Explore Nightlife on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee
Play hooky and take a long weekend trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Feel the beat and explore Beale Street, home of the blues. Plus, pay homage to the king himself, Elvis Presley, at Graceland.
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3 p.m. Overton Square
Stretch your legs and walk through a beloved local favorite, Overton Square. A little more relaxing than the hubbub on Beale Street (which we’ll explore later), this spot has thrived in the last five or six years, boasting live music events, movie productions, theatre performances, shopping and restaurants.
5 p.m. The Peabody Memphis
Go big and stay in the hotel with the famous lobby ducks call home, The Peabody. A must for visiting rookies, this hotel is located downtown and is a 10-minute walk to Beale Street. Plus, renovations on 464 guestrooms and suites were recently finished, just in time for your long weekend getaway.
7 p.m. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Going to Memphis without tasting some barbecue is like going to New York City without visiting Times Square. Picking a place that best represents is difficult, but you cannot go wrong at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous. A one-minute walk from your hotel, the restaurant features pork ribs and brisket and has a little history to boot.
9 a.m. National Civil Rights Museum
Located at the site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum has been featured on the History Channel and has permanent exhibitions about the 1961 Freedom Rides, slavery in America, Rosa Parks and more.
Noon: The Arcade Restaurant
As one of Memphis’s oldest restaurants, this diner is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been in the scenes of multiple movies. Memphis Magazine named The Arcade Restaurant one of the “Top 50 Memphis Restaurants.” Breakfast is served all day.
3 p.m. Stax Museum
Memphis is the birthplace of numerous types of music, including soul. Second only to Motown in sales and influence, soul music has been responsible for starting the careers of legendary musicians like Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & The MGS and Carla Thomas. Visit Stax Museum (staxmuseum.com) to learn all about it.
7 p.m. Felicia Suzanne’s
Make a reservation online or call ahead to reserve your spot at one of the tastiest spots in the city, Felicia Suzanne’s. With an eye toward sustainable and local products, the restaurant has a menu inspired by the south and offers entrees like shrimp and grits. Sit on the patio during warmer months.
9 p.m. Beale Street
Another absolute must is visiting this wild and crazy strip, Beale Street, home to more than 30 iconic bars and restaurants. Popular in the 1920s, the strip’s mysterious vibes can still be felt today. After 11 p.m., patrons must be 21 or older.
10 a.m. Graceland
If you are even remotely interested in Elvis Presley, don’t forget to make a stop at his home on your way out. Varying ticket options let guests roam different parts of Graceland including the mansion, a career museum, automobile museum, Elvis’s airplanes and tons of exhibits.
Noon: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
This family affair—which has 27 locations across the country but started in Memphis—has been operating for more than 60 years. Its famous hot and spicy fried chicken is considered a must-try for visitors. Expect to get a slice of white bread with your meal, a tribute to Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken’s original owners and their original sandwiches.
Three Museum Ticketing Options for Memphis
The Music, The Movement
What it is: a partnership with Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The National Civil Rights Museum
Tickets: purchase at either museum
Price: $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students, $20 for children
The Backstage Pass
What it is: visit the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum, Graceland and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Tickets: purchase at Stax Museum of American Soul Music or the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum
Memphis Hop On
What it is: a tour where guests see 11 Memphis attractions in one day. Admission of each attraction isn’t included in the price but includes more than $70 in discount coupons.
Tickets: visit memphishop.com to buy tickets
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