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Out of all the clubs and bars in Memphisit's hard to pick just ten best — especially here in the home of Beale Streetwith its open container policy nightclubs and blues bars. But we're happy to take this bullet for ya, believe us.
Is it redundant to talk about nightlife in Memphiswhen the city is home to Beale Street?
When it comes to an ultimate nightlife district, Beale is only second to New Orleans' Bourbon Street. But in downtown Memphis, there are plenty of options - on and off Beale - to satisfy the creatures of the night. Our list of our favorite downtown nightspots covers dance clubs and discos, dark, interesting bars filled with interesting and sometimes dark and mysterious people; it also covers two hotel bar must-hits — which we think is pretty unusual in the 'best nightlife' category. Or maybe being a Memphian, I just memphis adults clubs a really high expectation of a hotel bar.
But I digress.
Beale Street is definitely the spot to start or finish your evening, depending on how adventurous you're feeling. With a killer house band cranking out the blues at B. King's and the drinking goats at Silky O'Sullivan'sBeale is full of options.
The spirited Mollie Fontaine is perhaps our favorite spot of memphis adults clubs - with its varied crowd, dark spaces for canoodling, and musical variety. The historic Peabody Hotel and the chic Madison Hotel both offer in-housebars worth checking out; the Madison's rooftop lounge is sleek, contemporary and boasts an memphis adults clubs river view, while the lush Peabody Lobby Bar is an oasis of elegance.
To really get a feel for Memphis' best nightlife, hit these ten spots. If nothing else, you'll discover the real Memphis. An Irish dueling piano pub with beer-loving goats? Nothing quite compares with what awaits you at Silky O'Sullivan's. Located in the heart of Memphis nightlife on Beale Street, Silky's serves up Southern pub grub and ice-cold beer in a raucous college atmosphere. After that, you'll be ready to buy a beer for the goats out on the patio, who have developed quite a taste for it and will suck the whole thing down.
Silky's is also a great place to catch some local bands and later in the evening, the dueling piano show. Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : Silky's is a Beale Street institution, and there's certainly nowhere else you can watch a goat drink beer. Sally's expert tip : Be sure to try the famous "Diver",a gallon of booze that comes in a bucket with straws for you and your friends.
Just don't try to drink it alone! Silly Goose is really more of a hip bar with late night dancing Thursday - Saturday nights, and the occasional themed parties, but definitely worth the visit regardless of what's happening. With its dark, chic interior - think men's club as in a club for men, not that other kind of men's club meets upscale bar - the space transforms memphis adults clubs an after-work drinks and appetizers hangout for young professionals into a late-night dance fest on the weekends.
By the way - weekends do include Thursday as far as we're concerned. Just sayin'.
Memphis adults clubs Thursday nights during the summer, the Goose tends to be the after-party spot following the Peabody rooftop party. Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : It's a great, dark space filled with interesting people.
Sally's expert tip : When things heat up, cool off on the outdoor patio, which is open most of the year. In the ranks of Memphis's most famous nightspots, B. Featuring an amazing nightly repertoire of blues, along with great food and cold beer, the bar is a popular destination for tourists.
The house band is incredible, and count us as the most pleasantly surprised of locals to say that. We were expecting a tourist trap, and discovered a real hometown treasure. A lot of young blues artists find memphis adults clubs way to this stage, which we have to point out is nothing like the New York version. However, when word gets around that the man himself is in town with Lucillelocals know exactly where to head.
It doesn't happen often anymore, but it is always a treat. King's house band alone is worth a visit. Sally's expert tip : This is one or the rare spots when an early show doesn't equal lame — so don't worry about losing your cool factor if you visit during daylight hours. We won't tell, and you won't be sorry.
about B. Mollie Fontaine is housed in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, stuffed with a combination of retro and vintage-y chic decor - overstuffed loungers, funky little chairs, and super-cool lighting, from chandeliers to multi-hued, single Edison bulbs. Sometimes, a pro sits at the old piano in the first floor front parlor - sometimes a customer jumps on - not always a memphis adults clubs thing - and sometimes there's a DJ mixing it up. There's a full bar, and very often anything wet and cold comes straight out of a cooler tucked behind the bar. Since the lounge is owned by Karen Carrier of The Beauty Shop fame, the small plates served up are always something scrumptious - Fontaine sliders with arugula and gruyere, crispy duck rice rolls, and avocado tempura are all part of the inventive fare, and there's always a creme brulee memphis adults clubs the day to tempt the sweet tooth.
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Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : Mollie Fontaine's is pretty much the hippest place in all of Memphis - your cool factor will go way up once you experience it. Sally's expert tip : Parking's tricky on Adams - there are plenty of 'no parking from here to there' s, so double check your space before you lock up.
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 memphis adults clubs. 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. Memphis adults clubs 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.
Sally's expert tip : It's only open two nights a week, so if your time in Memphis is short, then be at the doors Friday or Saturday night at The historic Peabody Hotel is widely regarded as the place to stay when you're visiting Memphis; the memphis adults clubs hotel is elegant and sophisticated, with a huge two-story lobby featuring marble columns and rich decor. Indeed, the hotel's lobby fountain, where its famous resident ducks spend a good portion of their day, is one of the area's "must sees.
Once the crowds and kids clear out, the Lobby Bar becomes a swank, upscale spot to grab a drink. Memphis adults clubs bar is one of the best places in town to rub shoulders with the Memphis elite, and celebrities and sports figures when they are in town - and to enjoy a good martini while piano music drifts in the background. Sally's expert tip : There's a fantastic late-night bar menu from the hotel's Chez Philippe after 9 p.
Located in the heart of Memphis's nightlife scene the corner of Third and BealeAlfred's is one of those places that you need to stop in if you plan on telling people you visited Memphis.
Weather permitting, the upstairs outdoor patio is a bit mellower prior to the dance club scene, with acoustic guitarist Jim Wilson usually setting up in one corner on weekend nights. Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : Alfred's offers the only roof-top patio on Beale, and it is a great place to hold court for the evening.
Sally's expert tip : Arrive around 8 and you can lurk in memphis adults clubs background for a table opening. You've got to love a place that was open in the 's - and was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition - that's found its way back to being a hip t in The Green Beetle it can't be called anything else, as outlined memphis adults clubs the building contract, apparently was originally opened inkinda putting paid to the speakeasy idea. But whether it was a secret place to drink memphis adults clubs simply a good cafe then, today it is a small, cleaned-up, old-fashioned spot to listen to a local band while chowing down on some large - and we mean large - portions of home cooking.
Lasagna that regularly weights in over two pounds per serving, creamy, skin-on mashed potatoes with a twist of horseradish, and perfectly cooked collard greens share are what many come for, staying for the local musicians who take to the 'stage' until midnight or later on weekend nights. Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : The Green Beetle is quintessentially Memphis - funky, a little gritty and completely authentic. This gritty club — a former bordello and hotel, is the local go-to for late night drinks and an alcohol-absorbing Soul Burger — a tasty concoction of greasy burger with onions that helps one regain one's sobriety at the end of the evening.
And people watching is fun regardless, with an always-evolving mix of young hispters, East Memphis socialites, and young med students. Recommended for Downtown Memphis' Best Nightlife because : Ernestine and Hazel's is a Memphis institution, and you never know who's going to show up - especially when big-name acts are in town.
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Sally's expert tip : Drop some money in the jukebox - it memphis adults clubs the best selection in Memphis. 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. Follow 10Best Like 10Best. Silky O'Sullivan's. Photo courtesy of Memphis CVB. The Silly Goose Spirit Lounge.
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