Is it redundant to talk about nightlife in Memphis , when the city is home to Beale Street? When it comes to an ultimate nightlife district, Beale is only second to New Orleans' Bourbon Street. But in downtown Memphis, there are plenty of options - on and off Beale - to satisfy the creatures of the night.
Our list of our favorite downtown nightspots covers dance clubs and discos, dark, interesting bars filled with interesting (and sometimes dark and mysterious) people; it also covers two hotel bar must-hits – which we think is pretty unusual in the 'best nightlife' category. Or maybe being a Memphian, I just have a really high expectation of a hotel bar. But I digress.
Beale Street is definitely the spot to start or finish your evening, depending on how adventurous you're feeling. With a killer house band cranking out the blues at B.B.. King's, the three-story dance palace Club 152 the spot for dancing the night away, and the drinking goats at Silky O'Sullivan's, Beale is full of options.
But beyond Beale, from South Main to Victorian Village, there's more nightlife to discover. The spirited Mollie Fontaine is perhaps our favorite spot of all - with its varied crowd, dark spaces for canoodling, and musical variety. The historic Peabody Hotel and the chic Madison Hotel both offer hotel bars worth checking out; the Madison's rooftop lounge is sleek, contemporary and boasts an amazing river view, while the lush Peabody Lobby Bar is an oasis of elegance.
To really get a feel for Memphis' best nightlife, hit these ten spots. If nothing else, you'll discover the real Memphis.