Tough day at the office? Long afternoon of sightseeing in Memphis? Either way, sounds like it’s time to grab a cocktail.
Lucky for you, there are a lot of places in Memphis where you can sit down to an expertly prepared boozy beverage. Whether you’re looking for a local watering hole or an upscale establishment, here’s a list of some of the best cocktail spots in Memphis:
Located in a renovated space that used to be home to a lock-and-key company, this cozy bar serves up barrel-aged drinks carefully crafted from classic recipes. Definitely check out the Tennessee old-fashioned! Although the indoor portion of Loflin Yard is tiny, there’s an expansive outdoor seating area complete with a massive covered patio that overlooks a man-made waterfall running into the Gayoso Bayou, complete with cornhole, giant Jenga, and plenty of other outdoor games.
The Cove Cocktail and Oyster Bar
The Cove Cocktail and Oyster Bar is a nautical-themed establishment with mixed drinks to match—and if you had any doubts about the Cove’s commitment to its aesthetic, look no further than the bar itself, which is shaped like a ship. A highlight of the menu is The Skull & Crossbones, made with Gosling’s rum, sweet vermouth, bitters and a lemon twist. Be sure to order up a half-dozen oysters from the kitchen and stick around for live music.
The practice after which Alchemy is named fell by the wayside a while ago, but this sleek spot in the Cooper-Young neighborhood keeps its spirit alive by transforming ordinary ingredients into extraordinary cocktails with fresh herbs and homemade syrups. Hit up this hot spot on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for a half-off happy-hour deal.
Maximo’s on Broad
Nestled between a coffee shop and a tattoo parlor on Broad Ave., Maximo’s on Broad effortlessly strikes a balance between chic and casual. The Southern Charmer (bourbon, pecan liqueur and basil) is one of our favorite cocktails at this trendy destination, but don’t sleep on the extensive wine selection or the tapas menu with small and large plates ideal for sharing. Maximo’s is a great place to enjoy a night out with a group of friends.
The word “funky” gets thrown around a lot in descriptions of Bar DKDC, and it’s a hard adjective to argue with. This bar serves cocktails in mason jars, cooks up extraordinary global street food, hosts live soul music and invites guests to huddle up in the vintage photo booth. Try the Blue Suede ‘Tini made with Stoli blueberry, St. Germain and lime juice.
Blind Bear Speakeasy
Downtown’s Blind Bear Speakeasy is a dimly lit, Roaring ‘20s-inspired joint that serves up Southern pub grub alongside some of the best cocktails in town. Try the Moonshine Tea (American Born Dixie Sweet Tea Moonshine, muddled lemon, soda and sour) or drop by during weekend brunch for crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese and a truly stellar Bloody Mary.
Memphis may be famous for its music venues, but it’s no slouch when it comes to cocktail bars either. Next time you visit Memphis, be sure to stop by one of these establishments for a tasty mixed drink.
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