Memphis Local Bars

It’s hard to turn a corner in Memphis without running into a few bars. Memphis has everything: dive bars, live music clubs, sports bars, gay bars, college bars, dance clubs and friendly neighborhood bars. The world famous Beale Street is the undisputed epicenter of River City nightlife so, it's no wonder, many of Memphis’ most popular bars call Beale St. home. There are so many on Beale that a pub-crawl including all of them would result in certain death. Beer lovers on Beale celebrate the Beale Street Tap Room for its nearly 30 beers on tap and prime location. The famous Coyote Ugly Saloon recently opened a location on Beale, and visitors always enjoy the shows put on by those lovely bartenders. Not all of Memphis’ nightlife is confined to Beale, though. Sleep Out Louie’s is off the main drag but is far enough away to avoid the huge crowds. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is located in Peabody Place, and sports over 75 draught beers. The best thing to do while in Memphis is to wander into a bar you’ve never seen before and soak up the friendly atmosphere and free flowing drinks.
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Alex's Tavern

1445 Jackson Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.278.9086
Don’t judge Alex’s Tavern by the seedy exterior—it’s what’s inside that makes this Memphis dive bar worth a visit. Alex’s Tavern is a beloved family-owned pub that’s been a mainstay of Memphis nightlife since the 1950s. The jukebox itself attests to the bar’s long history and plays tunes all night. Cheep beer and perfectly grilled burgers keep celebrities like Don Henley and Dennis Quaid coming back every chance they get. The walls are lined with photographs of other celebs and framed articles about this favorite Memphis bar to locals and visitors in the know. Students and businesspeople alike will love the authentic Memphis atmosphere found at Alex’s Tavern.

Beale Street Tap Room

168 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.527.4392
With nearly 30 beers on tap, the Beale Street Tap Room’s friendly Memphis atmosphere and prime location in the heart of the city’s nightlife scene make it one of the best places to enjoy a beer in the River City. For patrons not in the mood for beer, excellent food and an extensive liquor selection should leave everyone feeling satisfied. Friendly bartenders add to the comfortable feel of one of Beale Street’s and Memphis’ best drinking establishments sure to satisfy everyone.

Bobcat Bar & Grill

4730 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.685.2933
Pizza, beer and sports. Memphis dive bar Bobcat Bar & Grill has it all for college students or anyone in need of greasy food and cold beer. Several TVs play all the local games while patrons enjoy shuffleboard, darts, pool and video games in true sports bar fashion. This dive has a better beer selection than most, with cute bartenders to boot. Everyone’s a regular at Bobcat Bar & Grill, where cold beer is as plentiful as the friendly patrons.

Bosco's Squared

2120 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.432.2222
Bosco’s Squared, or “The Square” for those in the know, is the ultimate restaurant for beer lovers. Its location in Overton Square makes this Memphis bar and restaurant a popular meeting place for post-movie drinking and late-night snacking. Over 50 different hand crafted beers are served at Bosco’s yearly, and each new variety is unveiled during Saturday tastings. Bosco’s is an ideal stop for anyone who enjoys quality food, beer and a lively, hip atmosphere. The bar is usually full of hip twenty-somethings and is a great place to meet new people in Memphis.

Club 152

152 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.544.7011
The multi-level Club 152 on Beale Street offers a mix of hip-hop, house, techno and alternative rock music to fuel night after night of dancing. Numerous bars throughout the club sling cocktails and pour drinks all night long to keep things loose. This may be one of Beale Street’s—and Memphis’—best place to dance, drink, listen to music or simply enjoy some Tennessee nightlife. Club 152 includes everything the savvy Memphis nightlife seeker is in the mood for from a hot singles scene to satisfying drinks.

Coyote Ugly Saloon

326 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.888.UGLY
Coyote Ugly is all about good times, gorgeous women and great drink specials every night to guarantee that partiers will leave satisfied, or at least drunk. Burgers, sandwiches and wings are favorites at this nationally known bar that became famous for the hot ladies in the namesake movie. Coyote Ugly fits in perfectly with Beale Street’s wild nightlife scene and is worth stopping by while enjoying a night out on the town.

Earnestine and Hazel’s

531 S. Main St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.523.9754
Since its early days as a brothel Earnestine and Hazel’s has come a long way from the gentleman’s club of yore. In fact, today the bar is a Memphis live blues hotspot that boasts an extensive full bar and juicy Soul Burgers. Stay late, dance, and soak up some Memphis history while listening to the best jukebox in town after the live musicians have gone from playing on the stage to drinking at the bar. On weekend nights the piano bar, R&B, jazz and local jam sessions can be heard inside the club making Earnestine and Hazel’s an excellent Memphis bar.


4027 Raleigh Millington Rd., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.377.6878
Those who are looking for the best sports bar in Memphis to watch University of Tennessee football should wander into Fargo’s. When not rooting for Big Orange, Fargos’ patrons entertain themselves with pool, karaoke, shuffleboard and darts over cold brews from the bar. The young crowd welcomes visitors, as long as any Florida Gator paraphernalia is left outside. Partiers who want a taste of Memphis college life can stop by Fargo’s to experience full-blown partying.

Fox & Hound English Tavern

5101 Sanderlin Ave. #100, Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.763.2013
An excellent beer selection and delicious barbeque make the Fox & Hound English Tavern the perfect Memphis bar to watch the Grizzlies or to shoot pool with friends. Big screen TVs, darts, shuffle board and video games will keep everyone happy while the excellent food that’s always hot off the grill is sure to fill even the hungriest patrons. Enjoy some rib-sticking barbeque and beer while playing pool or darts for a complete night or as a way to kick off a night of exploring the rest of Memphis’ nightlife.

