Getting out in the Edge
There’s no shortage of things to do in the Edge District. The neighborhood is home to the birthplace of Rock N’ Roll, one of Memphis’ oldest bars and one of its favorite local breweries, plus it is quickly becoming a foodie paradise with dishes featuring foods from local farms and flavors from as far away as Indiana, Venezuela or Jamaica.
Dining and entertainment options in The Edge
Brinson’s Downtown Chicken Lounge
The slogan is “It’s Always Something Going On…”, and it seems to be true. Regularly scheduled events include:
Worth the Wait Wednesdays
Thursdays Live Music Open Mic and Poetry/Spoken Word
Third Sundays, Shopping, Poetry, R&B Jazz, Reggae and complimentary wine
Reggae Sundays with the Reggaelution Band
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat 10 p.m.-3 a.m., and Sun 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
341 Madison Ave.
An event rental facility boasting 6,000 square feet.
345 Madison Ave.
Premiere Palace Ballroom
The sister space to Stop 345, this one around the corner with 2,500 square feet.
629 Monroe Ave.
Kudzu’s Bar and Grill
Its history reveals a 100-year-old building, an early century oil company, a brothel, and the go-to place for employees of The Commercial Appeal. These days regularly scheduled events include: live music every night but Sunday, open mic on Mondays, blues jam on Tuesdays, and trivia on Wednesdays. They also offer daily specials, including their famous Hoosier pork tenderloin sandwich as well as vegetarian fare.
Mon. 11a.m. to 12 a.m., Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Sat. 7 p.m.-3 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
603 Monroe Ave.
One of the only jazz lounges in town, this welcomed new addition to the neighborhood offers live blues, acoustic soul, and jazz.
Thursdays includes single sets from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday are double sets, the first at 7:30 p.m., and the second at 10:15 p.m.
652 Marshall Ave.
Club Spectrum/Drink and Drag
The largest GLBT club in Memphis featuring DJs, dancing and drag shows.
Fri. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Sat. 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
616 Marshall Ave.
Visit the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll and home to the Million Dollar Quartet, record your own album, or visit their Rock Shop.
Tours are every hour on the half hour starting at 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
706 Union Ave.
High Cotton Brewery—The Monroe Taproom
In an area saturated with craftspeople, it makes sense to have a manufacturer dedicated crafting locally made beer in the neighborhood. Come drink it where it’s made.
Thurs. 4-8 p.m., Fri. 4-9 p.m., Sat. 2-10 p.m.
598 Monroe Ave.
Trolley Stop Market
Pioneers in bringing the foodie phenomenon to the neighborhood. They feature locally grown products, a menu that caters to any dietary needs, an artisanal market and some of the biggest and best pizza this side of the Mississippi.
Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. until close
704 Madison Ave.
Evelyn and Olive
Jamaican/Southern Fusion restaurant which includes not only jerk chicken wings, but also boom-boom sauce, mango barbecue sauce, or Jamaican curry sauce, as well as Southern, vegan and vegetarian dishes.
630 Madison Ave.
Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. 4-11 p.m.
Arepa and Salsa
Add some Venezuelan to the mix, and The Edge is a foodie paradise. Plus, it’s not just a restaurant serving up plantains. They offer salsa dancing with free lessons on Friday nights starting at 9 p.m. And btw, “arepa” means “corn pancake.”
Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
662 Madison Ave.
Mollie Fontaine Lounge
Maybe not quite in The Edge District, but close enough in Victorian Village, the brainchild of restaurateur Karen Carrier offers small plates, a cocktail lounge, and Djs and dancing housed in a (many say) haunted Victorian mansion.
Wed.-Sat. 5 p.m. until
679 Adams Ave.
Opened by one of the first arts district pioneers of the area, Pinkney Herbert, the facility houses artist studios for 16 artists, but opens its doors to the public for various shows throughout the year in the front-house gallery.
639 Marshall Ave.
(901) 697-6837 or (901) 406-6978
Garden Path Studio
Owned by mosaic artist Kristi Duckworth, the artist studio offers classes for children and adults and features various artists during different shows throughout the year.
597 Madison Ave.
(901) 603-2520 for appointments.