitchen cranks out everyone’s favorite sliders until 2am. It’s also one of the last places where you can still smoke inside.
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Bardog Tavern
73 Monroe Avenue
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Bardog is Downtown’s requisite neighborhood bar, and at 6pm you'll find it packed with friendly locals and amazing bartenders (who'll always shake your hand upon meeting you). The drinks are great, and the kitchen cranks out everyone’s favorite sliders until 2am. It’s also one of the last places where you can still smoke inside.
The Edge District’s premiere restaurant features Tim Barker’s chef-driven breakfast, lunch, and dinner items made from scratch Wednesday to Sunday in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor dining options.
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Edge Alley | Restaurant
600 Monroe Ave
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The Edge District’s premiere restaurant features Tim Barker’s chef-driven breakfast, lunch, and dinner items made from scratch Wednesday to Sunday in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor dining options.
The Silly Goose Lounge can be both a huge party venue great for dancing, as well as a laid-back bar and lounge, depending on the time of day. There is a heated patio outside, and an upscale lounge vibe inside. For drinks, house favorites include “Peter Rabbit’s Revenge,” made with gin, cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Their mint juleps are also made with homemade mint syrup.
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Silly Goose
100 Peabody Place
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The Silly Goose Lounge can be both a huge party venue great for dancing, as well as a laid-back bar and lounge, depending on the time of day. There is a heated patio outside, and an upscale lounge vibe inside. For drinks, house favorites include “Peter Rabbit’s Revenge,” made with gin, cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Their mint juleps are also made with homemade mint syrup.
Cocktail bar on South Main Street
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Pontotoc Lounge
314 South Main Street
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Cocktail bar on South Main Street
Legendary fried chicken
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 South Front Street
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Legendary fried chicken
Lisa and Luis Toro, who own City & State, decided to turn an old liquor store a few doors down into a Latin-inspired diner in order to bring more lunch and dinner traffic to the neighborhood. Great for brunch.
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The Liquor Store
2655 Broad Ave
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Lisa and Luis Toro, who own City & State, decided to turn an old liquor store a few doors down into a Latin-inspired diner in order to bring more lunch and dinner traffic to the neighborhood. Great for brunch.
Chess club and restaurant in downtown Memphis
Memphis Chess Club
195 Madison Avenue
Chess club and restaurant in downtown Memphis
A national historic landmark named the “Favorite Iconic American Street” by USA Today, Beale Street is a 1.2-mile strip filled with over 30 restaurants, bars, music clubs, and historic sites, and attracts visitors for daily entertainment and periodic festivals and events. The center of Beale Street is a 10-minute walk from The Rambler (0.5 miles N).
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Beale Street Entertainment District
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A national historic landmark named the “Favorite Iconic American Street” by USA Today, Beale Street is a 1.2-mile strip filled with over 30 restaurants, bars, music clubs, and historic sites, and attracts visitors for daily entertainment and periodic festivals and events. The center of Beale Street is a 10-minute walk from The Rambler (0.5 miles N).
The original B.B. King’s Blues Club is right on Beale Street and is as much a restaurant and music venue as it is a bar. The ribs are, of course, one of the best choices here, on a menu that primarily features classic Southern fare. The B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band emphasizes Memphis music in its sets, though it also incorporates pop and classic rock. For drinks, try the “Dixieland Delight,” with sweet tea moonshine, orange juice, sour mix and sweet tea. If going with a party, give the “Soul Bowl” a try, which is a mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, amaretto and more.
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B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale Street
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The original B.B. King’s Blues Club is right on Beale Street and is as much a restaurant and music venue as it is a bar. The ribs are, of course, one of the best choices here, on a menu that primarily features classic Southern fare. The B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band emphasizes Memphis music in its sets, though it also incorporates pop and classic rock. For drinks, try the “Dixieland Delight,” with sweet tea moonshine, orange juice, sour mix and sweet tea. If going with a party, give the “Soul Bowl” a try, which is a mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, amaretto and more.
Memphis chief Felicia Willett has owned and operated her eponymous fine dining establishment in Downtown for almost 20 years. The menu showcases her own creative riffs on classics from across the South, along with dishes inspired by her childhood. That translates to a unique mashup of Gulf Coast seafood cooking, Creole cuisine, and Charleston low country traditions. Willett is also a familiar face at the Memphis Farmers Market, a result of her insistence on a farm-to-fork tradition in as much of her menu as possible — a menu, by the way, that serves up such treats as crispy Gulf oysters with New Orleans BBQ sauce, chicken crepes, fried Carolina quail, shrimp and grits, roasted salmon, and duck and mushroom lasagna, to name a few favorites.
