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Earnestine & Hazel's Bar & Grill

531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

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“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.

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Anita H.

This place was awesome. It does look a little roughy but it fits. And it is clean! Just old. We went to several bars everyday and every night by we would be up here. Bands were great, the... Read more

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Lydia L.

I feel for Earnestine and Hazel's--it's a great neighborhood dive bar that's forced to try to be something it's not. So let's be clear: this is not a tourist spot. It's not a cute haunted house,... Read more

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Ryan D.

This dive bar has so much character! The gem of this place is in a upstairs room and he is named Nate. This pleasant elderly bartender is a living history museum of experience and was so fun to... Read more

Earnestine & Hazel's Bar & Grill

531 S Main St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA
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  • Sun, Wed - Sat: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am

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