What is the best Memphis nightlife?

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Downtown streets offer the best nightlight in Memphis; locals and tourists alike mingle in the city’s most famous thoroughfare, Beale Street, at any of the numerous bars and nightclubs. Popular upscale haunts include Automatic Slim’s, Local Gastropub and the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, which will delight beer aficionados with more than 200 beers.

For a true Memphis experience, hit up Paula & Raiford’s Disco, known for hip-shaking disco and soul music and its DJ Raiford, whose Jheri curl, capes and outlandish costumes are legendary. Wild Bill’s, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, is one of Memphis’ only remaining juke joints, located on the developing Vollintine Avenue. The house band - the Memphis Soul Survivors - includes sidemen who’ve backed music heavyweights B.B. King and Al Green. Open until the wee hours, the cash-only bar seats patrons at communal tables for an experience like no other.

Another beloved Memphis institution is Ernestine & Hazel’s. Once a brothel, the downtown watering hole is said to be haunted by spirits of gangsters and ladies of the night. Famous for its greasy soul burgers and the one of the best jukeboxes in town, Ernestine & Hazel’s proves popular with the late night crowds - and we think you’ll enjoy being part of that crowd.

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