Located in downtown Memphis, Beale Street has served witness to the history of blues music throughout the years. It started in the 1860s when traveling musicians docked at the Mississippi River would play at Beale Street. The tradition continued despite several renovations and disruptions in the history of Memphis. In 1966, Beale Street was declared as a National Historic Landmark and eventually named as the "Home of the Blues" in the 1970s. Visitors have described the street as little Bourbon Street, similar to the famous street in New Orleans.
Things to Do
- Visit during lunch if you are bringing kids. There are several restaurants to choose from along Beale Street. Pick from southern style chicken, ribs, barbecue at Blues City Cafe, burgers from Dyer's, or pulled pork sandwiches from Pig on Beale. Take the family on a shopping trip or simply see the funky merchandises at shops such as Tater Red's or Strange Cargo. Expect to find strange and uncommon trinkets and souvenir items perfect for kids of all ages.
- It's best to leave the kids if you want to explore the area at night. Explore each bar with live blues music, have a few drinks, sample food from the restaurants, watch sports games, and sing your hearts out at a karaoke bar.
Beale Street Historic District Insider Tips
- Beale Street is a great entertainment destination for an all-adults night out (21 years and above).