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“A little disappointing”
Review of Beale Street

Beale Street
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Downtown Memphis Beale Street Walking Tour
Ranked #33 of 161 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Renovation and renewal have come to this historic street known as the "Home of the Blues." Flashy music clubs and restaurants abound.
Reviewed 14 June 2014

I did enjoy my visit to Beale Street. I had dinner at the Blues City Café. Ribs, baked beans, fries, Texas toast and sweet tea. Everything was excellent! I could easily eat there every night. From everything I read, I don't believe that it lived up to the hype. It was like so many other downtown venues that I've seen. Maybe it was just too early in the evening and things had not yet got going. Still, it's worth a visit if you're in Memphis.

Thank axpjester
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

There are a lot of unique places to eat on this street. We were not there after 11pm so we did not pay to enter and there were families present. There a lots of restaurants to look at and all kinds of locals looking to make money by performing or allowing you to take a picture. Those in costumes want you to take their picture but expect payment so beware. You can stroll from place to place and eat, drink and hear music. A must see at least one time that will fill your evening. Fun time with friends

Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Beale Street, Bourbon Street, any kind of street...If you are coming outside US, with great expectations, please leave them behind. In short terms, this is what makes this streets 'so special'. (1) When there is a big crowd, you cannot access a street if you are not 21. Check. Americans make big deal of their drinking age, so they make big deal out streets like this, too. (2) It is mostly line of bars, and bars, and bars, in one place. I'm not talking bars like nice cozy british pub with fish and chips. I'm talking bars like bunch of neon lights, and alcoholic drinks with lower percentage of alcohol comparing anywhere else. There is a maybe chance of riding mechanical bull, two of three bars having karaoke nights etc (3) Of course, there is live music, good ol' blues mostly. (4) Do not expect discotheque! (5) It is possible to have a lot of fun, but only, just only if you are aware - party is where you are.

Thank 3Petra
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Beale Street, for Memphis in May is quite an eye-opener. The weekend crowds were horrendous with people being jostled everywhere. So unless you like crowds and crap music avoid weekends.
But during the week it was totally different. The music was better and we actually found some great blues music. The food was better. The barbecue ribs are the best in the USA but go for the dry rubbed and avoid the overpowering sticky sauces. The crowds had thinned out and Beale Street became a great experience.
The Memphis in May music festival has been over-run with rap and hip hop, and a waste of money if you want Blues.

2  Thank Laurie B
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Go to Beale Street for the WHOLE weekend! Jerry Lee Lewis and BB King both have clubs there...Sunday morning is a little rough, but get some coffee and chill in Handy Park until Miss Polly's opens and you'll be fine ;-)

Thank Coy E
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