Loflin Yard: Located at the very endcap of the south main district, Loflin Yard is a great concept for hangout, drinks, spontaneous big groups and a good time. Its got two separate bars, a kitchen, a live sound stage and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to hang with your friends.
Fire pits, picnic tables, large format jenga, rings games, corn hole, etc–there are plenty of hangout activities to play while unwinding after the day. We had a good time. Its also the only “bar scene” in Memphis that I know about that had small children running around, which gave it a cool family friendly atmosphere earlier in the evening.
(This is critical parenting intel. This means that there’s a place where you can meet your friends who don’t have kids for a drink and hangout. You don’t have to hire a babysitter to participate, and your munchkin can run around the yard and play without driving everyone bananas. Just parent responsibly. Capiche?)
We didnt eat, but they also have a pretty gourmet kitchen which appears to do high end small plates that look pretty good.
All in all, we had a delightful time at Loflin Yard, and would recommend it to anyone as a gathering place to hangout for drinks.
Memphis Botanic Gardens are an excellent recreational destination in East Memphis. The Gardens are well manicured as expected, but there are so many other facets of the Garden.
They sell annual memberships which are pretty inexpensive and they have lots of events at the Gardens which appeal to all ages.
“Live at the Garden”: The live sound stage and music series “Live at the Garden” has hosted everyone from Paul Simon, the Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Roberta Flack, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Ray Charles, etc… the list goes on and on with great performers. These concerts are lots of fun and the venue is really cool and well done.
Fratelli’s Café: Is a fun little Garden spot with fresh salads and sandwiches.
If you’re looking for a fun and pretty place to grab lunch, then this is a good spot.
My Big Back Yard: For some ages and stages, this is the most important attribute of the Garden. They’ve carved out a vast expanse of their beautiful park and made it a winner for young families and littles. They have daily events like Caterpillar Club for children to learn about nature. The large educational play area is a great place to play for children as little as 18 months all the way up to elementary school. We love My Big Back Yard which by itself is worth the annual park membership.
They also have art events, farmer’s markets with CSA produce delivery, as well as crafts fairs, etc. Memphis Botanic Gardens is a wonderful cornerstone for the East Memphis community.