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Beale Street is a great entertainment district for the 21 & up crowd. On the weekends at night the street is blocked off from traffic and becomes a pedestrian only area. You will be carded at night time upon entering the pedestrian only area of Beale and again at any bar or club you try to enter once you are on Beale. You may very well also be carded once you order a drink inside. It can be very annoying, but I suppose they feel it is necessary to check in case someone didn't. I'm not sure if they still do this or not, but I know you used to be able to purchase a wrist band for about $10 and it would get you into all the clubs on Beale St on Friday nights. This is a very good deal since you may otherwise be paying about $5 per venue. If you do go on a wrist band night be sure to get there somewhat early (around 10pm) because they have been known to sell out of wrist bands. One great thing about Beale Street is that most places are open until around 5:00am unless there's not enough business to keep them open that long.
Beale Street is also a great place to visit during the day time if you want to go with children or if you're not into the night scene. Many of the places on Beale serve great southern food, so don't hesitate to check out these places & some of the stores in the area.
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Cruising Beale Street. When...
Cruising Beale Street. When you cruise Beale you do it at such a pace it takes atleast an hour to walk the two blocks. It seems as the night wears on it takes longer than that. The pace in Memphis is sloooooooow. The heat and humidity necessitate that. Be sure to stroll down the middle of the street and not on the sidewalk. Tourist stick to the sidewalks until there are enough locals in the street. Just kidding. Locals habitate Beale Street as much as the tourists.
I have been here long enough to see the rebirth of Beale Street. In the early 80's Beale was downtrodden and then some business men here decided to revive it. You can see just about anything on Beale some nights. There are acrobatic kids that do somersaults on the street for tips. They have been doing this for years and are quite good. Some of them have gone off to college and come back for guest appearances. There is almost always a band playing the blues in Handy Park.
Beale Street has recently (June, 2001) made the street 21 or older access. Liquor is sold on the street.
The Beale Street District is the BEST if you want to hear great music, while walking around drinking your beer (or some other strange concoctions!). The city blocks off Beale Street (from 2nd Street to 4th Street, I believe) and you can walk from bar to bar, or stop and listen to the misc bands playing all along the way (the best place to hear music is the WC Handy Park. There's a band that plays blues music there all the time; it's free, they're good and it's great people watching. People of all colors, shapes and sizes are just dancing their little hearts out and it's just great fun.).
You also can't miss stopping in at the Center for Southern Folklore and check out their mini-blues museum, or listen to Mose Vinson play the piano and sing in the great bluesman style.
Street performers and restaurants with free music galore.
Unlike others I felt safe in this area. No one harrassed me as when in other cities.
Beal st. Memphis, TN
Beal street is a very colorful street in down town Memphis
At day time it is easy to find some street's music, and at night? lots of clubs, great mood and lovely Memphis accent ....
Whistling around Beale St.
Beale Street is nestled in the downtown area. You can reach Beale Street on the Main St. Trolley Line.
The trolley drops you off near the Orpheum Theater side of Beale Street.
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One of the coolest experiences ever, bar after bar, many of which served foods along with restaurants. Watch live music indoors and outdoors. Plenty of places to find a token from your trip.
"Walkin' with my feet 10 feet off of Beale"
THE center of blues and jazz in Memphis. Just be careful if you keep going on Beale - it turns pretty rough-looking. Stick to the crowded areas.
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