Sleep Inn at Court Square
40 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 522-9700
Fax: (901) 522-9710
Whether it is lilting melodies that offer you calm solace, or feet-tapping rock n roll music that gets you moving, the Barristers has both on offer for you. This is the ideal venue to sip on a drink or two while you sit amongst an eclectic crowd that loves good music, and good beer even more! Barristers is also the place where Cordell Jackson was said to have performed. Call for additional information.
The the Paula & Raiford's Disco club is part of the hip and happening nightlife scene of downtown Memphis. It’s a typical club from the 1980s, complete with disco balls, fog machines and leather couches. Paula Raiford, the owner and DJ, spins some great tunes. If you wish to take a break away from the music and smoke on the dance floor, head to the VIP area. This nightspot also offers limousine service for all those who wish to arrive in style. Don't forget to carry cash, as it does not accept credit cards.
The specialties piroshki and beef stroganoff, are well prepared. Entrees such as a Chilean fish dish called Escolar and a terrine that layers polenta with wild mushrooms and feta cheese make an eclectic menu. Strudel and napoleons make lush desserts and served in large portions. More than 27 varieties of Vodka and a short wine list is also available. Murals are featured in the main dining room, with Eastern European folk arts and crafts, and samovars once used to prepare tea. There is a small outdoor patio for a pre-dinner drink. Enjoy belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
A local favourite hangout, this pub is popular among the youngsters as well as the adult business crowd. The place focuses on drinks, simple food, and of course, great music. Drop in for a drink or two, and dance to the latest numbers.
The atmosphere at this diner-style café is so authentic that the place was used virtually unchanged in "The Firm", the Tom Cruise movie about a Memphis law firm. Bill Clinton is also fond of the Blues City Cafe. The décor is intentionally weathered, with corrugated iron and glass blocks. Diner-style seating offers a great view of the crowds on Beale. The best bet on the menu is that Memphis staple—barbeque. You can watch big slabs of ribs being turned on the grill while you drink a cold beer. The prices are slightly elevated because of the restaurant's historic location, but you can still eat for a reasonable price.
Club152 on Beale is one of Memphis' favorite late night destinations to keep the party going. Three floors means that it has three different atmospheres. The first floor features live music in the evenings and DJs later on. The second floor features plenty of lounge space and a dance floor. The third floor opens after midnight on Friday and Saturday, making it a great second stop on a night out. You'll find great local talent and friendly service any time you visit.
B.B. King's Blues Club as the name would suggest is owned by legendary blues musician B.B. King and features some of the best blues music in Memphis. From the regular appearances of Ruby Wilson - who can belt out a tune and entertain a crowd as well as anyone - to the special concerts by groups such as Booker T, this club consistently delights visitors and locals alike. There is a menu of ribs, barbecue and other entrees, as well as snack items, but most people come here for the music, not the food. The dance floor rocks every night of the week. Reservations are required for special concerts.
Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall features live music every night of the week. The venue itself isn't the most glamorous, but the talent is undeniable. The resident performers, Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band play Friday through Monday. It's located next to the Rum Boogie Cafe, which is known for its delicious Cajun and barbecue dishes. Make a night of it and visit this venue for some great blues.
This club features vintage rock on the weekends, often with Memphis favorite Kevin Paige as the star, On weeknights, catch up-and-coming musicians at Alfred's. The menu features ribs and barbecue pork along with steaks and chicken dishes. The lunch plate special offers the day's meat choice and three vegetables. There is also a full bar, with wine and beer. A large double-decker outdoor patio gives you a great view of the strollers on Beale Street while you dine or have a drink.
Willie Mitchell is a longtime fixture on the Memphis scene. Once a trumpet player as well as the musical producer responsible for Al Green's early hits, Mitchell owned and ran this club under the name "Legends." Still looking a little rundown on the outside, Willie Mitchell's Rhythm & Blues Club is the place to hear R&B in an authentic atmosphere. If you want to experience R&B as it was played on Beale in what some people consider its heyday, Willie Mitchell's is the closest you will come. Live blues takes place on some Friday and Saturday nights. No cover charge.
If you can stand the Memphis weather, this Beale Street bar has one of the biggest patios in town. Enjoy it in spring and fall, or with a cool drink on late summer evenings. It is a great place to watch the crowds of tourists and revelers go by, but often fills up and becomes a party, with customers dancing and drinking on the patio to the music of local bands. After midnight on Saturday this place becomes a hot spot for local college students.
Popular guitar makers Gibson have a retail store and lounge just one block off of Beale street, home to legendary blues maestro B.B. King. While guitar guys can worry about the humbuckers and tremolos, music buffs can walk into the lounge for live performances. Mini sofas, muted lights, and a small stage set the place for acts. Etta James, Darryl Worley, Wilco, and Blues Aid have enthralled crowds here and the venue continues to attract musicians. Make sure to check the schedule beforehand. Parking can be expensive.