Memphis has world-class dive bars, eardrum-rattling music venues and swanky nightclubs. Want a crowded dance floor? We’ve got you. Want a quiet place to watch a game? Memphis has that, too.
So, if you’re looking for a new apartment that’s got lively nightlife close at hand, here are some of the best options in Memphis.
10. The Venue
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The Venue has a name that sounds like it’s in the middle of a lively music and nightlife scene. This retro remodel is located in the center of the Memphis’ Midtown neighborhood, you’re not far off. Residents here have a handful of restaurant and bar options just a short drive away on Union Avenue.
But the best nightlife might be at your complex, with a tiki bar room and heated indoor saltwater pool.
9. Dogwood Trace
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For folks in Southeast Memphis, Dogwood Trace is close to several neighborhood favorites. Prohibition Lounge is known for its packed event schedule, hookah service and nightclub vibe. B-N Bar & Grill offers more casual fare.
Slightly further away, you’ll find Clicks, a popular pool hall. And not too far North is the University of Memphis area, home to a variety of bars and clubs in the vicinity of Highland Row.
8. Tennessee Brewery
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The Tennessee Brewery was itself a nightlife spot during the initial stages of its revitalization, as it played host to an event called Brewery Untapped. For many in Memphis, it was the first opportunity to check out the beauty of this historic space, which had been unused for years – and that certainly helped build buzz for its renovation and conversion into upscale apartments.
The Brewery offers riverfront access, some of the best views in the city and a variety of floor plans. It’s within walking distance of The Blue Monkey, a downtown bar favorite, as well as all the spots along South Main (and, there are a lot of them). It’s also among the closest on this list to some of the most beautiful venues on the far southern end of Downtown, like Loflin Yard and Carolina Watershed.
7. 266 Lofts
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The 266 Lofts are on a fairly centrally located block of South Front Street, putting a lot of Memphis’ best at your fingertips. Check out a tour of Old Dominic Distillery, then duck into The Gray Canary next door for upscale craft cocktails made with the whiskey you just saw being made. If you somehow need more after that, walk two blocks to Beale Street and go wherever the night takes you.
The 266 Lofts themselves even sponsor community events to help you try new things, develop new hobbies and make new friends among your neighbors. It doesn’t hurt that the building’s meticulously designed and maintained, and the lofts themselves are great examples of modern urban living.
6. Cabinet Shop Lofts – Memphis Downtown Lofts
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The Cabinet Shop Lofts are a rehabbed warehouse – this one over a century old – that’s been converted into a stunning three-story complex. It’s also a stone’s throw from No. 5 on this list, and that’s because this street’s got plenty going on.
Apart from what’s right there on your street, you can stroll down the block for easy access to everything South Main has to offer, including the venerable Earnestine & Hazel’s (often referred to as both America’s best dive bar and America’s most haunted bar) and the popular South of Beale (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives).
5. The Edison
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At The Edison, you’ve got a choice. You can live in the high-rise, or you can choose a ground-level garden apartment. The ground-floor buildings feel quieter and quaint. The high-rise, with its excellent downtown skyline view, feels more like true urban living.
The Edison sits right at the dividing line between The Edge neighborhood and Victorian Village, meaning it’s convenient to both Downtown and Midtown. But, there are also nightlife spots right in the vicinity that have some serious character, including the Molly Fontaine Lounge and High Cotton Brewing.
4. Chisca Apartments
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The Chisca Apartments feature studios to three-bedroom spaces that have been recently restored to their former glory. And for nightlife, you can’t get more convenient than this.
Some of the best cocktails in town are served at Catherine & Mary’s, located on the Chisca’s first floor. Right around the corner, you’ll find Beale Street, offering a wide selection of bar and club experiences – not to mention drinks on the street itself.
3. Metro 67
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With its design-forward style and luxe atmosphere, Metro 67 has more than 20 floor plans and top-notch amenities. It feels like the kind of living space that’s perfect for people who know their way around a city’s nightlife.
It’s right across the street from The Fourth Bluff. During warm-weather months, plenty of people hang out under the string lights, watching the tugboats chug their way down the Mississippi River.
The area of Downtown that Metro 67 occupies is home to a number of bars and clubs, including Blind Bear, The Brass Door and the infamous Paula & Raiford’s Disco, which is a disco, complete with a light-up floor and a crowd with enough energy to fuel the party all night.
2. Pembroke Square
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Pembroke Square is just west of Beale Street and sports antique stained glass, high vaulted ceilings and century-old tile work. The building is at a crossroads between multiple nightlife-heavy blocks.
It’s a convenient distance from pretty much anywhere Downtown, but in the immediate vicinity are The Silly Goose, Bleu Restaurant & Lounge, Aldo’s Pizza, Local on Main Street, The Majestic Grill and Flying Saucer, to name just a few. The Flying Saucer just may have the widest beer selection in the entire city, so beer lovers, this one’s for you.
1. Gayoso House
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Gayoso House is in the same complex as Pembroke Square, so it offers the same easy access to everything Downtown has to offer. It’s also just as gorgeous, if not more so. It was built in 1842 as Memphis’s first luxury hotel. It wears that history on its sleeve, from the marble floors to the spiral staircases.
And after you’re done partying, you can still come back home and be responsible. Many of the community amenities are open 24/7, including the gym.
We looked at all multifamily apartment complexes in Memphis with active listings on ApartmentGuide.com and rent.com and rated them on the number of nightlife-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, a bar across the street would score higher than one a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closures.