When the sun goes down, the city of Memphis comes to life. Memphis is most famous for being “The Home of the Blues”. The best place to enjoy the “Real Memphis” is to go downtown to Beale Street. For over 100 years people have been coming to Beale Street, first to do their shopping and today, for the combination of food, music and dancing.
Beale Street is the place to be after dark. Beale Street is justifiably famous for authentic Memphis BBQ. It is also a great place to dance the night away.
Alfred’s on Beale
Alfred’s has the best dance floor on Beale Street. It has been repeatedly voted the best dance club in Memphis. Since it opened in 1986, they have been offering Rock and Roll on Beale Street. You can expect to find live music and a lively crowd. While you are there be sure to try some of their award winning gumbo and find out why Cosmopolitan Magazine called Alfred’s one of the top three places to visit in Memphis.
B.B Kings Blues Club
B.B King has expanded his franchise to other locations but this is the original and most people think the best of his clubs. Drop in and listen to the sounds that have made Memphis the “Home of the Blues”. Dining here is all about southern comfort food.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
If you are young or wish you were and want to find a wilder and heavier drinking crowd, head to “The most famous bar on the planet”, Coyote Ugly Saloon. They may or may not be the most famous but you can be sure of a good time, anytime.
Pigs on Beale
If you want a retro atmosphere and some BBQ with attitude then stop in at Pigs on Beale, they are heavy on both. Whether you are looking for honky tonk, blues or rock and roll with their jukebox you have some control. Live music in the bar and you guessed it, BBQ on your plate. It’s a great way to past the night away.
Rum Boogie Café
The name says it all. If you want the best rum drinks in the area and you want to boogie, oogie, oogie till you just can’t boogie no more then Rum Boogie Cafe can fill that order nicely. Good music, good drinks, good company, it really is a good place to spend your nighttime when you are in Memphis.
Their claim to fame is the fact that in 97 years, they have never changed the oil in their fryers, which somehow has an appeal that is hard to understand for non-residents. They do however have some of the best burgers in Memphis and I leave it to you to decide if it might be time to change that oil!
Memphis has many attraction that aren’t on Beale Street but when you have everything you could possibly want to do in a compact area within walking distance of some of the best hotels in town, why would you want to go anywhere else? Nightlife in Memphis is exciting and varied and there is something for everyone.
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