One of the most iconic streets in the United States, Beale Street is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Memphis. In addition to the shops and restaurants that line this famous street, there are countless festivals and outdoor concerts held here throughout the year that bring even bigger crowds to the street and those that surround it.
Beale Street History
Although the area is safe for families and tourists these days, during the Roaring '20s, Beale Street became famous for its nightlife, theaters, restaurants, stores, and music as much as for its venue for seedier pursuits, including gambling, drinking, and voodoo.
The stories of Beale Street’s past are as colorful as the signs inviting tourists to come in to shop and dine. Visitors to this fascinating area leave with stories of an unforgettable cast of characters like Machine Gun Kelly, the Castle of Missing Men, and Memphis Jug Bands playing on various street corners lining Beale.
Beale Street is lined with countless shops offering a wide range of products and merchandise sure to appeal to visitors from all walks of life. At Memphis Music, you'll find the largest selection of blues in the world. You can also find a nice range of gospel, rock-n-roll, and jazz in vinyl, CD, cassette, and DVD as well as other music-related gifts and memorabilia.
If you're looking for something a little less than ordinary, make sure you stop by Tater Red's Lucky Mojo and Voodoo Healing. Who couldn't use a little boost to the old Mojo, right? Here you'll find a wide variety of strange and unique items for friends, family, and everyone in between.
You won't be disappointed with the great dining opportunities that abound on this famous street. In fact, you might have a hard time choosing from the many great eateries, including Silky O'Sullivans, Ugly Juanitas, Rum Boogie Cafe, Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe, Johnny G's Creole Kitchen, the Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk and, of course, the Hard Rock Cafe.
Whether you're looking for a great way to spend the day with the family, attending a specific event, or just wanting to take a walk through some of the most colorful bits of history this country has to offer, you can't go wrong with Beale Street.
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