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 people, for its vibe and its music, one needs to venture out all over town.
Our list of the 10 Best Bars in Memphis takes you from Beale Street's Silky O'Sullivan's, where Silky's legend - and pet goats - hold sway, to the swanky lounge at the historic Peabody Hotel, to the Cooper Young neighborhood and its incredibly varied nightlife scene.
There's a real (friendly) competition going on in Memphis right now, between downtown's Beale establishments and other bars, with Midtown and its Cooper Young neighborhood. Both are filled with bars, both offer nightlife districts, both offer live music, as well as patrons of every age, race, and orientation. The good news about this rivalry is that the bar-hopper wins every time, no matter where he or she chooses to hop.