About B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis

143 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
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Established in 1991, 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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am
Sunday 11am - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
2nd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 524-5464

Website:
http://www.bbkings.com/memphis/

Entertainment:
We have live music nightly! For a schedule of events please visit www.bbkingclubs.com. BB King's will have you jamming to music inspired by the King of Blues, the Queen of Motown and the Soul of Funk. They musicians will remind you why Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why Tina left her good job in the city, why Ray has Georgia on his mind and what the Temptations are talking about!

Catering:
BB King's Blues Clubs has catering menus to accommodate a celebration for any size. We offer hot appetizers, cold appetizers, hot and cold dips action stations, buffets and limited menus. Visit www.bbkingclubs.com for our event packets.

Executive Chef:
Seth Krasnove

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
BB King's is known for its special events. We can hold up to 400 seated and have live music nightly. Any group over 15 is given special attention and work with our Sales Manager. They can be reached by e-mailing memphissales@bbkingclubs.com.

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Private Dining

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.

B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.4

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91% would recommend it to a friend

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good for groups (29)
neighborhood gem (25)
fit for foodies (22)
special occasion (20)
great for lunch (19)
scenic view (7)
romantic (6)
kid-friendly (6)
great for brunch (6)
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food3
ambience3
service4
value3

disappointed no Will Tucker Band

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Girls night birthday night out. Our server was very attentive, we never ran out of drinks!

food5
ambience5
service5

Ambiance and service were great, our ser ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Ambiance and service were great, our servers were awesome

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

We had a one night stay over on Memphis ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

We had a one night stay over on Memphis and wanted to experience Beale Street. We were surprised when we arrived, we had front row seats. Memphis Jones had the first set, we loved the way he explained Memphis history with his music. Preston Shannon was next on stage. He was very good and got the place rocking. Our waitress was great, the food was good, we will be back, if ever that way again.

Tags: scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience2
service1
value1

Whatever happened to service

Dined on April 19, 2016

Booked a table for dinner , restaurant at time was nearly empty and then I waited and waited and waited and waited"...................... Nobody came near me, eventually I gave up, no one seems to care Worst restaurant experience in years

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

BBKings

Dined on April 18, 2016

Fantastic Music snd great ribs! Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

RIBS!!!

Dined on April 16, 2016

BB King's was the central focus of my road trip south. I celebrated my birthday by ordering a full rack of ribs. I think that these may have been the best ribs that I have had in my life. I may have eaten that full rack in record time (for me). In my humble opinion, if you like great BBQ, live blues music, and friendly people, go to BB King's on Beale St in Memphis!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service3
value5

My wife and I had a great time time food ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

My wife and I had a great time time food and entertainment were excellent

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food, Great music!!

Dined on April 6, 2016

Never a bad visit to BB's!! If you walk out hungry, it's your own fault! Have seen three different bands play there and can't wait 'til October whn I can come back!en

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5

Great band, good food, not gourmet but g ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Great band, good food, not gourmet but good. Fun atmosphere. Great spot on the Beale!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

BBKings

Dined on March 29, 2016

BBKings has a great atmosphere and the food was very tasty. The service was excellent and my husband and I are glad we went there.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience1
service5
value2

Very Dissapointed

Dined on March 27, 2016

Not very clean. Seemed to be valued more as a nightclub than a restaurant. Tables were sticky from the night before; food was barely passable. In Memphis I expected better BBQ. The macaroni & cheese was awful.

food3
ambience4
service4
value4

did not hold up to expectations

Dined on March 26, 2016

Was excited to go here, but disappointed when we did. Full rack of ribs, dry throughout and burnt one one end. This from a famous bbq place. Service was good, band was fun

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service2
value4

First-Timer

Dined on March 25, 2016

First-timer on Beale St. I was very disappointed with the food and service@BB King; could have paid much less for the quality. However, the live band and the ambiance lifted the experience of a unsatisfactory dining at BB King on BealeSt.

Tags: late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service2
value5

Good food, great music, slow service.

Dined on March 25, 2016

Glad I chose this place over other Beale St. venues. Be prepared to wait and wait for food.

Tags: late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

great time

Dined on March 23, 2016

It was great food and great entertainment. We loved it.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Down home cooking

Dined on March 20, 2016

This is a great place to go for some good ole soul food. The ribs are delicious & tender, fried pickles was great, green beans was so good I ordered a second bowl.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service3

Barbecue ribs were awesome. Expected the ...

Dined on March 20, 2016

Barbecue ribs were awesome. Expected the food to be average because the music is so awesome, but was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was!

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Surprise guest performer with Will Tucker Band!

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

At first I was disappointed because Will was not playing but Kirk Smithhart was his replacement! Had chili there for 1st time, no hot sauce needed, as it was spicy!

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I had the gumbo and it was excellent

Dined on March 17, 2016

Good service, good music and good food. Would visit again

Tags: hot spot
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

Loved the music!

Dined on March 10, 2016

Good was okay... A little too much salt. But the atmosphere was great and the live Blues Band was fantastic!

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

Horrible service

Dined on February 16, 2016

Only 2 waitress for whole upstairs ... Order was wrong and the waitress never had time to go downstairs to the kitchen to fix it she said ... Not worth the money !!!

