10 Things to Do on Beale St. if You’re Underage
When people think of Beale Street, often they think of the booze, dancing and general debauchery that takes place on Memphis’ most famous street. Before the sun sets on the Bluff City, there’s a whole other world of food, fun and culture to take in that doesn’t have a minimum age requirement of 21.
The survival tip for underage Memphians headed to Beale is to get there before they start carding (usually around sunset on the weekends) because despite all-ages venues and events, it can be hard to get near your destination.
Here are 10 places to go, eat and party if you're not 21:
1. New Daisy Theatre (330 Beale Street)
The New Daisy Theatre is an all-ages concert venue. Doors for most shows open at 7 p.m. and for those with a legal ID, beer and spirits are served. Hit up the ATM first though, as credit cards are not accepted.
2. Hard Rock Cafe (315 Beale St.)
The Memphis location of the national chain offers lunch and dinner and serves as a live music venue. Memphians of all ages can eat seven days a week and occasionally, the Hard Rock's stage will host an all-ages show.
3. BB Kings Blues Club & Grill (143 Beale Street)
Open for lunch, dinner, shopping and late-night partying, BB Kings doesn’t start carding until 10 p.m. For family friendly live music, stop by on Sundays between lunch and dinner. Their complete list of live shows is here.
4. Silky O’Sullivans (183 Beale Street)
Silky’s is so underage friendly, they offer a kids’ menu. They’ve got a huge outdoor patio and the occasional live show during the early evening. Silky’s menu offers a unique blend of barbecue, Irish cuisine and Cajun dishes.
5. Blues City Cafe (138 Beale Street)
Blues City Cafe is open to hungry folks of all ages, and their menu features southern favorites like barbecue ribs, southern fried catfish, broiled steak and atypical treats like homemade tamales. They’ve got a kids’ menu and nightly live music.
6. Memphis Music (149 Beale Street)
Open seven days a week, this blues-heavy record store offers a collection of CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs, gifts and apparel in genres ranging from blues and gospel to classic rock and jazz.
7. Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo's (153 Beale Street)
Instantly get a little cooler by stopping into Tater Red’s for all of your voodoo and Mardi Gras needs. They also have a pretty impressive collection of music memorabilia. They’re late risers, opening at noon daily.
8. Blues City General Store (144 Beale Street)
Blues City General Store is full of kitschy memorabilia and souvenirs ranging from Elvis to Betty Boop and I Love Lucy. They’re open seven days a week from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
9. The Orpheum Theatre (203 South Main Street)
Get a little culture or fun at the Orpheum with shows ranging from the “Magic School Bus” to “Romeo and Juliet” as well as Broadway shows, concerts and a summer film series. The complete list of shows and events is here.
10. The FedExForum (191 Beale Street)
The home of both the Tigers and the Grizzlies, the biggest arena in Memphis also hosts concerts and special events. Bonus: they have their own parking garages. The complete event schedule is here.