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
Levitt Shell is a outdoor amphitheater that offers over fifty free concerts throughout its season. This venue is a seasoned venue with the likes of Elvis Presley playing shows throughout its time. It’s situated in the Midtown area of Memphis, and the big white amphitheater usually lights up (literally) with the live acts. Free, the visuals and great music make Levitt Shell a no-brainer.
Levitt Shell, 1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901-272-2722
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
The New Daisy Theater
Another music venue located on the historic Beale Street, the New Daisy Theater is almost a century old and a century wiser with their track record. The exterior of the New Daisy looks like an 80s movie theater, with a big red canopy announcing the bands. Inside, the venue looks like an ordinary venue, with a big stage and wide area for the crowds. There’s also a prominent bar in the area making this the space for bigger bands. Friendly to all ages.
The New Daisy Theater, 330 Beale St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901-525-8981
By Kate Harrington