365 Things to Do in Memphis #152: See Memphis from the Roof
Like most big cities, Memphis has an impressive downtown skyline. But we’ve also got sweeping river views, big sunsets and way more trees than you’d think from the ground (seriously, look east from downtown – the whole city seems green). Assignment #152 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to take a look at Memphis from above.
Here are some of my favorite rooftop views of the city:
1. The Peabody Hotel’s roof is a classic – it’s big, the views are great, and they throw big parties up there on Thursday nights. It’s also the only roof in the city that has a giant penthouse built for ducks. It’s a favorite with tourists and locals looking for a good view.
2. Beale St. Landing‘s grass-covered, sloped roof is a great picnic spot (and place to watch incoming riverboat and river barge traffic).
3. Clark Tower (the tallest building in East Memphis) doesn’t have a public rooftop, but they do have the Tower Room, a bar on the 33rd floor where you can see most of the city (including the downtown skyline) through big arched windows.
4. If you’re lucky enough to make it to an event at Emerge Memphis, check out their roof deck on the fifth floor – it’s tiny, but it’s got a unique view of downtown from the south.
5. While it’s not technically a roof (do pyramids have roofs?) the view from the two observation decks at the Bass Pro Pyramid are worth the $10 per person elevator trip up to the top. Plus, once you’re up there you can have a drink at the bar, which surrounds a big aquarium.
6. Old Dominick Distillery downtown is where you can tour a renovated historic warehouse that now produces vodka (and in the future, whiskey and bourbon) and/or have drinks at their rooftop bar.
7. The View is the rooftop bar at The Residence Inn downtown on Monroe. They have a great view of the Mississippi River, lovely plants and seating, and a drink menu. The only catch is that they’re just open on select evenings, often Thursdays and weekends.
8. Lastly, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get up there (very, very few people have so it kind of doesn’t count), but the view from FedExFourm’s bowl-shaped roof is pretty cool.
Ed. Note – Yes, the Madison hotel has a rooftop, but it’s closed now. It might reopen in the future, and I’ll update this post.
Where’s your favorite Memphis rooftop?