Paula & Raiford's Disco
Type: Dance Club, Late Night / After Hours, Local Picks
This is one of those spots your mom warned you about - and is, as we say in the South, a hot mess. And that's why we love it so much! For years, Hollywood Raiford entertained Memphians in a huge... Read More
This is one of those spots your mom warned you about - and is, as we say in the South, a hot mess. And that's why we love it so much! For years, Hollywood Raiford entertained Memphians in a huge old building on Vance, just south of the central business district downtown. A light-up dance floor, a la 'Saturday Night Fever' was the main attraction, after Raiford himself. Fast forward a few years, and the club has re-opened in a two-story space on S. Second, with the same fog machine and disco ball, but with Robert Raiford's daughter, Paula, taking up the reins after her dad's death in 2017. The crowd is a perfect mix of Memphis every night, with urbanites and suburbanites, hipsters, medical students, a few well-heeled Memphians crowding the dance floor. The beers still come in a bucket, and cash is king here.
- Best for Dance Clubs Because: Mirrors, mirrors, everywhere - walls, disco ball, you get the drift.
- Best for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife Because: It's a disco with attitude - and the only place in town you can dance on a lighted floor a la John Travolta.
- Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: It's one of the best nightlife experiences you'll ever have, anywhere. Ever.