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A guide to all things gay in Memphis
Memphis might not have Nashville’s exciting LGBT scene, but gay travelers will find an impressive variety of outstanding attractions. A city known for its music and fascinating history, there are plenty of things to do and see in Memphis.
The birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and home of the blues, The River City is a great destination for music lovers. After all, Memphis has become synonymous with names like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Otis Redding and features many museums dedicated to the city’s musical roots, such as Graceland, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Memphis has a rich and interesting history. From civil war to civil right movements, from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to the death of a visionary leader, Memphis has seen it all. Make sure to make a stop at Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
Although Memphis’ gay community isn’t as vocal as the one in other bigger cities, this is a warm and welcoming city with plenty of gay-friendly and gay establishments. However, you shouldn’t expect as club scene as vibrant as the one in Atlanta, for example.
Mid-South Pride is one of the biggest Gay Prides in the South, attracting thousands of people every year. The event takes place in late September and is comprised from a series of events, including a huge parade and festival.
Club Spectrum Memphis
A relative new addition to Memphis’s nightlife, Spectrum rapidly became a popular hangout among the gay community. Spread over two floors, and host to a spectacular drag show, Spectrum has the potential to become Memphis’s go-to place for fun.
Nestled on Adams Avenue, in an enchanting Victorian mansion, Mollie Fontaine is one of Memphis’s most elegant restaurants. Spread over two floors and featuring live blues and jazz music, this is the perfect place to unwind after visiting the city. Mollie Fontaine also boasts a satisfying menu and well-crafted cocktails.
The Pumping Station
The pumping Station was a gay heaven long before it was featured on national television and regional publications. Having been around for over a decade, this has been a popular neighborhood hangout almost immediately after its opening and has been named number one gay bar in Memphis. Among the Pumping Station, most popular events are pool tournaments, darts tournaments, beer nights, and more.
The P&H Café
Billed as “the beer joint of your dreams”, P&H is a popular dive bar on Madison Avenue. Whether you are hungry, thirsty, or just looking for a nice time, P&H’s attentive staff will go out of their way to make you feel like home.
The Peabody Memphis
Conveniently located just a block away from Memphis’s attractions, the Peabody is a sophisticated hotel and one of the South’s classics. A member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, Peabody is very popular with the gay travelers. Beautifully decorated hotel rooms, elegant dining areas, indoor pools, and award-winning convention centers and facilities are some of the features that make this hotel such an excellent choice.
River Inn of Harbor Town
Nestled on Mud Island, overlooking the Mississippi River, River Inn is an intimate oasis in a bustling city. Warm and inviting, this gay-friendly hotel features 28 luxury rooms, a cozy bar, a casual grill, full breakfast, Wi-Fi, daily paper, and complimentary wine on arrival.
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Some call it a barbeque heaven, others call it “ambrosia of pork”, but locals simply call it the ‘Vous. Founded in 1948, when Charlie Vergos first started selling pork sandwiches on the street, Vergos Rendezvous has been around for more than 66 years. A Memphis tradition, the restaurant is packed with hungry locals and travelers, waiting to try the ‘Vous’ famous sausages and barbeque nachos.
At Corky’s, you will find a small cozy place, with old bam wood walls, polished brass, ceiling fans, servers in bow ties, and one of the most delicious barbeque in Memphis. Everything is handled manually and cooked to perfection.
Burke’s Book Store
With a history that goes back to 1875, Burke’s Book Store is one of the oldest independent book stores in the country. A unique shop in the Cooper-Youth neighborhood, Burke’s sells new and old books and has an impressive collection of first editions and out-of-print books. You can go to their website and browse through a vast selection of more than 14,000 old and rare items.
For more than 30 years Maggie’s Pharm has been providing Memphis’s residents with herbs and smells. Located in the heart of Midtown, in Overton Square, Maggie’s is a peaceful place, with an intimate vibe, where you can find natural products, herbs, oils, incense, and unique gifts.
Memphis’s most international restaurant, Paulette’s has been known as a special place of gathering with friends or family, business meetings, romantic diners, and wedding events. The fantastic food, attentive staff, and warm ambiance has made this superb restaurant popular among both locals and travelers.
Oak Court Mall
A unique courtyard full of flowering plants makes Oak Court Mall a charming and inviting spot in Memphis. Equally as beautiful on the inside, Oak Court all is an upscale center offers a full complement of high-end specialty stores. Located in East Memphis, it is easy to get from here to just about anywhere.
The Westin Memphis
Conveniently located near many of Memphis’s attractions, just a short distance from the famous Beale Street, The Westin is a perfect option for your next trip to Memphis. The rooms are decorated in contemporary furnishing and include high-definition flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access, heavenly beds, and MP3 docking stations.
Southern classics meet Italian cuisine at this welcoming gastropub. The interior might not be much, but their menu is quite impressive and includes seafood, steaks, and Tuscan specialties.
Nested in a restored vintage gas station, Fuel Café is a vegetarian-friendly, gay-friendly offbeat café on Madison Avenue. Hosting different events and live music, it is a great place to listen to a new band while munching on a healthy burger.
Hosting approximately 300 live shows every year, Hi-Tone is a more concert venue than traditional bar. A heaven for music lovers, this is the best place in Memphis to see live music. From blues to rock, from country to nearly any type of music, Hi-Tone will please the ears of almost anyone.
A social and sexy atmosphere drives gays in at this trendy restaurant on Cooper Street. Serving delicious food to late-night diners and featuring an extensive list of wines, cocktails, and microbrews, Alchemy knows how to keep its clients hooked.
Automatic Slim’s Memphis
Specialized in American cuisine with a southern flare, Automatic Slim’s has been a staple of downtown Memphis for over 20 years. Famous for its extensive Martini menu, this upscale restaurant has won several awards for creative mixology. Moreover, their brunch is the most popular in Memphis.