What's not to love about a pub? The very name brings to mind images of a cozy village hangout, where everyone knows who's who – and you can always find a sympathetic ear. Full of tradition, dark paneling, interesting characters and a variety of beers, Memphis offers up pubs in both the grand Irish and British tradition – as well as in with a funky, soulful twist. You can lift an elbow at any of the pubs on our list among a crowd of true locals – and plenty of colorful ones at that.
Pub grub seems to have given way to a more upscale menu selection, but if you're searching for true Irish fare, then both Celtic Crossing and Brass Door will fit the bill. More Americanized options include TJ Mulligans, while you'll find the perfect mix of relaxed atmosphere and upscale nosh at Local and Next Door, two Midtown faves. The common denominator in all of our selections are their friendly atmospheres and true neighborhood bar vibe.
Many of the pubs on our list offer live music, outdoor seating when the weather's fine, and they are all dedicated to our hometown teams – the Grizzlies, Tigers, and Redbirds, making for raucous viewing parties throughout the year.