Beale Street
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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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Emptynesters09
Port Saint Lucie, FL482 contributions
As an average tourist, go by day and take in all the shops/bars/breweries. At night the street is barricaded and blocked off by security. You must show ID to enter the Beale Street area as well as pay a $5/per person fee. Plenty of bachelor and bachelorette parties having a blast in the area as well as college age partiers.
Written August 8, 2022
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Katie
Henrico, VA24 contributions
The cover charge was back into effect when we were there, but we visited earlier in the day around noon and we were able to get in without paying. We had our dog with us so we were only able to visit during the day while he was at daycare. I've read that dogs are not allowed but even if they were I wouldn't take my dog due to the large amounts of people. We quickly walked through during the day to take pictures and stop into some shops but a lot of restaurants and stores still weren't open around noon. Overall, you have to just go, but I wouldn't expect to stay for long amounts of time unless you're eating and drinking there.
Written July 7, 2021
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Trish
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Couples
Visited Memphis for the first time and we stayed at the Big Cypress Lodge it was very well worth it very nice and entertaining, they have a gun range and archer range but you must bring your own weapon they do not rent out weapons. Visited the Lorraine Hotel where MLK was shot you can go in the hotel and see the rooms where he stayed. We also went on Beale street Friday night it was nice live music everywhere but everything closes at 10pm because of COVID-19. To many idle and suspect teens standing around watching you. To many beggars harassing you. Please be aware of your surrounding at ALL times! They watch tourist very closely. I reccomend exercising your 2nd amendment right if you plan on visiting beale street at night with your family.
Written July 18, 2020
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Sharon H
Houston, TX436 contributions
Solo
Enjoyed Beale street.
Don't dress up, wear very comfy foot wear as you maybe standing for busy shows.
Some venues have old staircases and most have uneven floors!

Great place to bar hop, everything is in a few blocks.
Each venue has its own funky vibe and a lot of memorabilia inside.

Note some bars allow outside drinks but not all.
Check venues before you buy your big ass street beer.

Best tasting food on Beale was Blues City Cafe or BB Kings!
If the city is busy plan some wait time to eat,

If you plan to spend evenings on Beale St...it's worth it to stay DT nearby & walk over.
Will save parking cost/hassle/ drinking concerns.
I used Uber / Lyft from airport & to/from Graceland & walked pretty much everywhere else in a few minutes.

Note always be safe.
Leave your jewelry & designer bags at home.
Nobody cares about it in Memphis. I found being alone in Memphis felt safe.
I never wear flash when traveling.
Carry enough cash for the evening and take a credit card and drivers ID regardless of age, some bars will card obvious adults.
Most clubs will have a cover charge...probably $10 cash, might depend on event.

Its the Blues!
Get out and support live music & have fun!
Everyone smiles while listening to Blues & Blues fans are friendly!

Some of the best bands in the world are located in Memphis, as well as world touring bands.
Written February 5, 2020
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warrenbruin
Tehachapi, CA93 contributions
Solo
Saturday night, I found a parking spot quickly nearby, then walked to the 4th Street entrance and passed through security and began the people watching extravaganza. Along the way I listened to some really good live music, including a female artist backed by a great guitarist, drummer, and keyboard player performing an excellent rendition of Purple Rain. I was up and back in about 45 minutes and loved every second. Go and drink it in, especially if you can do it on a Friday or Saturday night.
Written July 18, 2021
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sandra c
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We went to BB King's in the daytime, since there's no music then, no cover charge, just great BBQ and Collard Greens and Cornbread. We stayed at the Peabody for 1 night and I believe that is the most beautiful hotel I've ever seen at Christmas. The duck parade is twice a day. And during the Christmas season they have a different choir singing everyday at 11 am. Their Gingerbread House has to be seen to be believed, so beautiful and detailed.
Written August 4, 2022
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Isa b
Gatineau, Canada1,234 contributions
We were the preceeding week in Nashville and I had felt Broadway to be dirty, even in the afternoon. I loved Beale street in comparision. It was always lively, with fun amusements, people selling water or drinks, street entertainment, souvenir shops, bars, restaurants, etc. I felt it was very happening.

Although ( and maybe because of it) you were asked to pay a cover to go into some bars-restaurants or even to walk on the street, I didn't feel the drinks were all that expansive compared to HK highway. Also the performers didn't harass you for tips.

I much prefered that approach. We had a lot of fun.
Written August 5, 2022
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Crabby061
Manchester, UK228 contributions
Couples
Having just spent 3 nights in Nashville, we felt the music scene on Beale Street fell a bit short and didn't live up to expectations. We definitely expected more of a buzz around the place. There were only 3 or 4 bars with live music and one of them (BB Kings) charged entry ($5 cover charge) the only place during our 3 week musical tour of the US to do this. The food choices were pretty mediocre too. It felt a bit sad that the local authorities nd businesses don't give this potential cultural hotspot the TLC it deserves.
Written March 7, 2020
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Lauri Z
Champlin, MN57 contributions
During our visit, Beale Street seemed quiet. Maybe it was the time of year, or that we were there on a Thursday night. I was expecting to find more bands playing in the various venues. We still enjoyed the bands that were there, but the scale is much smaller than Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Worth a visit if you are in Memphis.
Written March 23, 2022
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Emily46217
Indianapolis, Indiana58 contributions
We visited on a Sunday afternoon, maybe 1ish, and already the drunks were stumbling around yelling at people. A lot of the businesses were closed, either too early, because of Covid, or because it was a Sunday. I wouldn't recommend it right now. Maybe once we have moved past some of the more strict Covid measures, but right now it's just a sad street crowded with drunks.
Written April 10, 2021
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