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Felicia Suzanne's
80 Monroe Ave # L1
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Memphis chief Felicia Willett has owned and operated her eponymous fine dining establishment in Downtown for almost 20 years. The menu showcases her own creative riffs on classics from across the South, along with dishes inspired by her childhood. That translates to a unique mashup of Gulf Coast seafood cooking, Creole cuisine, and Charleston low country traditions. Willett is also a familiar face at the Memphis Farmers Market, a result of her insistence on a farm-to-fork tradition in as much of her menu as possible — a menu, by the way, that serves up such treats as crispy Gulf oysters with New Orleans BBQ sauce, chicken crepes, fried Carolina quail, shrimp and grits, roasted salmon, and duck and mushroom lasagna, to name a few favorites.
Itta Bena (above BB King’s Blues Club) is always a good happy hour option. Open nightly from 5pm-10pm, it’s a very come-as-you-are joint, despite the swanky vibe. Take the fire escape up and arrive before the sun sets so you can bask in the blue glow of the majestic room. The center bar offers plenty of seating and friendly service. Live music starts around 6pm-7pm and enhances conversation rather than drowning it out. Chances are you’ll want to stay for dinner, or at the very least for a bowl of the famous She-Crab soup.
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Itta Bena
145 Beale Street
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Itta Bena (above BB King’s Blues Club) is always a good happy hour option. Open nightly from 5pm-10pm, it’s a very come-as-you-are joint, despite the swanky vibe. Take the fire escape up and arrive before the sun sets so you can bask in the blue glow of the majestic room. The center bar offers plenty of seating and friendly service. Live music starts around 6pm-7pm and enhances conversation rather than drowning it out. Chances are you’ll want to stay for dinner, or at the very least for a bowl of the famous She-Crab soup.
Loflin Yard is a bar, restaurant, and event space with a large outdoor area with games and fire pits.
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Loflin Yard
7 W Carolina Ave
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Loflin Yard is a bar, restaurant, and event space with a large outdoor area with games and fire pits.
Bar (Don't Know Don't Care) - cozy and carefully curated spot packs in the people thanks to its global street food, specialty libations, funky decor, vintage photo booth, and selection of soul music. And don’t worry if it gets too crowded -- you can just spill out onto the sidewalk with everyone else.
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Bar DKDC
964 Cooper St
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Bar (Don't Know Don't Care) - cozy and carefully curated spot packs in the people thanks to its global street food, specialty libations, funky decor, vintage photo booth, and selection of soul music. And don’t worry if it gets too crowded -- you can just spill out onto the sidewalk with everyone else.
The Blind Bear Speakeasy promises a return to the 1920s world of speakeasies, even having access passwords on the weekends. The aesthetic extends to its cocktail menu, which features drinks like “The Flapper” and the “Bootlegger’s Mule” made with moonshine. For the food, the “Jager BBQ Burger”, and mac and cheese made with Pepper Jack cheese are highlights. The atmosphere is quite casual, with live performances Thursdays through Saturdays – and the weekend offers the “Hungover Like a Bear Brunch.”
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Blind Bear
119 South Main Street
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The Blind Bear Speakeasy promises a return to the 1920s world of speakeasies, even having access passwords on the weekends. The aesthetic extends to its cocktail menu, which features drinks like “The Flapper” and the “Bootlegger’s Mule” made with moonshine. For the food, the “Jager BBQ Burger”, and mac and cheese made with Pepper Jack cheese are highlights. The atmosphere is quite casual, with live performances Thursdays through Saturdays – and the weekend offers the “Hungover Like a Bear Brunch.”
The Mollie Fontaine Lounge has a rather unique location on the outskirts of the downtown district. It’s a converted Victorian house, packed with antiques, and it’s rumored to be haunted. There are full bars both upstairs and downstairs, as well as plenty of comfortable couches and chairs. A piano player typically sets up shop in the downstairs foyer, and DJs come in to perform as well. Feel free to challenge the bartenders to come up with new drinks featuring your favorite spirit. If you’re not feeling creative, order from specialty cocktail menu. Make sure to order the outstanding truffle fries to pair with drinks.
