Tucked deep into the pocket of a once forgotten neighborhood, The Cove is an arty dive with character, class, and, believe it or not, a nautical theme. The Cove’s literally ship-shaped bar and seafaring decor are relics reclaimed from Anderton’s, a much-loved, now-shuttered Memphis institution that specialized in oysters and cocktails, and its oyster-first menu of light fare owes a debt to Anderton’s as well. But with a specialty cocktail menu that runs over 50 drinks long, it’s the booze that's the draw. Try the Vampire, a tequila-based twist on the Bloody Mary served with red pepper garnish that’s got serious bite.

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