Beale Street is the very heart of musical entertainment in Memphis. With more than 25 clubs and shops lining the street, it's no wonder that the world-famous Beale Street attracts both locals and visitors alike. You'll find a variety of classic music genres like blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and gospel. As you walk Beale Street, the sounds spill out onto the street enticing you to come inside and listen.
This is an alphabetical listing and description of Beale Street's bars, restaurants, and clubs so that you can make the most of your next trip to Memphis.
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It's hard to imagine that a place as popular as Beale Street could have a hidden gem, but Absinthe Room absolutely fits that description. Walk up the black-lit staircase to a cozy, vintage-style bar that serves absinthe the traditional way—with ice water, fire, and sugar cubes—plus pool and a jukebox. You can cozy up on the couch or look down on the Beale Street action.
162 Beale St. (upstairs from King's Palace Cafe)
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Alfred's Restaurant and Bar is well-known around town for its fabulous food and great live music. Alfred's was the first club on Beale Street to feature Rock 'n Roll music. Currently, they feature a variety of genres including acoustic bands, soloists, and even the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, which plays every Sunday night. They offer two patios perfect for both relaxing and partying, as well as a huge dance floor, and karaoke several nights a week.
197 Beale St.
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The Memphis location of B.B. King's Blues Club was the first of this national chain of clubs. They always have great blues bands and a good-sized crowd. Enjoy traditional barbecue, shrimp and grits, and their luscious signature cocktails. You can dance to live music almost every night.
143 Beale St.
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With big-screen televisions and a vast selection of draft beers, this is a true tap room. To pair with your brew, try the Memphis style barbecued ribs, shrimp and crawfish etouffee, or chicken Pontalba (a New Orleans Creole dish). On the weekends, catch a live blues act and throw back a cold one.
168 Beale St.
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The Blues City Cafe serves up some of the best Southern food in the city like fried catfish, barbecue ribs, and homemade tamales in addition to some of the best live music playing each night.
138 Beale St.
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Club 152 is a notorious late-late night party and dance spot on Beale. There are three floors. The first floor hosts live blues, rock, and soul music plus Southern food. The second level is a private club for service industry members only. The top level, The Shadows, is like the nightclubs you see in movies and music videos; expect loud, exciting dance music, VIP lounges, and plenty of dancing—it's on Friday and Saturdays only.
152 Beale St.
901-544-7011Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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No matter which Dyer's location you visit, you can get one of their famous burgers fried in almost 100-year-old grease. Since their opening in 1912, Dyer's has not changed out the grease in their fryers. They have added to it and transported it, but have never changed it completely. This is a perfect spot for a late night Double Double (two meat patties, two slices of cheese) to soak up all those Beale Street beers.
205 Beale St.
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Honor the rock legend by dining and drinking at his namesake club on Beale Street. There are multiple bars and areas, including a Flaming Fountain courtyard, the casual "backstage bar," plus balcony seating for the best view of Beale on the whole street.
310 Beale St.
901-300-6788Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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The New Daisy is a venue that has hosted up and coming artists, major headliners, and independent musicians alike. If you are looking for a live show, The New Daisy almost always has something going on. In 2016, the New Daisy underwent an enormous renovation and now boasts a state-of-the-art sound and light system, plus amenities like VIP seating and private party rooms.
330 Beale St.
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Home of the Diver (a giant alcoholic drink that comes in a bucket) and Beale Street's only goats, Silky O'Sullivan's serves up live music, beer, mixed drinks, and of course, barbecue.
183 Beale St.
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Sure, you may have had a strawberry daiquiri before, but what about a Monster Melon or a Chocolate Thunder? At Wet Willie's, you can get those flavors and many many more. What really makes Wet Willie's famous, though, is the potency of their drinks — you get a lot of bang for your buck.
209 Beale St.