This bar has wraparound windows that let you see the dancers bopping and jiving from the outside, or watch the street scene on Beale from the inside. ... More
Rum Boogie Cafe
This bar has wraparound windows that let you see the dancers bopping and jiving from the outside, or watch the street scene on Beale from the inside. Autographed guitars hang from the ceiling, offering proof that musicians such as Carl Perkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh and others have hung out here. The house act, James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band, performs when there isn't a visiting artist. Shows usually go on from 9p-1a on Friday and Saturday, and from 8:30p-12:30a Sundays and weeknights. The kitchen serves several dinner and snack items, but the Rum Boogie is famous for its red beans and rice.
There is only one reason to go to the Rum Boogie, the music. It is "the place" in Memphis to hear the real thang. I grew up in Memphis and James Govan and the Rum Boogie house band is the closest you get to the Stax days. If you like Al,Otis,Booker T,Rufus and the likes, James Govan and the Band are all of these. DD, the Trumpet player, is the greatest. Have I been there to see them a few times? Yes, and have brought lots of folks with me and they all agree, Hallowed Ground for Memphis Music. I have eaten and drank there, but that is way down my list of why I am there. Do you also order fresh seafood in Kansas? It's the Music, Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will be back July, 2008, save me a table.
I saw nothing spectacular about this place. Sure, all the guitars and other memorabilia on the walls is interesting, to say the least. However, if you're going there to eat, like we did, you may be disappointed.
First off, the items on the menu are very expensive, for what is basically a bar. I don't mind paying extra money for food, but in my opinion, the food wasn't all that great. I had heard many people talk fondly of Memphis BBQ, and I was eager to try it. But to be honest, I've had better ribs here in MD, and much cheaper too.
Secondly, it was rather noisy in there, but that's probably our fault for believing this was more of restaurant than a bar. We went in the afternoon, and there was no band playing, but there was a lot of loud chatter going on, and it became increasingly annoying.
Memphis very well may have very good quality BBQ restaurants, but Rum Boogie Cafe is not one of them.
Good food, interesting atmosphere, lots of reading material all over the place. Service was very friendly and attentive. Great gumbo, avoid the red beans and rice, rather bland. The chocolate cake dessert was fabulous. They did charge us a cover charge because they had a band that night, even though we were there to eat, not see the band.
This is where you go to get drunk if you feel like paying $10 at the door to get into a dank hole...Yeah, it is BAR FOOD, it should not be classified as one of the best places to eat! It's not even the best place to get drunk!! Memphis....Ugh.....Visit some decent cities in the world, no let's keep it simple, US, eat at some real restaurants THEN write your reviews.
Enjoyed the Mammas Nachos made with smoky pork barbecue, lettuce, melted cheese sauce, green onions, sweet barbecue sauce, tortilla chips and jalapenos. SUPERB!!! Also had a cup of the Gator Gumbo - delish!!!
Music was rocking, service was friendly and we sat out on the patio and watched the people go by. Great entertainment in itself. The live music rocked and the ambiance was terrific.
We stopped in the Rum Boogie Cafe because we'd read that they were famous for blueberry pie. As it turns out, this dive isn't really famous for anything--except for the guitars signed by various musical notables.
The service was good; our waitress was wonderful. But by and large, the food we got was nothing stellar, particularly for the prices we paid ($7.50 for about 2 ounces of tortilla chips and a 1/4 of Rotel dip is an example.)
Everyone at the Rum Boogie Cafe was wonderful. We were treated like family. I have visited Bealle Street twice in the last 5 month and have told all my friends who have visited and I can't wait to get up there again. Food was good and the band is great. I highly recomend everyone visit once. I may have to move. Hope to see everyone soon.
We sat through three full sets and the music was much better than we expected. Better than everything we heard on Bourbon Street in N.O. except for Preservation Hall. We drank beer and ate nothing, so I can't speak for the food, but at $5 cover charge for hours of music, it was great. And they let us go on stage and take photos between sets!
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