5119 American Way
Memphis, TN 38115
Phone: (901) 363-4800
Fax: (901) 363-1101
Bars & Cafes
With the kitchen open until 2a every day of the week, this pub is a great place to get a late-night burger and fries with a cold beer. Also on the menu here are steaks and salads, seafood and soups. A popular nightspot on the weekend, the patio fills up fast with regulars when the weather is agreeable. The East End offers a casual, friendly atmosphere for dining and drinking, and a happy hour every evening from 4p-7p.
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.
Out-of-towners who do not want to get involved in local sports rivalries will enjoy this pub. It attracts fans for a variety of teams, both college and professional. With nearly 20 televisions tuned to sports, there is a quite a lot for fans to choose from. The bar also features a large selection of beers, both domestic and imported. A cigar menu is available, too, in this smoker-friendly bar. Located along the east Memphis corridor, it is a convenient watering hole for patrons from nearby businesses and hotels.
Amerigo caters to sophisticated customers, ones who may have visited Florence, Italy, and who yearn for the simple, flavorful foods and classic interiors of that region. Dark wood paneling adds to the centuries-old European building effect. The wood-fired pizza oven makes this a great place to come on a chilly winter night. The dinner crowd is affluent East Memphis. As for the food, the mussels in broth make an outstanding appetizer or whole meal. Pasta portions are huge, so you can take the leftovers home for lunch the next day. Order the planked fish of the day to share—it comes with wonderful wood-smoked mashed potatoes and vegetables. Desserts include tiramisu and a credible key lime pie!
Everything from seafood to burgers can be found on the menu at this casual East Memphis restaurant, which also features a friendly bar and attracts a large under-30 crowd. Order an icy margarita to sip while waiting for one of the seafood specialties to be brought to your table. If you're more the steak-and-potatoes type, try one of the hand-cut steaks. Reservations are recommended on the weekends at this popular eatery.
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!
A cool, dark stop on a hot Memphis day, this place is a regular East Memphis haunt. During the Great Depression, turnip green sandwiches were sold at this location, but the fare has improved greatly since then. The burgers are a cut above the usual and the aroma of char grilled burgers fills the air. This place is also known for sandwiches, such as the catfish steak and the po' boy. Follow up your meal with some key lime pie. The servers here will make you feel like a regular.
Open daily from 10:30a, Sharky's Gulf Grill is all about new adventures and fun experiences. A lively and upbeat menu, the live music nights, singles events and young crowd provide the right mood for a party. Specializing in seafood, Sharky's Gulf Grill is committed to serving fish and seafood specially procured from the gulf waters by air. One bite of the Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits and Fish Tacos is enough to compel the diner to return for more. The spices and flavors that are put into each creation are unparalleled, leading to the high clientele that it enjoys. The bar serves alcohol along with cocktails that prevent one from piling on the kilos. Thus, now can truly eat, drink and be merry!
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.
Steps from the University of Memphis campus, this hangout draws undergraduates for the beer, graduate students for coffee, and faculty for a good sandwich and conversation. The food consists largely of nachos, various fried things in baskets, and big and juicy hamburgers. Other choices include the portobello mushroom sandwich and the turkey melt. The decor is made up of rough wood floors, tables with graffiti carved into them, a pool table, videogames and sports on the TV. Customers dressed in anything more formal than college student-grubby may feel out of place. The full bar specializes in shooters and imported beer.
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.