Local is a Memphis anomaly. It seamlessly transitions from laid-back casual dining to late night hot spot in the blink of an eye. The modern yet minimalistic approach to décor draws crowds of all agesthat keep business steady around the clock.Oversized couches and plush booths line the walls of the first floor while sleek, metal chairs surround the bar area found above the slanted wooden staircase. Though, you have to come early or you will be lucky to find standing room.
I went on a Thursday and just so happened to show up during happy hour. And boy did that make me happy. The happy hour menu includes specials for wine, martinis and beer as well as a $5 “pub grub” menu. The dinner menu is a bit on the pricey side bar food but you can easily get by on a budget if you come early & take advantage of their fantastic deals. We ordered white cheese & spinach dip to start and begged the waitress to bring another one as soon as it arrived at our table. The menu is a diverse assortment of burgers, salads and seafood. After stuffing ourselves with 10lbs of chips, I chose Fish Tacos for my meal. Their effortlessly fantastic flavor made me wonder if seafood was a secret specialty. Pico de gallo and slaw covered the tops of three soft flour tortillas that were full to the brim with a lightly seasoned fish. I ate every single bite and could’ve had ten more.
The girls and I hung around for a while after dinner, sipping wine and enjoying conversation that didn’t have to be yelled over background music. Around ten the lights dim, a DJ sets up and moves couches around to create a dance floor. It beats driving all the way downtown to find somewhere to dance but tons of people already know about this little secret so come prepared to rub shoulders & get close to a stranger.
Local has a location on Main St. in downtown Memphis and another in Overton Square in the Midtown area.
Overton Square: 901.725.1845
Main Street: 901.473.9573