Comfort Inn & Suites Airport-American Way
4225 American Way
Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 369-8005
Fax: (901) 369-0107
Cactus Jacks is the perfect haunt for those late-night parties with friends. The popular nightclub plays the latest dance numbers, but more of country music. The crowd is generally hooked to the dance floor, and at the bar, booze keeps flowing through the night. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual. However, with the binging and dancing, a next morning hangover is guaranteed!
Located just a block away from Platinum Plus, this upscale, high-concept nightclub is the latest celebrity hot-spot. Level II Entertainment Complex offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, along with a dance floor that can hold more than a thousand people! The atmosphere is excellent and the DJ booth spins great numbers ranging from chart-busters, rock, electronic, trance to break beats, funk and Eurostyle. The clubs host a number of events and theme-parties, but "Viva Las Vegas", held every Friday night, is the most popular of all. Dress code is strictly enforced.
This sports bar offers plenty of entertainment for spectators and participants alike. With four pool tables and six electronically scored dartboards, there's rarely a wait to play your favorite game. The casual atmosphere of the Getaway encourages patrons to kick back and relax. The favourites in the menu of Getaway Sports Bar include fried shrimp, hamburgers and snacks and is available throughout the day—perfect when jet lag makes you hungry at odd hours.
Highland Street runs along the edge of the University of Memphis, but it is no strip of boutiques and pizza places. And Newby's is not a haven for wealthy, preppy kids, either. It has a feeling of reality, with a heady mix of people and music. Local bands play here almost nightly on one of the two stages. There is no telling what you might hear—it could be folk or alternative rock—but it will almost never be top 40 or boring.
Before you go inside Java Cabana, stop and look at the window for a few minutes. Drop a few coins in the Elvis Impersonator's shrine to see what happens. After you have soaked in the memorabilia and hodge-podge collections, go inside for an experience right out of the beatnik era of the '50s and ‘60s. If you are lucky, you will be there for one of the frequent poetry readings by local writers, or some retro music played on acoustic guitar. Oh, yes—the coffee's pretty good,too. No alcoholic beverages served.
The parking lot is packed most nights at this watering hole, which sits between East Memphis and Germantown. Situated just off Poplar Avenue in a shopping center strip, this cozy neighborhood bar has become a favorite stop for the growing East Memphis business set. Many use it as an after-work place to meet with friends from the office or to bring visiting clients. Weekends offer an eclectic assortment of live music played by local bands from the Memphis music scene, with no cover charge.
This bar located between Midtown and East Memphis has boasted a Memphis rock and roll dive bar cool since 1978, and hosts local and touring bands weekly.
Relax, listen to music and have a cup of coffee. This funky little gift shop/coffee bar is a fun place to have a snack, browse for gifts and enjoy yourself. In the coffee bar you will find java, organic teas and homemade soups. The gift shop specializes in the works of local artists making it a great place to find an original gift. Local musicians perform here on Saturday evenings. The shop is easy to spot with its blue exterior and huge white-lettered name on the front.
Located in respectable, artsy Midtown, J-Wags has been in Memphis longer than any other establishment catering to the gay population. It remains known as the best spot to see a female impersonator show. Cher, Barbara, Diana Ross - you can catch them all here and for a fraction of their Las Vegas prices. The bar is open throughout the day, unusual in this fairly conservative community, making it a great place to go if you're in jet lag and cannot sleep. Drink specials change each night. The show is performed Thursday through Saturday nights only.
Hi-Tone has a cool bar which serves a decent variety of drinks, especially some cheap beer. It's definitely the local favorite for live music, with lesser known bands as well as big names like Elvis Costello and Duncan Sheik having performed here. Check the website for performance schedules and specials on wings and drinks.
A blasting jukebox and great burgers draw a neighborhood crowd to this popular corner bar, which is also a favorite with Rhodes College students. Park on the street and join the late-night crowd, which has been known to hang around this Midtown standard until the day's first light. The doors of Alex's Tavern never close and you can leave your Visa and your American Express cards at home, no credit cards are accepted here.
If you want to venture away from the usual tourist spots in Memphis to hear some live music, Wild Bill's is a great option. While it's a bit out of the way, the lively atmosphere, cheap drinks, and unbelievable talent will make you glad you made the trek. When the music starts playing, people are get up and start dancing. So don't be shy, and join in!