Hi-Tone Cafe

1913 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.278.8663
Often topping polls for the best place to see live music since opening, Hi-Tone Café is a haven for local Memphis tunes and produces over 300 shows every year. With so many shows, the Hi-Tone Cafe sometimes feels more like an ongoing rock music festival than a traditional Memphis bar. However, the chefs and bartenders work hard to provide beer, cocktails and food to everyone with an empty stomach or a thirst to quench. The Hi-Tone Cafe adds a unique dynamic to Memphis nightlife with live blues, rock, country and nearly every other type of music to satisfy anyone in search of a hopping night scene and live music.


1702 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.9916
Lamplighter serves cold Pabst Blue Ribbon in frozen mugs…and not a whole lot else. Patrons don’t come for the variety of cheap drink—they come for the Memphis neighborhood bar atmosphere, famous Shirley Burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. Since not many tourists make it to Lamplighter, even the most hardened of regulars are eager to converse with visitors. A pool table and jukebox keep things exciting and a “no cursing” policy keeps things polite. This neighborhood Memphis bar is a great stop for adventurous visitors and anyone in need of cold drinks at wallet-saving prices.

Metro Memphis

1349 Autumn Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.274.8010
The lively nightlife and hot bodies at Metro Memphis make this gay bar and dance club a popular hotspot for folks from all walks of life. A great happy hour menu with happy hour prices, lively DJs and a huge dance floor make this gay club the perfect place to meet people, have a late-night snack or just dance the night away. There’s a new special event every night of the week at Metro Memphis, from amateur drag shows to karaoke and even beer busts. There’s no doubt about this gay bar, Metro Memphis has something for everyone.

Rum Boogie Cafe

182 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.528.0150
Memphis’ Beale Street is known for live music clubs and bars, and the Rum Boogie Cafe is one of the best. Liquor and mixed drink aficionados will love the vast array of rum behind the bar. The Memphis music club also serves up local cuisine: barbeque ribs, fried catfish and gumbo grace the plentiful menu. The Rum Boogie Cafe’s stage has been home to famous national rock acts as well as local Memphis bands. Guitars autographed by Aerosmith and Stevie Ray Vaughan are just two of the hundreds that decorate the walls of the club. The Cafe can’t be missed while exploring all that the Memphis nightlife has to offer.

Sleep Out Louie’s

88 Union Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.527.5337
Smack in the middle of Downtown Memphis, Sleep Out Louie’s is within walking distance of Beale Street’s prime nightlife. Since it is so close to pretty much everything Memphis nightlife has to offer, this bar is a must-stop or a must-start at for a rockin’ night on the town. A diverse wine list, good food and expert bartenders make Sleep Out Louie’s a perfect neighborhood bar for catching up with friends before hitting the town or to enjoy the entire night at—and no, they won’t let you really sleep out.

Sports Pub

5012 Park Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.767.8632
Catering to Memphis sports fans, Sports Pub manages to take the cake in terms of sports bars. Vols, Titans and Grizzly games are sure to be playing on one of the 20-plus TVs found inside and offer views no matter where patrons sit in the bar. Served alongside traditional pub grub from the grill, beer, cocktails and wine help celebrate a win or drown sorrows if the hometown favorites lose. Sports Pub delivers exactly what its name promises—no frills—just sports, drinks and pub grub.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

130 Peabody Pl., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.523.7468
If you try each of this favorite Memphis bar’s 75 plus draught beers, an alien abduction might not seem so impossible. Within walking distance of nightlife hotspot Beale Street, The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is a must-visit location. The large beer garden hosts live local music to help catch visitors up on the Memphis music scene. The Emporium is probably the only bar or club in Memphis that invites patrons to become “BEERKNURDs”, members of the bar’s beer club. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is a must-visit for the seasoned beer lover and for those who love their beer lovers.

The World Famous Poplar Lounge

2586 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.324.1233
“World Famous” is a relative term when it comes to The World Famous Poplar Lounge. Nonetheless, the joint is a popular dive bar located between Midtown and East Memphis that provides locals and visitors a great place to hear some bluegrass while sipping a beer or munching on a burger. Visitors to Memphis can enjoy rubbing elbows with locals while experiencing a real neighborhood bar complete with a grill and plenty of cocktails and beer. A trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a dive, and The World Famous Poplar Lounge is a great place to see this side of Memphis nightlife.

Wild Bill's

1580 Vollintine Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.5473
Wild Bill’s is generally regarded as Memphis’ best live music club for authentic blues. Open especially late on weekends, flowing cold beer and friendly service keep regulars coming back for more night after night. No trip to Memphis would be complete without lounging with friends in an authentic blues bar and Wild Bill’s is an excellent choice for just that. Cold beer and warm tunes form a perfect combination for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Memphis’ nightlife.

Yosemite Sam's

2126 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.6138
Yosemite Sam’s boasts some of the best karaoke that the Memphis nightlife has to offer, plus darts and air hockey keep the more timid bar-goers busy. Cocktails from the full bar or cold draft beers will help loosen the mood for crowds and prompt singing and dancing all night. The laid-back atmosphere at Yosemite Sam’s makes it perfect for first-time karaoke singers and microphone-jockeys.

Young Avenue Deli

2119 Young Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.278.3123
Local Memphis bands and the occasional national act play at Young Avenue Deli while patrons enjoy delicious food and a variety of drinks. The fully stocked bar, complete with an assortment of imported beers, make this Memphis bar a favorite for visitors and locals alike. The crowd is truly unique with hard-rocking musicians drinking right alongside suited businesspeople and artsy hipsters. Jazzy tunes, excellent eats and plenty of drink options keep the Young Avenue Deli atop many best Memphis bar and live rock music club lists.
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