365 Things to Do in Memphis #120: Watch the Grizz in the NBA Playoffs

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 16th 2015 8893 0

Updated May 2017

#120 on our list of 365 Things To Do In Memphis is to Watch the Grizz in the NBA Playoffs! Congrats to the Memphis Grizzlies, who made it to the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs and lost a heartbreaker to the Spurs to end our 2016 – 2017 season.

I’ll update this post next year once we go undefeated and make it to the playoffs again, of course. Expect schedules, watch parties, and more.

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The Grindhouse won’t be empty long!


Will update next year!


Pretty much every playoff home game will sell out, so get your tickets now here or by calling 1-800-4-NBA-TIX.


Where to watch
While just about every bar and restaurant will have their TVs tuned to the Grizz, here are a few great places to catch the playoff games. Here are some great places to watch playoffs or regular season games.

– Alex’s Tavern (1445 Jackson Ave.) Alex’s is crowded, but not packed, they show the game on at least three TVs and a giant projection screen, you can bring your own liquor (they only sell beer), and the food is straight up perfect. Go to an ATM on your way, as Alex’s is cash only.

– Max’s Sports Bar (115 G.E. Patterson) South Main’s tiniest sports bar gets packed for Grizzlies’ games, and it’s not a bad thing. If you want to watch with a crowd of people who are all just as into the game as you are, this is the place to do it.

– Sweet Grass Next Door (937 S. Cooper) Next Door has tons of TVs (positioned so that you can see the game from just about every seat), there’s lots of local beer and great food, and the staff is just as into the game as the patrons.

– Hog and Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Cir.) Hog and Hominy is perfect for catching the later games, especially if you can grab a seat at the bar or in the Holding Pen.

– South of Beale (361 S. Main Street) I’ve got two words for you: Grizz Shots. Plus, it’s close enough to the Forum that you can join the party after home games, but not so close that you won’t be able to find parking.

– Local Gastropub Overton Square (2126 Madison Ave.) I recommend going upstairs to watch the games, where the vibe is more bar than restaurant. It’s been designed so that you can see at least one (if not more) TVs from every seat in the room.

– Bayou Bar and Grill (2094 Madison Ave.) Bayou gets a little rowdy on game nights, but that’s what makes it fun. Go crazy on some Cajun food, and don’t be shy about yelling at the TV.

I know there are about a million more places (and there have to be a few more in East Memphis) so you have a favorite you’d like to share, just leave it in the comments. If you’re a bar or restuarant owner doing drink or food specials during the playoffs, leave detailed info in the comments, too. Go Grizz!

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. Mark culver says:

    Love your blog.so informative. Thanks

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  3. Carol T. says:

    I'm pretty sure that the times listed in Portland are local time – 9:30 Central.  At least that's what the Grizzlies website has.

  4. Marlise says:

    Will they be showing the playoff games at the levitt shell again this year?

  5. Holly Whitfield says:

    Thank you Mark!

  6. Kevin says:

    Everyone should watch tonight at the Grind Schweinehaus in Overton Square.


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