11 New Things To Do In Downtown Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 27th 2017 17567 4

I’ve been keeping a list this spring and summer, and there are simply a ton of new things to do in downtown Memphis these days. How many have you done or been to? Let me know in the comments!

1. Tour the Old Dominick Distillery
See how they make Memphis spirits with tours and tastings several days a week. Read more here.

2. Take In The View At ‘The View’ Rooftop Bar
The Residence Inn is taking advantage of their historic building’s roof by hosting cocktail nights on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to You’ll have a great view of the ballpark, Main Street, and the river. Pro tip; For the best deal, go early during happy hour.  Read more here.

3. Shoot Hoops (or play games) At RiverPlay Pop-Up Park
This colorful new park is open through August this summer. Head to Riverside Drive at Front after 3 p.m. for a roller rink, basketball courts, lawn games, and food trucks. (Closed for the fall.)

4. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Beale Sweets Sugar Shack
This little space at 156 Beale has been through several iterations – most recently it was Burrito Blues – but this sweets shop idea just might stick.

They have lots of candy, a street-side bar for to-go cocktails, and most notably, a fudge shop with lots of flavors, all made on site. Beale Sweets Sugar Shack is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. See more photos here.

5. Shop Local at Somi Decor (7 Main St.) (Closed)
Support local small biz owners at two Main Street pop-up shops. The first one is Somi Decor, which offers cheery patterned fabrics turned into pillows, napkins, tablecloths, scent satchels and anything you can think of. They’re open for only for a few more days, but you can shop online after that. Read more here.

6. Shop Local at Randomly Refurbished (9 Main St.)  (Closed)
The second Main Street pop-up shop is Randomly Refurbished, which has a good mix of works from local artists and refinished furniture and woodworking, with everything being handmade and local. Again, only open for a few more days, but you can keep taps on Facebook.

7. Try Rolled Ice Cream At Rollin Sweets
While I’m still not sure why rolled out ice cream is a thing, but it is and people love it, so Memphis now has two of these trendy treat shops. The downtown one – Rollin Sweets – is near Raiford’s at 26 S. Second Street. I’d call ahead to be sure they’re open and plan to wait.

Photo by Stacey Greenberg

8. Eat At The Front Porch restaurant at Beale Street Landing
The folks who own The Majestic now run the restaurant at Beale Street Landing. They’re open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until sundown. Grab a frosty beverage and sway in a rocking chair while you watch the river go by or stop in for lunch or dinner. Read more about their frosty beverages in this post.

Photo by Stacey Greenberg

9. See The Artery Alley Murals
While some of these have been here a while, the series of murals along Barboro Alley off of Main Street in Memphis was completed earlier this spring. Read more here.

10. Shop The Memphis Farmers Market On Wednesdays
Rejoice! The biggest farmers market in town is no longer only on Saturdays! Starting this week, you can also shop on Wednesday afternoons in Court Square downtown. Head to the Square from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 28 through September 27.

Photo by Aisling Maki

11. Ride The Great Streets Project In Downtown Memphis
You’ll see some changes near Peabody Place and Main in Memphis starting this week as the Great Streets Project has been installed. Expect spacious bike lanes, outdoor furniture, and street beautification. Read more here.

A few other things I’d like to mention:

– The Tin Roof on Beale opened The Green Room game room/patio next door earlier this spring.
– The Vault opened to take the place of Double J quite a few months ago.
– The Green Beetle is getting a new menu and will launch brunch service this weekend.
– Lyfe Kitchen has been remodeled as well (read the full post here).
– The Flying Saucer downtown was remodeled and now has a new menu with some seriously delish burgers.
– Don’t forget about the Madison Avenue pocket park that opened a few months ago.
– Mark Wahlberg apparently has a burger joint and is apparently opening one downtown.
– ServiceMaster HQ is opening in stages in at the former Peabody Place mall downtown, and it’s cool.


This is only a sampling of everything that’s going on downtown. Did I miss anything? Let me know what you’re excited about in the comments. Then get out there and enjoy downtown!


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. Candice says:

    Randomly Refurbished will be open at 9 N. Main through July!

  2. Tracy says:

    Mark Wahlberg***

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