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Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

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Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

Hello we will be in Memphis for 4nts,

Can we pre book any Shows or What kind of Evening Entertainment can we do?

We are staying at Guest house at Graceland.

First timers from the UK, any Restaurants recommendation? To try some local food? I’ve heard of Gus famous chicken?

Any shopping opportunities like outlet malls?

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1. Re: Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

First, I hate it when people on forums try to "correct" decisions already made by posters, avoiding the real poster's questions. But I'm going to do that--although I will answer your real question too.

The Guesthouse is a beautiful property and in and of itself a great place to lay your head, but you should know that it is very far away from anything in our city other than Graceland. The surrounding neighborhood is as suburban as suburban can be with wide main roads full of cars, strip malls, and chain restaurants. Everything else you might really want to do in Memphis you're going to have to drive to, take a car service or cab (cabs in Memphis are dreadful, though), or take a bus (our public transit system is not ideal). If you are familiar with London, it would be like staying in Slough. If you have not considered this and figured it into your plans, and if you have the ability, would you consider staying downtown instead?

That said, there are plenty of opportunities for evening entertainment! You've probably heard of Beale Street, which is a few blocks jammed with clubs, bars, and restaurants where you can drink on the street, and listen to blues music (and other types as well) at any number of venues. It's well loved by visitors, and will certainly be fun for you.

Beale Street is downtown, but by no means is it all you can do downtown. I love a new restaurant called the Grey Canary which has a focus on oysters, but also on very creative small plates. It might nominally be "Italian," but not like any sort of stereotypical Italian you have experienced. Another more Italian but still creative place is Catherine and Mary's. Both have excellent cocktail programs as well. You might also on the lower end like the branch of Huey's (the original one is a couple miles away in Midtown) for burgers and bar food. If it's not blazing hot, there is an enormous beer garden called Loflin Yard downtown (south along Main--which is a strip worth seeing anyway). They often have live music, and their smoked brisket is quite tasty. Those are some of my favorites, but there are more as well, and I'm sure you'll turn them up.

Tourists often overlook where I live, Midtown, as a destination. There are a few districts in the area that are worth your attention. Overton Square has tons of restaurants and bars. There is live music nightly at Lafayette's Music Club. I love the weekend-only (T-F-S nights) upstairs bar at Bari called Dodici. The Second Line has excellent takes on Louisiana cuisine at an affordable price point. There are 4 live theatres there plus a 5-screen movie theatre.

South of Overton Square is Cooper-Young, another group of restaurants and bars. There's Celtic Crossing, an Irish pub that is dedicated to football (yours) and often shows live games in the early morning. There's the Young Avenue Deli which hosts live music regularly. Sweetgrass has lovely Southern food, and their Next Door bar (next door) has Southern bar food at a lower price point. Tsunami is a long-standing favorite that specializes in Seafood, and the Beauty Shop (in a former beauty shop with many of the original fixtures still in place) serves creative Caribbean-inspired food.

Between Overton Square and Cooper-Young is Railgarten, another enormous beer garden like Loflin Yard with live music, volleyball, table tennis, a diner, an ice cream shop, and a (not too authentic unfortunately) tiki bar.

For unusual shopping, make an afternoon of the Broad Avenue Arts District which has a bunch of shops full of unique goods, many handmade locally. City and State is very nice and also has a coffee shop. A Paper and Clay mug (they are a local pottery) sold there, but also had a tiny bit cheaper at the studio nearby, is a wonderful souvenir of your visit. If you're there, have a meal at the Liquor Store (was a liquor store, now is a Cuban-influenced diner with a major rum fixation) or a drink at the pirate-themed Cove bar.

During the summer and the fall, there are regular free concerts at the Levitt Shell amphitheatre (https://www.levittshell.org/) in Overton Park, an excellent park that also has an art museum, a forest, and our zoo.

If you need an outlet mall fix, the Tanger Outlets just over the state line in Southaven, Mississippi is your best option. https://www.tangeroutlet.com/southaven/stores

Oh, and if you fancy a bit of gambling, there is a large cluster of casinos in Tunica, Mississippi about 40 minutes south of the city. There are several large music venues down there that attract mid-level national acts.

For full info for what's on in Memphis during your stay, consult the Memphis Flyer website (https://www.memphisflyer.com) which has extensive listings of all events.

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2. Re: Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

I thank you for the message, very informative and I will make notes.

The reason we chose guesthouse at Graceland was my dad is wanting to see all the Elvis things,

So we just based ourselves there, I think they have a shuttle to downtown so we could make use of that, I wonder if they have evening shows/music for guests?

I’m not comfortable travelling around so we will have to use taxis to get to places, I hope they are safe, and thats one of the reasons most brits ask the same questions because it’s not a regular destination we will come to And I suppose we think it’s not like New York or Las Vegas or Orlando?

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3. Re: Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

Uber and Lyft are much better in Memphis than cabs. Cabs were historically unreliable, but when Uber and Lyft moved in, they lost a great deal of business, so there are now fewer of them, which makes them yet more unreliable. Pre-Uber, I once called a cab to pick us up at the MegaBus stop when we'd come back from New Orleans (they don't have stations, just a literal bus stop). An hour later in the freezing cold with only a light jacket (much colder than it was in NOLA), the cab had not arrived. We called another company, and they finally sent a cab, but then, despite they being required to, he refused to take credit cards from us, and I had no cash.

Uber and Lyft come quickly. I've never waited more than 5 minutes. I realize the problem you may have is an internet connection, but if at all possible avoid cabs.

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4. Re: Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

Yes, the Guesthouse regularly has live entertainment in the evenings! Plus, you'll be perfectly situated for the early morning grave walk up time. Since you're staying there, definitely don't miss that. Marlowe's down the street from Graceland has rather popular barbecue, karaoke, sometimes trivia nights, etc. Plus, if you contact the restaurant, they'll pick you up at your hotel and take you back after dinner in a pink Cadillac no less.

If you're planning to see Sun Studios, note that there's a free shuttle from downtown to Graceland to Sun Studios, but you must take the studio tour to use it. You can board at any of those locations and get off where you want as long as you take the studio tour. So, on that day, you could take the shuttle to Sun, take the tour, get back on and get off at Beale. You could then either go back to Graceland before the shuttle stops for the day or use a cab or ride share company to return to the Guesthouse later.

The Tanger outlet center is fine, but, like most US outlet centers, the prices aren't that amazing. Also, note that its not an enclosed mall. If you're looking for something more like a traditional mall, try Oak Court in east Memphis.

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5. Re: Evening Entertainment/ Must try restaurants

Speaking of shopping--in America we are constantly having sales, so a department store like Macy's will regularly have tons of good merchandise on sale from 40%-75% off. The Oak Court Macy's is the biggest department store in town.

You might also enjoy shopping at Target, a mid-level department store chain that has stylish fashion at popular prices.

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