Food & Drink

The Best Beer Bars in Memphis

Published On 08/24/2015 Published On 08/24/2015
Young Avenue Deli
Courtesy of Hammer & Ale
Sarah Williams/Thrillist
Boscos Squared
Local Gastropub
Central BBQ
Aldo's Pizza Pies
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1. Young Avenue Deli 2119 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Midtown)

Young Avenue Deli is one of the most popular live music venues in Memphis, not only for its expansive stage and large seating area, but also for its equally extensive food and drink selection. The menu of greasy goodness is divided into “Munchies,” “Specialties,” “’Dillas+Pizza,” and “Dessert,” and its highlights include award-winning French fries, beer battered artichoke hearts, and the Super Veggie sandwich, which comes bursting with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, romaine lettuce, sprouts, feta cheese, and black olives. And with over 100 beer options (30 of which are on tap), you won’t tire of Young Avenue anytime soon.

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2. Hammer & Ale 921 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 (Cooper Young)

With 24 taps rotating every week, this Cooper Young hang out is the top in local and regional beer from ten different breweries. The restaurant side offers a short but sweet menu of bar snacks and sandwiches, and beer floats. And if you just want the beer, they offer growler refills and pints to take with you.

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3. 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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4. Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 2120 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Midtown)

It’s no secret that Memphis makes a mean brunch, but Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. stands out for its celebration of Southern regional cuisine with welcome menu surprises from around the country. Juxtaposed with shrimp and grits, Andouille and chicken hash, and Tasso (spiced pork) gravy are a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese and a Spanish shrimp and chorizo omelet with black beans, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream. Boscos’ beer is made in the onsite brewery, using filtered water, Washington hops, White Labs yeast, and a whole lot of tender loving care, making its varieties like cask-conditioned ales, Midtown Brown, and Isle of Skye Scottish Ale crisp and delicious.

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5. Local Gastropub 2126 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Overton Square)

This tavern commands a solid local beer selection, as well as a large area downstairs where communal tables bring large groups to socialize and partake on nightly specials on select bottles and drafts. Upstairs, comfortable couches, TVs streaming athletic events, and above-average bar appetizers like beer cheese fondue and goat cheese & crab enchiladas help retain the bar's local following.

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6. Aldo's Pizza Pies 752 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 (Cooper Young)

Aldo’s is a gourmet pizza joint with two locations (one Downtown and one in Midtown). It's famous for its Trippy Truffle and vodka sauce, plus there are delicious sandwiches that can hold their own. Unlike its sister, this Copper Young location has a rooftop patio, the premiere spot to enjoy a slice and pint in Memphis.