Midtown & Downtown Memphis Guide

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Midtown & Downtown Memphis Guide

Famous Memphis BBQ

Called "The Rendezvous" by locals, this famous circa-1948 BBQ spot in a basement serves up racks of smoked ribs & sausages with dry-rub spices.
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Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley
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Called "The Rendezvous" by locals, this famous circa-1948 BBQ spot in a basement serves up racks of smoked ribs & sausages with dry-rub spices.
Central BBQ has been ranked as the number one spot for BBQ in Memphis. The secrets to Central’s success? You might have heard us say, “Smoke is Our Sauce.” That’s because we use hickory and pecan woods, along with our intricate dry rub and a whole lot of patience, to craft the most tender, delicious piece of meat you’ve ever eaten— with or without the sauce.
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Central BBQ - Midtown
2249 Central Avenue
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Central BBQ has been ranked as the number one spot for BBQ in Memphis. The secrets to Central’s success? You might have heard us say, “Smoke is Our Sauce.” That’s because we use hickory and pecan woods, along with our intricate dry rub and a whole lot of patience, to craft the most tender, delicious piece of meat you’ve ever eaten— with or without the sauce.
The Bar-B-Q Shop offers acclaimed sauces & dry seasonings top ribs, spaghetti & pork sandwiches in a pub-like setting.
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The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Avenue
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The Bar-B-Q Shop offers acclaimed sauces & dry seasonings top ribs, spaghetti & pork sandwiches in a pub-like setting.

World-Class Museums

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the historic Lorraine Motel, the location of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968. Extensive exhibitions trace the history of the civil rights movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the historic Lorraine Motel, the location of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968. Extensive exhibitions trace the history of the civil rights movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an art museum located in Overton Park. The Brooks Museum, which was founded in 1916, is the oldest and largest art museum in the state of Tennessee. It features a vast permanent collection, rotating collections of contemporary art, and an interactive exhibition for children.
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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an art museum located in Overton Park. The Brooks Museum, which was founded in 1916, is the oldest and largest art museum in the state of Tennessee. It features a vast permanent collection, rotating collections of contemporary art, and an interactive exhibition for children.
The National Ornamental Metal Museum, now called the Metal Museum, is a museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded by artist-blacksmith James Wallace, the museum is devoted to exhibitions of metalwork and public programs featuring metalsmiths.
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Metal Museum
374 Metal Museum Drive
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The National Ornamental Metal Museum, now called the Metal Museum, is a museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded by artist-blacksmith James Wallace, the museum is devoted to exhibitions of metalwork and public programs featuring metalsmiths.

Local Brews & Spirits

Memphis Made Brewing Company is a small independent production brewery and tap room located in the vibrant neighborhood of Cooper-Young. They often feature food trucks and live music.
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Memphis Made Brewing Co.
768 Cooper Street
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Memphis Made Brewing Company is a small independent production brewery and tap room located in the vibrant neighborhood of Cooper-Young. They often feature food trucks and live music.
The Crosstown Brewing Company offers a variety of award-winning brews. The unique tap room features large, roll-up doors and covered seating under a tent. The large glass window behind the main bar gives an view of the brewing equipment and their brewers can frequently be seen carrying out their various duties while customers casually enjoy a pint.
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Crosstown Brewing Company
1264 Concourse Avenue
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The Crosstown Brewing Company offers a variety of award-winning brews. The unique tap room features large, roll-up doors and covered seating under a tent. The large glass window behind the main bar gives an view of the brewing equipment and their brewers can frequently be seen carrying out their various duties while customers casually enjoy a pint.
Wiseacre is a brewery committed to top quality, uniquely flavorful beer that appeals to passionate & progressive people through education & good times.
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WISEACRE Brewing Co.
2783 Broad Avenue
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Wiseacre is a brewery committed to top quality, uniquely flavorful beer that appeals to passionate & progressive people through education & good times.
Steps away from the site of our original building, Old Dominick's 150-year-old story is revived and ready to be shared. Our tour lets you see firsthand the dedication–and passion–put into every bottle. Experience our spirits for yourself and even learn recipes from our experts. See our state-of-the-art distillery and learn about what makes Old Dominick and turn-of-the-century Memphis so special.
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Old Dominick Distillery
305 S Front St
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Steps away from the site of our original building, Old Dominick's 150-year-old story is revived and ready to be shared. Our tour lets you see firsthand the dedication–and passion–put into every bottle. Experience our spirits for yourself and even learn recipes from our experts. See our state-of-the-art distillery and learn about what makes Old Dominick and turn-of-the-century Memphis so special.

Parks & Outdoors

Overton Park is a 342-acre public space including miles of trails, the 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area, a nine-hole golf course, off-leash dog park, Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, and two picnic and play areas. The park is also home to several of Memphis' top cultural attractions, including the Memphis Zoo, Levitt Shell, , Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and Memphis College of Art.
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Overton Park
1914 Poplar Avenue
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Overton Park is a 342-acre public space including miles of trails, the 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area, a nine-hole golf course, off-leash dog park, Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, and two picnic and play areas. The park is also home to several of Memphis' top cultural attractions, including the Memphis Zoo, Levitt Shell, , Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and Memphis College of Art.
Tom Lee Park is a city park located to the immediate west of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, overlooking the Mississippi River. Encompassing about 30 acres parallel to the Mississippi River for about one mile, it offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the shores of Arkansas on the opposite side. The park is named after Tom Lee, an African-American riverworker, who saved the lives of 32 passengers of the sinking steamboat M.E. Norman in 1925.
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Tom Lee Park
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Tom Lee Park is a city park located to the immediate west of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, overlooking the Mississippi River. Encompassing about 30 acres parallel to the Mississippi River for about one mile, it offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the shores of Arkansas on the opposite side. The park is named after Tom Lee, an African-American riverworker, who saved the lives of 32 passengers of the sinking steamboat M.E. Norman in 1925.
Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65-mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis through Shelby Farms Park to Cordova. The Greenline is a rails-to-trails project that transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee's favorite trails. If you want to hit the trail on a bicycle, bring your own or visit rent a bike from the Hyde Lake Wheel House!
Shelby Farms Greenline
Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65-mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis through Shelby Farms Park to Cordova. The Greenline is a rails-to-trails project that transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee's favorite trails. If you want to hit the trail on a bicycle, bring your own or visit rent a bike from the Hyde Lake Wheel House!

