The Lookout
Rec Room
Stacey Greenberg/Thrillist
Julles Posh Foods
City & State
Burrito Blues
Hammer & Ale
Raw Girls, LLC
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1. The Lookout 1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105 (Downtown)

Fun Fact: To get to this bar and restaurant, you get to ride the world's tallest freestanding elevator up 25 stories. PSA: It costs money to ride this elevator ($10), but once at the top you'll have views of Memphis and the Mississippi. They also serve local beers, cocktails, and appetizers. It's probably the type of place to take visiting friends.

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2. Julles Posh Food Company 6300 Poplar Ave #110, Memphis, TN 38119 (East Memphis)

Chef Julliet Bhupesh prepares food in line with her approach to proper eating: moderation, balance, and variety. Definitely not your average strip mall eats, Julles Posh Food Company offers a flavorful and globally inspired menu full of a variety of colors and textures that you can enjoy inside the welcoming dining area, or take home for later.

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3. City & State 2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 (Broad Avenue)

The only thing better than a quaint coffee shop is a quaint coffee shop that sells artisan goods from around the country. City & State on Broad Avenue is a hybrid concept that combines Intelligentsia pourovers with over 40 brands of timeless handcrafted goods, ranging from blankets from an American Woolen Mill that’s been weaving heirloom pieces for over 100 years to cutting boards from third generation woodworkers in Tennessee. City & State practices this attention to local and sustainable business with food and drink items as well; the Smokey Salted Caramel Latte’s sea salt is made in state, while baked goods like the brown sugar cinnamon roll are sourced from Porcellino’s on Brookhaven Circle.

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4. Burrito Blues Mexican Grill 156 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Memphis)

This make-your-own burrito spot is open until midnight on weekends and serves margaritas and sangria alongside their house made Mexican. Menu items include nachos, tacos, salads, and of course burritos -- all topped with brisket, chicken, steak, smoked pork, or grilled veggies.

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5. 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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6. Raw Girls Mobile Grocery Store Overton Square, Memphis, TN 38127 (Overton Square)

Raw Girls specializes in natural, organic and minimally processed goodies and pressed juices. They operate out of a food truck set up in Overton Square Wednesdays beginning at 8 am, but if you can't make it there, they also deliver their fresh healthy food to the entire country. Raw soups, salads, and superfood coffee are just some of the highlights of visiting their truck.

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7. Red Zone Sports and Cigar Bar 6279 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38115 (Broad Avenue)

This bar offers something a little (or a lot) different than a lot of others in Memphis. A mechanical bull, indoor golf, a cigar bar, and alcoholic slushies at bar stools that are actually swings are the norm, along with standard bar food.

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8. Rec Room 3000 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 (Broad Avenue)

Rec Room is Broad Avenue’s resident barcade. It’s a gamer’s mecca, featuring boundless vintage arcade games like pinball and Skee ball, table games in the vein of shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball, and more -- not to mention the infinite collection of classic console games. It’s a sprawling industrial dive, furnished with plush sofas in red leather and overhead chandeliers for a touch of class, and the sheer size of the place makes it a great option for large groups and private events. Don’t stress if all that competition makes you work up an appetite -- in addition to the full bar, there’s a limited yet killer menu of pizza pies for your perusal.

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9. 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.

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