Best Memphis, TN Nightlife

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    9. Twilight Sky Terrace

    The newest entry in the downtown hotel rooftop scene, Twilight is a super-chic space with commanding views of the Mississippi. Perched atop the boutique Madison Hotel, the refurbished rooftop space now includes...

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    8. 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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    7. 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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    6. 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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    5. 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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    4. Mollie Fontaine Lounge

    When they say food / spirits on the Mollie Fontaine Web site, spirits has a double meaning - as in, the kind your drink and the kind who haunt old, Victorian homes. Mollie Fontaine is housed in a gorgeous...

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Buser
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    2. Wild Bill's

    With a menu of soul food and 40-ounce beers (or set-ups), Wild Bill's holds sway as the quintessential juke joint in Memphis. But what one needs to grasp here is that Wild Bill's is truly a juke joint -- and that...

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    1. Alchemy

    Alchemy is one of those rare combinations of excellent restaurant with a hopping bar - a late-night spot in the Cooper-Young neighborhood with a scene that includes everything - young singles, older couples, all...

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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.


About Sally Walker Davies

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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