In a food-and-drinks town like Memphis, it’s pretty much happy hour all the time. But that’s not what you’re after, right? You clicked this link because you want to know the best places to hang out with drinks, apps and friends between the hours of 4 to 7 p.m. We all know “best” is subjective, so here’s the deal. We’ve hand picked places across town with kickin’ happy hour specials, awesome atmospheres, fun people watching and, in a few cases, great views.
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So no drum roll needed, and in no particular order … here’s the list:
South of Beale (SOB)
Address: 361 S. Main Street
More info: southofbeale.com
Happy hours (see what we did there?): Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Deals: $2 off drafts, wells, wine, cocktails, bites
Why we love it: Great atmosphere, friendly people and fab views of South Main Street and the (still faux) Downtown trolley through the giant picture windows. It’s also great for Tigers and Grizz pregaming.
Catherine and Mary’s
Address: 272 S. Main Street, Suite 105-A
More info: catherineandmarys.com
Happy hours: 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
Deals: Catherine and Mary’s uses a specific happy hour menu due to the array of deals they offer. (And we aren’t complaining!)
Why we love it: Authentic Italian dinning in Memphis, TN, may sound strange, but Catherine and Mary’s is sure to appeal your taste buds. Located in the newly renovated Chisca Appartments the atmosphere here unites traditional Italian cuisine and rich Memphis history. Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, the owners, run several other local restaurants around town. We guarantee Catherine and Mary’s will become a frequent stop on your list.
Address: 565 Erin Drive
More info: ciaobellamemphis.com
Happy hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 4 to 7 p.m.
Deals: $2 off draft beer, $1 off bottled beer and well liquor, 1/2 price on select red and white wine
Why we love it: It’s a fun, casual hangout with yummy Italian and Greek cuisine, combined with great drink discounts in the bar. And its happy hour extends to Sunday Funday, so really, ’nuff said.
The Grove Grill
Address: 4550 Poplar Ave.
More info: thegrovegrill.com
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Deals: $6 select wine, $5 draft beer and $5 appetizers
Why we love it: $5 apps. Yes, please! If you’re cruising through East Memphis between 4 and 7 on a weekday, dip in here for the food and drink specials. And if you’re meeting friends, this place is as central as they come. Right at the heart of Memphis.
Address: 940 S. Cooper Street
More info: alchemymemphis.com
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Deals: $5 well drinks, draft and domestic beer specials, wine by the glass discounts
Why we love it: The drinks are pretty and they have great names (Zippin Pippin, Tequila Mockingbird). Plus, the Alchemy House Punch (included in happy hour) is “a surprise concoction mixed daily.” Does that remind anyone else of the mystery cooler on the fraternity house front porch? Trust us, this is much tastier.
Brookhaven Pub & Grill
Address: 695 W. Brookhaven Circle
More info: brookhavenpubandgrill.com
Happy hours: Monday through Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Deals: $1 off beer, well liquor drinks and house wine
Why we love it: One of the taglines is “Where Every Night Is Ladies’ Night.” Need we say more? Big-screen TVs and a neighborhood vibe make Brookhaven Pub an always-fun, always-on spot in the heart of the city.
Local Gastropub and Local on the Square
Address: 95 S. Main St. and 2126 Madison Ave.
More info: localgastropub.com
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown; 5 to 7 p.m. Midtown
Deals: $3 well drinks, $3 local beers (high-gravities not included)
Why we love it: Local has prime real estate in two of Memphis’ hottest going-out spots. Plus, how ’bout that awesome peninsula bar at Local on the Square? Find creatively named libations here, along with fire sale beers ($3), midnight and game-day specials and cheap brunch cocktails. Sign us up.
Ecco on Overton Park
Address: 1585 Overton Park
More info: eccoonovertonpark.com
Happy hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Deals: select wine (white, red, rosé),$6/glass or $20/bottle; cocktails, $7; wells, $5; small plate menu, $5 to $8
Why we love it: They had us at “rosé.” Plus, as if the deals on small plates weren’t enough to get us through the door, the atmosphere is. Soft, modern lighting. Exposed brick. Intimate table arrangement. An overall cozy place to commune.
Address: 2119 Madison Ave.
More info: lafayettes.com
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Deals: $3 US pints, $5 Rumpleminz, $5 Save Me San Francisco, $6 Vodka with Bluerrry Lemonade, $7 PBJ, and several food specials for under $6
Why we love it: Live music seven nights a week keeps Lafayettes a well know spot in Memphis. The creative drink names make us want to try them all!
Jim’s Place Grille
Address: 3660 S. Houston Levee Road, Ste. 112
More info: jimsplacegrille.com
Happy hours: Monday and Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Deals: Monday half-price wine, and Tuesday $4.50 gin and vodka martinis
Why we love it: Because people out East deserve to have fun, too! Its spot on Houston Levee Road makes this easternmost Jim’s Place outpost a convenient site for suburbanites, and the warm atmosphere and glam design give it a ’round-the-clock happy hour vibe.
Address: 2115 Madison Ave. and 6450 Poplar Ave.
More info: https://memphis.eatbabalu.com/
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Deals: $4 sangria (red, white, rosé), $5 wells and wine, $5.50 margaritas, $1 off draft beer, and $2 tacos
Why we love it: Whether you are in Midtown or East Memphis, Babalu is the new happy hour hotspot. The lively atmosphere and I Love Lucy theme keep any party going. Plus who can turn down $2 tacos!
Address: 135 S. Main Street
More info: bluefinmemphis.com
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch happy hour, 5 to 7 p.m. evening happy hour
Deals: $3, $5 and $7 sushi rolls at lunch; $4, $6 and $8 sushi rolls from 5 to 7 p.m., plus drink specials including 2-for-1 sake, $2 select domestic beers and $3 house wines
Why we love it: Our reason for this pick is a classic … cheap drinks! Plus, hanging out in Bluefin’s modern, lounge-style setting with a view of our city’s revitalized, historic Main Street is so cool. And so Memphis.
Address: 959 Cooper Street
More info: cafeolememphis.com
Happy hours: Monday, all day; Tuesday and Thurday, 5 p.m. to close; Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deals: Margarita Mondays, 1/2 priced margaritas all day; Top Shelf Tuesday, drinks start at house price; Thursdays Ladies Night, $25 beer bongs; Corona Fridays, $10 Corona buckets and $5 small margaritas; Bloody Marys, Marias, & Mimosas Saturdays and Sundays, $2.50 Bloody Marys and Marias and $32 mimosa bongs
Why we love it: The daily deals at Café Olé cannot be beat! Located in the Cooper Young district something exciting is always happening nearby. Aside from their lengthy drink menu, the restaurant serves several noteworthy bites to try…we suggest the bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp.