Want to see an international film? Malco Studio on the Square is the place. This five screen, all stadium seating cinema specializes in imports and independent films. The theatre also contains a wine and coffee bar, which is great for a refreshment at any time. In addition to wine, cappuccino and espresso, the bar offers croissant sandwiches and salads. Unfortunately, you cannot take your drink into the movie, but there are two lounge bars in which you can relax before or after the film: one contains comfortable leather sofas, while the other features a cozy fireplace for keeping warm during the chilly months.
1997 Union Avenue Between Cooper and Rembert Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 276 0174
This charming coffeehouse is the place to go to see the intelligentsia hang out in Memphis. The environment at Deliberate Literate is cozy and comfortable, with big couches and a fireplace to make you feel at home. Most patrons read while they sip their coffee, or listen to the live music if they are here on the right evening. Sometimes film classics are shown. And by the way, it is also an excellent bookstore. In fact, you may see a local author shopping here.
This tiny theater in the entertainment area of Overton Square serves as a venue for a number of small performing arts groups. The arrangement allows these cutting-edge groups to survive without having to come up with the funding for permanent facilities, which greatly increases the variety of productions available in Memphis. Some of the groups that stage productions in Theatreworks are the Memphis Black Repertory Theatre and Voices of the South, a group specializing in plays by and about women.
51 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 726 4656
Although founded 10 years before Playhouse on the Square, its partner theater, Circuit Playhouse puts on excellent productions of lesser known, more innovative plays than Playhouse on the Square or Theatre Memphis. The quality here reveals the depth of the acting talent in the city that produced Kathy Bates and Michael Jeeter, among others.
66 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 725 0076
Opened by a group of local high school and college students in 1975 (10 years after the formation of Circuit Playhouse) this venue has developed into a fine professional theater. It features a repertory group of actors appearing primarily in major Broadway plays and musicals. Each Christmas season sees a sprightly production of Peter Pan. The location, near the Overton Square Entertainment District, makes dinner and the theater an easy evening out. Tickets for individual performances are often available on short notice.
2170 Young Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 272 7210
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.
1927 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 726 4372
The burgers are definitely big and juicy, but many customers are drawn by the deep fried onion rings and mushrooms, the live music on Sunday afternoons, and the late evening hours. If you are looking for something besides burgers, try the tamales with chili, cheddar cheese, and onion, the chicken or steak on a stick, or the fried mushrooms. There is a full bar, where beer is a specialty.The atmosphere is casual, with a couple of gimmicks. Customers are encouraged to write graffiti on the walls (and to read it, of course), and to shoot toothpicks through straws so they stick in the ceiling. Lunchtime draws area office workers.
Dig into incredible sushi creations at Sekisui. The ingenious chefs mix flavors and ingredients to put together an array of highly acclaimed recipes like Hurricane tempura roll, Nashville roll, Pickled Daikon and nigiris. Such is the popularity and steady following of this restaurant, that customers themselves have requested custom made recipes, which hold pride of place on the menu. Try the Debra Roll with tuna, cilantro and ponzu sauce or the Jeni's Roll with lobster, scallions and smelt roe. This is a good place to try some sake and wine during happy hours. The service is professional and prompt, while the welcoming staff makes the experience more special.
111 Jackson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 522 2033
Andrea Ferraro brings the taste of homemade New York style pizzas to Memphis at this cozy little restaurant. Try the delectable pizza pies that are a blend of fresh ingredients and Ferraro's ingenuity with flavors. Besides the popular pizzas, there are also sandwiches on offer, all made on bread prepared fresh daily. Stromboli is the house specialty, made with salami, provolone, roasted red pepper and prosciutto. Customers can enjoy the fare dining in, ordering take away, or by having it delivered to their doorstep. See the website for more information.
1368 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN 38112 +1 901 278 0909
A great local bar, Buccaneer is hugely popular among the youngsters in Memphis. The beer keeps flowing all night, and you don't need to pay too much for it. Regulars praise the line-up of gigs played by local or national bands, which adds to the atmosphere of the place. They also have a small menu for snacks and other bar eateries. A great place to catch up with the locals and make some friends, Buccaneer Lounge is a good choice to spend an evening in the city.