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Late Nights in Memphis

Everyone knows that Memphis is a great place to enjoy food and music, but it’s also a place where you can enjoy these things late into the night. If you are looking to plan a late night out with some friends, there are a few places that you should consider. 

Paula and Raiford’s Disco

Photo by Shelby Smith

Location: 14 S. Second Street

Hours: Friday and Saturday (10PM to 4AM)

More commonly known as Raiford’s, this disco club will take you back in time. 70’s music mixed with modern tunes blare throughout the space as humans from near and far pile in to shake it on the light up dance floor.  If you thought you were going to leave early, think again. The bright lights might have brought you there, but the high energy and good vibes will keep you there, and next thing you know, you’ve shut the place down.  FYI it’s cash only, so make sure to hit up an ATM before you go!

Silky O’Sullivan’s

Photo by Silky O’ Sullivans

Location: 183 Beale Street

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday (11AM-Midnight)
  • Monday (4PM-12AM)
  • Saturday and Sunday (11AM-3AM)

If you’re in the mood to party like it’s St. Patrick’s Day every day, then Silky O’Sullivan’s is the place for you. Located on Beale Street, Silky’s is well known for live entertainment, delicious barbeque, and great beers. If you’re feeling daring, try out a diver bucket that’s said to be “a gallon of Southern fun.” Oh, and you might see a goat or two, just a heads up. 

Tin Roof

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Location: 315 Beale Street

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday (4PM- 3AM)
  • Friday and Saturday (11AM- 5AM)
  • Sunday 11AM- Midnight 

Tin Roof has something for everybody. There’s both southern food and traditional bar food in addition to a decent selection of tap beer, wines, and signature cocktails. The front bar is holding it down with the country tunes, and right across the way in the Green Room a DJ is dropping beats until the wee hours of the night. So you’re telling me there’s a bar where I can two-step AND twerk? Sign me up.  

Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk

Location: 310 Beale Street

Hours:

  • Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday (4PM-3AM)
  • Friday (4PM-5AM)
  • Saturday (3PM-5AM)

Named after the iconic Memphis musician, Jerry Lee’s is a place to party like a rockstar. Whether you’re shaking it on the dance floor upstairs, getting rowdy on the balcony, or wowing the crowd with your amazing karaoke skills in the downstairs bar, nights spent at JLL rarely disappoint. 

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

Photo by Mollie Fontaine Lounge

Location: 679 Adams Avenue

Hours:

  • W-Sat (5PM-3AM)

It’s got live jazz on Friday nights and DJs spinning on Saturdays. You can have a quiet intimate gathering for two or throw down with a group of your besties on the dance floor. Hold your pinky high and sip a fancy cocktail or keep it low-key with a beer and french fries. No matter what you do, or what hour of the night you decide to do it, Molly Fontaine Lounge gives you the chicest space to feel like Victorian-era royalty, but like… you can wear jeans.

Young Avenue Deli

Location: 2119 Young Avenue

Hours: Everyday 11AM-3AM

For those of you interested in a laid back, late night rendezvous, Young Avenue Deli is where it’s at. Odds are there are good tunes coming from the jukebox, someone showing off their smarts during trivia, or a crazed sports fan hoopin’ and hollerin’ about a win on the big screen. While they’ve got a full service bar, the beer selection is most noteworthy, offering 36 beers on tap and 130 can and bottle choices. Plus, when it comes to food options, they’ve got something for everybody, but do us a favor and get the grilled cheese with provolone, feta, and bacon- you won’t be disappointed. 

CANVAS

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Location: 1737 Madison Avenue

Hours:

  • M-TH (6PM-2AM).
  • Fri-Sat (4PM-3AM)
  • Sun. (11AM-2AM)

If you’d like a cocktail with a side of visual stimulation, CANVAS might be the move. Sometimes referred to as Canvas of Memphis, this midtown bar masquerades as a gallery featuring work from local artists. Boasting “everything local and live,” you can delight in everything from live music to art demonstrations by painters, photographers, sculptors, and more.

Lamplighter Lounge

Location: 1702 Madison Ave

Hours:

  • M-Tues (5PM-1AM)
  • W-Sun (Noon-3AM)

You don’t go to Lamplighter Lounge to sip fancy cocktails or to gawk over a well curated wine list. You go to Lamplighter Lounge to slam a few PBR’s, mix and mingle with local and traveling musicians, and pass around your BYO-bottled liquor amongst friends and strangers soon-to-be friends. Having recently come of new ownership, this establishment has received a few major face-lifts like new flooring, accepting card payments, and non-smoking hours. All ages are welcome from daylight lunch to early dinnertime, but after nightfall it turns back into the smokey watering hole we all know and either love or hate.

The P&H Cafe

Photo by P&H Memphis

Location: 1532 Madison Ave

Hours:

  • M- Sat. (3PM-3AM)

The Poor and Hungry Cafe is a playground of sorts for Midtowners of all kinds, from the bougie Bettys to the grungy Garys. With a line up of everything from comedy shows and karaoke nights to showcasing the musical talents of those near and far, the beloved bar has served as a local “rite of passage” for over half a century and that doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon.

RP Tracks 

Location: 3547 Walker Ave.

Hours: 11AM – 3AM

RP Tracks near the U of M is a solid option for lunch, brunch, and game watching, but it’s also a worthy last stop of your night. Can’t decide what fried thing is best for soaking up your booze? Get a Lots O’ Stuff (fries, onion rings, chicken tenders, fried mozzarella, mushrooms) and have it all. Pedro’s Wings are good, as are the nachos upon which you can get their famous BBQ tofu. The menu is full of winners so you can’t go wrong. Get a hold of a billiards table and sip from their wide selection of vodkas until you feel ready to call it a night.

More options open until 3AM or later:

The Dirty Crow Inn
855 Kentucky St.
11AM-3AM Daily

The Blind Bear
119 S. Main St.
11AM- 3AM Daily

Printers Alley
322 S Cleveland St.
10PM – 8AM Daily

Silly Goose
110 Peabody Pl.
M – F (3PM – 3AM) SAT. (2PM – 3AM ) SUN (Noon-3AM)

Wild Bill’s
1580 Vollintine Ave.
Open 24 hours

What’s your favorite place for late night hangs? Let us know in the comments!

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