Sneak Peek: The Greyhound Craft Cocktail Bar
Downtown’s newest bar opens next week on January 17. Located on the site of the former Greyhound bus station, this snazzy spot will offer craft cocktails with a gin focus, plus a full selection of local beers, wines, and all the other spirits you could want.
The Greyhound is part of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel. It’s right across the street from AutoZone Park at 201 Union Avenue. I stopped in for a sneak peek and to meet the bar manager, Kendrick Cook.
They’re still putting the finishing touches on the space and the menu, so I’ll be back for a taste-test soon.
Kendrick’s enthusiasm for the bar’s cocktail program is contagious. He plans to offer a selection of 50 gins, 20 whiskeys, craft tonics, and other bells and whistles like smoked cocktails, tableside cocktail mixing, and branded ice.
“I’ve been in the industry for twelve years; I’ve done everything,” he explains. “Front of house, back of house, dive bars, high volume clubs, and craft cocktail bars. Craft cocktails is where it’s at.” He recently moved to Memphis to manage the downtown bar.
Gin has been all the rage on cocktail menus for a while now, but The Greyhound will be the first “gin bar” in Memphis. I know what you’re thinking – I don’t like gin – or – I only drink beer – but don’t worry, they’ll have everything else, too. Including mocktails.
A little background on the bus station: Fred Smith, Sr. opened the Smith Line in 1956, the first bus service from Memphis to Chicago. It was so popular that Greyhound bought out the line, and the location served as a bus station until 2011, when the main Memphis station moved to the airport.
The bar’s name comes from that history and The Greyhound drink, a classic cocktail that features gin and grapefruit juice that will naturally be the bar’s signature drink.
They’ll also serve a small plates menu, and you’ll be able to order from the full dinner menu of the hotel’s restaurant, Seasons. Seasons will be open for breakfast, dinner, and evening room service for hotel guests.
A little more about the hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn has 150 rooms, seven floors, plenty of suites, a fitness center, indoor pool, and plenty of meeting and event space.
The Greyhound cocktail bar in downtown Memphis will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Above: The Greyhound brand for the ice.
Above: View of the hotel from AutoZone Park
Above: Soon to be filled with unicorn tears and other craft tinctures.
Save the turtles.
Above: They’re gonna roll this bar cart up to you and make your drink a la tableside guac.
Above: Checklist for aforementioned tableside cocktail mixing. This is not a final list of ingredients, just an example.
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Pre-game patio drinks, anyone?
Hilton Garden Inn
201 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tenn. 38103