An Insider's Guide to the Memphis Bar Scene

An Insider's Guide to the Memphis Bar Scene

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    This beloved Midtown institution has been serving up some of the best margaritas in town for years. But beware — it’s hard to drink just one. Order some famous bacon-wrapped shrimp to keep your blood-alcohol level in check.
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    Guinness flows like wine at this lively Irish pub in the Cooper-Young District. Soccer games are broadcast on game days, and the full menu of Irish delicacies isn’t to be missed. Try the shepherd’s pie or the corned-beef sliders.
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    A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Memphis. Mardi Gras beads are draped over every surface and hang from the ceiling, and the Bayou offers several varieties of Abita on tap and in bottles.
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    Specializing in global street food and well-executed cocktails, Bar DKDC offers a trip around the world without ever leaving your barstool.
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    Often touted for having the best French fries in town, the Deli also offers a wide range of craft brews on tap or in bottles.
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    Offering more than 200 beers on tap and a UFO Club for those who want to sample every flavor, there’s no better place to go when you’re looking for hard-to-find, new, or rare craft and import brews.
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    The P&H stands for “poor and hungry,” but you won’t be either after leaving this dive. The ice-cold pitchers are cheap, and you can find a solid meal for less than $10 (cheeseburgers, patty melts, fried pickles).
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    Authenticity oozes from the walls at this tried-and-true Midtown dive. Sure, it stereotypically serves PBR, but the Lamplighter’s been doing that long before it was cool.
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    They only serve cheap beers (PBR, Miller High Life, and Coors) and brown liquors — the drinks of choice of hipsters everywhere — and offer a handful of trendy menu items, like boiled peanuts and Frito pie.
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    The Cove specializes in gourmet cocktails (try the Vampire, a Bloody Maria made with tequila, tomato juice, red chili, and balsamic vinegar), but it also offers a wide range of craft brews and wines.
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    Affectionately dubbed The Buc, this tiny pirate-themed dive bar has the look and feel of being inside the belly of a rustic-but-beloved old boat. Several nights each week, fledgling punk bands or well-known local legends perform to packed crowds.
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    Located in the newly revived Overton Square, Le Chardonnay offers a variety of wines by the glass or bottle. Sip a glass in the dim dining room, and order a signature wood-fired pizza to share with a date.
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