Best Public Restrooms in Memphis
If you are looking for a little luxury for your behind, the famous Peabody Hotel is the place to go. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Memphis, the hotel has restrooms with stalls featuring their own full-sized doors and real door handles. Come during special event hours, and you will be met by a restroom attendant who caters to your every need (well, almost every need). Bathrooms here exemplify the hotel's elegance and attention to detail. They are immaculately clean, and you will never find yourself asking your stall neighbor to spare a square. Even the hotel rooms have luxury commodes. While these Memphis restrooms may be small, they pack a lavish punch.
The Germantown Commissary is an off-the-beaten-path restaurant with tons of personality packed into its tiny restrooms. True, the real deal here is the slathered and smoked barbecue, but the bathrooms are worth noting. The kitschy decor runs from floor to ceiling, and there is no end to the odd array of knickknacks and everyday items that are plastered to the walls and most of the rafters in this joint. The facilities here are not geared toward luxury, but with your meal waiting on the table, this is a fine place to wash up before digging in.
You can find the restaurant in Germantown, just outside Memphis, open Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-8PM.
The Germantown Commissary, 2290 Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138, 901-754-5540
3. Pink Palace
Memphis's Pink Palace, made of pink Georgia marble, was originally built in the early 1920s as a private home for Piggly Wiggly grocery chain owner Clarence Saunders. Unfortunately, Saunders lost his fortune and the house in the late 1920s and never lived in the home. His loss is your gain. The house is now a huge museum with a wide range of exhibits. Luckily, the public restrooms here are not made of the same chilly pink marble as the house and are quite accommodating. You can gawk at the ridiculous upstairs residential bathrooms then relax in modern comfort in the lobby.
The Pink Palace is open Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM and Sun noon-5PM, and costs $9.75 for adults, $9.25 for seniors and $6.25 for children aged 3-12.
The Pink Palace, 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111, 901-320-6320
4. Sun Studio
Memphis's famous Sun Studio has been visited by some of the most famous names in the recording industry. Take a tour of the studio, then stop by this Memphis restroom -- it may even have been visited by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Sun Studio is a bit cramped, but it's still worth a visit. They still record here, and there may be a session in progress when you visit.
The Sun Studio is open daily 10AM-6PM. Tours depart hourly from 10:30AM-5:30PM. Admission is $12 for adults and free for children aged 5-11. Children under the age of five are not permitted.
Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, 800-441-6249
The Orpheum is Memphis's oldest theater. It was built in 1890 and has undergone countless renovations to keep everything, including the public restrooms, in working order. These iconic Memphis bathrooms are found down two of the grandest staircases in town, just below the theater lobby. While they are clearly not what they used to be, these restrooms feature a historic charm that sets them apart from the rest. The sinks are small and delicate, and the stalls are also a bit small, so large purses or bags are discouraged. If you listen carefully, you can hear the water pipes "sing" through the walls. The restrooms are always clean and bright. Take note: they will not let you in without a ticket during performance times.
The Orpheum box office is open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM and two hours prior to show time.
The Orpheum, 203 S Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, 901-525-7800
The last stop on our tour of the best public restrooms in Memphis is AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds. While these restrooms do not possess the grandeur or architecture of some of our earlier stops, their size is bound to impress. The stadium was built in 2003 and must have been designed to allow all of its fans to use the restroom at the same time. The stadium also contains large family restrooms, and all of their facilities are wheelchair accessible. You never need fear missing the game due to long lines at the lavatory.
The AutoZone box office is open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM on non-game days and Mon-Fri 9AM-7th inning, Sat-Sun 10AM-7th inning on game days.
AutoZone Park, 200 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, 901-721-6000
That's my brief tour of the coolest and most unique Memphis restrooms. There are also several highway rest stops near Memphis. Remember that all of these locations do have normal business hours, so always check before you "go." And remember, it is the south, so a happy smile and an "Excuse me, could I use your restroom?" will go a long way.
- Overview:Memphis Travel Guide