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Top bar recommendations from locals

Hotel
“Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?”
  • 53 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“When you go to the Arcade for breakfast, try to get a seat at the Elvis booth towards the back of the restaurant (it was apparently his favourite). Even if you can't get the coveted seat, you can still gorge yourself on the restaurant's fantastic sweet potato pancakes and other classic southern breakfast treats. The Arcade is one of the oldest restaurants in Memphis and the classic retro decor hasn't changed in years.”
  • 39 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Most famous Memphis Ribs. The dry rub is a must try. Grab plenty of towelettes.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Go to Earnestine and Hazel’s for the real soul food experience and stay for the jukebox operated by ghosts. That’s right, in downtown Memphis Earnestine and Hazel’s is a dive bar on the grounds of an old haunted brothel. It’s home to several locally famous ghouls and the equally well-known ‘soul burger’, which costs just $6 and has gained national notoriety for its mouthwatering ‘soul sauce’.”
  • 51 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Fine dining in downtown Memphis. They have an amazing outdoor patio right in the heart of the walking district in downtown which means you can have fine dining without having to get too fancy. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fine dining, quality service, great wine and drink menu. Only a 1 minute walk from the stay!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great place to get your Memphis music vibes checked off the box. GREAT food menu as well. If you want to have a conversation, it may be tough as the music can be pretty loud...”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“An art-deco spot located inside a historic Victorian house. A trendy nightspot that caters to both locals and visitors. The lounge offers martinis, tapas & sing-along piano plus DJs & bands.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“This South Main-area gastropub offers a sophisticated spin on pub food and an extensive list of inspired cocktails. But unlike some other high-end bars, S.O.B., as it's affectionately called, has more of a welcoming, low-key ambience. Sangria (prepared with whatever fruit is in season) is always on offer, or try something more inventive, such as the Not Your Grandmother's Lemonade (barrel-aged whiskey with homemade lavender-infused lemonade). Balance your booze intake with eats from the daily snack board (fried deviled eggs, seasonal hummus, cheeses, house jam, candied pecans, and crispy flatbread).”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Their ribs, seasoning and sauce have been featured on The Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Show””
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good drinks and fast service! The owner is actually one of the patrons...Daniel. Great for Sunday Fundays and turns into a nightclub on Friday and Saturdays. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you’re going to Beale, usually the cheapest parking is just above Flying Saucer for usually $1/hour unless there’s a special event. If you’re really looking for a night on Beale, this is a spot to start with a ton of beer and food and just a street over from the start of Beale.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“You know when a pub has two Grand Pianos Head to Head it's going to be a good night!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Try the lobster pizza. Cocktails and ambience are trendy and chic. Griz players hangout.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local favorite! You will find students, lawyers, neighbors and tourists all mingling at this neighborhood bar. Surprisingly good food and great beer on tap. Smoking is allowed inside and may not be a good for those who are sensitive. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Blue Monkey quickly earned a reputation as one of Memphis’ most popular and legendary hangouts. Located at South Front Street Downtown, The Blue Monkey features the mid-south’s finest European style tavern atmosphere combined with classic American cuisine. Enjoy The Blue Monkey for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late nite. Come and experience the best of Memphis – The Blue Monkey.”
  • 4 locals recommend