Grab A Cup Of Coffee, Wine, Or Pottery Lesson at Belltower Coffeehouse

Belltower Coffeehouse and Wine Bar opened in 2016 but it’s grown vastly since then.

I recently made a stop at the Belltower Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, located on the Highland Strip, and I couldn’t believe it took me this long. Belltower is a mix of a coffee shop, evening wine bar, and full-time pottery studio – an eclectic mix that you’d expect steps away from the University of Memphis.

Person pours coffee from jug into glass outside of entrance to belltower coffeehouse
Belltower Coffeehouse

The coffee shop was buzzing the afternoon. I stopped by with a mix of students studying and friends reuniting. It’s spacious so you’re guaranteed to find a spot to sit down and enjoy the natural light that pours in. I went with a pistachio latte that I adored.

Belltower’s menu features coffee, tea and other non-caffeinated options with a breakfast and lunch menu. You can also do a build your own option with sandwiches, salads, wraps, or toast.

photo inside Belltower Coffeehouse with people sitting at tables and coffee bean stencils on wall
Jalyn Souchek
A latte with heart shaped foam sits on desk as person flips through an academic textbook
Belltower Coffeehouse

In the evenings, the space (including a fantastic large back patio) transforms into a wine bar on Wednesday through Saturday. They also offer cocktails, bar snacks, meat and cheese boards, and desserts. Coffee is also available at night for those needing a caffeinated pick me up.

Need an excuse to pop in? Belltower has trivia, bingo, and they just started a Wine & Spirits series where they pair four wines with three small plates and a dessert.

photo of a sandwich on a table
Belltower Coffeehouse
lattee sits in focus with a person doing pottery in background
Belltower Coffeehouse

A 100 Square Foot Storage Unit And College Showers

The half coffee shop / half pottery studio is the love child of two high school best friends beginning in 2016. The space is massive but once upon a time it started with a 100 square foot storage unit and filling 5 gallon tubs with water from their college showers (that wasn’t for the coffee I promise – the pottery!). 

Micah Dempsey, one of the coffee/pottery studio co-founders, tells me the pottery infatuation started while as a college student. He was looking for an easy, laidback art class. (We all can relate to that). But he found a new passion instead.

So what started as making pottery out of a storage unit has now turned into this massive space where they are making 300 custom coffee mugs for both local businesses and nationally.

A Belltower Coffeehouse employee works on an individual clay of a coffee mug
Belltower Coffeehouse

Not Your Average Cup Of Joe

Where Belltower sets themselves apart from other coffee shops is their pottery studio which is available for local artists to use, pottery classes, and their studio to make the custom coffee mugs. They currently have about 90 studio members using the space as a creative outlet.

Belltower creates customer orders of coffee mugs with 31 color options and five different mug styles: teardrop, knuckle, hourglass, bellbottom, and cylinder. You may have seen their mugs around the city already.

Coffee is the most important meal of the day (for me) so you might as well start it by enjoying it out of a cup you love.

a group of people sit an individual pottery stations during a pottery class
Belltower Coffeehouse


Belltower Coffee and Wine Bar
525 S Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Monday - Sunday: 7am to 6 pm

Wine Bar:
Wednesday - Saturday: 5pm to 10pm


About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

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