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. 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.
2. B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill (143 Beale Street)
Open for lunch, dinner, shopping and late-night partying, BB Kings doesn’t start carding until later in the evening. For live music, stop by on Sundays between lunch and dinner. Their complete list of live shows is here.
3. 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. They do become 21 and up at night.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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. Need an Elvis souvenir to take home? They have you covered. They’re open seven days a week from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
8. 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.
If you have any kind of sweet tooth, this vintage-style candy shop has you covered. Their speciality is house-made fudge in more than a dozen flavors, plus old-fashioned candy barrels offering every kind of sugary treat.
The prolific Memphis photographer who documented the Civil Rights movement and more, visitors of all ages can experience the world-changing work of Ernest Withers at the family-run museum on Beale Street. Some subject matter may be inappropriate for young children.