10 Best Places to Hear Live Music in Greenville

Greenville offers enough live music that you'll be hard-pressed to choose how to spend your evening.   From a sophisticated jazz bar along the river to an out-of-the-way locals club for good old fashioned rock-n-roll, Greenville has it all.   Many downtown restaurants, like Sassafras Southern Bistro, also offer nice live music, although it's not the main reason patrons go in.  Greenville has long offered free concerts on Main Street, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, which truly sets it apart.  As if that weren't enough, the Peace Center performing arts hall recently added a state-of-the-art amphitheater along the banks of the Reedy River, giving visitors and locals even more ways to enjoy great music outdoors.  Small clubs along and just off Main Street offer live music on a weekly basis; these include Smiley's Acoustic Cafe, the upscale Blues Boulevard and the always-busy Nose Dive (adjacent to the Poinsett Hotel).  Off the beaten path is Pleasantburg Drive's Gottrocks bar, where parking is free, and a jeans-and-tee-shirt local crowd goes to chill or dance.

North Pleasantburg
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Busting at the seams on weekends, this working man's local club features bands that range from rock to hip-hop to bluegrass. Some are local, others are touring, but the music is reliably solid and the prices are more than affordable. When...  Read More

Smoke on the Water

Most times, folks think of barbecue in conjunction with small, no-frills eateries. Smoke on the Water quickly dispels that perception. The upscale restaurant is as serious about ambience as it is about barbecue. Quietly elegant, it's a great...  Read More

Wild Wing Cafe

Big wooden booths, lots of memorabilia and constant crowds give this two-story venue great character. Live music is always popular, and folks pack the place when bands play, especially on weekends. A strong beer selection includes small-batch...  Read More


Nose Dive, with its juicy Main Street location and happening patrons, is always a lively bet. Stop in on weekends for a packed house, live music, and your selection of great beers, wine, cocktails and food. Bands range in style and size, but always make for a fun night.

Smiley's Acoustic Cafe

This intimate little spot on Augusta Street (near Fluor Field at the West End) packs 'em in tightly once the sun goes down, and this is especially true on Friday and Saturday nights. The interior decor pays homage to music of all types, from the...  Read More

Chicora Alley

Chicora (accent on the second syllable) is the success story of two Greenville brothers, Ben and Adam Dixon. Their restaurant and bar has gained lots of attention since its opening, and dining and drinking coexist happily in the second-floor...  Read More

Greenville's live music scene got a major boost with the opening of Blues Boulevard. The club is a tiny but sophisticated venue for jazz fans, but thanks to soothing lighting, beautiful ambience, great acoustics, and great service, it's also a...  Read More

Peace Center Amphitheater
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

This new venue is Greenville's finest way to enjoy live music outdoors during the good weather months in spring, summer and fall. A ticket buys you the right to sit on a wall or set up camp chairs and even tables, if you like, along the grassy,...  Read More

Downtown Greenville has made a commitment to providing FREE LIVE MUSIC so don't miss out! Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April or May through November, visitors and locals flock to Main Street for free concerts in various locations,...  Read More


Meet Libby McMillan

A longtime travel journalist, Libby chose her beautiful city after a nationwide search for a new hometown. Greenville's amazing downtown, four mild seasons, varied terrain, friendly residents...  More About Libby

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