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Beale Street

Memphis, TN 38103 (Midtown)
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Ranked #4 of 57 Nightlife in Memphis
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Mysterious Sites
Activities: Nightlife
Description: Renovation and renewal have come to this historic street known as the "Home of the Blues." Flashy music clubs and restaurants abound.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Buzzing. Great music in the clubs, bars, restaurants, park, streets, everywhere. Just wandered from place to place listening to the music. Lots of police about, people frisked later in the evening before entering the street, keeps the area safe so everyone could happily wander around. Lots of choice of food, although everywhere very busy on a Saturday night.... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Must see in Memphis. This street is gritty and smelly. But (I guess) that is part of the ambiance. A rough looking crowd, but I found it very safe with alot of police presence. The bars were fun. Music was outstanding (BB King all star band was tight; blues cafe had a hopping rockabilly band).

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

When we went to Beale street I was expecting this long stretch of bars and blues clubs... it was not as big/long as I expected. Nonetheless, it was really charming and the reason to go to Memphis in my opinion (in addition to historical sites). Beale street definitely has soul and character. We had a great time there each night... More

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Loved the atmosphere and felt safe as houses there.We came to see Graceland and took this in for two nights as well.Never see or heard any trouble so don t be put off and have fun.In this world we are in today we all have to be streetwise wherever we go.If you like to have fun then come here.KEITH andDOOE... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I was not impressed at all. Every building on this street id old and run down. Could barley walk down the street because of the crowd. If you cant find a parking spot in surronding area. You will have to pay to park. Skip this street and go to the Wolfchase Galeria

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Have heard the legends of Beale my whole life of being the birthplace of the Blues. First off Memphis itself is a dump. Beale was a step above dump. Granted it was a Tuesday night in September, still we were hard-pressed to find anyone worth listening to more than a song or two. Fortunately we happened upon The dueling Pianos... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

A lot of food, drinks served curbside, great atmosphere, street performers, etc. Downside: people begging for money and getting mad when you don't accommodate them. Performers as well as bums.

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Smithville, Tennessee, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

When we arrived the street was blocked off because an event was scheduled at the FedEx Forum. We browsed the street which was well kept and well travelled. The street is mostly honky-tonks and souvenir stores. 2 Honky tonks had live music playing which was an enjoyed background to the browsing.

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Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Beale street is steeped in music history and continues to live up to its legacy today.The street is infamous for creating the Memphis Blues sound and is where Muddy Waters, BB King, and Memphis Minnie began their careers. I would never claim to be a Blues aficionado but I strolled this street and came away amazed by the talent that... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

First evening in Memphis and vintage cars all the way up the street. Marvellous!!! Felt very safe and people lovely. Really worth visit.

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