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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. But we love it anyway! For years, Hollywood Raiford entertained Memphians in a huge old building... Read More
This is one of those spots your mom warned you about - and is, as we say in the South, a hot mess. But we love it anyway! 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 Riaford 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, and Raiford himself. Daughter Paula is in the mix, too, but not much has changed - the crowd is a combination of suburban white folks, hipsters and medical students, plus a few well-heeled Memphians. The beers still come in a bucket, and cash is king here.
- 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.
- Best for Dance Clubs Because: Mirrors, mirrors, everywhere - walls, disco ball, you get the drift.