9 Best Bars in Memphis


best bars in memphis

Memphis is a drinking destination. Whether it’s a swanky, speakeasy bar or a fun, dive bar, there’s plenty here for the bar hoppers! These bars offer the best of nightlife, some great live music and are visited by an eclectic crowd from all over. So the next time you feel like in need of a drink, get into one of these bars that we have listed and experience the drinking scene of Memphis at its very best! Here are some of the best bars in Memphis, TN.

B.B. King’s Blues Club

Southern hospitality with great food and even better drinks

This place is located at the top of Beale Street in Memphis. This is one of the best bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Their signature drinks will leave you content, they have a great barbeque, and the classic soul, rock and roll music will make you groove!

The signature cocktails are numerous and there is a nice beer and wine selection too. The ambience is classy, and if you are a tourist to Memphis, you shouldn’t miss out on this place. The food is not far behind either- they serve some of the best barbeque in the South, with huge portions! So, dig right in, have a signature drink and listen to the wonderful live music. Nice little painting on the tables and the decor adds appeal to the place.

143 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
Downtown
(901) 524-5464
https://www.bbkings.com/

Kooky Canuck

Canadian inspired food and drinks

The place has an incredible selection of signature cocktails, Local and international beer, draft beer, premium wine, Canadian whiskeys. The food is pretty great too with some authentic and hearty Canadian food like Maple Bread Pudding, Poutine and Tourtiere.

Get tipsy on Tuesdays, with prices of drinks slashed by half! The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, with dim lightings and it’s great for dining out during a romantic date. A great place to satisfy those late-night cravings for food, dessert or drinks.

87 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
Downtown
(901) 578-9800
https://www.kookycanuck.com/

Mardi Gras Memphis

Authentic Louisiana Cajun cuisine and hospitality

This place serves amazing drinks and it makes for a great place to unwind with after a long day. There are different drink specials all through the week. The cuisine is authentically Cajun, with popular varieties like seafood boils and crawfish etouffee.

Vibrant and classy, the service is spot-on. The place is kid-friendly and it’s good to hang out with your group.

496 N Watkins St
Memphis, TN 38104
Evergreen
https://www.mardigrasmemphis.com/

Lafayette’s Music Room

Wonderful music

Nothing like a great live band that plays some non-stop hits to keep you hooked. Lafayette’s offers exactly that- an experience unlike any other. This is a great place to kickback and unwind with some great food, drinks and music. The service is prompt and attentive. They offer a great selection of beer, wine and whiskey.

2119 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Midtown
(901) 207-5097
https://lafayettes.com/memphis/

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Mainly for the beers!

They have around 200 beers on tap! So you will find something that you will absolutely love. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and helpful and will help you with a selection if you are indecisive.

They have TV screens too, so it’s a nice spot to grab a great beer and watch some sports. Happy hours are amazing, with some great deals at dirt-cheap prices. The place has a quirky vibe to it and it’s full of energy, so a great spot to hang out with friends and indulge in some great beer and fun conversations.

130 Peabody Pl
Memphis, TN 38103
Downtown
(901) 523-8536
http://www.beerknurd.com/

Itta Bena

Charming Southern Hospitality

Itta Bena is a little hidden gem located above BB King’s Blues Club that whips up a cool libation to go with the Southern cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, with the touch of unmatched Southern hospitality.

The cocktails are delicious and refreshing. And the whiskey selection is good as well. Both are reasonably priced.

You will experience some speakeasy vibes with the side door that goes up a metal staircase that’s on the outside of the building to enter Itta Bena. As you would expect, the place is dimly lit, with some nice background music that adds to the vibes. The blue tinted windows block the sunlight, while giving a great view outside.

Whether you want to hang out with a group or for a date, Itta Bena will not disappoint and there’s something for everyone. Great place if you’re celebrating a special occasion as well!

145 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
Downtown
(901) 578-3031
https://ittabenadining.com/memphis/

The Second Line

Lovely, warm and inviting ambience of The Second Line will make you feel right at home. The outdoor patio option is a great place to dine out and enjoy a drink. Bourbon and whiskey, rum, gin, tequila, vodka, and unique cocktails are on offer.

The cocktails are unique, tasty and well-balanced. This place offers an authentic, New Orleans experience right in the heart of Memphis. Nice, charming little place that is classy, without the frills and good for groups or date nights.

2144 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Midtown
(901) 590-2829
http://www.secondlinememphis.com/

Bardog Tavern

Your friendly neighborhood bar

The place has a very chill and casual vibe that will remind you of old school traditional bars. As you enter, you will be greeted by the sight of a wood bar and towards the windows to the front row of backed stool with drinks on shelves and tables and booths against walls to eat and dine.

It can get pretty loud in here, and the music selection is great too. The vibe of the place is welcoming and chill and will instantly put you in a good mood. They have a full bar with a well thought-out selection of local beers and special mixed drinks along with some bubbly choices. Enjoy this cool, Dive bar for some great drinks, food, service and atmosphere.

73 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
Downtown
(901) 275-8752
https://www.bardog.com/

Alchemy

One of the best Cocktail bars in Memphis

Alchemy’s mixologists serve up some of the best, hand-crafted cocktails in Tennessee. They have a monstrous signature drinks list, huge selection of beer, whiskey, bourbon and wine. The Beer includes local specialties along with canned and bottled imported ones. There are plenty of European wine selections and their signature cocktails are simply mind-blowing.

Weekday Happy hours last for 2 hours with 50% off their seasonal and signature cocktails. The place is great if you want to impress your first date or hang out with friends. The outdoor patio is lovely, and very enjoyable, if the weather allows for it. The ambience is trendy and classy, and the service, impeccable and spot-on.

940 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104
Cooper-Young
(901) 726-4444

Josh

Josh is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. His favorite drank is Baileys (Yassss, he's a light weight!) and counts the days when coronavirus is over so we can all get back to our favorite bars.

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