Memphis
Memphis

Memphis Live Music Clubs


Memphis might be best known for being the heart of the country’s live blues scene. Blues bar after blues bar can be found along the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Even places where music would be the last thing you would expect seem to sneak in a blues act or two a week. Huey’s has four locations around Memphis, and all feature some of the best blues around, not to mention their delicious burgers. Even Silky O’Sullivan’s, an Irish pub, features live blues singers backed up by two grand pianos. One of Beale Street’s most popular blues clubs is called the Rum Boogie Cafe. Besides pulling in the area’s best local musicians, national acts frequent this Memphis hotspot. Other notable Memphis live music venues include, Blue Monkey, Black Diamond, B.B. King’s and Newby’s Bar & Restaurant.
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Alfred’s

197 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.525.3711
Local Memphis favorite, Alfred’s, serves up music, dancing, barbeque and drinks nearly all night to crowds of locals and visitors. Its large patio is a perfect place to enjoy cocktails during happy hour from the full bar or barbeque from the large restaurant menu. This restaurant, club and bar hybrid captures what nightlife in Memphis should be all about: nightly dancing, plentiful drinking, great live music, delicious barbeque and good people. Alfred’s is perfect for long-time friends to rendezvous or for Memphis singles to hit the town.

B.B. King's

143 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.524.5464
B.B. King’s, aptly named after the Memphis’ blues-roots musician, is one of Beale Street’s premier live music bars. This Memphis bar is a hub of the city’s nightlife with live music and dancing throughout the week. The upscale two-story club and restaurant offers not only plenty of booze and blues, but also local cuisine such as BBQ ribs, catfish and gumbo. Beal Street’s B.B. King’s offers a perfect venue for immersion into Memphis culture with plenty of drinks at the bar, blues on the stage and BBQ hot off the grill.

Black Diamond

153 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.521.0800
Located on Memphis’ nightlife central—Beale Street—Black Diamond isn’t in the rough. This cozy live blues club is an ideal spot for listening to great music while sipping on cold brews or cocktails from the bar. Black Diamond is also famous for its pizza, generally considered the best that Beale Street has to offer. Boasting reasonable prices, authentic live blues and late night drinking, Black Diamond is an excellent choice for visitors and locals when enjoying a night bar hopping down Beale Street.

Blue Monkey

2012 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.272.2583
Fresh ingredients make the pizza, calzoni and Black Angus burgers at Blue Monkey as tasty as their beer and cocktails from the bar. Live music adds to the fun atmosphere and makes this Memphis bar popular for patrons from all walks of life. Locals shoot pool while bobbing their heads to the rocking live bands while visitors soak up the Memphis vibes. Weekend brunches serve delicious omelets and even prime rib that attracts many in the area. More live music clubs should learn from the Blue Monkey: serve awesome food and beer while hosting great local talent and patrons will always leave satisfied.

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.

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.

Huey's

1927 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.4372
77 S. Second St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.527.2700
4872 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.682.7729
7825 Winchester Rd., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.624.8911
Huey’s, Memphis’ self-proclaimed home of blues, brews and burgers, has been a local favorite for years. Walls at Huey’s are decorated with photos of patrons, drawings and random initials. The ceiling is covered with toothpicks shot out of straws, and each year they are taken down and counted. Feeling lucky? A contest is held to guess the final number and all money received is donated to the Memphis Zoo. After shooting toothpicks at the ceiling or signing the walls, guests can enjoy live music any night of the week. Family charm combined with excellent food and beer make Huey’s the place to be for anyone looking to unwind in a Memphis neighborhood bar.

Huey's

1927 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.4372
77 S. Second St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.527.2700
4872 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.682.7729
7825 Winchester Rd., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.624.8911
Huey’s, Memphis’ self-proclaimed home of blues, brews and burgers, has been a local favorite for years. Walls at Huey’s are decorated with photos of patrons, drawings and random initials. The ceiling is covered with toothpicks shot out of straws, and each year they are taken down and counted. Feeling lucky? A contest is held to guess the final number and all money received is donated to the Memphis Zoo. After shooting toothpicks at the ceiling or signing the walls, guests can enjoy live music any night of the week. Family charm combined with excellent food and beer make Huey’s the place to be for anyone looking to unwind in a Memphis neighborhood bar.

Murphy's

1589 Madison, Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.726.4193
Tasty pub grub and a great selection of beer have kept Murphy’s open for nearly three decades among the seemingly never-ending list of Memphis bars and clubs. This Midtown Memphis dive also hosts live local bands on the indoor stage. For those who want more than beer, Murphy’s has a wide selection of cocktails, wine, wells and premium spirits from the large bar. When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio offers students, businesspeople and regulars a great place to relax and enjoy all that Memphis has to offer.

Newby’s Bar & Restaurant

539 S. Highland, Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.452.8408
Strong drinks and a young college crowd characterize Newby’s Bar & Restaurant, located a few miles east of Beale Street. University of Memphis students—current and alumni—gather here to play billiards on one of the four pool tables, watch the Grizzlies on one of the 14 TVs or just hang out on the huge patio. Also famous here are the barbeque chicken sandwiches that are always hot off the grill and various local and national bands that play in the enormous auditorium. Newby’s is hard to pass up for anyone who wants to be around a young, lively crowd and love live music.

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.

Silky O’Sullivan’s

183 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.522.9596
It’s always St. Patrick’s Day in Memphis at Silky O’Sullivan’s, the first Irish pub on Beale Street. Two grand pianos on stage provide entertainment, along with live blues singers. BBQ sandwiches and burgers can be found on the restaurant menu, but save room for their world famous BBQ ribs. If that’s not enough, try a Diver—a secret cocktail concoction that comes in a bucket—from the fully stocked bar. Memphis nightlife wouldn’t be the same without this great live music bar and the energy they bring to Beale Street.

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 Lounge

145 Lt. George Lee Ave., Memphis, Tennessee; Tel. 901.554.7998
Located one block off Beal Street on the ground floor of the Gibson Guitar Factory, The Lounge has music oozing from its walls all the time. Local Memphis singers and bands rock this bar with blues, jazz, country and everything in between almost every night, making it one of the hippest places to hang out in Memphis. Large couches and oversized booths make lounging, listening and drinking with friends not only comfortable but also memorable. Fans of guitars, music or just plain good times won’t be disappointed by The Lounge, one of Memphis’ premier live music clubs.

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.

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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