Tourist’s Guide to Nightlife in Memphis

Visiting a new city doesn’t just mean finding fun day activities for the kids and a decent hotel to stay in. It also involves looking for how you are going to spend your adult downtime. Here are some excellent places to visit in the evening and night hours that will have any visiting night owl waking up to search for Memphis Houses for Sale

  1. B.B. King’s Blues Club

This legendary blues club is unmissable for music fans. When there are no artists booked to play (and there usually are), the house band makes sure there is live music every single night. The club’s interior is filled with artistic depictions of Memphis musical icons, and the Southern-themed food is to die for. 

  1. Mollie Fontaine Lounge

This popular lounge is an antiques-filled Victorian house lounge offering martinis, tapas, sing-along piano segments, as well as DJs and bands. Their website states that they’re open at 5pm “til the spirits go to sleep,” and the lounge is a special place where all people are celebrated and welcome to come by for good food, drinks, and great music. 

  1. Playhouse on the Square

This regional theatre company is a vital part of the Memphis performing arts scene. The theatre has two levels and 347 seats. One nice addition is their rooftop terrace, which is open during shows and available for booking private events. The owners of the playhouse, Circuit Playhouse, Inc., maintain several educational and outreach programs for Memphis citizens who love the performing arts. You can see the schedule for musicals and plays here.

  1. Overton Square

This revitalized neighborhood destination is a funky, vibrant hangout featuring five live-performance venues, a multiplex cinema, thriving businesses, and many restaurants. Overton has a historical presence in Memphis, being a figure of the nightlife scene since its formation in 1969.

  1. Silky O’ Sullivans

This much-loved Irish pub sits in a century-old building. Named after Silky O’ Sullivan, the Memphis King of BBQ, the menu is full of the best meat and sauces the south can provide. Voted frequently as having the best atmosphere and best entertainment in town, this pub is a great place to celebrate the night. 

  1. Beale Street Historic District

Beale Street in downtown Memphis is famous for its countless live music venues and incredible restaurants. You’ll never run out of choices if this is the area you are staying in. Voted as America’s most iconic street and the Home of the Blues, Beale Street remains Tennessee’s top tourist attraction. 

  1. Paula and Raiford’s Disco

This nightclub offers cocktails, DJ shows and late-night dancing in a high-energy atmosphere. Located downtown, this popular venue has leather couches, fog machines, disco balls, and offers a night of quirky, nostalgic fun for those who are looking for a funky twist to their night out on the town.

  1. Rumba Room

This hot spot is the place to go for dancing the night away! This venue not only has Latin food and tropical drinks, but live music, dance lessons, and a chance to immerse yourself in Latin dance culture. 

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