Many of which are located in the happening Cooper-Young district of midtown, so you can make a bar-crawl out of it!
Established in 1953, this Midtown hole-in-the-wall is Memphis’ oldest family-owned tavern.
This late-night joint is known for its "World Famous" Greek Burger, and some of the coldest beer in Memphis. Alex’s Tavern also shows major sporting events on their big-screen TVs, and the double jukeboxes will inspire you to be a jukebox hero.
Located in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown Memphis, this cozy, funky bar and restaurant serves up live soul music, international street food, and cocktails like the Ms. Pat’s Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Puff, made with Tia Maria, vodka, cream, and Cocoa Puffs. DKDC stands for “Don't Know Don't Care,” but clearly someone put some thought into the colorful, eclectic decor, which includes a vintage photo booth. Meet up with a bunch of friends to sample all the small plates.
Next door to Bar DKDC, this hip and trendy eatery and bar was formerly Priscilla Presley’s curl-and-dye spot. The hair-dryer chairs remain, giving this New American restaurant a funky vibe, complete with glass-brick booths. This local favorite sports a nice selection of wine and cute cocktails, like the “Please Please Please,” which is made with Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit, and grapefruit zest. Go for brunch, lunch, or dinner—you can’t go wrong with the Beauty Shop’s menu.
This upscale yet casual Crosstown Concourse bar has a fantastic selection of local brews on tap, imported bottled beer, wines on tap, and seasonal craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients. Go during one of their two daily happy hours (3pm-6pm and 9pm-close) for $6 cocktails, $4 beers, and $6 wine, plus deals on yummy snacks, like $5 mac n’ cheese gratin. There’s a patio for when the weather is nice and a stack of board games for when it isn’t. Although it isn’t a sports bar, you can catch an NFL or NBA game on TV here.
When legendary owner Robert Raiford passed away, his daughter Paula kept his disco dreams alive. This after-hours, two-story nightclub on (now located on South Second Street) features a lighted dance floor, buckets of beer, and retro tunes from the '70s, '80s, '90s to boogie to. Heads up: This dance club is only open on Friday and Saturday nights, from 10pm-4am. Hit up the ATM, because it’s cash only.
What better use for an old rail yard than a Biergarten? Another Cooper-Young district gem, this huge outdoor/indoor adult playground features a diner and ice cream parlor, plus a tiki bar, ping-pong tables, and outdoor games. It also just so happens to be one of the best places to see live music in Memphis. Enjoy a beer or glass of wine by the fire pit, or head up to the second-floor absinthe bar for a taste of the green fairy from the antique absinthe fountains.
Brewing brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch pioneered the taproom trend in Memphis with their award-winning, uniquely flavorful beer. Located in the Broad Avenue Arts District, Wiseacre Brewing Co., is surrounded by quirky shops and restaurants. Inside, the taproom is decorated with label art, while outdoors is one of the premier patios in Bluff City.
Ten taps flow with craft drafts, from year-round brews like the Tiny Bomb Pilsner and Gotta Get Up to Get Down Ethiopian coffee bean stout, to seasonal favorites. It’s more of an early-nightlife bar as the taproom closes at 10pm. Different food trucks provide provisions to soak up the suds. Be sure to bring plastic, since they only take credit cards. If you find something you like, fill a growler to take home or grab a sixer. Take a tasting tour on Saturdays at noon.
Located across the street from Bar DKDC, this lively Midtown bar makes the list for its expansive beer selection. Their 36 rotating taps have everything from “high-gravity” to sour brews, plus they’ve got 130 bottles and cans available. Young Avenue Deli attracts beer lovers and music lovers alike, as they often showcase regional bands. Claim a patio table for prime people-watching, and be sure to try the fries!