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Beale Street

In the roaring Twenties, Beale Street was a constant carnival, thrumming with music, dancing and gambling. The original home of the blues, today it still plays host to many live music and dive bars. Check out B. B. King’s old haunt, aptly named B. B. King’s Blues Club, or try Wet Willie’s for a cheap, strong daiquiri. The swarms of tourists can overwhelm at times, so weeknights are recommended for a quieter (but not that quiet) visit.

Levitt Shell

The Levitt Shell is an open-air venue in Memphis’ picturesque Overton Park, offering free live music events throughout spring and summer which showcase everything from local talent to jazz performances from further afield. With plenty of food trucks and outdoor bars to choose from – plus the option of bringing your own picnic and booze – the Levitt Shell is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy a free, fun evening the Memphis way.

Alchemy

A sleek spot in the trendy Cooper-Young district in midtown Memphis. Head here for a handcrafted cocktail or a selection of traditional American dishes served tapas-style. The area is a popular nightlife spot with a younger, more local crowd than that found among the hubbub of Beale Street. Alchemy is always a good place to start your night.

The Peabody

The Peabody is worth a visit because of its infamous resident ducks. No quacking about. The hotel, itself a city landmark, is home to several ducks that flap about in an intricate marble indoor fountain, before, in a grand ceremony, being lead to their penthouse by the hotel’s resident ‘duckmaster’. Here, the rooftop bar offers spectacular views of the city and the Mississippi River. It’s the ideal spot to treat yourself to an expensive whisky cocktail rather than somewhere to dance the night away.

Beale St

Levitt Shell

Alchemy

The Peabody

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