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Newby’s – Known affectionately as “the college bar you never graduate from” this Highland Strip staple feels both old and new. Featuring a pool hall, concert hall, bar, dining area and full sized patio it’s the go to place for a “Rock Star” (a Long Island Tea jacked up with an energy drink) or the famous “EZ shooter” (orange flavored vodka and an easy mix of fruit juices served chilled & up as a shooter).

The Bluff – A new addition to the Highland Strip, this music venue also offers a full service menu and is open from 11am-3am daily. Bluegrass Brunch on Sundays with live music and mimosa specials is a great introduction. They have three bars, dozens of big-screen TVs, and plenty of mezzanine seating as well, so you can bring the whole crew. 

Wet Willie’s on Beale Street - Your choice of 15+ different frozen daiquiri flavors - from a Naked Willie® to a Sex on the Beach, to the infamous Call-A-Cab, which you may need to do after you taste a few. Sip your adult slushie as you walk along Beale, taking in the sights and sounds.

Silky O’Sullivan’s - See the diving goats (yes, real live goats) and order the Diver Bucket, which is big enough to share and billed on the menu as “a gallon of Southern fun served in a gallon bucket. A secret blend of libations.” Between the huge patio, goat playground, and dueling piano bar, there’s plenty to do at this Beale Street bar.

Hi-Tone – Primarily a live music venue, the Hi-Tone brings in talent from all over the country for rock, pop, hip-hop, and punk shows. At this beloved neighborhood dive bar, the music typically starts after 10:00pm and goes well into the night, seven nights a week. Smoking is allowed in the front bar.


Bounty on Broad – The cozy bar upstairs has a great view of the Broad Avenue water tower and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. The summer cocktail menu features innovative drinks like the Jalisco Harvest—Crop tomato vodka, Tres Agaves nectar, fresh lime juice, muddled watermelon and activated mint—and a shareable farm-to-table menu.

The Beauty Shop/Bar DKDC – Karen Blockman Carrier’s Cooper Young duo helps give the neighborhood its hip, funky vibe. The Beauty Shop bar is a great place to meet friends and mingle before or after dinner. DKDC is the late night place to gather and listen to local music.

Railgarten – This crowd-pleasing space features a diner, an ice cream parlor, a ping pong bar, tiki bar, a full volleyball court with sand, a play area for kids, and a huge outdoor stage surrounded by dozens of lawn chairs. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, sample the many frozen drinks and stay awhile.

Rec Room – A game lover’s paradise replete with new and old school gaming systems that can be rented by the hour and hooked up to 20’ high definition screens in six different living rooms. Arcade games, foosball, ping pong and board games can be played free of charge. There’s a full bar and a stellar selection of local and domestic brews.

Bardog Tavern – Downtown’s neighborhood bar where the bartender is likely to ask your name and remember it the second time. Expect the two-level bar to stay lively late into the evening with regulars and visitors mingling. Smoking is allowed and the kitchen is open late serving favorites like Italian meatballs, sandwiches, salads, and more.


Carolina Watershed – Located on Carolina Street downtown, the watershed is named for the water features in its expansive yard. However, the real fun begins at the circular bar in its main structure, which just happens to be a silo. The cocktail menu features unusual creations such as the “Hello Darling” which consists of Flor de Cane white rum, lime juice, pureed sweet corn, strawberries and Hellfire bitters.

Memphis Sounds Lounge – The meeting place for the “grown and sexy” crowd is now on Mud Island in the old River Terrace space. It’s bigger and better than ever with live entertainment and a full service bar. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

The Cove – This nautical themed bar opened when the Broad Avenue Arts District was just getting started. Ten years later, it’s the anchor of the district. Known for its artisan cocktails, oysters, and secret patio, it’s a great place to listen to live music, watch esoteric movies or just enjoy someone’s company, even if it’s just the bartender.

