A New Face for an Old Broad

Beautiful new murals all around Broad Ave in Memphis. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Biking in Memphis

Our free Memphis bike map highlights over 60 miles of trails, bike shops, and suggested routes in Memphis and Shelby County. Photo by Craig Thompson

Broad Avenue has art walks throughout the year. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Unique craft beer at Wiseacre tap room - Justin Fox Burks

Enjoy a cold Wiseacre craft beer at their Broad Ave taproom. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

The Cove is a nautical themed bar in Memphis. Order a Midtown Overlay. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Playing with your food at Three Angels Diner in Memphis. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

WISEACRE Brewing Tap Room. Photo Credit: Justin Fox Burks

Visit the Wiseacre taproom for a cold, local beer. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Originally a suburban community on the rail line between Memphis and Raleigh, Broad Avenue in Memphis sits at the end of the Interstate 40/Sam Cooper corridor. Back in those days, Broad had three dry goods stores, a barber shop and a boxcar manufacturer.  

These days, this old Broad has a new face and the street has transformed into a destination for visitors and locals alike. Venture out to Broad Avenue today and you’re likely to find pop-up shops, unique art galleries, fresh paint on vibrant murals, busy bike lanes, street vendors and TV-famous restaurants. Check out some of these highlights. 

The Cove is a nautical dive bar complete with a pirate ship-inspired interior and swashbuckling cocktails like the absinthe-laced Sazerac. Most nights you’ll find the dimly lit hangout to be a low-key, quiet spot to enjoy great company and libations. Thursday - Saturday, the 21 and older den gets hootin’ and hollerin’ as live bluegrass, jazz and folk music flow onto Broad.

Five in One Social Club (sometimes referred by locals as VINI) is a living art studio that offers public classes and creative space. Here you can take a class on rubber stamping, chocolate casting or glass blasting. The Five in One has it all and the calendar always offers something new. Not so crafty? That’s okay, Five in One also sells a collection of unique Memphis-made posters, t-shirts, greeting cards and knick-knacks. Nearby you'll find, 20twelve, an upscale fashion and home goods boutique that feels like 5th Avenue in New York. 

Further down on Broad near the train tracks sits Wiseacre Brewing Co. Inside, owners and brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch are brewing and serving some of the finest Memphis craft beer (this side of the tracks). Take a swig of their Indian Pale Ale - chock full of hops with a velvety texture and notes of citrus. Wiseacre is the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can their beer. The Tiny Bomb was recently named one of the 101 best beers in America by Men's Journal. Don’t leave without a full growler or six-pack for your fridge at home. 

For an energetic Broad Avenue experiences, plan a visit during an event like the Art Walk, held a few times a year, where free live music and open galleries attract an eager crowd. To top that off, Broad After 5 Sunset Quest is a new event with scavenger hunts and pop-up shops that bring locally made goodies for one night (or weekend) only.

The family-owned Three Angels Diner features small plates, sandwiches, pastas, crispy fried chicken and a daily rotation of veggies. This unique restaurant serves local craft beer, awesome cocktails and a small outdoor patio. Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of the Rec Room. This family-friendly game room is packed with old-school arcade games, table tennis, air hockey, local beer, big TVs and food trucks. 

City & State is a retail store and coffee shop on Broad Avenue that celebrates quality, heritage and fair trade. Stop by for an Intelligentsia and to browse the handmade goods from around the world. In a similar fashion, the nearby 20twelve is a large boutique shop with high-end fashion, furniture, jewely and accessories. Also on Broad Avenue, Found specializing in vintage novelties, memorabilia and cool accessories.

Lest we forget to mention that Broad Avenue is bike friendly (don't miss the cool stuff going on at Victory Bickycle Studio on Broad)! The street itself is lined with bike lanes and you can easily flow from the Shelby Farms Greenline, over the Hampline and into Overton Park. 

These events, restaurants and things to do are just a few examples of the fun you can have in an afternoon on Broad Avenue, a unique Memphis neighborhood. For more information, see their website or go explore for yourself! 

The I Love Memphis Hot Spot Guide to the Broad Avenue Arts District: http://t.co/ecHZY80H9J cc: @broadavearts pic.twitter.com/VRon8eV5bj

— Holly Whitfield (@ilovememphis) July 15, 2014