Posted: Oct 8, 2009 2:05 pm
Well, lets put it this way.
I was in Detroit for the SuperBowl four years ago. I was hanging around downtown before the game and started up a conversation with some Thuggish types in the beer garden I was in. After a minute or two they said something about my southern accent. I said I was from Memphis. All three of them were like "Yo, I heard that place was crazy!". One of them said his mom was going to go see family there and backed out becuase she was scared to go there. So, the Memphis' reputation precedes it.
Now, I lived there for 20 years before moving for work. I loved it and had very few problems. Random vandalism to my car once, someone tried to break into my house once, and that was about it. There are neighborhoods, for sure, that are bad. There are some that will straight up creep you the fuck out and will make you never want to visit again. (I foudn them when I was working for Allstate and had to do inspections on houses. Holy shit.) But, all in all, the city is a blast. Good music, good places to eat and drink, and generally friendly people.
Those five will get you started. Alex's is a latenight place if you are looking for a drunk crowd and late night burgers. Before about 1 AM it is a ghost town and can be key to a relaxed evening at a bar.