All restaurants have a menu for each meal of the day, but Celtic Crossing has one for a certain type of person?the soccer fan. The Irish pub opens early on Barclays Premier League game days, serving soda bread, rashers, and other breakfast goodies until 10:30 a.m. Some of those items reappear on a dinner menu chock-full of traditional and creative Irish cuisine, from classic shepherd's pie to sliders with imported Irish corned beef. Pints of beer, glasses of wine, or shots of whiskey complement feasts, which unfold amid evening events such as trivia and performances by local musicians. Visitors seeking a quieter dining area can escape to Celtic Crossing's outdoor patio, named the city's best by Memphis Flyer.
The atmosphere a The Mad Earl is a mélange of sports bar and classic pub, both of which are represented in its decor. Upstairs, captain’s chairs surround small tables in the long space, where guests watch games on huge flat-screen televisions. In the finished basement, more televisions surround pool and ping-pong tables. On either floor, the wait staff pours brews and assembles pub bites such as soft pretzels with spicy mustard and five signature sandwiches and hot dogs.
Situated along the famed Beale Street, Flynn's Restaurant & Bar is a casual spot for drinks, food, and live music?but above all, it's a place for Elvis fans. That's because on every wall, visitors will find some form of homage to The King, whether it's old photographs, trophies, or even signed yearbooks from the '50s. Under the gaze of the brown-eyed crooner, chow on Flynn's signature burgers?better known as Memphis Loosies?in five styles, or slow-smoked ribs.
Inside Royal Hookah Café, cherry-red walls and plush booths envelop visitors in Middle Eastern vibes as they kick back and relax with more than 30 flavors of hookah. To compliment puffs, servers brew pots of Arabic coffee and mint tea, or concoct fresh fruit smoothies. Throughout the week, the cafe energizes the atmosphere by organizing special events, including movie night Mondays and live DJ sets on Fridays.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
The interactive exhibits and programs compiled by the Pink Palace Family of Museums reinforce a mission that has stayed constant for 80 years: to "inspire people to learn how history, science, technology, and nature shape the Mid-South." Attached to Clarence Saunders' mansion built in the 1920s, the museum's permanent exhibits take an eclectic approach to chronicling the past, revealing everything from ancient fossils to contemporary southern history. Inside, visitors can chart the history of Memphis from the early Spanish explorers through the Civil War or walk through a replica of Saunders' original Piggly Wiggly—the country’s first self-service grocery store, and even see a shrunken head. Global adventures are chronicled on a four-story screen at the CTI-IMAX theater, and the Sharpe Planetarium explores the cosmos from the comfort of a 130-seat theater.
Traveling to east Memphis, one can discern the natural side of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Lichterman Nature Center encompasses 65 acres of lush gardens filled with native wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The center combines self-guided nature walks with plant sales and educational activities to expose visitors to the natural world.