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Memphis, Tennessee, is a city known for its music and for the diverse culture that helped create it. Southern charm grew into honky-tonk blues, soul and rock 'n' roll. Memphis is where the plantations' slave trade opened the
door to the South's first black millionaire. Memphis is full of fascinating history, mighty Mississippi River views, warm-hearted people, and amazing entertainment from historic Beale Street to Graceland.
Most of the gay nightspots are located in midtown and parking is never a problem. Most of the bars stay open till 3am, and there are several that are open for after hours and they close by 10am the following morning
(Just ask all of the Ole Miss boys that drive in from Oxford every weekend).
Crossroads (1278 Jefferson Avenue) has nightly entertainment specials that include "Smack Down Karaoke," dart tournaments and free pool nights. Weekends feature star-studded pageants and late-night dancing. Hot wings, burgers and salads are on the menu here.
The Pumping Station (1382 Poplar Avenue) a Levi-leather cruise bar, has a huge selection of domestic and imported beers plus pool and darts tournaments, and summer cookouts. It's sometimes very dark and always full of friendly bears here.
Lorenz/After Shock (1528 Madison Avenue) is like two bars in one. Lorenz is for leather, Levi and bear cruising and pick-ups. There's Country Western dancing, and at After Shock the party continues until the wee hours.
Other clubs include:
Backstreet (2018 Court Avenue) an 18-plus dance and cabaret club;
Metro Memphis (1349 Autumn Street) with drag shows and Country Western dancing; Liquid Lounge (557 S Highland St) a mixed dance club playing Hip-Hop to hard rock and metal music on the Highland Strip; and 901 Complex (136 Webster St) with Hip-Hip, Old Skool, and R&B music, a lively crowd of both men and women, and stage performances.
Dish (948 S Cooper St) is in the middle of the gay scene with dinner entrees until 10pm, an extensive tapas menu until 11pm (1am on weekends). After dinner there's music, karaoke, and on Sundays a Tea Dance from 3pm to 3am.
Dru's Place (1474 Madison Avenue) is known as the place "Where Women and Sports Collide" with ice-cold beer, patio, and live music some nights.
Inz & Outz Cards and Gifts (553 South Cooper) is Memphis's only GLBT gift shop, "bulging with pride" they have everything from magazine and videos to toys and jewelry.
Underground Art (2287 Young Ave) does high quality tatoos and body piercings.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center is at 892 South Cooper Street.
The Center sponsors the Outflix International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, to take place September 11-17, 2009 at the Malco Ridgeway Four cinemas (5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy).
When in Memphis see the Triangle Journal for community news and updates about the local scene.
Graceland at 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd is one facet of Memphis. Another is the Memphis Opera (6745 Wolf River Parkway) with a 2009-2010 season preview on September 26th featuring performances from Cosi Fan Tutte, Orpheus and Madame Butterfly.