Raise a Glass and Salute the Best Pubs in Memphis

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.

The brewery is what we'd call an early-night nightlife kind of place, as it's only open until 10:00 p.m. But this spot in the Broad Avenue Arts District is worthy of a stop, thanks to its two brewing brothers and their dedication to their craft....  Read More

If it's beer and sporting events you seek, this popular bar just off Beale Street is a good choice. WHile primarily a beer bar, there is always a sporting event on the dock, especially in the hours before the Grizzlies take the court at nearby...  Read More

The Fox & Hound is a chain, but gives off a local vibe thanks to its Memphis-centric decor. This is another spot that college alumni groups gather on football Saturdays for viewing parties and at any other time, every TV seems tuned to a...  Read More

With exposed brick walls, two levels of lounging and dinging, and a corner spot in Overton Square, Local on the Square should easily become as popular as its older sibling - downtown's Local Gastropub. Upstairs, the feel is more lounge than...  Read More

You've got to love a place that was open in the 1930's - and was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition - that's found its way back to being a hip joint in 2012. The Green Beetle (it can't be called anything else, as outlined in the...  Read More

TJ Mulligan's - Pinch District
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TJ Mulligan's is a local change with three locations, and our favorite is the on in the Pinch, an historic district in downtown Memphis that's near the pyramid-shaped (soon to be) Bass Pro Center. Mulligan;s offers a patio, a great inside...  Read More

The next door and more casual neighbor of Chef Ryan Trimm's Sweetgrass is a bar/casual eatery that rocks during the NFL and NBA seasons - but we hesitate to call it a sports bar; let's just say this is a more upscale yet casual bar that just...  Read More

A real Irishman is one of the partners of The Brass Door (he's even named Seamus - love it!) - and his love of soccer and home prompted him to open the doors of the downtown pub, housed in what was originally a bank. With the tellys dedicated...  Read More

Everything about Celtic Crossing feels authentically Irish pub, and walking into the bar is like going through a wormhole into another dimension. Like any respectable pub, the decor offers a mix of tables and chairs, there's always a football...  Read More

High Cotton Brewing has been crafting beer in Memphis for a while, and its small-batch craft beers have been a staple in restaurants around in the summer of 2014 to town for almost as long. High Cotton's Taproom opened in the summer of 2014 in a...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

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...  More About Sally