10 More Places to Drink Outside in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 11th 2012 10515 0

Ed. Note: This post is from 2012. For the extensive 2017 patio list (100+ patios listed), click here. For details on ten of those awesome patios, keep reading!

When I made a list of 15 great Memphis patios, you guys weren’t shy about letting me know that I left a few off of the list.

Here are 10 more Memphis patios that are perfect for the weather:

1. Beauty Shop / DKDC (966 and 964 S. Cooper)

Beauty Shop Patio, Memphis, Tenn.

The Beauty Shop and Do share a kitchen, bathroom and some staff, so it’s only fitting that the two restaurants would share a patio. Though both the salon-themed Beauty Shop and loungey Bar DKDC have great interiors, their cocktails taste best on the patio.

2. Elegant Farmer (262 S. Highland St.) (moved to new location with no patio)

The Elegant Farmer’s azalea covered side patio is perfect for ladies and gents who lunch (or dinner) on fresh, locally-sourced food.

3. Cheffie’s (483 High Point Terrace)

Cheffie's patio, Memphis, Tenn.

I’m a huge fan of the build-your-own sandwiches and salads at Cheffie’s, but if you’re going to sit on the patio, I recommend a beer or glass of wine and a little tub of gelato. The wooden deck has giant trees, two TVs and plenty of space to spread out.

4. Bleu (221 South 3rd St.)

Given it’s location across the street from FedExForum, Bleu’s patio is perfect for celebrating a Grizz or Tigers win (or drowning your sorrows if you’re a fan of the other team). If you’re not going to the game, it’s a great place to people watch and pretend like you’re not trying to catch a glimpse of one of the NBA players staying at the Westin.

5. South of Beale (361 S. Main St.)

South of Beale, Memphis, Tenn.

South of Beale has not one, but two outdoor dining options. You can sit at the metal tables on the sidewalk in front of the gastropub or relax on the big wooden deck on the side. Bonus – because SOB is a bar with great food, they’re open late, even on weeknights.

6. Los Compadres (3295 Poplar Ave #101)

The view from the Los Compadres patio isn’t anything special (the intersection of Poplar and Holmes), but the Mexican restaurant’s Texas margaritas are. Have one at an umbrella-covered table outside, then have someone else drive you home.

7. Brookhaven Pub (695 West Brookhaven Circle)

Brookhaven Pub, Memphis, Tenn.

If I worked in East Memphis, Brookhaven Pub’s massive patio would be one of my go-to happy hour spots  (I know it looks empty in the photo, but I was there before lunch). The patio is one of the biggest in town, and they’ve got live music on the weekends. It’s also a favorite of the Memphis kickball crew.

8. The Cove (2559 Broad Avenue)

Next time you go to the Cove, walk past the bar, through the dining room and all the way out the back door. There’s a small, stealthy porch out back where regulars go when they need a quiet place to talk.

9. Tsunami (928 S. Cooper)

Tsunami, Memphis, Tenn.

Cooper-Young’s Tsunami is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. They’ve also got one of the best patios, a narrow, covered job with fancy lighting handmade by Colleen Couch-Smith (aka chef Ben Smith’s wife). It’s the sort of patio that works best for date night or post-work drinks.

10. Felicia Suzanne’s (80 Monroe Ave.)

Felicia Suzanne’s patio is more courtyard than deck. It sits in the gap between the restaurant and the building next door. The brick dining area is lit by strings of bare bulbs, and there’s a fountain.

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  1. teresa says:

    Wow!  You left off Local Gastropub!!  Best boutique cocktails in town!!!

  2. itcomagic says:

    Bangkok Alley on Brookhaven Circle

  3. katie says:

    fresh slices.. 

  4. MemphisBen says:

    Local Gastropub has great food and drink – but service is slow like cold molasses; everyone is nice – just a slow pace there.  I keep going though I wish it would get better.

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