Out of all the clubs and bars in Memphis, it's hard to pick just ten best – especially here in the home of Beale Street, with its open container policy nightclubs and blues bars. But we're happy to take this bullet for ya, believe us. Much of the best nightlife in Memphis is downtown, between Beale Street's live music clubs, a few hotel rooftop bars, and a few of our favorite late-night spots. Midtown's two bustling neighborhoods - Cooper-Young and Overton Square - are definite contenders in the "best concentration of hip bars" category.
Beale is the most raucous of the nightlife offerings in Memphis; in fact, little else compares to it in terms of the sheer number of people and the people watching. Our choices for the city's best night spots is a bit eclectic, indeed; whether you're looking for a dance club or dive bar, a blues hall or swank lounge, Memphis has it all. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Memphis nightlife alone or with your friends. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a real feel of the city that you just can't miss.