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“Great Music in Cozy Setting”
Review of Handy Park

Handy Park
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US$20.00*
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Memphis Ghosts Walking Tour
Ranked #88 of 160 things to do in Memphis
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I spent several evenings at this little park sampling some very good local blues bands. There is minimal seating, but no one seemed to mind. The bands we saw were very good, related well to the audience and made the experience fun. They asked for tips, but weren't pushy about it. A perfect way to spend a summer evening, right on Beale Street and close to our hotel, The Peabody.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

It has potential - there are some seats, and some grass, but it's pretty much an oasis in the city, so it can be hot, hot, hot (and not just the music). Not much shade. Performers are hit or miss - you'll either love or hate them. While there was a lot of police presence outside the park, there didn't seem to be any inside (and we left after seeing what appeared to be some drug transactions occurring in the early evening - didn't want to get caught up in that scene).

You can hear the music from lots of places outside the park - and be safer and more comfortable.

Thank Ian411Ian
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

The bartender makes no specialty cocktails so don’t ask if you don’t want a rude response. I asked for a French connection and he waved his hand and said ‘I don’t know what that is’. So jack and coke it was for the night. It was a small bar with somewhat of a karaoke band because the little old man singing sat down the entire time and in-between notes he would try and catch people off the street to come in. There is a wall of any type of liquor you may want lined up except for grand marnier liqueur. So I guess it’s safe to say this is a man’s bar and no catering to the women. It was cool just to sit around and hear the little band sing for perhaps 30 minutes or so and keep it moving to the next.

1  Thank Tarra A
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

A nice central spot, we were able to watch and listen from our hotel room at Hampton Inn and Suites. Good range of performers.

Thank 928K928
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

I and friends went to this park as we walked up Beale St. during the day. The music was great, they were set up on a side stage. When a band member started to pass the hat for donations or trying to sell their cd many people left and looked uncomfortable at the propositioning. The band had an orange bucket for donations near the stage but it didn't say anything to let people know this was the case. This situation can be handled differently. Two businesses on Beale had told us that Handy Park had public restrooms, not the case as restrooms were locked. We called the visitor center to ask where to find public restrooms (get the number). The park does not look well maintained as there is no longer any grass-bare dirt, at least it is a clean area. It could be much better.

2  Thank SubicChick
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