11 Live-Music Spots to Check Out While Meeting in Atlanta

See the list of some of Atlanta’s top spots to unwind and tap into some live music.
  • See some of Atlanta’s top spots to unwind & tap into some live music. (📷 Matt Alexandre Photography)
    See some of Atlanta’s top spots to unwind & tap into some live music. (📷 Matt Alexandre Photography)

Long day of business? Let the soul of Atlanta’s music scene slide down your back while the stress of the day fades away. Because here, the vibes hit you hard – so hard that even the most stoic of the group can’t help but feel it. So, whatever meeting or convention brings you to the city, make sure you take time to stop at one or all of these popular live music spots in Atlanta while you’re here.

 

Terminal West - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Terminal West is a 100-year-old iron and steel building with 7,000-square-feet of music and special event space

Terminal West

Revived from the bones of a 1930’s factory, Terminal West is a must-experience venue. It has an expansive show floor with an industrial vibe boasting monolithic steel beams and a train-yard view from the rooftop bar. A short Uber ride west from GWCC will take you to some excellent places to grab some bites and craft beers and more.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

The Tabernacle - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

The Tabernacle plays host to some of the biggest names in music. (📷 Alecia Zackery)

Tabernacle

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a performance in a historic and opulent church-turned-concert hall, the Tabernacle is the place to do it. The pulpit-like stage – having been graced by performers like Elton John, Tom Petty, Dave Chapelle and many, many others – faces a 2,600-capacity space surrounded by soul-stirring neo-classical architecture. The best part? It's within walking distance of the GWCC (just past the Ferris wheel in Centennial Olympic Park), so if you’re staying near the convention center, the venue is a short walk away.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, take a virtual tour and get some specs.

 

Buckhead Theatre - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Buckhead theatre is one of Atlanta’s premier intimate theatrical venues

Buckhead Theatre

Settled in the neighborhood streets of the Buckhead district, this theatre has become a favorite venue among the locals. Within its Spanish-Baroque atmosphere, you'll find a great way to catch various sects of the Atlanta scene. Nights here are a mixed bag of entertainment. Maybe shake it out with some dubstep; relive your storied 1980s; or discover something new with some EDM.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

Variety Playhouse - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Variety Playhouse is one of Atlanta's top live music venues

Variety Playhouse

For 80 years, Variety Playhouse has been a community staple of Little Five Points (one of Atlanta’s funkiest neighborhoods). Always a supplier of entertainment, this World War II-era theater is now playhouse and nightclub that premieres a huge variety of acts from comedy, indie bands, magic shows and super groovy light shows. About a 15-minute ride will get you there, just in time to scarf down Atlanta's very own, and very awarded, DAS BBQ before the show.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

Hard Rock Cafe - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Hard Rock Cafe serves up scratch made entrees, appetizers and signature cocktails in a living museum of music history

Hard Rock

While you're getting your Hard Rock Atlanta t-shirt (the token souvenir) and spying the guitars of your idols, you might as well stay for some sustenance, right? The music is always bumping at this impressive downtown Atlanta venue. So, go to town on that legendary burger, drink some local beers, and take in at all the wonderful memorabilia. Chances are your soundtrack will be some down-country local sound, so you can work off that burger on the dance floor!

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

City Winery - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

City Winery combines wine, music, and culinary arts

City Winery

Wine and music go hand in hand at this "grapes-on-tap" venue located at Ponce City Market. City Winery is an excellent place to have a post-meeting bite and drink where you can talk shop but have fun doing it. Also great: it's a 10-minute ride out of downtown for a scene change! Sporting some down-to-earth musicians, you’ll get a little softer vibe, but perfect for a wine-friendly evening!

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

Atlanta Symphony at Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta GA

Atlanta Symphony Hall is home to one the most creative and innovative orchestras in North America

Atlanta Symphony Hall

Located at the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Symphony Hall is a modernist epicenter of culture – something you won't want to miss while in town. The airy house gives way to a stage that showcases stunning visual effects, creating a brilliant set. You’ll find performances from classically-trained masters to shows for the everyman, with film screenings of the industry’s best.  

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

State Farm Arena  - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Home to the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Dream, the State Farm Arena just completed a $192.5 million renovation

State Farm Arena

Not just home to the NBA's Hawks, State Farm Arena was voted one of the top event arenas by Rolling Stone Magazine because of its smaller size and excellent sound quality. This is where you'll go to catch some top-of-the-line music acts. If you’re meeting at GWCC, the arena is right there (RIGHT there), and if you’re staying in one of the nearby districts, MARTA (the city’s rapid transit system) will take you right to your show.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

Blind Willies - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Blind Willie's is home to some of Atlant's best blues music. (📷 James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)

Blind Willie's Blues Club

There is something quaint about Blind Willie's. The venue gives off funky dive bar vibes mixed with soulful sounds of the blues. Roam a little outside of the downtown area to reach this Eastside spot and enjoy a cold lager while a grinning guitarist takes you there.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

 

Limerick Junction - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Limerick Junction is a great little Irish bar located in Virginia Highlands

Limerick Junction

As an Irish establishment (the only one in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, and located right next door to Blind Willie’s), you can sit back, have a pint o' Guinness and take in the scenes and sounds of the finest public house this side of the Atlantic. Unlike the rest of this list, traditional Irish music runs rampant here. But don't be surprised if you walk in to find a live jukebox with tons of sing-alongs, too.

See the shows happening while you’re here.

 

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint - Live Music Spot in Atlanta GA

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint brings the ultimate in Southern style, food and entertainment

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint

If ever a place could wrap you up with down-home Georgian hospitality, Sweet Georgia's is it. Even while being in the midst of downtown (right by your hotel, probably!), the soul of the South comes to life. With musicians that have some serious jazz and blues resumes (Milkshake Mayfield, Regina Troupe and Willie Hill to name-drop a smidge), you can listen, chow down on some Southern cookin', drink spiked sweet tea and let the sounds of soul take over.

See the shows happening while you’re here.
If you're a planner, here are some specs.

Sign Up for Email Updates

More

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2019 - 233 Peachtree Street, NE Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30303

Heavens to Betsy…Our site is a little all over the place in this browser. If you don’t mind upgrading to the latest version, it’ll look just right.

 

It could be that you are using Internet Explorer in ‘compatibility view’.

If so, Atlanta.net may really look a hot mess. Let us help you remove our site from your Compatibility View list.

By using our site, you accept our recently updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.