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  • Address: 203 Beale Street
  • Admission: Free

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Beale Street Historic District

All music lovers as well as those just looking for a fun night out on the town will not want to pass up an opportunity to visit Beale Street. This 1.8 mi (2.9 km) stretch of restaurants, bars, and clubs is more than just a place to get a bite to eat. It is now considered "The Official Home of the Blues."

From 1920 to 1940, artists descended on Beale Street and began to collaborate with one another, creating a new music style that blended smooth jazz with hard charging  rock 'n' roll. This blend eventually gave birth to the blues, a new and distinctly American genre of music that gradually made its way into the American pop culture mainstream.

A visit to Beale Street today allows you to check out the blues clubs that served as the launching sites for some of the most famous American blues musicians of all time.

Practical Info

Beale Street is located in the southern part of Memphis, and is easy to access from any location in Memphis.

The state of Tennessee gave Beale Street an exemption allowing clubs to stay open until 5 am, so be prepared to party well into the morning!

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