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Memphis, TN 38104
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Bars & Cafes
Located in respectable, artsy Midtown, J-Wags has been in Memphis longer than any other establishment catering to the gay population. It remains known as the best spot to see a female impersonator show. Cher, Barbara, Diana Ross - you can catch them all here and for a fraction of their Las Vegas prices. The bar is open throughout the day, unusual in this fairly conservative community, making it a great place to go if you're in jet lag and cannot sleep. Drink specials change each night. The show is performed Thursday through Saturday nights only.
A great local bar, Buccaneer is hugely popular among the youngsters in Memphis. The beer keeps flowing all night, and you don't need to pay too much for it. Regulars praise the line-up of gigs played by local or national bands, which adds to the atmosphere of the place. They also have a small menu for snacks. A great place to catch up with the locals and make some friends, Buccaneer Lounge is a good choice for an evening out in the city.
One of the popular bars in the Victorian Village area of downtown Memphis, Mollie Fontaine Lounge is housed in an old Victorian structure. Spread over two floors, the upper being smoking and the lower non-smoking, this lounge offers a more sophisticated night out experience in the neighborhood. The drinks menu here boasts a wide selection of cocktails, which have become quite popular, as well as beer and wine; while the food menu serves a mix of Soul and Contemporary cuisine. Mollie Fontaine Lounge also plays host to live performances.
This slightly grungy pub attracts patrons with its pool table and its outdoor, tree-shaded deck. Wednesday nights pull in professors and graduate students from the university, along with the usual crowd, for the Kudzu Pub Quiz, a trivia contest in which the questions get more obscure as the beer flows more freely. Regular teams compete for the pride of winning, but anyone is welcome to join in.
Self-described as the "beer joint of your dreams," this bar fits the bill as a long-time Midtown favorite. Everyone - and we mean everyone, is welcome and likely to be seen here. Check out the photographs lining the walls, shoot a game of pool and say hi to Wanda Wilson, creator of this special place. This neighborhood bar draws regulars from across Memphis, with live music on the weekends and events like its annual Hank Williams birthday fete each September and monthly original poetry readings.
Memphians crowd this neighborhood club, especially weekend nights. Many come for a burger and a beer and a view of the world as this joint draws all types of locals who live in the Midtown area. On days and nights when the weather is good the patio is a popular spot for friends to gather. Inside, the jukebox plays or, on occasion, local bands perform live music. A pool table beckons to those who are lucky with the cue sticks.
Hi-Tone has a cool bar which serves a decent variety of drinks, especially some cheap beer. It's definitely the local favorite for live music, with lesser known bands as well as big names like Elvis Costello and Duncan Sheik having performed here. Check the website for performance schedules and specials on wings and drinks.
One of the most happening venues in downtown Memphis, Brinson's Downtown is a bar/lounge that presents some of the most interesting line-ups in the city. Offering a space where the city's youngsters can party away till the wee hours of the morning, this place is open till quite late, and serves scintillating drinks and sumptuous food. They also have Open Mic nights, where you can check out aspiring singers from all over the city arrive to display their talent, or lack thereof, in front of an eager crowd. Call to know more.
Dig into incredible sushi creations at Sekisui. The ingenious chefs mix flavors and ingredients to put together an array of highly acclaimed recipes like Hurricane tempura roll, Nashville roll, Pickled Daikon and nigiris. Such is the popularity and steady following of this restaurant, that customers themselves have requested custom made recipes, which hold pride of place on the menu. Try the Debra Roll with tuna, cilantro and ponzu sauce or the Jeni's Roll with lobster, scallions and smelt roe. This is a good place to try some sake and wine during happy hours. The service is professional and prompt, while the welcoming staff makes the experience more special.
A two story destination, the Plush Club, is the local hang out of Memphis. The crowd here mainly consists of youth who dance the night away sipping on to some of the bar concoctions. The club presents local events and live acts, some of which are ticketed so make sure you have one in order to bask in the night life of Memphis.
A local favourite hangout, this pub is popular among the youngsters as well as the adult business crowd. The place focuses on drinks, simple food, and of course, great music. Drop in for a drink or two, and dance to the latest numbers.
The Coyote Ugly Saloon brings the much famous bar in the movie, Coyote Ugly, to life. The Memphis location can be found on the popular tourist area of Beale Street, which is lined with a host of other bars and cafes. Inside this saloon, however, a unique experience awaits you, with the dive bar atmosphere lightened up with theme nights and drinks specials. As in the movie, you will witness girls dancing on the bar counter, accompanied by eager tourists and locals sometimes. Mostly visited by tourists, the Coyote Ugly Saloon is more an attraction than a bar. See the website to know more.