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B.B. King's Blues Club

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(23 Reviews)

143 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103

(901) 524-5464

Today: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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General Info
This is the original B.B. King's Blues Club located in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, famous barbecue, historic landmarks and great basketball. With live entertainment every night of the week - from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll - and a menu full of Southern favorites, the club is a popular destination spot on Memphis' historic Beale Street. The club offers a full menu comprised of a variety of the South's most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style barbecue. You MUST stop in for our award winning ribs that are some of the best in town - which says a lot for a town known for the world class barbecue! Open daily for lunch, dinner and late night meals, the intimate restaurant and live music venue has some of the finest local entertainment in town live on stage nightly as well as national touring performers. B.B. King's offers several creative options to meet your event needs. With a unique layout, the club has several different areas available for booking that perfect venue space for a variety of events - from birthday parties and family reunions to wedding receptions and corporate events.

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Fax: (901) 524-5454

TollFree: (800) 443-0972

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown Memphis
Night Clubs, Bars, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Paid, Garage

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Eric B.



Great ambiance but I waited almost an hour for a table and I saw plenty of them open up. The hostess was kind of clueless



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Another winner picked by Mike Jovan

Mike Jovan thinks this place is great! Mike Jovan loves the atmosphere!




Friendly staff, fun atmosphere, not to be missed!

We had a great time and hope to return soon. We came from Springfield, OREGON.



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Best Catfish anywhere

They have the best Catfish and Fried Dill Pickles. I had never tried fried dill pickles before they were great. The Catfish was seasoned perfectly. We enjoyed it so much that we ate there twice while we were there. The music and the service were also great.



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Best Musicians especially Stacy Mitchhart, he is fantastic, fantastic ribs and pickles, great custom

The last time I was there I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the music. It is a great place and the music could be heard no matter where you are seated. I did not care for the cole slaw. Youu need to talk with me when I get there, which is the next time Stacy Mitchhart is there hopefully. My husband and I owned a barbecue restaurant and undoubledly have the best barbecue sauce in the nation, but yours is great. I love the sides you have, including the pickles. I also have a receipe for deep fried sweet potato rounds that I am sure you would love to have, as well as several unusual desserts. If interested look me up. Stacy played at our restaurant last year and he was accepted very well. Boby's Boogie Pig Bar B Q in Blountville, TN, We have now closed and are looking for a larger place. I make the best cole slaw you will have ever eaten and it compliments the ribs expertly. I do plan on coming the end of this month if Stacy is going to be there and when is BB going to be there I would love to see him and Stacy perform. I have recently moved to the Memphis area and very excited that I can now visit quite often. If interested in trying out some of my receipts that will compliment your fantastic foods just let me know.



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Great Entertainment- loved it!

This was my first visit to Memphis and I spent several nights on Beale Street! I was hooked the minute we got there. Great entertainment and good times with friendly people everywhere. BB Kings place was really rockin the night I went in with a group of friends. Ruby Wilson is fantastic and gave an unforgettable performance! It was very crowded and of course, tourist priced with just okay food. However, I got what I came for, great music and a rockin atmosphere! We had a blast and would highly recommend going if you visit Beale street. We are already talking about when we can go back to Memphis. BB Kings is most definately on the list of places we will go back to! (Along with Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum, and the list goes on- Memphis overall is spectacular!)



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Great music - below average food

Went to BB King's while visiting Memphis on a Saturday evening with a large group (14 ppl). They made room for us right away...or so we thought. There was room for 10 of us - the other 4 tried to squeeze in on corners. Music was great - we saw Preston Shannon and the house band kept us entertained. I loved the atmosphere! Service was quite good for serving 14 people. However, my catfish sandwich was horrible. I returned it (which I rarely do) and ordered a burger. My burger never came. When our waiter brought our checks, he said the burger would be up soon - much too late if we're already leaving. So, I didn't eat that evening. The least they could have done was comped my Coke, but I had to pay for that with 19% gratuity. I'd return again only for the music.



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User review by taratate23

Make sure you check out Ruby Wilson, Preston Shannon and definitely Larry Springfield, they all rock. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are definitely the best nights to attend. Good, mixed crowd, not usually too rowdy, good mix of locals and tourists. The house band is excellent as well, Myron, drummer, Jackie, guitarist, Norris, pianist, they all rock! Can sometimes catch guest musicians when they perform at the Forum, they stop by and have a blast!



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The Best!

I was in BB Kings on Saturday and it was hands down the best time I have ever had! The Music, food, and service were all great , and the atmosphere is unlike any I have ever seen! Beautiful women, black,white,young,older,locals,and out of towners all having fun. I will be back!



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I was disappointed with this place. I expected better. This is not my idea of a blues club. When I was there in July 2002, the band that was playing was a rock band not a blues band. I can recall describing it as a tourist trap. The menu is not that good and we left early. I would recommend Isaac Hayes' place because of its better food and ambiance.



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bb kings voted for the 2nd best venue to see live music in the overall catagory, i proud to be a memphian... then i started to think about the talent that plays at the local club; besides B. B. KING??? i love memphis and i think we have some of the best undiscovered local musical talents in the world but, i think the venue should use this ""opportunity"" to take it to the next level. it's the same old; ""mustang sally"", that is played in every other blues club on Beale Street and I know B. B. King and all the other Lengends out there know that there is more to it than that. please don't get me wrong! i love the place and the street and more so, the city but, come on, it's time to give the music fans a little more respect. THEY DESERVE IT!



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BB King's rocks....and souls!!

BB King's is a truly fabulous nightclub!! You can't go wrong on Beale Street, but make sure to include this happenin' place for a rock 'n soul experience!! Ruby Wilson is a one-of-a kind lady - She is a crowd pleaser with great style, pizazz and presence!! I was there last fall and was impressed with the young men performing gymnastics during a break (they had just signed a contact with Nike)!!! So, be sure to check out BB King's for a unforgettably good time!



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B.B.s at one time was a showcase for the elite bands traveling on the blues circuit, i.e. Anson Fundeburgh, Coco Montoya, Kenny Neal, Gatemouth Brown, etc. Nowadays, the club seems content in booking the same ""house"" bands on a regular weekly basis. Which is O.K. if you are just visiting and don't know any better. But if you live here...fughetaboutit. We don't even check the listings anymore because we already know who is playing.



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One of many bland beale street venues--probably the best of the commercial blues clubs, which deosn't say much.



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true memphis blues

Great food and a close comfortable atmosphere with great music. Time will fly by and you will want to come back for more.



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Had A Blast

Went up for a grizzlies game and decided to go to BB Kings to grab something to eat. Went in at 8 pm and left at 3 AM and had a blast all the way through. The entertainment was out of this world. Met people who were there to have a good time and everyone in the club did. The food was pretty good but realatively inexpensive. A GREAT TIME!!!



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Really Great Time

I spent Thanksgiving week-end in Memphis at BB Kings and had the best time I have had in years, the food, music, dancing, and atmosphere were great. Thank you BB.



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Great Food!

We just went to dinner here - they were shutting down for a few hours for a special event that night so the only thing I can talk about was the food. It was fantastic! The barbeque ribs were very flavorful, the macaroni and cheese and beans tasted like the food I grew up with. The mashed potatoes and onion rings my friend had both needed a little salt, but they were still very tasty. An amusing little prop was the fact that our beer was served in Mason Jars. Our waitress was very friendly and very prompt with everything. I would at least go back for the food!