Sleep Inn at Court Square
40 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 522-9700
Fax: (901) 522-9710
Bars & Cafes
Perched atop the lovely Hotel Madison, Twilight Sky Terrace shines as one of the few star rooftop venues in Memphis. The swanky lounge features a glamorous decor and offers gorgeous views of the Memphis skyline - a good place to hang out at the time of sun set. Open all week, from 4p onward on weekdays and 8a onwards on weekends, Twilight offers a great range of handcrafted cocktails and many top shelf alcohol alternates, along with a simple yet stellar menu of contemporary tapas. The service is courteous and efficient, the offerings are quite exquisite and the prices are fair, that's a lot to say considering the upscale ambiance and the delights that Twilight Sky Terrace entails.
Whether it is lilting melodies that offer you calm solace, or feet-tapping rock n roll music that gets you moving, the Barristers has both on offer for you. This is the ideal venue to sip on a drink or two while you sit amongst an eclectic crowd that loves good music, and good beer even more! Barristers is also the place where Cordell Jackson was said to have performed. Call for additional information.
Bardog Tavern has a great selection of beer on tap, but it's best known for its tasty bar menu. Start with the seared Ahi wontons, for something savory to share. Sandwiches like the "Amazing" Island Club are popular: this filling sandwich is made with grilled chicken, a fried egg, ham, bacon, white American cheese, provolone, avocado, lettuce, spicy mayo, onion, and tomato. Friendly bartenders will be able to recommend their tastiest shots. Come in for brunch on the weekend and get a taste of specials like the lobster sandwich, mimosas, and screwdrivers.
Bistro-like atmosphere and service make McEwen's one of downtown's most comfortable restaurants. Its two chefs make lunch and dinner quite different experiences. Lunch offers excellent sandwiches, such as the Grilled Ahi tuna with Creole aioli and the roasted chicken salad. Salads include the savory grilled apple salad, and there is also a good selection of soups. Dinners are more elaborate and inventive. Standout dishes include smoked trout and potato pancakes, and an unusual lamb carpaccio. Portions are large!
The specialties piroshki and beef stroganoff, are well prepared. Entrees such as a Chilean fish dish called Escolar and a terrine that layers polenta with wild mushrooms and feta cheese make an eclectic menu. Strudel and napoleons make lush desserts and served in large portions. More than 27 varieties of Vodka and a short wine list is also available. Murals are featured in the main dining room, with Eastern European folk arts and crafts, and samovars once used to prepare tea. There is a small outdoor patio for a pre-dinner drink. Enjoy belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Located in the heart of the busy downtown district, the Local Gastropub is a delightful bar ad restaurant. Enjoy delicious seafood platter while sipping on to some nice brew. The pub offers four large screens for sports viewing and the comfortable decor elevates the whole experience. Local Gastropub can also be hired for private events for up to 100 people. Check website for further details.
Take a trip back in time at Blind Bear, a speakeasy-style bar in downtown Memphis. Classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, Manhattan, and Cosmopolitan are featured in the drinks menu. However, the bar snacks have as much draw as the drinks. Try the chicken sandwich, turkey burger, or white cheddar mac and cheese. There's an outdoor patio that's great for people watching, while the interior is decorated in dark hues and dimly lit. The bartenders add to the festive atmosphere by dressing in costumes from the roaring '20s.
A local favourite hangout, this pub is popular among the youngsters as well as the adult business crowd. The place focuses on drinks, simple food, and of course, great music. Drop in for a drink or two, and dance to the latest numbers.
A welcoming addition to the bar scene of downtown, the Silly Goose Lounge offers a place for thirsty travelers, or rather, thirsty commuters, to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-made drink or two. Located just near the waterfront, this lounge serves cocktails, an elegant selection of wine, and scotch, which is perfect to wash down their delectable sliders, flatbreads, or pasta. The lounge also plays host to DJs and even poker tournaments.
The food here is designed to complement the beer. Appetizers include the beer cheese soup, hot tamales, sausage quesadillas, and sausage and cheese plates. Sandwiches make up most of the main dishes. One of the rooms contains a large bar and wooden tables and chairs, and the other room has pool tables and a sports bar atmosphere. The most popular place to eat and drink is on the wrap-around patio at the windows. Cigar smoking is encouraged on the patio, and the restaurant offers a cigar list. The restaurant features live music on weekends and is in the heart of the tourist district, so there are usually plenty of chances for people-watching.
The atmosphere at this diner-style café is so authentic that the place was used virtually unchanged in "The Firm", the Tom Cruise movie about a Memphis law firm. Bill Clinton is also fond of the Blues City Cafe. The décor is intentionally weathered, with corrugated iron and glass blocks. Diner-style seating offers a great view of the crowds on Beale. The best bet on the menu is that Memphis staple—barbeque. You can watch big slabs of ribs being turned on the grill while you drink a cold beer. The prices are slightly elevated because of the restaurant's historic location, but you can still eat for a reasonable price.
Club152 on Beale is one of Memphis' favorite late night destinations to keep the party going. Three floors means that it has three different atmospheres. The first floor features live music in the evenings and DJs later on. The second floor features plenty of lounge space and a dance floor. The third floor opens after midnight on Friday and Saturday, making it a great second stop on a night out. You'll find great local talent and friendly service any time you visit.