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Top Choice Historic Building in Memphis

Graceland

If you only make one stop in Memphis, it should be here: the sublimely kitschy, gloriously bizarre home of the King of Rock and Roll. Though born in Mississippi, Elvis Presley was a true son of Memphis, raised in th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Memphis

Sun Studio

This dusty storefront is ground zero for American rock 'n' roll music. Starting in the early 1950s, Sun's Sam Phillips recorded blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, BB King and Ike Turner, followed by the rockabilly …
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Housed across the street from the Lorraine Motel, where the Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is the gut-wrenching National Civil Rights Museum. Five blocks south of Beale St, this museum’s ex…
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Wanna get funky? Head directly to Soulsville USA, where this 17,000-sq-ft museum sits on the site of the old Stax recording studio. This venerable spot was soul music's epicenter in the 1960s, when Otis Redding, Boo…
Top Choice Southern US in Memphis

Restaurant Iris

Chef Kelly English crafts special, avant-garde Southern fusion dishes that delight foodies, hence the James Beard noms. He's got a fried-oyster-stuffed steak, a sublime shrimp and grits and some scrumptious brussels…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Memphis

Wiseacre Brewing Co

Our favorite Memphis taproom is in the warehouse district of Binghampton, 5 miles east of downtown. Sample year-round and seasonal craft brews on its outside deck, which features a wrap-around porch hugging two enor…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Memphis

Loflin Yard

A massive, countrified adult-play oasis in downtown Memphis, this buzzy new hot spot sits on nearly an acre of junkyard-aesthetic beer garden anchored by the old Loflin Safe & Lock Co and wrapping around the tri…
Top Choice Barbecue in Memphis

Central BBQ

The downtown location of this iconic Memphis barbecue joint is the perfect side dish to an afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum. The transcendent pulled pork – almost always voted the city's best – can and …
Top Choice Blues in Memphis

Wild Bill's

Don't even think of showing up at this gritty, hole-in-the-wall juke joint before midnight. Order a 40oz beer and a basket of wings then sit back to watch some of the greatest blues acts in Memphis from 11pm Friday …
Top Choice Coffee in Memphis

City & State

This fabulous artisan-centric store and coffeehouse in Binghampton stocks exquisitely curated everyday coolness (handcrafted soaps, hipster backpacks, swaths of cool T-shirts, designer French press coffee vessels) a…