Get ready for the most wonderful case of the Beale Street Blues, as you explore the 1.8 miles of America’s most iconic street, Beale Street! Stretching from the Mississippi River to East Street, Beale Street is a top Tennessee attraction that is best known as the home of the blues that was officially established as a merchant paradise in 1841. Beale Street saw its heyday in the roaring '20s when this carnival-like atmosphere featured the best and the worst of Memphis. On an average day on Beale Street, you could see booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops, and hot music, as well as gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder, and voodoo.
Today a stroll down the street will show you the best blues clubs and restaurants, as well as many frequent festivals and outdoor concerts. Visit the Hard Rock Cafe, BB King's Blues Club, the Beale Tap Room, or the original Coyote Ugly Saloon. Pretend you’re in the '20s as you pass the Monarch Club, a frequent gangster body disposal location, or the street stand out of which Machine Gun Kelly peddled whiskey. Still today you can pass the Palace and Daisy theaters, which used to be packed full of Vaudeville fans, eat a "hot snoot sandwich" at the corner cafe, or see the red light district that rivaled any other in its time, Gayso. Whatever your group decides to do on Beale Street enjoy the classic Memphis sights, sounds, and history on every corner!