As can be expected from a city that claims to be the birthplace of rock n' roll and the home of the blues, the emphasis of nightlife here is live music.
Beale Street, home of the most popular bars and restaurants in town, is always crowded with locals and visitors alike soaking up the sounds of the city. While some of the stops can be a little touristy with neon signs and cover bands, you can't visit Memphis without having a drink and listening to a set on Beale. The clubs are open until 5am and covers are rarely more than $10. Some of the most popular joints are B.B. King's, which consistently offers up the best blues bands - and it has a killer house band - and the Band Box, where there's an Elvis cover band that really brings the soul of the King without being kitschy.
Cooper-Young has a few live music options, including Celtic Crossing and the Young Avenue Deli. If you're in the mood for a more eclectic, high-energy scene, don't miss Memphis' rowdiest nightclub, Paula and Raiford's Disco - the original Hollywood Raiford of the former eponymous disco and his daughter have re-opened his namesake nightclub on South Second Street.
Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated style of the eastern edge of the city, there’s a Memphis for every mood, and she loves every part of it.
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