Beale Street
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Also known as the "Home of the Blues," Beale Street is a must-visit spot for anyone who loves live music and great food. Start your evening at sunset, for awesome views over the Mississippi River, then take a walk down Beale Street to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, colorful neon lights, and historic buildings. Join a guided tour to learn about the history of blues and explore the best bars and music clubs in the area. For a unique experience, visit on Bike Night, when the street comes alive with hundreds of motorcycles rumbling down the street—check the schedule for timings before you go. – Tripadvisor
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  • David W
    Tulsa, Oklahoma611 contributions
    Active and Fun Time
    I'm not sure what I was expecting in visiting Beale Street in Memphis. Bottom line, it was a fun, boisterous, loud, somewhat large and crowded area, with better than expected food and music venues. Many cities have high energy and party hard entertainment districts, such as New Orleans, Chicago, St Louis, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Hollywood, Denver, Austin, Nashville, etc, etc. So does Memphis compete? Kinda, sorta. Based on size, Memphis and Beale Street are on the small size. Based on the fun aspect, Beale Street is on the competitive side. Is it the best party area in the US? A definite no. Is it the worst? Also, a definite no. Beale Street is kinda the "hidden gem" of entertainment districts in the US. It definitely cannot compete with New Orleans, or most of the other cities mentioned above, but it is a really great and fun entertainment zone. I loved my time there, and look forward to partying there again! Beale Street is a really fun area to visit and to play in!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 1 January 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan910 contributions
    A must-visit site for lovers of the Blues and BBQ!!
    We were in Memphis in early October on a Friday and Saturday, so had occasion to visit Beale Street twice. We are very much into blues music, so Beale Street was a must-visit site. That said, one must be aware of what else is happening in the area. There was a basketball game at the nearby Fedex Forum so the surrounding streets were congested and parking was at a premium; fortunately we found a parking garage for a flat $20 for the evening. And the $5 cover charge and strict security protocols (put in place early in the summer of 2022) was still in force during our visit. Despite our love of music, the lines to get into any given club were too long to wait. We decided to just stroll and enjoy the sights before we chose a restaurant for dinner. We returned to Beale Street the following day to stroll once again and to have lunch.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • jenandallthethings
    92 contributions
    Quiet during the day
    I'd been told by many that Memphis isnt the safest town and to definitely not be on Beale street after 10pm. I was on a solo touristing trip, so i took a stroll down Beale during the day and stopped in for a drink and snack in BB Kings. The street and venues were relatively quiet during the day, but it was a nice 2-3 block walk to window "shop." Kind of the opposite of Broadway st. in Nashville that's hopping, crowded and loud all times day and night. It's an iconic stop in Memphis so definitely give it a stroll.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 January 2023
  • TWB
    Cincinnati, Ohio2,464 contributions
    Best Visit Yet
    This was my fifth visit to Beale Street and the best visit yet! What a party! The street was very busy, but the establishments were less packed so we were able to enjoy the amazing music and join in on the celebrations. Everyone was friendly; good vibes, high spirits. I had to be on the road early the next morning - it was really hard to tear myself away from Beale this time around.
    Visited May 2022
    Written 25 January 2023
  • Matt P
    Gainesville, Virginia1,389 contributions
    Not Much going on.
    Maybe I came at the wrong time of the year. Beale Street was DEAD!!. Boring stores and alot of questionable people made walking on the street not as fun as i thought it would. I thought the street would be a live at nighttime and it wasn't.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 9 February 2023
  • SUENAL84
    Rockford, Illinois53 contributions
    Ok but nothing to write home about.
    First time to Memphis. We were excited to experience Beale street. Underwhelmed with the amount of live music especially since there was a Grizzlies game. We expected more nightlife etc. Area seems run down. Cover charges after 7pm with limited live music options.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Cheryl B
    Blaxton, United Kingdom40 contributions
    Tour
    Evening in Beale street, amazing place live bands everywhere went into the Jerry lee Lewis bar, very rustic not expensive for drinks. Enjoyed Beale street. There are bands of rock, soul and the blues.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Judy P
    Houston, Texas17 contributions
    Electric Atmosphere
    Lights and action. Be aware of your surroundings, there is so much to see and do. You don't want to miss anything. The musical notes on the sidewalk are neat and you see so many great's names engraved on them. There are many outdoor/between the building places to stop for a drink and listen to some blues. The atmosphere is electric and very friendly. Folks on Beale St. are proud of its history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • jimtir
    Covina, California5 contributions
    First time Memphis
    It was good to see, initially concerned about our safety but that was not an issue. Lots of law enforcement and private security. They want to make it better, lots of renovation and new building going on. Hope it sticks Blue City Cafe best ribs ever.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,867 contributions
    Giving the Blues credibility
    Beale Street is a long street in Memphis, Tennessee. Beale Street is said to be the Home of the Blues. You can walk down Beale Street and be met by a wall of music. Some performers play for tips; many performers are well-known and are famous for their music. Performing on Beale Street gives an artist credibility. Beale Street is a great place to wander around and experience the Blues. Downtown Beale Street may not be the Birthplace of the Blues, but Beale Street is the Home of the Blue.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 March 2023
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PHILIP R
47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
You can't go to Memphis without going to Beale Street. It's about 200 yards long from Elvis's statue at the top by Main Street to the end. Loads of bars with bands playing blues and Rock 'n Roll' which must be experienced. Again, like so many places similar worldwide drinks are very expensive.
Written 6 November 2023
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ssrome
Kansas City, KS10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We enjoyed our trip to Memphis so much! Stayed at the Hampton Inn on Beale St, was perfect location, had lots of great BBQ and gumbo, went on haunted ghost tour, Halloween pub crawl, Graceland, Sun Studios, the Peabody Ducks and more! Will go back again!!!
Written 30 October 2023
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Vicki S
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a great time. We went up and down Beele street. We listened to music and had good food. We ate at blues city cafe and recommend the ribs. We recommend Silkys O Sullivan to set outside garden patio and listen to music. I used a mobility scooter and was able to get around very well. The sidewalks all have curb cut out ramp for entry ,very convenient. The really isn’t any Benches to sit on so if you need to sit you have to go into restaurants or bars with tables outside to sit. But everyone was friendly.
Written 29 October 2023
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Donna
Gatton, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Memphis was great even in the middle of Winter storm Mara. Lots to see. Graceland, Civil Rights Museum, Bus tour of the city and BB Kings Blue Club on Beale Street. Highly recommend Memphis & Beale Street.
Written 27 October 2023
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Gill69
Glasgow, UK1,716 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited just after midday on a weekday. Whilst I expected that it wouldn’t be like the evenings I didn’t expect to be hassled by homeless and drunks. We had our way completely blocked by a pair of drunks and another individual grabbed at my arm as we walked past on the sidewalk.
The smell of cannabis (pretty sure it was) was overwhelming and the place was really dirty.