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Food was a pleasant surprise as we came for music

Dined on February 12, 2016

Came to see the Will Tucker band before heading to the Memphis Open and was not expecting much in the food arena. After all it is a blues bar on Beale street with an active music scene. Needless to say everythung was delicious. The BBQ salmon over creamed corn with shrimp was so yummy....almost licked the plate! The ribs and collard greens were as well. And the grilled cheese and creamy tomato soup was definitely above run of the mill. Will Tucker put on a fabulous show. The only downside was that we had asked about drink specials and our waiter said they didn't have any. Came to find out afterwards that there were specials, which one person had ordered and had to ask for an adjustment on the check.

Tags: hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great music.........check out the Will T ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

Great music.........check out the Will Tucker Band

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Great time at BBs

Dined on February 11, 2016

Had a great night out at BB King's bar in Memphis. The band was exception and one of the best we had heard in our travels through Nashville and Memphis. The food was great - nothing fancy but great burgers, ribs, wings etc. Was a fun night and would definitely recommend you check this out if visiting Memphis

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service2
value2

We were disappointed.

Dined on February 5, 2016

We were annoyed by the policy “we card everyone.” As a couple in our 60’s, we were clearly of age to order beer. Such a policy suggests lazy management and an indifference to customer service. We skipped drinks. But our greatest disappointment was that the music was decidedly not Blues! The band was good but the music was soul/popular and unnecessarily loud. We would not go again.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Great time!

Dined on January 30, 2016

Great time, great food, great music. I wish I knew about the $5 cover charge per person before I got there.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Wonderful entertainment!

Dined on January 27, 2016

The food was fantastic! Good southern cooking done right! The entertainment was awesome - musician provided history lessons with the music that were fascinating. Musicians were very talented and engaged the audience. Only disappointment was having to pay cover charge in addition to cost of dinner and drinks.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

This evening was a lot of fun, My seatin ...

Dined on January 20, 2016

This evening was a lot of fun, My seating was immediate and very good view. The band was incredible and we felt we had a great Beale st. experience

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Worth our 12-hour round trip!

Dined on December 31, 2015

We came for the food and music, and we left delighted. Fantastic service, great entertainment, drinks and dancing. The BBQ melted in my mouth, and the gumbo was the best I've had.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service4

Great food and classic blues atmosphere ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

Great food and classic blues atmosphere although most of the live performance music though very good was not blues music.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great music and fantastic food

Dined on December 22, 2015

Even though it was a rainy Monday night 4 days before Christmas and pretty much a deserted Beale St., once inside the BB King's Blues Club you forgot all about that. The house band (Preston Shannon) was a really nice treat. They were fantastic! Absolutely enjoyed their performance. The food was just as amazing. One of the best Shrimp & Grits I've stumbled across and probably the best Peach Cobbler ever sampled. I can't wait to get back.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience5
service5

Good time!

Dined on December 5, 2015

Arrived a little early and thought we'd have a drink before dinner. They were very accommodating and seated us right away. Service was fantastic - and we were there a few hours! Food was really good, but served luke-warm and that is the only reason it wasn't rated outstanding. Can't say enough for the bar or wait staff. Music was just what we wanted and had hoped for. We'll return - hopefully many times!

food2
ambience4
service3

The food was not that good, enjoyed the ...

Dined on December 5, 2015

The food was not that good, enjoyed the band. Everyone in my party received their food 15min before me and all I had was a pork sandwich and fries

food3
ambience3
service3

Good music, decent food!

vip
Dined on November 28, 2015

Of all the places to listen to music and eat on Beale Street this is my favorite.

food1
ambience5
service2

Great Music!

Dined on November 27, 2015

The Memphis Jones Trio was a lot of fun! They played great hits with enthusiasm and shared stories and fun facts about the music and musicians. Service was extremely slow. The spinach dip was cold and bland. The hummus and veggie plate had very old veggies. Celery and carrots not edible. The hummus was good.

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5

Memphis Jones is the greatest.

Dined on November 23, 2015

If you like Memphis music this is the place to be. Particularly when Memphis Jones is playing. (usually Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5 til 8pm) Food is good. service is good. Fun times!

food3
ambience3
service3

Good music, decent food

vip
Dined on November 21, 2015

With all the choices to eat & drink on Beale Street this is my favorite. Normally Will Tucker, a young blues guitarist, plays Fri & Sat 5-8:30 pm.

food2
ambience5
service2

Better luck next time with dinner but music great

vip
Dined on November 14, 2015

Disappointed that food not up to par on this visit. Couple next to me said their food had been burnt the night before but they were back for the music.

food4
ambience4
service4

Glad my husband & I made reservations fo ...

vip
Dined on November 13, 2015

Glad my husband & I made reservations for BB King cos the place filled up to standing room capacity every evening. We had a very friendly wait staff. Enjoyed the wings and corn/jalepeno fritters with our drinks. Great group/singer the evening we were there. Definitely a place we will return to on our next trip to Memphis.

food4
ambience5
service5

The food was tasty, satisfying and bette ...

vip
Dined on November 13, 2015

The food was tasty, satisfying and better than expected. Service from Julie was excellent and our table was wonderful. Great view of the stage. The bands playing were top notch. We expected to just be there and hour or two and ended up staying the whole evening. They pour an excellent g&t.

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