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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Memphis Nightlife

Blues City Café

Dine, dance, and get down at this hopping juke joint with renowned comfort food. Blues wail and tamales sizzle as lively country and blues fans crowd in for the jumping atmosphere.

138 Beale St., TN, 901-526-3637,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | bar | comfort food

Ernestine & Hazel’s

This one-time brothel (and seemingly regular dive bar) four-blocks off Beale moonlights as one of Memphis’ hottest spots for social shenanigans. Its rocking juke box and rough-at-the-edges atmosphere draw crowds.

531 South Main St., TN, 901-523-9754
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | dancing | dive bar

Senses Nightclub

Swanky and slick, Senses is Memphis’ answer to the hot nightclubs of Vegas and New York. Six bars, resident DJs, and 10,000+ feet of dance floor pull in an attractive set nightly.

2866 Poplar Ave., TN, 901-454-4081,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | bar | dj

The Metro

DJs and videos keep the crowd stirred up at this local gay bar. From drag and dancing, to country and coquettery, it’s a great place to find locals and visitors alike.

1349 Autumn Ave., TN, 901-274-8010,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | local favorite | bar | gay | dj | video bar

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