Earnestine & Hazel's Bar & Grill

531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

244 Reviews
Closed Now
Opens Thu 5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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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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Kevin W.

This is the type of place where you can come in quickly to grab a bite and drink. It is not fancy at all. This place is the definition of a dive bar. Customer Service was good and I was told the... Read more

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Courtney B.

I have been to Ernestine and Hazel's a million times but Jimmy on the grill tonight was phenomenal!! One of the best soul burgers I've ever had. If you're looking for a place to grab a drink and a... Read more

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Robert C.

I walked into this bar not thinking much about it after my friends drug me here since this was my first time coming. Upon walking in, I instantly fell in love. I heard some incredible lo- fi... Read more

Earnestine & Hazel's Bar & Grill

531 S Main St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA


Closed Now
  • Wed - Sat: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Drive Through
  • Outdoor Seating
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