Best of Memphis: Nightlife, Food, & Drink

Best Dance Club

1. Paula & Raiford's Disco

2. Lafayette's Music Room

3. Rumba Room

Best Nightclub

1. Paula & Raiford's Disco

2. Lafayette's Music Room

3. B.B. King's Blues Club

Best Date Bar

1. Lafayette's Music Room

2. Alchemy

3. Loflin Yard

The Overton Square-area Lafayette's Music Room is a short walk from an ice cream shop, a movie theater, a ballet studio, and more than one playhouse. The prime location, extensive drinks list, mouthwatering menu, and an impressive lineup of local and national music acts make Lafayette's Memphians' choice for Best Date Bar.

Best Sports Bar

1. Brookhaven Pub & Grill

2. Celtic Crossing

3. Bayou

Best Kid-friendly Restaurant

1. Huey's

2. Railgarten

3. Belly Acres

Best Bloody Mary

1. Bayou

2. The Beauty Shop

3. Sunrise Memphis

Ah, the bloody mary. It is the most enigmatic of the classic drinks. Is it a cocktail or a soup? Is its purpose to recover from a hangover or get you a head start on the next hangover? What is the proper garnish? Celery? Olives? Pickles? One thing's for sure: The Bayou makes the best Bloody Mary in Memphis.

Best Cajun/Creole

1. The Second Line

2. Bayou

3. Elwood's Shells

Kelly English's first spinoff from Restaurant Iris is an Overton Square favorite. The Verno, a pulled chicken with gravy po' boy, is a perennial favorite, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Best Indian

1. India Palace

2. Golden India

3. Bombay House

Best Margarita

1. Molly's La Casita

2. Las Delicias

3. Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Farm-to-Table

1. Bounty on Broad

2. The Trolley Stop Market

3. Belly Acres

Best Pizza

1. Memphis Pizza Cafe

2. Aldo's Pizza Pies

3. Broadway Pizza

This is the first food station you'll see when you enter Zoo Rendezvous, the annual Memphis Zoo fund-raiser. And with good reason. This veteran pizza restaurant is the first place many people think of when they think of locally made pizza pies.

Best Shared/Small Plates Menu

1. Babalu Tapas & Tacos

2. Hog & Hominy

3. Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar

Between house-made guac, starters, and tapas (or small plates), Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers no shortage of shareable plates.

1. Calvin Bell, The Rendezvous

2. Taylor Pfohl, Bayou

3. Tony Dortch, Huey's

Calvin Bell, 23-year veteran at The Rendezvous, tops the charts for the third year in a row as best server on the BOM list. He's had the honor of serving top-notch clientele like renowned chef Guy Savoy of Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris.