The Edge District’s New Black-Owned Bar, The Inkwell

Founded by entrepreneur Ben Colar, Inkwell’s mission is to serve excellent drinks in an inclusive atmosphere for all Memphians. Colar, who also founded creative agency Baby Grand , patronized other Black business owners including designer Carmeon Hamilton for Inkwell's interiors and Feast & Graze for the charcuterie and cheese plates. 

New Black-owned cocktail bar, The Inkwell
New Black-owned cocktail bar, The Inkwell

Labeled as a ‘dope’ cocktail bar, The Inkwell in Memphis’ newest establishment that opened on May 6, 2022 in the Edge District at 631 Madison Ave. You’ll find this hip spot next to the historic Sam Phillips studio and across the street from Evelyn & Olive, a jamacian restaurant. What’s most exciting thing about The Inkwell are their curated lists of signature drinks, classic cocktails and mocktails; plus they offer a short list of menu items including flatbreads, grilled cheese, and Cuban sandwiches. 

The spectacular two rooms inside with bar includes both table and lounge seating but floors are really breathtaking. A perfect date night spot of girls night pitstop; Inkwell is elegant enough that you want to wear cocktail attire or low key enough where you’d be comfortable in jeans and a leather jacket. With a diverse crowd of busy professionals, The Inkwell caters to the progressive Memphis.

They are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. and still have the breezy patio courtyard open in the back.

Inkwell owner Ben Colar

Founded by entrepreneur and designer Ben Colar, Inkwell’s mission is to serve excellent drinks in an inclusive atmosphere—truly inclusive not as a side note, but as a focus—for all Memphians. Colar, who also founded creative agency Baby Grand, patronized other Black business owners including designer Carmeon Hamilton for Inkwell’s interiors and Feast & Graze for the charcuterie and cheese plates. 

We ordered ‘The Beauty of the Week’ which is a Manhattan with rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur, and angostura; simply delicious. 

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For a snack we ordered the Sausage Flatbread, a cheesy pizza topped with sausage and tomatoes and the ample Grilled cheese sandwich, which was cut into shareable pieces.

Sausage Flatbread

Learn more about the Inkwell here.

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