With blues influences all over the city, and most importantly on Beale Street, Memphis is one of the best places to experience live music. With the ghosts of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, Memphis’s live music scene is pretty unbeatable.
Mr Handy’s Blues Hall
Mr Handy’s Blues Hall is one of the oldest (and smallest) venues on Beale Street. It’s strictly dedicated to blues, and the talent is held to a certain high standard. There’s a full bar, and photographs of famous and local blues musicians, past and present, line the walls. The space is pretty small, but it makes for an intimate show. Mr Handy’s Blues Hall, 182 Beale St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901-528-0150
Earnestine & Hazel’s
Earnestine & Hazel’s is pretty simple: a bar & grill with live music and a jukebox. This bar is no-frills and casual with its run-down décor. It’s a little western and a little dive-y. The drinks are reasonably priced, and, paired with live entertainment, going to the bar becomes an event. Earnestine & Hazel’s, 531 S Main St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901-523-9754
The Buccaneer Lounge
The Buccaneer Lounge is the dive bar for live talent. Treating their musicians incredibly well, there’s live talent every night. And the Buccaneer is set up for enjoying the music with a large stage and surrounding tables. However, there’s also a full bar area that enables a free space from the music. Reasonably-priced drinks accompanied with a great food menu, the Buccaneer is the dream country music bar. The Buccaneer Lounge, 1368 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901-278-0909
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