Visit the Beale Street Entertainment District

It's the Heart of Memphis Music and Entertainment. Find three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis. The Beale Street Entertainment District is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B and gospel.

New Year's Eve

Join 50,000 festive friends for the annual Guitar Drop every New Year’s Eve at the Hard Rock Café. The adult-friendly celebration features boas, beads, barbecue, and VIPs lined along the balconies of several nightclubs on Beale Street.

Memphis In May

Get a head start on summer with Memphis in May, a month-long celebration of all things Memphis that includes a series of tributes to a partner country, the 3-day Beale Street Music Festival, the World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest, a local festival and a 5K run along the Mississippi River. 

Rum Boogie Cafe

Eat, drink, boogie, repeat. With a slogan like that, how can you not have a great time. Open 7 days a week until 1a.m., the fun starts early and includes live music, a delicious Cajun-barbecue menu, and one of the best rum menus east of the Mississippi. Rum Boogie Café is also a featured stop for the International Blues Challenge, a music event that attracts thousands to Beale Street for the very best of modern blues. 

BB King's

Whether it’s blues, soul, or rock ‘n’ roll, you can find your beat at the legendary BB King’s Blues Club. Delicious southern staples like fried catfish, greens and macaroni and cheese are served alongside Memphis-style ribs and pulled pork. Visit for lunch, dinner or a late-night meal and enjoy live music on the mainstage daily. 

Beale Street Flippers

A Memphis treasure turned national sensation on America’s Got Talent, the Beale Street Flippers defy gravity and reason with their amazing acrobatics down the center of Beale Street while visitors cheer them on. Don’t be surprised if they call on you to join the show!

A. Schwab's

Briefly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, all of Beale Street shut down. The only thing that survived the devastating loss of an icon was A. Schwab’s – the city’s oldest and longest-standing store. Find household products, novelty items, and Memphis-themed souvenirs in the store. Plus, visit the nostalgic soda fountain for everything from homemade sodas to creamy milkshakes.

Memphis Pride Fest

Though live music may be king on Beale Street, there is still plenty of room for the celebration of the diverse cultures that make Memphis the soulful city adored around the world. Every year, the Memphis Pride Fest takes over Beale with a sea of bright colors, interesting costumes, and undeniable energy as we honor the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.

Silky O'Sullivan's

Don’t forget your green when you visit Silky O’Sullivan’s pub. The Irish bar is the only place in Memphis where it’s St. Patrick’s Day every day. Dine inside with your group or visit the patio to check out the beer-drinking goats. Don’t forget to visit during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade when Silky O’Sullivan’s charm takes center stage on Beale
Memphis Grizzlies playing at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

FedEx Forum

Grizzlies and Tigers and… Timberlake! The largest indoor arena in the Mid-south area is home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and NCAA Division I University of Memphis Tigers men's basketball team. Plus, some of the world’s biggest acts love to perform on the Forum stage. 
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This National Historic Landmark was declared the Home of the Blues by an act of Congress, and with its rich history of legendary performers gracing the district (think Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters and B.B. King), it's not hard to see why. With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis.

All you need to do is take a stroll down Beale Street’s neon row. Hear music spilling out of clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie CaféB.B. King’s Blues ClubSilky O’Sullivan’s or the Hard Rock Café. Beale Street is serious about its music, and jam sessions at many of these clubs go deep into the night. For a good time, grab a drink, soak up the sounds and throw a few bucks in the tip jar for the Beale Street Flippers.

The Downtown Memphis music scene isn’t just about the blues. New Daisy Theatre, located at the north end of Beale Street, is home to visiting national alternative acts like The Raconteurs, The Strokes and Cat Power. The New Daisy is the perfect size venue: big enough to bring well-known artists, yet intimate enough to feel like a club. And at the historic Orpheum Theatre, rightfully dubbed the "South’s Finest Theatre," you'll find everything from Broadway productions to famous comedians.

Every May, the Beale Street Music Festival brings major music acts like Wilco, John Mellencamp, Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz and John Legend to Tom Lee Park at the end of Beale Street on the Mississippi River. The festival launches a month of festivities citywide known as Memphis in May.

Regardless how you spell it or when you visit, you’re sure to have an amazing time in the heart of Downtown Memphis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Beale Street?

The iconic Beale Street is located in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Are there hotels near Beale Street?

Yes. Several hotels are located near Beale Street, including the Westin, Peabody Memphis, Hotel Napoleon and more. View our Beale Street hotels.

Where can I find barbecue on Beale Street?

Most of the bars and restaurants along Beale Street have barbecue on the menu. This is Memphis after all! View our BBQ on Beale roundup.

What is WC Handy Park?

Handy Park is a large amphitheater and public park located in the Beale Street entertainment district. Named after the grandfather of the blues, Handy Park hosts countless soul-shaking musical acts all year long.