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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  • Susan H
    Tacoma, Washington3,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Texas74 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Arizona381 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Debbie doo
    Dumfries, United Kingdom542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet during day
    Visited Beale street during the day at lunch time on a Sunday with our tour . Very quiet thankfully we have experienced Beale street at night before . Some of our tour went again that evening and said it was still quiet . Maybe because it was a Sunday . I’m sure Saturdays are more lively . Worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • SamandTaylor
    91 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't go until late afternoon/evening at the earliest
    NOT Honkey Tonk Row: Having read several websites about Beale Street, we were under the impression it was very similar to Nashville's Honkey Tonk Row, with all the bars/venues opening in the mid-morning and going through the night. It is not. We arrived about 1pm on a Sunday, and it was dead. There were about 5 bars and/or restaurants open, and only half of those had live music. They were devoid of customers. It turns out the town doesn't even open until after 4 pm, and 7 pm is the 'real' time to get there. We estimate 30% of the buildings were vacant. We had a snack at one place, an adult beverage at another, then tried to kill time until our dinner reservations at 5:30 (we didn't want to leave and come back, as we had already paid for parking). The history of the buildings was fun and interesting. There are a TON of museums within walking distance, but we did not go into any (be sure to check days/hours). By the time we finished dinner, we were too tired to try again to see what had opened. It did look more active though.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Dave A
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tale of 2 Visits
    When we arrived at 6 PM we weren't sure what we wanted to do so we had time to get some food and drinks at Beale Street. It cost $5 to get in, really!?! and then it cost $10 to get in to BB Kings so we didn't go. Ate at Rum Boogie and was very good but that night was so hot and Beale St really smeeled and looked dirty. The next day we visited and it didn't cost anything to go on Beale St and we ate at Rum Boogies and other places and was fun and din't smell near as bad but still a cover charge at BB Kings so we didn't go. Disappointing. Would have gone in a spent $$ but to give $10 per person to enter??? who does that nowadays.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • oregonbeach
    Keizer, Oregon570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much history in a few blocks
    Gotta check it out in the daylight first. it could be easy to get turned around. So many restaurants, bars and spaces with a funky vibe. On Beale you’ll find their own walk of fame on both sides ( see photo). There’s Schwab’s drugstore with the original structure components having that musty smell. Even though it must be near 100 years old, the souvenirs and soda fountain are worth checking out. Within a few blocks you’ll find museums, “Elvis ate here,” restaurants, BBbKing’s and a whole lot more.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Ellebee
    Southport, United Kingdom1,177 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Night time venue
    There are a few shops along here serving usual tourist stuff. Better to go at with the neon signs and music pouring from bars. Very relaxed so jeans are just fine . You must however equip yourself with photo ID or you won’t be served alcholol even if you are obviously well over the hill!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • PJ
    Montgomery, Texas97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of the Blue's
    Beale Steet is Tennessee's top tourism attraction. It's the official Home of the Blue's. Beale Steet is not large like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but plenty of dining, bars, restaurant and shopping with live music everywhere. Close to downtown Memphis, museums and the FedEx Forum arena. I find it more geared towards adult especially after dark.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Michael W
    Preston, United Kingdom3,987 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lively Place but a little rough around the edges
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
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James Parker M
Anna, TX682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A wonder place to roam, watch people, listen to music, drink, and dine. The atmosphere just made it perfect. Lots of unique shops too.
Written 16 May 2024
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Brumjam
Birmingham, UK206 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Having visited Nashville the days before, it was a shock to arrive at Beale St. The place was empty during the day and not that busy on the evenings we visited. Lots of homeless/intoxicated/dazed people approaching tourists. We felt there was little in the way of decent live music when we visited.

Three police cars at one end and four cars at the other tells you this is a place that experiences trouble.

We wouldn’t rush to return here.
Written 7 May 2024
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SwingKiwi64
Porirua, New Zealand19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Rock n roll/ blues history sure had its day! Experience was different (in a somewhat uncomfortable way), but the world has changed, for sure! Absolutely nothing healthy to eat, too much emphasis on alcohol and drinking before midday.
Regardless, an experience which we both will never forget. Santa bi-annual reunion 😁
Written 7 May 2024
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Loud1Canberra
Canberra, Australia410 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Beale Street is much smaller than we anticipated being just two blocks long. It was either deserted or packed and noisy. Overly loud music coming from each venue/bar/restaurant. Bourbon Street in New Orleans is much better.
Written 6 May 2024
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GhostRyder5
Edmond104 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
No place to be after dark. It's a risk to go at all. Rule of law is pretty much gone. NO PLACE FOR CHILDREN.
Locals out of control. Only 3 people were shot the night we were there. Even a lot of security guards are saying they are quitting. There is a cover charge just to walk onto Beale St at times. I will say, all locals I encountered were cordial, but the place can go crazy at any time. They say Beale St is the safest part of Memphis, but also it's the safest place in the second most dangerous city in America. Just sayin
Written 1 May 2024
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MstqMI
Manistique1,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We walked from the Rock and Soul Museum to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, walking down Beale St during the day so we didn't feel the least bit unsafe. There are alot of shops, restaurants, bars and even someone performing. I think if you go to Memphis, this is a must, just to say you did it.
Written 30 April 2024
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Gary S
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Terrible. Run down and dirty with lost of very dubious folk around. Would not go again or advise anyone to once. Great shame as an important place but just not maintained or policed.
Written 30 April 2024
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We walked through Beale St. while visiting Memphis. It's the main downtown attraction and there are numerous restaurants, shops, and museums nearby. We found a place to park in the garage behind the Hampton Inn, which was very convenient. We didn't stay for the nightly entertainment (or crowds) but enjoyed the area.
Written 28 April 2024
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carolmB1206SY
League City, TX13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Disgusting odor mixed with urine and weed. Trash everywhere. Homeless and prostitutes everywhere-some were very aggressive and approaching us begging for money, food, & a super young black male approached my husband-for a “date” as we were walking. He followed us for an entire block-right on our heels until we had to get ugly with him. Half of the street businesses were closed or shut down. Souvenir shops all carried the same cheap crap that was price gouged something stupid. The food at BB Kings was good-but at the door you’re charged $10 each just to walk in to pay for the entertainment that wasn’t entertaining. The historical downtown was the same way. The buildings were structurally gorgeous-but again-mostly empty and vandalized. The streets were also lined with trash and homeless/prostitutes/drug using in the open. The nice businesses there really need to get together and address this with the city officials. We avoided a lot of places due to feeling unsafe almost the entire trip.
On the bright side, the staff and the food at the Flight Restaurant were AMAZING. And Graceland was, in our opinion, definitely worth the wait in line. Although you don’t get to tour the entire house (and respectfully understood why), it’s a time travel tour filled with mixed emotions for Elvis and his family-if you know the history behind him-and not just what they tell you there.
It’s obvious that Memphis was once a gorgeous place filled with good vibes and good people-before the COVID scam and bad political hands took it over.
It’s literally a slum now-like a lot of cities in the wrong hands. I hope one day they get to pull themselves back together again. But we will never go back.
Written 25 April 2024
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TikiTownTraveler
Virginia Beach, VA157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I wanted to visit this city in my drive across the country. A good tourist attraction. Music at many venues, keep moving on until you get to one with good music… you’ll find it
Written 25 April 2024
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