Earnestine & Hazel’s Memphis


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Earnestine & Hazel’s is the one bar in Memphis you must go to at least once. You can’t call yourself a Memphian unless you’ve had a drink and a soul burger at Earnestine & Hazel’s. It’s more than just a dive bar; it embodies the soul, jazz, and blues that once filled the streets, and superstars like B.B. King, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin sought refuge there. Some believe it’s haunted, that the ghosts control the jukebox. Go check it out for yourself. Downstairs is now smoke-free and has a full bar. An old boarding house, this gritty club serves greasy burgers with onions and Soul Burgers, which help you get the hangover under control after a long night of drinking. It is fun to see celebrities in E&H, especially when they’re in town – not that often, anyway. Watching people is always entertaining, with East Memphis socialites, young doctors, and high school students mixing. 

The club features a smaller dance floor and counter seating on its upper level, while its lower level features a more dimly lit, jazzy atmosphere, with more space for conversation. The jukebox here is legendary, and I can see why. It brings people together – I bonded through the music with locals and out-of-towners like myself. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the best burger in the world. That’s right, for all of you kindred spirits looking for the best burger in the world, you should know it’s right here in Memphis. This burger is no joke; it’s packed with so much flavor it easily outperforms virtually every other burger I’ve ever tasted. Seriously, come down to Memphis and try the burger at Earnestine & Hazel’s! They’re located on South Main Street, right around the corner from the National Civil Rights Museum and the Blues Hall of Fame Museum. 

Earnestine & Hazel’s, like many other Memphis establishments, is housed in a historic structure. The structure used to be a drugstore, then a café, and finally a brothel, but it is now Memphis’ best dive bar and juke joint. Though the beer selection isn’t as extensive as at some establishments, all domestic and international favorites are accessible. Don’t miss the famed “Soul Burger” for cuisine. The unique “Soul Sauce” elevates this burger from ordinary to extraordinary. Another notable element of this establishment is its fantastic jukebox. On the second level, live music is performed. However, it would be best if you were cautious: this location is also recognized as America’s most haunted bar.

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