Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Atlanta night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Atlanta does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Café 290, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Star Community Bar, which is known for its Blues music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Midtown area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Atlanta.

Blind Willie's
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This club is named for Georgia's own "Blind" Willie McTell, a legendary songwriter born in Thomson who is credited with inking tunes such as "Statesboro Blues" and "Broke Down Engine Blues." A neon alligator in the window beckons you to catch...  Read More

Café 290


One of the top jazz clubs in Atlanta, Cafe 290 features live music (jazz or blues) nightly. A full menu including seafood, steaks, pasta, and vegetarian specialties is available. A separate section houses a sports bar.



Hosting an ensemble of regional and national acoustic acts, Eddie's Act is an ideal place to chill out over a few brews and good live music. A favorite of Decatur's youngish professionals, Eddie's has showcased the likes of Ani Difranco, Shawn...  Read More

Star Community Bar


From the hokey Elvis shrine across from the main stage to the retro-style Little Vinyl Lounge, this Little Five Points classic is 100% rock-n-roll. Fun bands, loud music, and cheap beer are hot commodities at the Star, and it's not uncommon to...  Read More



Devotees of live music, particularly jazz and reggae, find much to like about this cool, funky Midtowner. Apache has the look and feel of the avant-garde music clubs you'd find hidden away on West Village side-streets. In fact, it's not uncommon...  Read More

Dark Horse Tavern & 10 High Club


Atlanta hipsters converge on this Virginia Highlands nightspot each week and for good reason. Upstairs, you'll find a great pub-style watering hole that's always packed with stylish 20- and 30-somethings. In the cellar, 10 High hosts some of...  Read More

Smith's Olde Bar
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You'll love this SOB – that's Smith's Olde Bar, of course. Though DJ dance parties are common, you'll also frequently find live music presented on the circular stage. Special songwriters' nights often showcase up-and-coming talents on the...  Read More



Located off the beaten path, this country music concert hall offers an enormous dance floor with cowboy dancing, two-stepping and live bands or DJs.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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Friday nights sizzle at Fernbank Museum during their Martinis and Imax event. It is one of the most fun things to do in the Emory neighborhood. Each Friday, Fernbank is transformed into a fun environment of playful cocktails and soothing live...  Read More