Kids rule!

CMOM’s mission is to create memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs. The museum offers interactive exhibits and programs for children and their families.
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The Children's Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Avenue
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CMOM’s mission is to create memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs. The museum offers interactive exhibits and programs for children and their families.
The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years.
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Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
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The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years.
The Art Project is an art studio for kids. We offer drop in open studio time, art classes, birthday parties, art digitization, retail and more.
The Art Project
2092 Trimble Pl
The Art Project is an art studio for kids. We offer drop in open studio time, art classes, birthday parties, art digitization, retail and more.

Walkable Culture

Overton Square is a funky, vibrant hangout featuring live-performance venues, a multiplex cinema & trendy eateries.
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Overton Square
2101 Madison Avenue
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Overton Square is a funky, vibrant hangout featuring live-performance venues, a multiplex cinema & trendy eateries.
Broad Avenue features locally-owned small businesses committed to revitalizing the urban core of Memphis, including boutique shops, art galleries, creative studios, and services. Whether it's fine-dining restaurants, quick lunch spots, dessert places, coffee shops, or dive bars, we're home to some of the best, most unique food and drinks in the city. Broad Avenue is a showcase for both performing and visual art. In addition, many businesses offer workshops to unleash your creativity.
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Broad Avenue Arts District
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Broad Avenue features locally-owned small businesses committed to revitalizing the urban core of Memphis, including boutique shops, art galleries, creative studios, and services. Whether it's fine-dining restaurants, quick lunch spots, dessert places, coffee shops, or dive bars, we're home to some of the best, most unique food and drinks in the city. Broad Avenue is a showcase for both performing and visual art. In addition, many businesses offer workshops to unleash your creativity.
Hip, arty neighborhood with century-old buildings occupied by quirky stores selling rare vinyl, handmade chocolates, custom drum kits and vintage fashion. Artisanal coffee spots share the streets with eateries serving Memphis BBQ, sushi and Italian fare, as well as craft beer bars and boisterous pubs with live music.
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Cooper-Young
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Hip, arty neighborhood with century-old buildings occupied by quirky stores selling rare vinyl, handmade chocolates, custom drum kits and vintage fashion. Artisanal coffee spots share the streets with eateries serving Memphis BBQ, sushi and Italian fare, as well as craft beer bars and boisterous pubs with live music.
This one-square mile neighborhood holds some Memphis’ greatest legends, architecture, art, innovation and characters. It is full of DIY’ers and entrepreneurs, locally owned shops, chef-owned restaurants and organizations that support the arts. This was Memphis’ first suburb, first arts district, the hub of the world’s first modern grocery store, and where rock & roll was first played on the air.
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South Main
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This one-square mile neighborhood holds some Memphis’ greatest legends, architecture, art, innovation and characters. It is full of DIY’ers and entrepreneurs, locally owned shops, chef-owned restaurants and organizations that support the arts. This was Memphis’ first suburb, first arts district, the hub of the world’s first modern grocery store, and where rock & roll was first played on the air.

Unique Experiences

Crosstown Concourse is a gigantic mixed use structure featuring unique restaurants, locally owned shops, a quirky bar nestled in an art gallery space, modern apartments, an artisan coffee shop, grocery store, and even a radio station studio. Once the sight of a monolithic Sears distribution center, the building was resurrected after decades of sitting empty and turned into one of the most interesting places you can visit in Memphis.
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Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue
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Crosstown Concourse is a gigantic mixed use structure featuring unique restaurants, locally owned shops, a quirky bar nestled in an art gallery space, modern apartments, an artisan coffee shop, grocery store, and even a radio station studio. Once the sight of a monolithic Sears distribution center, the building was resurrected after decades of sitting empty and turned into one of the most interesting places you can visit in Memphis.
Big River Crossing is also the country's longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. It serves as the connection point of Main Street to Main Street, a 10-mile, multi-modal corridor that also features the Big River Trail System, creating ties to attractions throughout the Memphis, West Memphis, and delta region.
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Big River Crossing
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Big River Crossing is also the country's longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. It serves as the connection point of Main Street to Main Street, a 10-mile, multi-modal corridor that also features the Big River Trail System, creating ties to attractions throughout the Memphis, West Memphis, and delta region.
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis is more than a store - it’s an adventure! In addition to an assortment of fishing, hunting and outdoor gear, the mega store includes a hotel with treehouse cabins, impressive ponds filled with fish, a cypress swamp with alligator pools and duck aviaries, and a breathtaking observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid.
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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
1 Bass Pro Drive
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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis is more than a store - it’s an adventure! In addition to an assortment of fishing, hunting and outdoor gear, the mega store includes a hotel with treehouse cabins, impressive ponds filled with fish, a cypress swamp with alligator pools and duck aviaries, and a breathtaking observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid.
Railgarten is a destination where delicious food and drink meet indoor games and outdoor entertainment in a unique space that once served as Midtown's railroad substation.
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Railgarten
2166 Central Ave
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Railgarten is a destination where delicious food and drink meet indoor games and outdoor entertainment in a unique space that once served as Midtown's railroad substation.