Address: Beale Street, Memphis, TN
The blues are alive and well today on historic Beale Street. Dance to the music of live bands in open-air W. C. Handy Park, or spend a night sliding in and out of its famous spots. From 2nd to 3rd Streets, Beale Street is closed to vehicles. Park and walk to see the attractions, restaurants, shops, clubs and museums.
Here are a few highlights:
B.B. King’s Blues Club: This Beale Street original features live music nightly. It’s open for lunch, dinner and late-night entertainment.
Blues City General Store: Find the perfect Memphis souvenir here.
King’s Palace: Stop at this cozy little joint for jazz and Southern delicacies.
A. Schwab Dry Goods Store: This Memphis landmark features merchandise from old time candies to undergarments, hoodoo potions to rain gear. “If you can’t find it at Schwab’s, you’re probably better off without it.”
Silky O’Sullivan’s: It’s always St. Patrick’s Day in this 100-year-old saloon. Grab a Hurricane and visit the “Irish Diving Goats.”
Alfred’s: Great food, live music and the best dance floor on Beale.
Withers Collection Museum & Gallery: Freelance African American photographer and Memphis native Dr. Ernest C. Withers is famous for his black and white images of the segregated South, the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis music and Negro League baseball.
W.C. Handy House Museum: Moved here from its original South Memphis location, this museum houses the desk where the Father of the Blues wrote his greatest hits.
Ground Zero Blues Club: Get a taste of the Delta blues and BBQ at this restaurant, co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.