4.2
520 votes

Earnestine and Hazel's

531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

$
$$$$
Budget
Open Now
Sun 11a-3a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

“home of the soul burger”

Earnestine and Hazel's is famous for being one of the country's best dive bars... and one of the country's most haunted, too. The joint has a storied past, naturally. It started off as a pharmacy owned by Abe Plough, who found success making a hair straightening concoction and Coppertone sunblock. He sold the pharmacy to Earnestine and Hazel, two hairstylists who worked above the business. They turned it into a cafe that hosted blues legends like B.B. King, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cook, and Chuck Berry – thanks to the nearby Club Paradise, which was run by Earnestine's husband. The cafe closed in the 1970s, but was reopened as a bar in the 1990s. It's since become famous for its soul burgers, live music, and ghostly jukebox. As the story goes, a group of ladies celebrating a friend's divorce were mysteriously serenaded by the jukebox with “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” by Tammy Wynette. According to another legend, as soon as a customer finished telling a story about a coworker who vomited in a cab, the jukebox turned on and began playing “That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Don't be afraid to ask a bartender about their otherworldly experiences at the bar... if you're prepared for some really creepy stories, of course.

Read More >
Add Review
Thanks!
Your Rating
1
2
3
4
5

Reviewed by
PocketEgg

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 27, 2015
Rated 3.0

Interior is a bit run down. Has a pool table and a jukebox. Had their signature Soul Burger. Basic and greasy but moderately tasty. Good price for it too. Not spectacular but an average dive bar in a downtown area

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Leeper2

  • 66 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
January 26, 2014

Thrillist - Best Dive Bars in America

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sjoyner0121

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 13, 2021
Rated 5.0

Nate's bar is the best

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Tim Balzer

  • 73 Reviews
  • 173 Helpful
June 27, 2021
Rated 5.0

When you go, be sure to ask for a tour of the upstairs if they will give you one.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Earnestine and Hazel's.

Earnestine and Hazel's

531 S Main St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA

Hours

Open now until 3:00 am
  • Wed - Fri: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
  • Sun, Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 am

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
Does not take
  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Outdoor Seating
See More Details (19)

Parking, Dining

Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Horn Lake, Mississippi
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Memphis, Tennessee
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Memphis, Tennessee
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Memphis, Tennessee
FastBook

Click to discover a
great deal!

Memphis, Tennessee
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-40 road trip

  • 35 Places
  • 49:44
  • 2,851 mi
  • Trip Guide

Things to do in Nashville

  • 9 Places
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-10 road trip

  • 55 Places
  • 56:13
  • 3,026 mi
  • Trip Guide
  • Weekend

Road trip back in time along the Natchez Trace

  • 13 Places
  • 12:01
  • 598 mi
Remove Ads
19542