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Mollie Fontaine Lounge
679 Adams Avenue
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The Mollie Fontaine Lounge has a rather unique location on the outskirts of the downtown district. It’s a converted Victorian house, packed with antiques, and it’s rumored to be haunted. There are full bars both upstairs and downstairs, as well as plenty of comfortable couches and chairs. A piano player typically sets up shop in the downstairs foyer, and DJs come in to perform as well. Feel free to challenge the bartenders to come up with new drinks featuring your favorite spirit. If you’re not feeling creative, order from specialty cocktail menu. Make sure to order the outstanding truffle fries to pair with drinks.
Rum Boogie Café is dedicated to music, just like its name suggests. Guitars hang from the ceiling and dollar bills signed by famous artists adorn the walls. On most nights, the house band performs, but other local bands and musicians stop by as well. The food on the menu is standard Southern fare, including an award-winning “Gator Gumbo” which has sausage, chicken, crab meat, alligator, catfish, and shrimp. Their oversized beers are designed specifically to take up and down Beale Street with you; for staying in, try their rum-based drinks.
Rum Boogie Cafe
182 Beale Street
Rum Boogie Café is dedicated to music, just like its name suggests. Guitars hang from the ceiling and dollar bills signed by famous artists adorn the walls. On most nights, the house band performs, but other local bands and musicians stop by as well. The food on the menu is standard Southern fare, including an award-winning “Gator Gumbo” which has sausage, chicken, crab meat, alligator, catfish, and shrimp. Their oversized beers are designed specifically to take up and down Beale Street with you; for staying in, try their rum-based drinks.
South of Beale bills itself as “Memphis’ First Gastropub,” and the menu backs up that claim. Gluten-free and seasonal dishes abound here. Otherwise, try the duck patty melt or shrimp and pimento cheese grits. The house specialty cocktails include a “French Kiss,” made with champagne and St. Germain. From the house martini list, try the salted caramel variant. There’s also an extensive list of bourbon-based cocktails.
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South of Beale
361 South Main Street
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South of Beale bills itself as “Memphis’ First Gastropub,” and the menu backs up that claim. Gluten-free and seasonal dishes abound here. Otherwise, try the duck patty melt or shrimp and pimento cheese grits. The house specialty cocktails include a “French Kiss,” made with champagne and St. Germain. From the house martini list, try the salted caramel variant. There’s also an extensive list of bourbon-based cocktails.
The Kooky Canuck is an unexpected find in downtown Memphis, serving Quebec-style poutine, BBQ egg rolls, and the legendary “Kookamonga”: a monster 4-pound burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cheese. Finish it in an hour for a spot on the wall of fame. For a lighter dish, try the “Provincial Pear Salad” served with raspberry vinaigrette. The bar menu has an extensive list of Canadian whiskeys and beers. Cocktails include the “Canadian Sunset” and the “Maid of the Mist.” Both lunch and dinner are served.
Kooky Canuck
87 South 2nd Street
The Kooky Canuck is an unexpected find in downtown Memphis, serving Quebec-style poutine, BBQ egg rolls, and the legendary “Kookamonga”: a monster 4-pound burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cheese. Finish it in an hour for a spot on the wall of fame. For a lighter dish, try the “Provincial Pear Salad” served with raspberry vinaigrette. The bar menu has an extensive list of Canadian whiskeys and beers. Cocktails include the “Canadian Sunset” and the “Maid of the Mist.” Both lunch and dinner are served.
Cocktail bar in the lobby of the Central Station Hotel
Eight and Sand
545 South Main Street
Cocktail bar in the lobby of the Central Station Hotel
The Brass Door is an authentic Irish pub right in the heart of Memphis, housed in a former bank building. Though it is a pub, the food and decor are more upscale than you might expect, making this a good place for either lunch or dinner. For those not inclined to have a Guinness or Harp, the pub does offer house Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and a house red on its wine list. The menu includes traditional Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie served with soda bread, but for a more American-style dish try the “B.E.L.T.” sandwich: bacon, fried egg, lettuce, and tomato served with garlic mayo on toasted sourdough.
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The Brass Door
152 Madison Avenue
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The Brass Door is an authentic Irish pub right in the heart of Memphis, housed in a former bank building. Though it is a pub, the food and decor are more upscale than you might expect, making this a good place for either lunch or dinner. For those not inclined to have a Guinness or Harp, the pub does offer house Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and a house red on its wine list. The menu includes traditional Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie served with soda bread, but for a more American-style dish try the “B.E.L.T.” sandwich: bacon, fried egg, lettuce, and tomato served with garlic mayo on toasted sourdough.