Rum Boogie Cafe – Their motto is “Eat, drink, boogie, repeat” for a reason. This is a failsafe place to go and hear live music any night of the week on Beale Street. It’s casual and cool, and typically draws people from all over the world.

The Gray Canary – This is the latest and greatest from award-winning chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Nestled next to Old Dominick’s Distillery downtown, it features top notch cocktails, a raw oyster bar, wood fire cooking in an open kitchen, and a mighty fine view of the Mighty Mississippi.

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Memphis Riverboat Dinner Cruise – What better way to enjoy live music than on a riverboat? Diner cruises last two hours and boast a house blues and jazz band, one trip buffet-style meal (Memphis Style Pulled Pork BBQ, Marinated Chicken, Baked Beans, Corn, Cole Slaw and Dessert), and cash/credit bar. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

B.B. King’s Blues Club – Located on the corner of Beale Street and Second Avenue, B.B. King’s welcomes visitors to historic Beale Street. There is live music in an upscale environment seven nights a week, and the weekends are typically held down by B.B.’s All Star Band, which is a guaranteed good time. If you arrive before dark, head upstairs to Itta bena for a cocktail at the bar and watch the sunset through the blue tinted windows.

Handy’s Blues Hall – This blues hall and juke joint has the authentic look and feel of the clubs found in places like Clarksdale, Mississippi. It’s an easygoing place to see some of the finest talent in town and enjoy a casual beer any time of day or night.

Orpheum Theatre – The Mid-South’s home of touring Broadway productions since 1977, this world-class performing arts facility has preserved the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace. The theatre also hosts performances by Ballet Memphis, various concerts, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge.

Lafayette’s – A cornerstone of the newly revitalized Overton Square, locals are leaving their living rooms in favor of this music room. It boasts live bands seven nights a week, from local and touring acts playing rock ‘n roll to jazz to blues and everything in between. Enjoy a full menu, full bar, and plenty of seating.


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Slider Inn – The place for patio lovers to bring their dogs, their friends, and even their motorcycles. (Probably best to leave the kids at home, or make sure they are gone by 5 p.m.) The menu has lots of sliders to choose from, the shots flow freely, and the Jameson Slushie is king.

Loflin Yard – Loflin is the downtown crowd’s community park that just happens to serve cocktails, offers great food, and live entertainment. Open Thursday afternoon to Sunday night, it will do your weekend right.

Paula & Raiford’s Disco – Open on Friday and Saturday nights only, this is the place to dance the night away with friends (and strangers!). The party doesn’t really get going until after midnight, so plan to stay up late. There’s typically a line and you will need valid ID, $15 cover charge and cash for drinks. If you want to have a place to sit, go early or pay $10 extra for entrance to the VIP area.

Earnestine & Hazel’s – Downtown’s most storied bar is melting pot for folks from all over. Put a few dollars in the juke box, play a (free) game of pool, enjoy a soul burger, and don’t forget to go upstairs on the weekend to have a drink at the piano bar.

Peabody Rooftop – Party on the roof every Thursday night all summer long (April to August). This popular music series hosts 19 diverse acts with cocktails and sky-high views of the sun setting over the Mississippi River. 

Wild Bill’s – One of our last remaining juke joints is open on Friday and Saturday nights only and is a must-do for anyone looking to experience authentic Memphis nightlife. The house band will keep you dancing and the quarts of beer will keep you cool. Take cash for the cover, the beer, and most importantly--generous tipping.

Mollie Fontaine’s Lounge – This Victorian house is home to a “mix and mingle” lounge with special late night events on weekends. Known and loved for its beautiful and funky décor, great service, inspired food, satisfying cocktails, and a welcoming environment. 

Beale Street – Anytime of year is a good time to take in the all day and late night festivities on Beale. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy the people watching, party atmosphere, live music, and open container laws. Catch the Beale Street Flippers, shop at A. Schwab, enjoy some dinner, and stay the night. The party doesn’t end until 5 a.m.