Best Memphis, TN Nightlife

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    9. Silky O'Sullivan's

    An Irish dueling piano pub with beer-loving goats? Nothing quite compares with what awaits you at Silky O'Sullivan's. Located in the heart of Memphis nightlife on Beale Street, Silky's serves up Southern pub grub and...

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    8. Earnestine & Hazel's

    This gritty club -- a former bordello and hotel, is the local go-to for late night drinks and an alcohol-soaking Soul Burger -- a tasty concoction of greasy burger with onions that helps one regain one's sobriety at...

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    7. Peabody Lobby Bar

    The historic Peabody Hotel is widely regarded as the place to stay when you're visiting Memphis; the grand hotel is elegant and sophisticated, with a huge two-story lobby featuring marble columns and rich decor....

    Photo courtesy of Peabody Hotel
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    5. Young Avenue Deli

    Don't be thrown by the name; this cavernous space is indeed a deli (and a tasty one, at that) but it also doubles as a live music must-hit for Memphians. While the atmosphere of Young Avenue screams ROCK!, there's...

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy Young Avenue Deli
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Local Expert Nightlife Recommendations

About Memphis, TN Nightlife

As can be expected from a city that claims to be the birthplace of rock n' roll and the home of the blues, the emphasis of nightlife here is live music.

Beale Street, home of the most popular bars and restaurants in town, is always crowded with locals and visitors alike soaking up the sounds of the city. While some of the stops can be a little touristy with neon signs and cover bands, you can't visit Memphis without having a drink and listening to a set on Beale. The clubs are open until 5am and covers are rarely more than $10. Some of the most popular joints are B.B. King's, which consistently offers up the best blues bands - and it has a killer house band - and the Band Box, where there's an Elvis cover band that really brings the soul of the King without being kitschy.

Cooper-Young has a few live music options, including Celtic Crossing and the Young Avenue Deli. If you're in the mood for a more eclectic, high-energy scene, don't miss Memphis' rowdiest nightclub, Paula and Raiford's Disco - the original Hollywood Raiford of the former eponymous disco and his daughter have re-opened his namesake nightclub on South Second Street.

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Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated style of the eastern edge of the city, there’s a Memphis for every mood, and she loves every part of it. Walker Davies is an experienced broadcast, print, and...  Read more »

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