42 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 526-1050
Fax: (901) 525-3219
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.
Club 616 is a great place for hanging out with friends. They serve drinks, cocktails and food. If you're looking for a place to drive away your work stress blues, this is the place to be.
Formerly known as The Last Place on Earth, this high-energy club is the first place to come to hear live music from local and touring bands. From "funk to punk," there is something on offer for everyone. Check out show dates and ticket information online at the venue's Web site. You can order tickets online or by phone and tickets of Stop 345 are available at the door for some shows.
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.
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.
Willie Mitchell is a longtime fixture on the Memphis scene. Once a trumpet player as well as the musical producer responsible for Al Green's early hits, Mitchell owned and ran this club under the name "Legends." Still looking a little rundown on the outside, Willie Mitchell's Rhythm & Blues Club is the place to hear R&B in an authentic atmosphere. If you want to experience R&B as it was played on Beale in what some people consider its heyday, Willie Mitchell's is the closest you will come. Live blues takes place on some Friday and Saturday nights. No cover charge.
If you can stand the Memphis weather, this Beale Street bar has one of the biggest patios in town. Enjoy it in spring and fall, or with a cool drink on late summer evenings. It is a great place to watch the crowds of tourists and revelers go by, but often fills up and becomes a party, with customers dancing and drinking on the patio to the music of local bands. After midnight on Saturday this place becomes a hot spot for local college students.
This club features vintage rock on the weekends, often with Memphis favorite Kevin Paige as the star, On weeknights, catch up-and-coming musicians at Alfred's. The menu features ribs and barbecue pork along with steaks and chicken dishes. The lunch plate special offers the day's meat choice and three vegetables. There is also a full bar, with wine and beer. A large double-decker outdoor patio gives you a great view of the strollers on Beale Street while you dine or have a drink.
Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall features live music every night of the week. The venue itself isn't the most glamorous, but the talent is undeniable. The resident performers, Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band play Friday through Monday. It's located next to the Rum Boogie Cafe, which is known for its delicious Cajun and barbecue dishes. Make a night of it and visit this venue for some great blues.
Whether it is lilting melodies that offer you calm solace, or feet-tapping rock n roll music that gets you moving, the Barristers has both on offer for you. This is the ideal venue to sip on a drink or two while you sit amongst an eclectic crowd that loves good music, and good beer even more! Barristers is also the place where Cordell Jackson was said to have performed. Call for additional information.
The the Paula & Raiford's Disco club is part of the hip and happening nightlife scene of downtown Memphis. It’s a typical club from the 1980s, complete with disco balls, fog machines and leather couches. Paula Raiford, the owner and DJ, spins some great tunes. If you wish to take a break away from the music and smoke on the dance floor, head to the VIP area. This nightspot also offers limousine service for all those who wish to arrive in style. Don't forget to carry cash, as it does not accept credit cards.