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Earnestine and Hazel's

531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

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Budget
Closed Now
Opens Sun 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“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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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

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Leeper2

  • 66 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
January 26, 2014

Thrillist - Best Dive Bars in America

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Earnestine and Hazel's

531 S Main St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun, Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 am
  • Mon - Fri: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Yes Parking

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