Food & Drink

12 Must-Hit Happy Hours in Memphis

Published On 05/11/2015 Published On 05/11/2015
Courtesy of Felicia Suzanne's

Happy hour: whether at the bar, on the patio, at a big table surrounded by 10 friends when you're drinking specialty cocktails, wines by the glass, or pints (or liters!) of beer, you can't go wrong. Wherever and however you happy hour, you’ve got lots of options in the Bluff City for saving a buck and catching a buzz in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Here are the 12 spots that do it best.

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1. Alchemy

Cooper Young
When: 4-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $5 mojitos, sangrias, and well drinks
Alchemy’s top-shelf mixologist-made cocktails are quite affordable during its weekday afternoon happy hour. For five bucks you can enjoy a minty mojito, refreshing sangria, or well cocktail, plus discounts on beer bottles and wine, and $4 shots of cinnamon whiskey.  
 

2. Blind Bear Speakeasy

Downtown
When: 3-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $2.50 domestics, $4 wells, $5 select wines
There’s no password necessary to enjoy the cheap wine, beer, and liquor on Main St’s not-so-secret Blind Bear Speakeasy. Go for the underground vibe of the dim, loungey interior, or enjoy a breeze on the patio outside with your affordable-and-totally-legal happy hour drink.

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3. Ecco on Overton Park

Vollintine-Evergreen
When: 4:30-6:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday
The special: $5 wine, $3 bottled beer, $1 off cocktails
Save some dough at upscale Ecco on Overton Park’s 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.

The Majestic Grille

4. The Majestic Grille

Downtown
When: 4-6pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $2 domestics, $3 imports and well drinks, $4 wine
If you find it hard to remember the specifics of The Majestic Grille’s happy hour, just remember: 2-3-4. Start your afternoon off right with two-or-three buck beers and liquor drinks, or sip on some $4 wine to go with its infamous Parmesan fries. 

Sekisu Midtown

5. Sekisui Midtown

Midtown
When: 4-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: Two-for-one hot sake
A lot of sushi places do sake specials, but Sekisui Midtown takes the lead with its two-for-one deals on plain or flavored sake every weekday. Enjoy a few carafes with a Grizzlies or Redbirds sushi roll before you head to a game.

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6. South of Beale

South Main
When: 3-6pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $3 drafts, $4 wells, $5 wines and cocktails
South of Beale gastropub goes for a solid 3-4-5-6 approach to its daily happy hour with cheap beer, cocktails, and wines, plus $6 bites if you work up a bit of an appetite. If you feel like supporting your home team through alcohol consumption, you can also snag a blue-hued Grizz shot for just three bucks, anytime.

Tower Center

7. Tower Center

East Memphis
When: 4-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: Half-off drinks
Go for the happy hour, stay for the view. The Tower Center bar and event space atop Clark Tower is one of the tallest points in East Memphis, and it offers a different perspective on the city facing west, in addition to 50% off every drink in the joint.

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8. Celtic Crossing

Cooper Young
When: 4-7pm, Monday-Saturday
The special: $1 off well drinks, draft pints, and select Irish whiskeys
Midtown’s favorite Irish pub boasts some rather stout happy hour offerings every weekday until dinner time, whether you’re sitting inside to watch European football, or outside on the spacious patio. Celtic also offers $3 pints on Mondays and a serious Tuesday wine night: $3 house wines, $2 off every glass, or $5 off every bottle.

Slider Inn

9. The Slider Inn

Midtown
When: 4-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $1 off drafts, domestics, wells, and house wines
Memphians love patios almost as much as the beer they like to 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.

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10. Felicia Suzanne’s

Downtown
When: 11:30am-2pm, Fridays
The special: Up to three 25-cent martinis
Start your weekend like you’re Don Draper with a three-martini lunch for less than a dollar. They’re not the biggest martinis, but with your choice of gin or vodka, dirty, straight, or a splash of cran’, they’ll get the job done.  
 

11. East Tapas and Drinks

East Memphis
When: 4:30-7pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $1 off domestics, discounts on glasses of wine
Enjoy happy hour every day at the East Memphis hot spot where discounts on wine and beer pair perfectly with tapas like honey fire shrimp and Asian sloppy joe sliders. If you can only pick one night, though, Tini Tuesdays mean all martinis -- from classic gin recipes to ginger-pear concoctions -- are $5.

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12. Schweinehaus

Overton Square
When: 11am-6pm, Monday-Friday
The special: $10 liters of beer, $5 half liters, $1 off cocktails and wine
Schweinehaus beer hall in Overton Square doesn’t play around when it comes to happy hour: not only does it start at 11am, but it includes entire liters of beer that you can then attempt to use to win a stein-holding contest... or just enjoy them on the huge outdoor patio. After a few beers, you’ll be glad to know that apps like soft pretzels, fried Brussel sprouts, and Kartoffelpuffers are just $5 during happy hour, too.

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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 on Sunday mornings. Sit inside with football fans (both American football and "soccer" football) for fish and chips and $4.50 Bloody Marys, 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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