Best Places to Kiss in Memphis

Romantic experiences in Downtown Memphis
Lance Wiedower

When thinking of romantic destinations Memphis might not be the first city that comes to mind, but maybe it should. For starters, the sunsets are magnificent from all over the city. They become out of this world standing next to the Mississippi River.

No matter the occasion or time of year, romance is always in the air in the Bluff City. Use this list of the best places to kiss in Memphis to spark a special moment with your loved one.

Malco Summer Drive-In

Admit it, there is just something sexy about sneaking a kiss while snuggled up in your car watching a movie. This moment is straight out of the movie “Grease” but without the need to re-enact Sandy slapping Danny. The Malco Summer Drive-In is dripping with romantic nostalgia.

Pyramid Observation Deck

Having an observation deck at the top of The Pyramid has been a city dream since the arena opened in 1991. It became a reality when the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid opened in April 2014. Head out to the observation deck for a sunset kiss.

The Peabody Rooftop

Ride up the elevator to the top of The Peabody Memphis and walk out to the rooftop where more than a few wedding proposals have occurred. You don’t have to go to the top to get on one knee; a romantic kiss overlooking Downtown Memphis will do just fine.

The Peabody Lobby

It’s said the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Memphis. Get a cocktail at the lobby bar and watch an elegant side of the city pass by. This is the place for a confident kiss.

Twilight Sky Terrace

The Madison Hotel Memphis brings the concept of the sexy lounge into full focus at its rooftop Twilight Sky Terrace. Order a handcrafted cocktail and grab a couple of stools along the railing for that perfect moment as the sun dips below the horizon to the west, or snuggle up on one of the couches next to the fire pits.

Atop the Bluff Walk

Really, any spot where the views include the Mississippi River are romantic. But the Bluff Walk high above Riverside Drive is a long stretch filled with people out for evening strolls and runs. Grab a bench and watch the river gently flow by.

When the Streamers Drop After a Grizz Win

Maybe this idea is only romantic for true Grizzlies fans, but aren’t we all in Memphis? It’s even better as the Grizzlies secure a playoff win.

Riverboat Cruise

Board an authentic paddlewheel riverboat cruise with Memphis Riverboats at Beale Street Landing. As the boat moves gently along the Mississippi River under the massive bridge, that’s the perfect time for a kiss.

In a Dimly-lit Room at Earnestine and Hazel’s

Earnestine and Hazel’s is one of the best bars in Memphis. But don’t think dark and smoky here. Head upstairs to one of the quiet, secluded rooms – where there may or may not be a ghost or two lurking – and enjoy a quiet drink with your honey.

Over a Pint at Wiseacre, Memphis Made or High Cotton

Breweries don’t always scream romance, but the relaxed scenes at these breweries are welcoming for date nights as equally as they are groups of friends.

Enjoying a Bottle of Wine and Cheese By the River

Pack a picnic and find a spot in Tom Lee Park or the Greenbelt Park on Mud Island and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River.

Overlooking the River at Metal Museum

If you haven’t been to the Metal Museum you’re missing the best spot to check out the Mississippi River in all of Memphis. Trust us, just head out ​in back of the museum and find a bench overlooking the river. You’ll quickly discover why it’s one of the best places to kiss in Memphis.