This is probably the least safe I’ve ever felt in any big city. No sign of law enforcement at all so we quickly left and headed to safer spots.
Written 24 October 2023
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doublej831
Santa Cruz, CA73 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Given the history, I expected something like Frenchmen Street in New Orleans-great original live music; instead got Bourbon Street - cover bands, cheap drinks and tacky gift shops. Do better Memphis.
Written 15 October 2023
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Susan
Massachusetts3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
As far as I'm concerned Beale Street is a waste of time. Tons of gift shops-all with the same items and bars - mostly not worth the stop. AND very few places to sit down and rest. The Peabody Ducks is a fun stop. And a bus tour of the city of Memphis is so much better. And Graceland, of course. Although I was a bit disappointed that Graceland was so commercialized with more and bigger shops and restaurants.
Written 11 October 2023
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,840 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is located of North 2nd Street and is approximately 11 blocks away from Beale Street. This is ok in the evening when it is cooler but not to be attempted in the midday heat.
This area is closed most of the day and only really opens up late afternoon when the bars are still mostly empty even at weekend. After 6pm and into the evening it is the opposite and bars and the streets around here become packed and very lively.
Written 8 October 2023
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l g
Hampshire, UK165 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Got to say I really didn't feel very safe here which is such a shame as there is so much history here but it felt very run down and was eerily quiet for a Saturday afternoon. I was really glad to get back on our coach.
Written 27 September 2023
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Phil U
Wiltshire, UK142 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
It’s got a lot of negative press. Memphis is seemingly a crime hotspot according to the media and other reviews.

I have to say, although I read the reviews, I went for a little walk with my wife. It felt ok. It’s rundown and in need of investment, but the folks were good people and seemed approacheable and friendly. I went in the afternoon around 1500hrs on a Saturday and it was starting to pick up as we left. Would I go at night? Probably not. It has an appalling reputation for violent crime and I frankly wouldn’t risk it. You would probably have a great night but it’s simply not something I’d try to find out. Others may well have great reviews.

I find it sad that such a significant place in music history has been allowed to fall into this state. It Should be a world heritage site and an icon of blues music and of course the wonderful, beautiful contribution black Americans made to the cultural resonance of the blues scene. But it’s seemingly been left to fend for itself.

It was worth a look whilst we were there. I probably won’t visit again. Don’t strike it off. It needs people to visit to save it from the pages of distant history. Just be careful and aware and you’ll probably enjoy the experience.

I wouldn’t call it dangerous. But it does feel like there’s a bubbling undertone. Very sad.
Written 25 September 2023
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BEALE STREET: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Beale Street admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €7.34, while a popular guided tour starts around €15.11 per person.

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