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Meet ‘Em in The Edge: A Local’s Guide to the Edge District in Memphis

Photo: Memphis Medical District Collaborative

It’s not quite downtown, nor is it entirely midtown. It’s somewhere in the middle.

I guess that’s why they call it the Edge! This district, nestled between two of Memphis’ most popular boroughs, highlights an array of hangouts—whether you’re looking to wine and dine, play a game, plan a party, or behold something beautiful that the Bluff City brings.

Shall we take you on a tour?

Food & Drink

High Cotton Brewing Company

Location: 598 Monroe Avenue

Best known for their Indian Pale Lager, Belgian Golden Ale, and large variety of IPAs, High Cotton Brewing Company‘s got plenty of beers on tap to take your tastebuds on a ride. With an outdoor patio that’s perfect for your pup, and a regular stream of food trucks that set up shop outside, you don’t have to go too far for good grub and satisfying sips.

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Sabor Caribe

 

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Location: 662 Madison Ave

Sabor Caribe is coming in hot with authentic Venezuelan and Caribbean cuisine. I’m willing to bet that they have the largest selection of arepas in town—toting 15 different options. And if that’s wasn’t enough, their menu’s made up of tasty tequeños, cubanos, cachapas, churros, and more.

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Slim & Huskys

Location: 634 Union Ave

Ribs may be law in Memphis, but we don’t play around with pizza either! As a pizzeria that boasts a love for hip-hop and R&B, Slim & Huskys‘ pies will put some pep in your step. Just try the P.R.E.A.M, Cee No Green, Got 5 on It, and more—and you’ll definitely see what we’re saying.

Did we mention they sell cinnamon rolls too?

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Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe

Location: 668 Union Ave

What’s the City of Soul without its soul food eateries? Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe has been in the biz of making our mouths water since 2017. From crispy wings and shrimp and grits, to southern greens that’ll make your grandma smile, their whole menu will make you feel like they left their whole soul on the stove.

P.S. if you’ve ever watched Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games on the Food Network, our city’s own Chef Tam came out on top with her cooking that can’t be beat!

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Edge Alley

 

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Location: 600 Monroe Av

Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner—Edge Alley is exactly where you want to be if you’re looking for a menu that offers a little something for whatever mood you are in! With salmon lox sandwiches, cinnamon sticky bread, ricotta gnocchi, roasted fig flatbreads, and more—this cozy corner is calling your name. Can’t you hear it?

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Evelyn & Olive

 

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Location: 630 Madison Ave

This restaurant may be small, but Evelyn & Olive‘s menu featuring a fusion of Southern and Jamaican traditions really packs a punch. Don’t just take my word for it. Try out the fried plantains, a curry goat duck pot, or a rasta pasta—and you’ll absolutely see what we’re saying.

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Event Spaces

Stop 345

 

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Location: 345 Madison Ave

Looking for a place to host your next event? Stop345 is a multifaceted event space that’ll make the perfect backdrop to provide an “Edge’y” fun or a functional canvas for corporate meetings, live music events, etc.

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Reserve your space.

 

Premiere Palace

 

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Location: 629 Monroe Ave

Did you know: Premiere Palace became an iconic event space in the 1980s after originally being a Cadillac Dealership in the early 1900s? This two-story space is perfect for any type of shin-dig you may be looking to throw.

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Reserve your space.

 

Spectrum

 

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Location: 600 Marshall Ave

Regarded as one of Memphis’ #1 night clubs, Spectrum knows how to keep the party poppin’ as they cater to the 901’s LGBTQ community. With two large dance floors, weekend drag shows, and crowd full of party people, Spectrum adds even more dimension to the Edge District.

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Reserve your space.

 

Experiences:

Craft Axe Throwing

 

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Location: 344 Floyd Alley

There’s nothing like a little modern-day, medieval moment—and Craft Axe Throwing will not only take you back in time, but will also test your aim. Make it a date night for two or a party place to pop into with friends.

Reserve your lane.`

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Edge Motor Museum

 

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Location: 645 Marshall Ave

If you’re the kind of cat that love classic cars, the Edge Motor Museum is the pit stop for you. With a collection that spans across the past and present, you’ll be reveling in a roadster heaven.

Take a tour.

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Bluff City Tattoo

 

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Location: 667 Monroe Ave Extd

Looking to add some new art to your arm? Well Bluff City Tattoo can have you covered, literally. Featuring seven talented tattoo artists, one of whose art I personally sport, you’ll be leaving with a new body mod. that you’ll adore until the end of time.

P.S. they do piercings too!

See their work.

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Sun Studio

Location: 706 Union Ave

Known as “The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Sun Studios put Memphis music on the map in the 1950s with early releases from luminaries such as Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King. Their celebrated guided tours take visitors through the history of the legendary studio in a space that is truly hallowed ground for music lovers.

Schedule a visit.

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Art:

“There is More to be Proud of” by Cat Peña

 

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This public art piece featuring shimmering, soothing, shade-casting blue streamers is a component of MMDC’s Marshall/Monroe streetscape improvement project. Unveiled in March 2017, The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) provided project funding to support this work and commissioned extraordinary artwork by local artist Cat Peña.

 

With Love from Memphis Mural

 

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This mural created by local artists Allie Mounce and Chris Porter sits just down the street from Sun Studio. I personally think it would make a good backdrop for a postcard pic, if that’s your thing!

 

More Murals

You’re never far from a photo-op in the Edge District! Take a look at some of the masterpieces you may stumble upon.

 

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COMING SOON:

Orleans Station: This residential project will include 12 three-story apartment buildings, street-level retail along Madison and streetscape improvements that will create a walkable, bikeable, livable community. 

Rendering courtesy of LRK

 

The Ravine: The Ravine will be intentionally designed as a series of five outdoor rooms beginning with a pop-up/food truck retail plaza on the southern end (near Union Ave.) and ending with an event plaza on the northern end (near Madison Ave.)

 

Inkwell: Ben Colar is the brain-child behind this dope cocktail bar, coming to the Edge in 2021

 

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Memphis Made: The owners behind Memphis Made Brewing Company believed their brewery in Midtown needed a sibling, a second location if you will.

 

 

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