Ice Cream at A. Schwabs. Photo Credit - David Meany

10 Things to Do on Beale Street if You’re Underage

When people think of Beale Street, often they think of the booze, dancing and general debauchery that takes place on Memphis’ most famous street. But before the sun sets on the Bluff City, there’s a whole other world of food, fun and culture to take in that doesn’t have a minimum age requirement of 21.

Here are some of our favorite things to do, along with a helpful tip: Get there before they start carding, usually around sunset on weekends. (Despite all-ages venues and events, it can be hard to get near your destination once carding begins.)

1. NEW DAISY THEATRE (330 BEALE ST.)

Doors for most shows at this all-ages concert venue open early. Hit up the ATM first though, as credit cards are not accepted.

2. HARD ROCK CAFE (126 BEALE ST.)

The Memphis location of this national chain offers lunch and dinner and serves as a live music venue with occasional all-ages shows.

3. B.B. KING'S BLUES CLUB & GRILL (143 BEALE ST.)

Open for lunch, dinner and shopping before it begins carding at 10 p.m. For family-friendly live music, stop by B.B. King's for an afternoon or early-evening show.

4. SILKY O’SULLIVANS (183 BEALE ST.)

Silky’s is so underage-friendly, they offer a kids’ menu. They’ve got a huge outdoor patio and the occasional live show during the early evening.

5. BLUES CITY CAFE (138 BEALE ST.)

Blues City Cafe offers a kids’ menu in addition to Southern favorites like barbecue ribs, fried catfish and homemade tamales. Nightly live music, too.
 

6. MEMPHIS MUSIC (149 BEALE ST.)

This record store offers a collection of CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs, gifts and apparel celebrating genres from blues and gospel to classic rock and jazz.

7. TATER REDS LUCKY MOJO'S (153 BEALE ST.)

Instantly get a little cooler by stopping into Tater Reds for all of your voodoo and music memorabilia needs.

8. BLUES CITY GENERAL STORE (144 BEALE ST.)

Blues City General Store is full of kitschy memorabilia and souvenirs, including plenty of Elvis.

9. THE ORPHEUM THEATRE (203 SOUTH MAIN ST.)

Get a little culture or fun at The Orpheum with Broadway shows, a family series, concerts at the intimate new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education  and summer film screenings.

10. FEDEXFORUM (191 BEALE ST.)

The home of both the Tigers and the Grizzlies, Memphis’ biggest arena also hosts concerts and special events.
 

A. Schwab Soda Fountain on Beale Street

Tater Reds on Beale Street

B.B. King's Blues Club: Amie Vanderford

B.B. King's on Beale Street

The Orpheum Theatre

Memphis love their Grizzlies! Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia

FedExForum in Downtown Memphis