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Mr Handy's Blues Hall

182 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

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Open Now
Mon 5p-3a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi

“Best Juke Joint on Beale Street”

Located inside the popular Rum Boogie Café, it offers live music seven nights a week. Barbecue is one of the customer favorites. Open for dinner 7 p.m.-midnight, seven days a week. Mr. Handy's Blues Hall is the last real juke joint on the street. It's small, it's old, and once you squeeze your way in you won't ever want to leave. Located next door to and connected with Rum Boogie Café, Blues Hall hosts some of the best local blues artists nightly. Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band hold down the house gig Friday through Monday. The good Doctor is an encyclopedia of blues history and will tell you all about it in between singing and blowing harp. Smaller than most of the other clubs on the street, the walls are adorned with historic family photos from the W.C. Handy family and other blues memorabilia. At Blues Hall though, the draw is the music, and for musicians, it seems to be a lucky place. Watermelon Slim got a record deal after Fred Litwin from the Northern Blues record label heard him play there. Shortly after, Slim was nominated for a record tying six Blues Music Awards including Artist, Entertainer, Album, Song, Band, and Traditional Album of the Year. Several years prior to Slim's fortuitous gig the North MS All Stars caught the ear of Tone Cool Records in Blues Hall and went on to, among many other accolades, a Grammy nomination. So stop in, grab a seat (if you can find one), enjoy a Beale St. Big Ass Beer, and listen to the best blues on the street 7 nights a week!

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Reviewed by
DanielJosephCox

  • 10 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

The BEST Blues bar on the best blues street in the best blues town. They always have the most authentic blues acts here from all over the place, with some great local artists that call it home, too, like Brandon Santini. This place has that worn in feel and the stage has more character than Morgan Freeman's face. Great beer selection and the bartenders are always on top of things.

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Reviewed by
nicole.glass.374

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 29, 2014

Best blues on Beale Street by FAR!

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Mr Handy's Blues Hall

182 Beale St
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA

Hours

Open now until 3:00 am
  • Sun, Thu - Sat: 3:00 pm - 3:00 am
  • Mon - Wed: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
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