Downtown



Downtown Memphis grew from the warehouses that stored cotton and other goods shipped up and down the Mississippi River. For much of Memphis' history, this meant that the riverfront was solely a place for commerce. Today, however, some things have changed. Now, when you take a ride on the paddlewheel boats that run regular tours from the Memphis harbor, you're likely to spot joggers on the Riverfront Walk, visitors on Mud Island and elegant homes along the bluffs (including Cybill Shepard's—look for the round window). Visitors can take a beautifully restored trolley car up Main Street—parallel to the River—and stop at the Pyramid arena, grab a bite and a brew in one of the Pinch Historic District pubs, loop back to the south to see the Orpheum Theatre and continue on down to the Civil Rights Museum, located in the old Lorraine Motel, site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. A ride up to Union Avenue and a walk two blocks East brings you to the Peabody Hotel, where the downtown comeback started. After a visit with the ducks in the lobby fountain, walk to the new Peabody Place entertainment center to see a movie, or visit the Center for Southern Folklore and learn more about local culture and history. Cross Union for some popcorn and crackerjacks while the Memphis Redbirds play baseball in Autozone Park. Brought back from a downward spiral in the 1960s and 70s, Beale Street—"Home of the Blues"—now features lively bars, clubs, restaurants and souvenir shops. Closed to traffic on weekend evenings, the area teems with a mix of tourists, suburbanites, downtowners and kids turning flips for quarters. Here you can visit Alfred's Bar & Grill restaurant, with its souvenirs and videos of Memphis' favorite son. Visit B.B. King's Blues Club and the Hard Rock Café for music, food and dancing. More of Memphis' fabulous musical heritage can be soaked up at the original Sun Studio, just a short distance from Beale Street. This studio, made famous by Elvis Presley and B.B. King, still records major musical acts.

Nightlife

Brinson's Downtown
Paula & Raiford's Disco
Evergreen Theatre (The)
Alfred's Bar & Grill on Beale
Gibson Beale Street Showcase
Young Avenue Deli
Black Diamond
Café Samovar
Marmalade
Alcenia's
T.J. Mulligan's
Stop 345
J-Wags
Rum Boogie Café
B.B. King's Blues Club
Cactus Jacks
Ebony and Ivory Club
Boscos
McEwen's on Monroe
Cannon Center For The Performing Arts
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
High Point Pinch
Memphis Plush Club
Cafe Francisco
Kudzu's
Mollie Fontaine Lounge
Peabody Lobby Bar
Mud Island Amphitheatre
North End (The)
Blues City Cafe
Local Gastropub
Watoto Memphis
Muvico Peabody Place
Hattiloo Theatre
Mid-South Coliseum
FedExForum

Attractions

Beale Street
Soulsville: Stax Museum of American Soul Music
A. Schwab Dry Goods Store
The Peanut Shoppe
Statue of Elvis
Fire Museum of Memphis
Memphis Riverboats
Temple of Deliverance-Church of God in Christ
Memphis Belle B-17 Bomber
Woodruff-Fontaine House
W.C. Handy's Memphis Home & Museum
Danny Thomas-ALSAC Pavilion
Attaqwa Mafaid
Ride the Ducks
Court Square
Mud Island River Park
Blues City Tours
Jay Etkin Gallery
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
Fogelman YMCA
Peabody Place
National Ornamental Metal Museum
Rod & Hank's Vintage Guitars
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
St. Peter Church
First Baptist Beale Street Church
Memphis Music
AutoZone Park
Historic Elmwood Cemetery
Perez Cigar and Coffee Co
Belz Museum and Gallery
Gestine's Gallery
Southland Mall-Memphis Own
FedExForum
Mason Temple
Memphis Central Station
Strange Cargo
Victorian Village
Orpheum Theater
National Civil Rights Museum
Mid-South Coliseum
Cotton Exchange Building
Rock and Soul Museum
Tennessee Welcome Center
Center for Southern Folklore
Tom Lee Park
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Carabella's
Main Street Trolley
Pyramid Arena
Shelton Clothiers
Viking Culinary Arts Center
Clark Opera Memphis Center
Rainbow Works
Agricenter Showplace Arena
Memphis Tobacco Bowl
Pinch Antique Mall

Restaurants

Cafe Francisco
McEwen's on Monroe
B.B. King's Blues Club
Capriccio Grill
Spindini
Alcenia's
High Point Pinch
Saigon Le
Grill 83
Reyes (Los)
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis
Wendell's World Beat Grill
Café Samovar
Erika's German Restaurant
Alfred's Bar & Grill on Beale
Arcade (The)
Encore Restaurant and Bar
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Mesquite Chop House
Sawaddii
SOLE restaurant and raw bar
The Inn at Hunt Phelan
Circa by John Bragg
Café 61
Encore
Sauces
Pearl's Oyster House
Circa
Marena's Restaurant
Café 1912
Young Avenue Deli
Stella
Currents @ The River Inn of Harbor Town
EP Delta Kitchen and Bar
Pier Restaurant
King's Palace Cafe
Cielo
Huey's
Bluefin
Sekisui of Japan
North End (The)
Spaghetti Warehouse
Little Tea Shop
T.J. Mulligan's
Automatic Slim's Tonga Club
Rendezvous
Rum Boogie Café
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
The Majestic Grille
Butcher Shop Steakhouse (The)
Chez Phillippe
Escape Alley Sundry
Peabody Lobby Bar
Gibson Beale Street Showcase
Black Diamond
Stop 345
Marmalade
Boscos

Hotels

Wyndham Gardens Hotel
Talbot Heirs Guest House

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