365 Things to Do in Memphis #152: See Memphis from the Roof

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 31st 2012 2850 0

Like most big cities, Memphis has an impressive downtown skyline. But we’ve also got sweeping river views, big sunsets and way more trees than you’d think from the ground (seriously, look east from downtown – the whole city seems green). Assignment #152 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to take a look at Memphis from above.

Here are some of my favorite rooftop views of the city:

1. The Madison Hotel’s roof deck is a great one with views of the city, river, Bass Pro Pyramid, and bridge, plus the Twilight Sky Terrace serves up drinks and snacks when it’s open.

Twilight Sky Terrace

2. The Peabody Hotel’s roof is a classic – it’s big, the views are great, and they throw big parties up there on Thursday nights. It’s also the only roof in the city that has a giant penthouse built for ducks. It’s a favorite with tourists and locals looking for a good view.

Rooftop, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tenn.

3. Beale St. Landing‘s grass-covered, sloped roof is a great picnic spot (and place to watch incoming riverboat and river barge traffic).

Beale Street Landing opens 2

4. Clark Tower (the tallest building in East Memphis) doesn’t have a public rooftop, but they do have the Tower Room, a bar on the 33rd floor where you can see most of the city (including the downtown skyline) through big arched windows.

Tower Room view, Memphis, Tenn.

5. If you’re lucky enough to make it to an event at Emerge Memphis, check out their roof deck on the fifth floor – it’s tiny, but it’s got a unique view of downtown from the south.

Emerge Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.

6. While it’s not technically a roof (do pyramids have roofs?) the view from the two observation decks at the Bass Pro Pyramid are worth the $10 per person elevator trip up to the top. Plus, once you’re up there you can have a drink at the bar, which surrounds a big aquarium.


7. New to Memphis in spring 2017 is the Old Dominick Distillery, where you can tour a renovated historic warehouse that now produces vodka (and in the future, whiskey and bourbon). While access to the rooftop is not included in the tour, there are plenty of special events hosted at Old Dominick that you can attend which will let you get up on the roof.

Looking northwest from Old Dominick’s rooftop.

8. Also new for 2017 is The View, the rooftop bar at The Residence Inn downtown on Monroe. They have a great view of the Mississippi River, lovely plants and seating, and a drink menu. The only catch is that they’re just open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. – ’til.

Photo provided by The Residence Inn

9. Lastly, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get up there (very, very few people have so it kind of doesn’t count), but the view from FedExFourm’s bowl-shaped roof is pretty cool,*

FedExForum Roof, Memphis, Tenn.

Where’s your favorite Memphis rooftop?

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Antonico Thomas says:

    I love the Madison, and the Peabody.

  2. Rachel says:

    The view of downtown Memphis from the Sears Tower rooftop is the best in Memphis. 

  3. Joshua says:

    While not a rooftop, the view from the library on the top floor of the downtown federal building is the best in Memphis. If you are visiting either Rep. Cohen or Sen Alexander's Memphis office take the short ride up the elevator and check it out. You will need an ID and must go during normal hours.

  4. Christie says:

    Can you get on the Madison rooftop anytime or do you need a hotel key (I was wanting to go Saturday night)

  5. Jai Myers says:

    Checked out Twilight Sky Terrace, the new rooftop lounge atop the Madison Hotel … it's spectacular!! This rooftop has some of the best views of Memphis and its a great atmosphere – not to mention their handcrafted cocktails.  

    My new top favorite thing to do in Memphis – Twilight Sky Terrace !!!

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