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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  • SUENAL84
    Rockford, Illinois54 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, Australia14,023 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
  • Dash
    Bath, United Kingdom78 contributions
    A great street
    This street is very different in the day time to the evening, however you hear music being played regardless of the time of day. It is the home of the blues after all There are so many bars to choose from and you don’t want to miss the music being played, and in between these are shops and galleries. When we were visiting there was a black and white photograph exhibition on Memphis throughout the years. During the weekend this road is closed off from traffic so totally pedestrianised It is very lively at night but we felt safe
    Visited May 2022
    Written 3 April 2023
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia914 contributions
    Good For Some Live Blues & Jazz
    If you want to take kids, go before the sun goes down. It's definitely a different place at night versus in the day. It's a lot dirtier at night. We went after sunset, so there was a $5 charge per person to enter. Can pay via cash or card. Once inside, you can buy a $10 all-access pass to be able to go inside as many of the bars/restaurants as you want, as most of them have a cover to go inside. Half of the spots on Beale have a walk-up window where you can buy drinks to walk around with & avoid the cover charge. There are plenty of places with live Jazz or Blues music, just take your pick. Great tunes & good to take in one of the most historical streets in America. You can park in a nearby deck or one of the nearby streets. Uber is also an option, and it'll drop you off about a block away from Beale Street.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Susan H
    Tacoma, Washington2,617 contributions
    Interesting
    We walked this street on a Saturday afternoon and it was lively but not crazy. The area is about 3-4 blocks long and has interesting bars, restaurants, and shops. Lots of history here. Fun place to visit and people watch. You can get here via the Main Street Trolly which only cost a couple of dollars for the day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Betsy C
    Carrollton, Texas75 contributions
    Reminiscent of New Orleans
    If you like New Oreleans, you’ll like Beal Street. If you don’t like New Orleans, you won’t. I don’t like New Orleans, so I won’t be returning to either spot. Not good for young families. Eye opening for teens.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 May 2023
  • AimeeLally
    Phoenix, Arizona388 contributions
    Dirty, scary…but with great music!
    This might be the dirtiest, scariest place I’ve been inside the US. That’s saying a lot since I’ve ridden the subway in Los Angeles. The musical talent here is amazing, however! Just know it doesn’t feel very safe. Go in a group and don’t get too drunk so you can watch your back. Worth a visit if you like Blues music. Try and see Chris Gales perform.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
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Travis
74 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It’s not the same and can feel why people feel unsafe. Had cars doing donuts outside our hotel for 45 minutes at 4:00 am in the morning. Cops never showed up and it was a nightmare for other drivers. I will not go back.
Written 21 February 2024
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Jill C
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Feb 2024 • Family
Do not bring your kids there and do not go after dark. It’s dirty and super sketchy. We felt unsafe the whole time . Also when we parked we noticed a young man running and skipping while pushing a wheelchair, about 30 minutes later we saw him in the wheelchair, posing has handicapped asking for money. That kind sums up what kind people are hanging out on Beale Street. The waitress at the restaurant war so rude we didn’t even order food, just a beer and left. Terrible place!
Written 20 February 2024
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Tom c
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
A great, fun time for all on Beale street. Had a great time visiting/touring/drinking. Very close to the Peabody Hotel. Worth a visit.
Written 19 February 2024
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MJ S
London, UK3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Possibly one of the most underwhelming experiences I've had. Ok it's a Thursday but where is everyone? I presume all the locals must be elsewhere and have taken the atmosphere with them.
Written 15 February 2024
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Lisa P
Woodridge, IL662 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
First time visitor! It was raining and no one was out! But I must say I am from Chicago, and I can say this. I did not feel safe - even in the daytime! I thought it was dirty! They seem to be trying to revamp and build near the river but until then I'll take a pass! BUT the blue music was nice to hear!
Written 13 February 2024
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A. M.
Virginia Beach, VA438 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beale Street was disappointing to me. It's very dirty and crime-ridden and with all the police and metal detectors and warnings to be careful bc of all the shootings, I didn't necessarily feel like I was dying to go.

We decided to go during the day due to this and most things weren't even open and there was no live music.

The shops were sparse and filled mostly with junk items and the restaurants were all bar/pub food.

Temper your expectations. It's in a rough part of downtown and there isn't much to walk around nearby and see or eat aside from the dated and old Peabody hotel, a luxury property in need of some TLC and renovation.
Written 9 January 2024
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Ashley P
Winnipeg, Canada541 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beale Street is a whole vibe. Closed to motor traffic you can wander down the street and find just about what ever you want. Food. Drinks. Music. Souvenirs. Interesting Characters. Old Timey Soda Shop. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 8 January 2024
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Kay K
Chicago, IL165 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This might be more interesting closer to a weekend. However it was only a block or 2 long and the shops were very touristy.
Written 14 December 2023
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Calen M
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
As always, even though I hate the tourist traps I am from the city and I don’t go on Bell Street that much but every time I do I have a blast it’s a whole vibe and it’s fun for the whole family (during certain hours)
Written 10 December 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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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 R 151,55, while a popular guided tour starts around R 388,72 per person.

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