Thursday update

Restaurant management company Packed House has announced holiday hours for all of its businesses.


  • Christmas Eve – closes at 5 PM
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • New Year’s Eve – normal hours
  • New Year’s Day – normal hours

Slider Inn

  • Christmas Eve – closes at 5 PM
  • Christmas Day – Downtown opens at 5 PM; Midtown closed
  • New Year’s Eve – open 11 AM-1 AM; DJ DanceAlone plays Downtown 9 PM-1 AM; Witnesse plays Midtown 9 PM-1 AM
  • New Year’s Day – normal hours

Aldo’s Pizza Pies

  • Christmas Eve and Day – closed
  • New Year’s Eve and Day – normal hours


  • Christmas Eve – normal Sunday hours – so 11 AM to 3 AM. INSIDER TIP: Last I heard, Butt Slut #1 and Bardog OG James are scheduled to work the upstairs bar 8 PM to close.
  • Christmas Day – opens 5 PM
  • New Year’s Eve – open as normal 11 AM-5 PM; open 7 PM-1:30 AM for their New Year’s Eve Bash (must have ticket; highly recommended by this blogger; details here)
  • New Year’s Day – open normal Monday hours, which are 8 AM to 3 AM. Assuming she doesn’t switch with someone, Emily would be your morning bartender.

Today is National Coquito Day. This beverage is part of the holiday tradition of Puerto Rico. Coquito recipes vary and the drink is aged in the refrigerator before being served.

It’s also National French-Fried Shrimp Day. My recommendation is the Shrimp Basket at Flying Fish. I was gonna recommend Huey’s but it appears they don’t have the shrimp po-boy anymore.

Ja Morant returns to The Grindhouse tonight at 7 as the Memphis Grizzlies battle the Indiana Pacers. Local TV coverage will be Bally Sports. Free Grizzlies rally flag to the first 10,000 through the FedExForum gates.

There’s a holiday special at Feathers Spa at the Peabody Hotel: Buy (in-store) a gift card to the store worth $175 or more, and receive a free Zents gift set valued at $85. The gift set includes moisturizing body wash and an age-defying probiotic lotion.

It’s Wurlitzer Wonderland night at The Orpheum, a one-night concert featuring the theater’s historic pipe organ. Festive tunes played on the 95-year-old organ will get you in the holiday spirit. 7 PM showtime. $10 cash at the door.

The Daily Memphian has added word games.

E-scooter company Bird has filed for bankruptcy.

December 21 is the day of the year that Memphis gets the least sunshine… but the historically coldest time of the year is mid-January. ABC 24 explains why. For the same reason, June 21 is the longest day but July is the hottest month.

It won’t be a white Christmas in Memphis, but it’s beginning to look a lot like a wet Christmas. And – good news – a warm one.

Today’s specials at Bardog:

  • Blackened salmon Alfredo – 19
  • BBQ sliders – beef sliders with bacon, cheddar, BBQ sauce, pickle – 17
  • Soup: Chicken & dumpling
  • Dog: Bacon, bell pepper, ketchup, mustard
  • Mussels: Garlic, tomato, white wine
  • Bourbon pecan pie
  • Chocolate cake

Back tomorrow with more news.