A Day in the Life of a Memphis Foodie

Memphis magazine Staff

(page 10 of 10)


Late-night Drinks: 12:15 am

Earnestine and Hazel’s

—Best Dive Bar, new winner—

It’s late. Really late. You know you should probably go on home but, hey, it’s Memphis and you only live once. Alright, let’s go to Earnestine & Hazel’s. It comes honestly by its vintage look and lived-in feel, an authenticity that draws high society, hipsters, and Hollywood. As the bar puts it, it’s “ragged but right.” Though it’s open for lunch, Earnestine & Hazel’s is primarily nocturnal. People start to trickle in around 10 or 11 p.m. Then they pour in from bars and restaurants all over Memphis to meet friends, or for that one last drink before turning in, or to dance their troubles away in the glow of the bar’s legendary (and some say haunted) jukebox. By 2 a.m., the joint is packed downstairs and upstairs. Don’t expect a wine list or liquor. Earnestine & Hazel's doesn’t have them. It’s a beer bar and that means bottled beers, plain and simple. As legendary as the jukebox is Earnestine & Hazel’s somehow one-of-a-kind Soul Burger. It’s as basic as a burger gets but it doesn’t feel that way when you’re eating one. The salty beef, the warm bread, and the pickle crunch together are so simple and pitch perfect and exactly what you want to eat at the end of a late-night throw down.   – Toby Sells


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