10 Best Goes Bar Hopping, Imbibing on Your Behalf. Can You Say 'Best assignment, EVER?'

Sally Walker Davies

By , Local Expert, Memphis
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Yes, it's true: Yours truly gets paid to check out the best places to grab a drink in Memphis. And yes, everyone in town wants to be me - or at least get invited to come along. And since drinking is never something one should do by oneself, my friends and I are happy to share our favorite bars with you - hopefully that will help to assuage your jealousy.

While Beale Street may be the epicenter of partying in Memphis,  and is a must-explore drinking destination of its own, there's just one Beale bar that made our list this time - and that's not because others aren't as worthy. But to get a real feel for this city and it's...  Read more »

  • 1

    Bar DKDC

    Karen Carrier's the queen of creating a hip spot that's never the same place twice - and Bar DKDC fits the bill.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you plan to stay late for the music, be sure to be in the door by 9 to claim a seat. "

  • 2

    Earnestine & Hazel's

    You might see a ghost at Ernestine & Hazel's -- some say the second floor is haunted.

    Local Expert Tip: "Drop some money in the jukebox - it offers the best selection in Memphis."

  • 3

    Twilight Sky Terrace

    Twilight combines chic furnishings and a Mississippi River view for the best al fresco lounging in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are binocs available for taking a closer look at the river view...or whatever catches your eye. "

  • 4

    Next Door

    It's our go-to for a night out when we feel like being social but also feel like wearing jeans.

    Local Expert Tip: "Look for seasonal cocktails made with fresh ingredients throughout the year. "

  • 5

    Local on the Square

    There's great people watching, two large bars (one up, one down) and a great selection of traditional cocktails with a twist.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive early if you're hoping to perch at the bar for the evening."

  • 6

    Peabody Lobby Bar

    Once the duck march is over, the crowd departs - and brings a more sophisticated ambiance and crowd.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a fantastic late-night bar menu from the hotel's Chez Philippe after 9 p.m., with small plates offered -- a perfectly elegant way to end an evening. "

  • 7


    Alchemy offers the best big-city bar experience in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "The best seats are the high-top cocktail tables along the front window - great for people watching both inside and out. Arrive no later than 7 p.m. to ensure you snag one for the evening."

  • 8

    Mollie Fontaine Lounge

    It's the hippest nightspot in town, period - and one locals tend to forget about.

    Local Expert Tip: "Parking's tricky on Adams - there are plenty of 'no parking from here to there' signs, so double check your space before you lock up."

  • 9

    Young Avenue Deli

    Some of the best regional musicians play Young Avenue, and it is simply one of the best live music venues in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "The best spot in the whole bar is outside, if you can grab one of the tables. The music is still audible, you can carry on a conversation, and you can people watch the Cooper-Young scene from the comfort of the patio."

  • 10

    Silky O'Sullivan's

    It's the best bar on Beale Street - and the only bar in town with a goat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try the famous "Diver",a gallon of booze that comes in a bucket with straws for you and your friends. Just don't try to drink it alone!"



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