where i went: memphis

required reading: hellhound on his trail by hampton sides

downtown

where i drink 

  • ernestine & hazel’s: used to be a brothel, beer and fireball only, great jukebox, soul burgers will change your life
  • bardog: home of the breakfast shot, favorite for locals
  • silky’s: beale st, famous for “buckets”, live music/dancing, bar food, they have goats for some reason
  • jerry lee lewis’: beale st, live music, bar
  • kings palace cafe: beale st, live music, bar, outside sitting area
  • blind bear: speakeasy, pool tables
  • flying saucer: lots of different beers, pool tables, darts, bar food
  • ghost river brewing co.: south main area, great beers, have games like jenga, guess who, and connect four, food trucks
  • loflin yard: indoor/outdoor concept, fires in the fall, games to play outside, waterfall in the middle
  • carolina watershed: built inside an old watershed, smaller than loflin, good for brunch but kinda annoying because the drinks are small

where i eat 

  • gray canary: upscale, really great food, mostly seafood/oysters, south main area
  • catherine & mary’s: italian, a little pricey, awesome food, south main area   
  • majestic: downtown memphis staple, great for brunch, lunch, or dinner, main street area
  • gus’s fried chicken, south main area  
  • south main market (an indoor open market concept with different food/coffee/drinks to try)
  • south main sushi: pretty good sushi with a good atmosphere, can sit at the bar, inside, or outside; their take on the moscow mule is really fresh
  • aldo’s pizza: amazing pizza, good wine and beer selection, great for delivery or to sit outside and people watch, main street area
  • flying fish: really good catfish, oysters

where i get coffee 

  • bluff city coffee
  • cafe keough

fun things to do 

  • national civil rights museum tour
  • peabody hotel lobby to see the ducks/get a cocktail at the bar
  • south main book juggler 
  • st. jude children’s research hospital tour 
  • memphis law school tour 
  • mud island (go for a walk along the ms river, have a cocktail on the river inn rooftop for great view, get nails done at nail bar, check out miss cordelia’s which now has a bar)
  • sun studios tour 
  • stax museum tour 

where i shop 

  • stock & belle: really cute boutique in the south main area; good clothes and house stuff, men and women both like this store
  • lansky’s (in the peabody hotel)

midtown

where i eat 

  • molly’s la casita: awesome mexican food; get the half and half margarita
  • the second line: nola-inspired cuisine, good cocktails, fun atmosphere, in a little house looking building in the overton square area
  • young ave deli: pool tables, darts, good beer and wine selection, something for everyone food-wise  
  • beauty shop: ideal for girls’ brunch
  • babalu: tacos, good margaritas,
  • boscos squared: something for everyone; good beer selection
  • soul fish: delicious fish plates, po boys, and other seafood; the vegetables are insanely fresh  

where i drink 

  • wiseacre brewing co
  • alchemy: great cocktails and small plates; more for girls than guys in my experience
  • celtic crossing: quintessential irish pub; one of my favorite spots
  • railgarten: similar to loflin yard and carolina watershed; indoor/outdoor concept; great for watching games on TV; they have an outdoor volleyball court

where i get coffee 

  • otherlands: quirky coffee shop in the heart of midtown, bagel sandwich thing is my favorite, their cold brew is on point  
  • muddy’s grindhouse: cupcakes, cakes, and coffee, good place to study
  • cafe eclectic: really good for breakfast

fun things to do 

  • overton park (walking, golfing, dog park)
  • burke’s book store in cooper young 
  • xanadu record store 
  • house of muse: you can see cats sleeping in the window
  • rhodes college 
  • studio on the square for a movie 
  • pink palace museum
  • brooks museum 
  • memphis zoo 

favorite bookstore: burke’s books