The QCA Classy Elvis Cocktail Bar You Didn’t Know About
The new "Elvis" biopic is out and a downtown Port Byron cocktail bar was born ready for this.
Being an Arkansas river delta kid from only an hour outside of Memphis, I went to Elvis Presley's Graceland a gazillion times growing up. I'm versed in blues, barbecue, and the King, so I had to make sure Baz Luhrmann's new "Elvis" biopic got it right (it did, by the way, it's fantastic).
Before I headed to the theatre, I took a little jaunt to Blue Suede Cocktails & Coffee in downtown Port Byron. Having opened just last year, the cocktail bar matches a modern theme with Elvis decor. But it's not cheesy Elvis decor like you might see in a basic diner. It has the original sheet music to "Blue Suede Shoes" from one of Elvis' band members (marked up, as a good musician does). It has an original guitar, and black and white photos of Elvis beside an enclosed fireplace. It's just very unique.
Their menu is of course themed on Elvis' songs. I had the Jailhouse Rock coffee, iced (white chocolate & salted caramel), and an Elvis shot (peanut butter + banana liqueur). For bar snackage, they have chips and salsa (or queso), a s'mores charcuterie, and a meat and cheese board.
Blue Suede is about a 27-minute drive from Davenport and it has a river deck you can look out on. Scroll down to see pics of the bar! Meanwhile, for more details and the latest on specials, check out Blue Suede Cocktails & Coffee on Facebook.