Payne’s is neither fancy nor conveniently located. Instead, this ramshackle restaurant operates in a former gas station about four miles from the center of town. Other than red-checkered tablecloths and a few flowers, the decor hasn’t changed much since the Payne family starting barbecuing meat with hickory coals in 1972. At Payne’s, it’s all about the food. Famous for its pork sandwiches and bright yellow coleslaw, this barbecue joint finishes their ribs to a slight char before smothering them in a spicy vinegar sauce. Payne’s also adds mustard to their coleslaw, a practice that sounds weird but works as a zingy flavor enhancer.
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Payne's Bar-B-Que
1762 Lamar Ave
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Payne’s is neither fancy nor conveniently located. Instead, this ramshackle restaurant operates in a former gas station about four miles from the center of town. Other than red-checkered tablecloths and a few flowers, the decor hasn’t changed much since the Payne family starting barbecuing meat with hickory coals in 1972. At Payne’s, it’s all about the food. Famous for its pork sandwiches and bright yellow coleslaw, this barbecue joint finishes their ribs to a slight char before smothering them in a spicy vinegar sauce. Payne’s also adds mustard to their coleslaw, a practice that sounds weird but works as a zingy flavor enhancer.
A local favorite since it opened in 1977, Cozy Corner is a no-frills Memphis BBQ joint with a menu filled with barbecue classics. Beyond expected dishes like ribs and wings, Cozy Corner pushes the barbecue envelope by barbecuing Cornish Hens and serving them with Barbecue Spaghetti.
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Parkway
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A local favorite since it opened in 1977, Cozy Corner is a no-frills Memphis BBQ joint with a menu filled with barbecue classics. Beyond expected dishes like ribs and wings, Cozy Corner pushes the barbecue envelope by barbecuing Cornish Hens and serving them with Barbecue Spaghetti.
Famous Beale Street bar with dueling pianos inside, and a large patio outside
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Silky O'Sullivan's
183 Beale Street
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Famous Beale Street bar with dueling pianos inside, and a large patio outside
Giant brewery location with taproom and indoor and outside seating
Wiseacre Brewery
398 South B.B. King Boulevard
Giant brewery location with taproom and indoor and outside seating
Offers a curated selection of local & regional beers and a well-crafted food menu in a warm, friendly, atmosphere.
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Hammer & Ale
921 Cooper Street
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Offers a curated selection of local & regional beers and a well-crafted food menu in a warm, friendly, atmosphere.
Distillery with in-house bar and tours of the operation
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Old Dominick Distillery
305 S Front St
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Distillery with in-house bar and tours of the operation
Brewery and taproom with outdoor patio
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Ghost River Brewery & Taproom
827 South Main Street
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Brewery and taproom with outdoor patio
Coffee & Cafes
Cafe located inside the lobby of the Arrive Hotel
Hustle & Dough
477 South Main Street
Cafe located inside the lobby of the Arrive Hotel
Coffee shop and cafe on South Main Street
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Bluff City Coffee & Bakery
505 South Main Street
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Coffee shop and cafe on South Main Street
Hangout dispensing specialty coffee, tea drinks & craft beer, plus breakfast & sandwiches.
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Tamp and Tap
122 Gayoso Avenue
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Hangout dispensing specialty coffee, tea drinks & craft beer, plus breakfast & sandwiches.
Shopping & Boutiques
Local clothing boutique with rotating art galleries and cafe
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Stock & Belle
387 S Main St
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Local clothing boutique with rotating art galleries and cafe
Streetwear haberdashery
ODDS Atelier
304 South Main Street
Streetwear haberdashery
Modern handmade ceramics
Paper & Clay
525 South Main Street
Modern handmade ceramics
The Pyramid houses the flagship Bass Pro Shops "megastore", which includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, an archery range, and outdoor observation deck.
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Memphis Pyramid
1 Bass Pro Dr
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The Pyramid houses the flagship Bass Pro Shops "megastore", which includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, an archery range, and outdoor observation deck.
Award-winning mixed-use redevelopment in the heart of the Crosstown neighborhood Crosstown Concourse is a lively indoor/outdoor mall with shopping, restaurants, live music, and street art.
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Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue
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Award-winning mixed-use redevelopment in the heart of the Crosstown neighborhood Crosstown Concourse is a lively indoor/outdoor mall with shopping, restaurants, live music, and street art.