Twilight Sky Terrace: Go For The Views, Stay For The Snacks

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 12th 2015 1900 0

Ed Note: This post was written after the 2015 season opening. Menu and hours may have changed since then. 

The Twilight Sky Terrace rooftop patio and bar on top of the Madison Hotel downtown opened for its spring and summer season a few weeks ago. I stopped by to sample a few cocktails and small plates, and to take in the view.


First things first: the view from Twilight is one of the best in town; that alone is reason enough to go. To get there, enter the Madison Hotel and go up the elevator to the 17th floor. There are plenty of seats at high-top tables, swanky couches, and seats overlooking the river.


They have a star-inspired cocktail menu (props to whoever made the “Kessel Runner” Star Wars reference) as well as a small bites menu. I tried several of the dishes.

Back to front: spice-rubbed lamb ribs, pimento cheese sliders, white bean hummus and chips, and brown sugar beer nuts with bacon. Bacon! Everything tasted great, especially those bacon nuts and lamb ribs.

This is the “Meteor Mule” with grapefruit vodka and muddled grapefruit: refreshing with lots of booze-soaked fruit at the bottom.

Lamb ribs: while they don’t compare with pork ribs from some of our BBQ favorite joints (what could?) I loved the sweet and spicy kick and I’d order them again in a heartbeat.


The food menu.

The drinks menu.

Not only are the cocktails star-insired, but so are the servers’ leggings.

Twilight Sky Terrace is open Sundays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is a cover charge – usually $10 – on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights after 7:30 p.m. or on nights where there is a DJ. I might take my kids  early in the evening for a look at the view and a pimento cheese slider, but most of the people on the roof around 6 p.m. were couples or professionals out for post-work drinks.

As you can see from the menu, there are several vegetarian and generally gluten-free options (call ahead if you have specific questions about gluten cross-contamination, as the kitchen is not 100 percent gluten free). You can park on the street or in a garage nearby, or take advantage of the Madison’s valet for $10. The Twilight Sky Terrace is ADA accessible.

Go there:

Twilight Sky Terrace
79 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 333-1243

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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  2. WOW! Everything looks amazing!  I'm adding that to the list of places I need to go downtown! Thanks, Holly!

  3. Anthony Cook says:

    Another great idea, Holly…thanks

  4. Jessie Mason says:

    I can't wait to try this place out!

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