After Hours: Late Night Dining in Memphis
If you’re tummy is grumbling after midnight and you’re looking for some delicious eats, these Memphis restaurants keep their kitchens open late to serve hungry guests. Here are some late night dining spots that will tantalize your taste buds all night long.
The epitome of the quintessential neighborhood bar, Bardog Tavern offers thoughtful pub food in a relaxed atmosphere. Chow down on meatballs (from Grandma’s NJ kitchen) topped with their secret marinara sauce or the famous Bardog sliders. Make sure to save room for the crispy shoestring fries. Pro tip: Order extra bourbon mayo. Trust us.
Bardog is open until 3 a.m. daily.
Kick back with a plate of hearty Irish grub at Brass Door. We’re talking shepherd’s pie, braised lamb with potatoes, and fish and chips. Take advantage of their extensive beer selection and daily specials. It’s also the perfect place to watch a sporting event. Soccer (football) anyone?
Brass Door is open until 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.
With two locations, late-night diners can enjoy Local’s elevated classic American cuisine in Downtown or Midtown Memphis. Feast on inventive fare like smoked duck quesadillas, Panko-breaded portabella fries, and chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup. Bring your appetite because portions are fairly hearty. Don’t forget to try one their handcrafted cocktails like the Farmer’s Daughter (honeysuckle vodka, strawberry puree, lime juice, sugar, mint, soda water) or the Velvet Elvis (tequila, lavender bitters, muddled orange, sugar, burnt orange garnish).
Local Gastropub is open until 3 a.m. daily at both locations.
In the mood for succulent Scottish eggs or mouthwatering mushrooms in a crisp beer batter? Look no further than Celtic Crossing in the popular Cooper Young neighborhood. They’ve been perfecting delicious Irish fare for almost a decade. Their expansive patio was voted best in Memphis for four years in a row, and they feature live music on the weekends. If you need a hearty hangover cure the next morning, stop by for their fantastic Sunday brunch.
Celtic Crossing is open until 3 a.m. daily.
If you want a great late-night dining experience, and you like things a little bit on the quieter side, settle in at Le Chardonnay Wine Bar. You can’t go wrong with their duck confit sliders (with goat cheese and caramelized onions), seared tuna with sweet pepper slaw or the mussels with tomato concassee and white wine. There are several affordable wine options, which are available by the glass and by the bottle.
Le Chardonnay is open until 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Young Avenue Deli
Young Avenue Deli is the spot in Cooper Young for live music. Their expansive menu is filled with fantastic flavor combinations, like the Smokin’ Turkey (smoked turkey, barbecue sauce and Gouda over two English muffins) and the portabella mushroom sandwich (with feta and roasted red peppers). With over three dozen beers on tap, Young Avenue Deli can help you wind down or keep the party going.
Young Avenue Deli is open until 3 a.m. daily.
You can still eat, drink and be merry, even out in East Memphis. This is pub grub at its finest. We like the Bavarian Melt (turkey, honey mustard and smoked cheddar on a pretzel bun), the red snapper sandwich (spiced snapper with Cajun mayonnaise), and the Tiger Bleu Chips (Fried chips topped with blackened chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, buffalo sauce and golden barbecue sauce). Don’t forget to cap off your meal with a deep fried Twinkie.
Brookhaven Pub is open until 3 a.m. daily.
R.P. Tracks a true college hangout. Just south of the University of Memphis, this quirky eatery is a favorite of students and locals alike. Popular menu items include the bbq chicken, smoked gouda and bacon quesadilla, the bacon grilled cheese and the Santa Fe (grilled chicken, sautéed peppers and Swiss cheese on focaccia). Living a meat-free life? No worries. R. P. Tracks serves up delicious vegetarian items like the bbq tofu nachos and the Alpha Beta Pita (chipotle hummus, olives, feta cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber and tomato).
R.P. Tracks is open until 3 a.m. daily.