2855 Old Austin Peay Hwy
Memphis, TN 38128-5604
Phone: (901) 312-7777
Fax: (901) 312-7778
2855 Old Austin Peay Hwy, Memphis, TN, US, 38128-5604
- Phone: (901) 312-7777
- Fax: (901) 312-7778
If you want to venture away from the usual tourist spots in Memphis to hear some live music, Wild Bill's is a great option. While it's a bit out of the way, the lively atmosphere, cheap drinks, and unbelievable talent will make you glad you made the trek. When the music starts playing, people are get up and start dancing. So don't be shy, and join in!
This bar located between Midtown and East Memphis has boasted a Memphis rock and roll dive bar cool since 1978, and hosts local and touring bands weekly.
A blasting jukebox and great burgers draw a neighborhood crowd to this popular corner bar, which is also a favorite with Rhodes College students. Park on the street and join the late-night crowd, which has been known to hang around this Midtown standard until the day's first light. The doors of Alex's Tavern never close and you can leave your Visa and your American Express cards at home, no credit cards are accepted here.
Highland Street runs along the edge of the University of Memphis, but it is no strip of boutiques and pizza places. And Newby's is not a haven for wealthy, preppy kids, either. It has a feeling of reality, with a heady mix of people and music. Local bands play here almost nightly on one of the two stages. There is no telling what you might hear—it could be folk or alternative rock—but it will almost never be top 40 or boring.
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.
Relax, listen to music and have a cup of coffee. This funky little gift shop/coffee bar is a fun place to have a snack, browse for gifts and enjoy yourself. In the coffee bar you will find java, organic teas and homemade soups. The gift shop specializes in the works of local artists making it a great place to find an original gift. Local musicians perform here on Saturday evenings. The shop is easy to spot with its blue exterior and huge white-lettered name on the front.
Before you go inside Java Cabana, stop and look at the window for a few minutes. Drop a few coins in the Elvis Impersonator's shrine to see what happens. After you have soaked in the memorabilia and hodge-podge collections, go inside for an experience right out of the beatnik era of the '50s and ‘60s. If you are lucky, you will be there for one of the frequent poetry readings by local writers, or some retro music played on acoustic guitar. Oh, yes—the coffee's pretty good,too. No alcoholic beverages served.
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.
This Pinch District pub is sort of memorial to the Irish immigrants who settled in this area. Enjoy a good selection of beer in the old, dark wood interior and with Irish memorabilia on the walls. Live music on the weekends brings in a wide variety of customers, all ready to have a good time. The menu features Irish Beef Stew and Potato soup, along with juicy 1/2 pound hamburgers.
People come to here for two primary reasons,which is the 270 kinds of beer and the hot fudge pie. However, you can get an excellent hamburger or choose from the selection of Creole-style dishes if you want something more substantial. The restaurants in the Pinch area occupy buildings that served as homes and shops to the immigrant population that lived here in the 1800s and early 1900s. Thus, they have a somewhat shabby, but charming, atmosphere. The restaurant's decor has earned scene settings in several of the John Grisham movies filmed in Memphis, including The Firm.
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.