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Top Choice Museum in Downtown

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Following a $100-million expansion in 2014, this monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul, is a must-see, whether you're a country music fan or not. Gaze at Car…
Top Choice Art in Downtown

Hatch Show Print

One of the oldest letterpress print shops in the US, Hatch has been using old-school, hand-cut blocks to print its bright, iconic posters since Vaudeville. The company has produced graphic ads and posters for almost…
Top Choice Historic Building in Memphis


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 Museum in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Housed across the street from the Lorraine Motel, where the Reverend Dr 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…
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 Studio Tour in Memphis

Sun Studio

This dusty storefront is ground zero for American rock and 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 Barbecue in Memphis

Payne's Bar-B-Q

We'd say this converted gas station has the best chopped-pork sandwich in town, but we don't want to have to fight anyone.
Top Choice New Southern 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 Live Music in Downtown

Station Inn

Sit at one of the small cocktail tables, squeezed together on the worn-wood floor in this beer-only dive, illuminated with stage lights, and neon signs, and behold the lightning fingers of bluegrass savants. We are …
Top Choice Music in Downtown

Third Man Records

In a still-industrial slice of downtown you'll find Jack White's boutique record label, shop and novelty lounge, complete with its own lathe and live venue. They sell only Third Man recordings on vinyl and CD, colle…