B.B. King's, Memphis
b.b. king's blues club is named after famous blues guitarist b. b. king. this large bar and restaurant offers live entertainment daily. a visit to beale street would not be complete with out stopping at b. b. kings.
Dress Code: casual.
B.B. King's on Beale Street is the original storefront of this small chain (I believe there are only two others in the U.S.). Serving lunch and dinner, B.B. King's also has live music acts throughout the day. The acts range from blues to R&B and feature artists from the Memphis area. The menu has a cajun/southern flavor with gumbo, catfish, and ribs. Full bar service is also available.
The night we were there I nursed a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale (on tap) and greatly enjoyed the vocals of Larry Springfield who went through a selection of Motown, Atlantic, and other 60s and 70s R&B hits. I especially liked his version of Marvin Gaye tunes.
Dress Code: Casual
B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis is the original. There are several others located across the US. It is a great place to listen to some blues by artists such as Ruby Wilson, (Known as the Queen of Beale St.) among many others, and sometimes, the legendary B.B. shows up himself for some entertainment. You will enjoy a nice upbeat atmosphere, complete with a dance floor, live music nightly, and an upstairs dining area with large tables for a group. (Of course, you do not have to eat upstairs)
A few of the items on the menu are southern fried catfish,seafood gumbo, fried pickles (Never tried those, but I am not a pickle lover) "Memphis Style" ribs and pork BBQ and several desserts. B.B. King's is open for lunch, dinner and late night fun.
Dress Code: Casual or Fancy, depending on your mood. B.B. only requires that you do wear clothing, and shoes are a must.
BB King's is another one of those places you can't miss when you go to Memphis. Live music is the main attraction here, and they didn't let us down! It was busy - standing room only both downstairs AND upstairs on the balcony. We had no choice but to dance in front of the band. The music was great and the people were fun. This was the first place we encountered $4.50 Bud Lights, but it's a small price to pay for great entertainment!
If you're looking to hear some great Blues music in Memphis, BB King's is the place to go. Again, you will always find live music here and plenty of people dancing & having a good time. It may be hard to find a place to sit if you just want to watch the band playing, but if you hang around long enough someone will get up & move on to another bar. There is an indoor balcony here if you want to head upstairs & try finding a place to watch the band, but you may just have to sit at the bar.
You know you've come at a good time if you're there when Ruby Wilson is playing. She is very entertaining, has a wonderful voice, and puts on a great show!
Dress Code: Everything on Beale Street pretty much follows the same dress code. Just dress as you would for any bar or club. You know what they expect.
Right on the corner of Second and Beale, B.B's introduces you to this famous street. More expensive than anywhere else here, with a cover charge and higher-priced drinks, you still have to go. Features national acts as well as local.
A great place to go any night of the week (if you don't want to pay a huge cover, get there before the show starts, say to eat dinner or have a beer) is to BB King's Blues Club. Small setting, but great music and good food, too!
I've never been there when a 'big name' has been there, but I've heard that sometimes bands who are playing at the Pyramid or Coliseum will 'sit in' with the band at BB Kings. Some people I've heard who have done this are the Rolling Stones, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and the man BB himself!
Actually, I don't know of anywhere else for nightlife in Memphis. Beale Street is super-fun. Lots of cheezy stores, great blues clubs, and Sun Studios, where Elvis, Carl Perkins, U2, and a host of others have recorded. It's great fun, and the music is always 100% dynamite.
Dress Code: Everyone is really casual. It's hard to look chic and sing the blues, if you know what I mean.
Beale Street is the place to be. It is very similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. There are tons of bars and night clubs. Even if you are not a big Jazz fan I recommend BB King's Bar. He is a regular there and still plays the blues.
World famous B. B. King’s Blues Club featuring the best in local and international entertainment. Live music nightly with dancing. Restaurant serving lunch and dinner.
Dress Code: Casual to a little dressy
B.B. King's, to me was more hype than jive. The cover charge was over priced, and so was the drinks.
Dress Code: Whatever you like.