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“Not what it used to be”
Review of Beale Street

Beale Street
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Downtown Memphis Beale Street Walking Tour
Ranked #9 of 160 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Renovation and renewal have come to this historic street known as the "Home of the Blues." Flashy music clubs and restaurants abound.
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Go if you just want to club and drink overpriced beer. It's nothing too exciting.... I think what used to be going on there and the wonders people loved about Beale Street in Memphis has disappeared with time.. It's not beautiful, it looks run down and dirty.. Homeless people struggling everywhere and abandoned buildings. If you ask me, I think Beale Street is just an average street at this point. It's a shame!!

Thank Kyle F
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Last time I visited Beale street was in the early 90's. There was a line at BB kings from the front door to the corner, around the corner and down the street. Today there is a railing and some tables outside but no line and the club was half empty. The band was playing rock. Almost every club back in the early 90's had real blues bands and blues musicians playing some decent blues. This time there was not a single club playing any real blues, mostly old rock and roll and half of that was Elvis tunes. The bands were mediocre at best. There was a lady singing at Kings Palace's outdoor patio that was pretty good (but not Blues) but the rest where just loud bands using volume to make up for weak musicianship trying to outdo the not so great band across the street. None of it could be considered Blues. Elvis paraphernalia was about the only thing other than drinks and food that could be found. We used Trip Advisor to select the dinner location (Kings Palace) because of the reviews. Food was OK but nothing to comment about one way or the other. The street was filthy, smelled of trash, old beer and cigarettes. We were in New Orleans a few nights ago and Bourbon street was a great experience but this trip to Beale street was not worth the gas to make the drive. Best blues we heard was in Vicksburg at the Walnut Hill and then at Ground Zero in Clarksdale. Here is my recommendation, drive around the block park in the Peabody hotel parking garage, walk down Beale street (during the day) and take a couple of photos just to say you have been there but skip any thing else there. The Blue Plate diner on Court Street has some good basic diner food (Lunch and Dinner - was recommended by the Concierge at the Peabody) IF you want to hear good Blues listen to Sirrus XM radio station 937 because they do not play Blues on Beale street anymore and every one should be singing the Blues about what has happened to Beale Street.

2  Thank COFLZephyr
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a great time on Beale Street enjoying the music, food and shops. Although most of the shops sell the same thing it is still cheaper to by Elvis souvenirs there then at Graceland. The food is generally the same every where as well. There was lots of live entertainment where you would sit and enjoy a cool beverage. Lots of Police presence so you didn't have to worry.

Well worth venturing out to see at least once or twice.

Thank baddawgbob
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Lots of old buildings, clubs and restaurants line a few blocks that are occasionally closed to traffic. Many places feature blues music and drinks are readily available. Reminded me of Bourbon Street, New Orleans type atmosphere but on a much smaller scale. Nice place to spend a few hours and unwind.

2  Thank Attila7
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

As recent as 6/01/13, this club was the focus of Much local t/v & newspaper articles due to a
recent "forced closure" by local law enforcement!! The local Memphis paper had a FRONT PAGE article on 6/03/13 w headline reading "If they're risking bringing a gun into a nightclub, they're not bringing it just in case. They're bringing it with an agenda."
Beale Street has MANY other great clubs to visit w/ NO problems, Suggest going to Hardrock
Cafe @ courner of Hornando & Beale, as this is the most "historic courner on Beale!!"

1  Thank neil a
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