Food & Drink

12 Must-Hit Happy Hours in Memphis

Published On 05/11/2015 Published On 05/11/2015
Courtesy of Felicia Suzanne's
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1. Alchemy 940 South Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 (Cooper Young)

The appropriately-named Alchemy offers the kind of dim, sexy atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails you might associate with Manhattan rather than our Midtown area. From behind the spacious bar, bartenders produce craft cocktails with ingredients that might be new to you, like The Alchemist (Eagle Rare, Antica, Aperol, and Peychaud bitters), and there're bourbon and scotch lists and a small plates menu.

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2. Blind Bear Speakeasy 119 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Memphis)

The '20s are alive and well at the Blind Bear Speakeasy. You won’t need a password to order from the “Giggle Water” drink menu, but you may feel a little like a Roaring '20s gangster as you put back a Bootlegger’s Mule (American Born moonshine, simple syrup, lime, and ginger beer). It's a good thing there's "Hung Over Like a Bear" brunch every weekend.

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3. Ecco on Overton Park 1585 Overton Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 (Vollintine Evergreen)

Ecco on Overton Park serves up unbeatable European cuisine. If that sounds vague (because Europe is, you know, big), that's because the menu is enormously varied. Whatever you're in the mood for, you'll find it in Ecco's kitchen. Save some dough at cocktail hour during the middle of the week when you need it most. There’s a front patio, inside bar, and lovely covered outside seating in the back, so pick your seat, then pick your poison without spending a bundle.

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4. The Majestic Grille 145 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (South Main)

Centrally located Downtown, the Majestic Grille embodies all the glamour of its silver screen heyday. The cavernous restaurant used to be a movie theater, and the space maintains its original Art Deco feel with staggeringly high ceilings, gold embellishments, and an actual movie screen onto which Hollywood classics are projected. The menu consists of market-driven sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas, but be sure to try standouts like the roasted mahi mahi with grilled artichoke butter and the addicting Parmesan fries.

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5. Sekisui Midtown 25 S Belvedere Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104 (Midtown)

A lot of sushi places do sake specials, but Sekisui midtown takes the roll with their two-for-one deals on plain or flavored sake every weekday. The sushi ain't bad either. Actually, it's really good.

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6. South of Beale 361 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (South Main)

South of Beale gastropub scores with its daily happy hour offering cheap beer, liquor drinks, and wines, plus $6 bar bites when hunger strikes. You can taste the South with the fried chicken & waffle sliders, and the South tastes good. If you feel like supporting your home team through alcohol consumption, you can also snag a blue-hued Grizz shot for just 3 bucks, anytime. The gastropub also features local artists and charities, so you can drink charitably.

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7. Tower Center 5100 Poplar Ave Ste 3300, Memphis, TN 38137 (East Memphis)

Bistro 33 at the Tower Center asks the age old question, "Why should happy be limited to an hour?" Its answer is that it shouldn't, offering half off cocktails for three hours per day, five days per week. Stay classy while sipping a Classic Manhattan, 33 floors over Memphis, dining on Fried Mac n' Cheese Bites in style.

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8. Celtic Crossing 903 South Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 (Cooper Young)

Bangers and rashers meet French toast and cheesy eggs and at this neighborhood Irish pub during weekend brunch. Stopping by weekdays after work? Opt for lunch and dinner options like stuffed sweet peppers with corned beef and Swiss cheese, homemade potato and leek soup, and beer-battered chicken & chips. Sit inside with fellow sports lovers and gather around the projector for daily sportscasts, or enjoy mellow live music and a mimosa carafe on the spacious, heated patio.

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9. Slider Inn 2117 Peabody Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Midtown)

Memphians love patios almost as much as the beer they drink on them, and lucky for the Slider Inn in Midtown, it has both amenities in abundance. In addition to its daily specials, this neighborhood bar specializing in tiny burgers has a three-buck pint night on Tuesdays. With a kitchen open until 2am and a bar until 3am, it's the perfect end to a perfect evening. Bonus: it is apparently home to the "only Lobster Roll in the midsouth."

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10. Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant 80 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (Memphis)

Chef Felicia Suzanne has trained with some of the best to create a unique cooking style that reimagines Southern Creole cuisine with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Expect original takes on sweet and savory dishes like sweet potato pie, peach upside down cake, and butternut squash bisque -- and be sure to take one of her cooking classes because she's one hell of a teacher.

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11. East Tapas and Drinks 6069 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38119 (East Memphis)

You oughtta know what to expect from this Asian fusion hot spot in East Memphis just from the name. What you won't anticipate, however, are the beer and wine happy hour discounts. But now that you know, you can truly have yourself a happy hour when you pair your drinks of choice with a savory tapas like honey fire shrimp.

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12. Schweinehaus 2110 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Overton Square)

This beer hall in Overton Square has all the necessary accommodations to ensure a great time: German beer, an outdoor patio, and a happy hour that begins at 11am. But if you need more incentive to spend the day relaxing and drinking liters of German goodness, Schweinehaus also a menu complete with German classics like Kartoffelpuffers.

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