The Music Lover's Guide to the 15 Best Places for Live Music in Atlanta

If live music is your "thang," then hang onto our list of live music venues in Atlanta.
  • The Fabulous Fox is just one of Atlanta's best places for live music. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    The Fabulous Fox is just one of Atlanta's best places for live music. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Blind Willie's was built by musicians who just "wanted a place to play."
    Blind Willie's was built by musicians who just "wanted a place to play."

Looking for the best venues to enjoy live music in Atlanta? Check out some of these awesome places. 

DOWNTOWN

  • The Masquerade moved from Ponce de Leon Avenue to Kenny’s Alley in Underground Atlanta, but its signature stages – named Heaven, Hell and Purgatory – are still there and ready to rock. 
    Where: 50 Lower Alabama St., Atlanta, Ga. 30303

  • Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint offers good Southern food and live music – the $5 fee per person during live music covers the entertainment. 
    Where: 200 Peachtree St. L05, Atlanta, Ga. 30303

  • The Tabernacle is a former church converted into a club, and it hosts a diverse lineup of artists. It's also one of Billboard's "25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.” 
    Where: 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30303

    MIDTOWN
  • Center Stage is home to Vinyl, The Loft and the Center Stage Theater, so you’ve got three venues and bars at which to enjoy your favorite bands.
    Where1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309

  • The Fox Theatre is an Atlanta landmark that attracts the best in performance entertainment including Broadway shows, the Atlanta Ballet, Billboard’s top music concert tours and even classic feature films.
    Where: 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30308

  • Smith’s Olde Bar may be on the small side, but many musical heavyweights have played at this popular watering hole, which features live music most nights each week. 
    Where: 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324

  • Blind Willie’s was built in 1986 by musicians who just want a place to play. Since this it's been a place to play for celebrities before they were celebrities and especially for raw, gritty, soulful blues music. 
    Where: 828 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309 

  • Terminal West is a foundry turned mid-sized music/events venue at King Plow Arts Center that hosts both local and touring acts as well as an annual Battle of the Bands.
    Where: 887 West Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318

EASTSIDE

  • Eddie’s Attic is well known in Decatur – and nationwide – for launching singer-songwriters to stardom. This is the place to go to enjoy all varieties of original, live music from independent artists. Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, India.Arie, Sara Bareilles, Justin Bieber and many more have played at this intimate venue. 
    Where: 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur, Ga. 30030

  • The Earl keeps East Atlanta Village entertained with everything from local acts to touring national bands. It's standing-room only, but a guaranteed fun time any night of the week.
    Where: 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316

  • Variety Playhouse is a converted movie theater that now serves as an intimate concert hall featuring a variety of popular acts in Little Five Points. 
    Where: 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307

  • Star Community Bar is a cozy, no-frills venue that attracts a steady stream of local and up-and-coming alternative and indie-rock acts. When you visit, do not miss the fabulous Elvis shrine in the vault opposite the main stage. 
    Where: 437 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307

WESTSIDE

  • Northside Tavern has been in Atlanta since 1972. An authentic dive bar with live music seven nights a week, it's definitely one of the best spots in the city for the blues.
    Where: 1058 Howell Mill Road NW Atlanta, Ga. 30318


METRO ATLANTA

  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is one of Atlanta's top performance venues, hosting Broadway shows, opera performances, ballets, events and more. 
    Where: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. 30339
  • Cafe 290 is a jazz venue offering a variety of live music and cameos by celebs, plus a bar and Southern seafood-focused menu.
    Where: 290 Hilderbrand Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30328

Amphitheaters: If you're looking for an outdoor concert, check out one of Atlanta’s amphitheaters, like Wolf Creek, State Bank at Chastain Park, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre and Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. You can bring blankets and picnics and enjoy a wide range of national and international musical acts.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

 

 

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