Best Places for Live Music in Atlanta

From hip-hop and rock to indie and everything in between, Atlanta’s live music venues keep the beats popping every night of the week. There are intimate venues where you can see your favorite artists up close and personal, outdoor amphitheaters for an evening of music under the stars, and arenas filled with screaming fans — ATL is a music town with a variety of great venues to hear music across all spectrums.   

Blind Willie’s Blues Club - Atlanta Live Music Bars
For soulful blues in the heart of the ATL, head for Blind Willie’s Blues Club.

BARS & CLUBS WITH LIVE MUSIC IN ATLANTA

Aisle 5

Aisle 5 is a multi-genre music venue in Atlanta’s Little Five Points district that hosts concerts for local and nationally touring artists.
Where: 1123 Euclid Ave NE (Little Five Points)

Blind Willie’s Blues Club

Blind Willie’s Blues Club is Atlanta’s oldest blues club. Built by musicians for musicians, it has hosted famous acts before they were household names and is the place to go to hear raw, gritty, soulful blues in the heart of the ATL. Go enjoy some blues, booze and Cajun food.   
Where: 828 North Highland Ave. (Midtown)

Domaine Atlanta

Domaine Atlanta is the ATL’s favorite party experience, ranked one of the top nightclubs in the country. Styled after a historic opera house, with a multi-level main room with domed ceilings, gorgeous chandeliers, and state of the art sound and lighting, it also has a lavish outdoor cabana, an elevated garden and fountain suite, and a back-room lounge for intimate gatherings.  
Where: 1150B Peachtree St. (Entrance on Crescent Ave.) (Metro Atlanta)

Eddie’s Attic

Eddie’s Attic is well known in Decatur — and nationwide — for launching singer-songwriters to stardom. Hear original, live music from independent artists. Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, India.Arie, Sara Bareilles, Justin Bieber, and more have played this intimate venue.
Where: 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur (Eastside)

529

529 is a snug spot with an alternative vibe and a full bar hosts up-and-coming bands 6 nights a week.
Where: 529 Flat Shoals Ave SE (Eastside)

Northside Tavern

Northside Tavern is an authentic dive bar that dates back to 1972. Live music seven nights a week, it’s definitely one of the best spots in the city to hear some blues.
Where: 1058 Howell Mill Road NW (Westside)

Red Light Café

Red Light Café is a premier listening room in Midtown. Enjoy a wide range of music genres including Americana, Bluegrass, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Roots Rock, and even some of the best comedy shows and burlesque in this cozy venue.
Where: 553-1 Amsterdam Ave NE (Midtown)

Smith’s Olde Bar

Smith’s Olde Bar may be on the small side, but plenty of musical heavyweights have played this popular watering hole.
Where: 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE (Midtown)

Star Community Bar

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. Don’t miss the fabulous Elvis shrine in the vault opposite the main stage.
Where: 437 Moreland Ave. NE (Eastside)

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint (temporarily closed)

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 (Downtown)

Terminal West

Terminal West is a former 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 (Midtown)

The Earl

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 (Eastside)

The Masquerade

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. (Downtown)

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle hosts a diverse lineup of artists in this former church named one of Billboard’s 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.
Where: 152 Luckie St. NW (Downtown)

ATLANTA’S BEST OUTDOOR VENUES FOR LIVE MUSIC

Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

For the perfect outdoor concert, check out Atlanta’s oldest outdoor music venue, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic to sit back on the expansive lawn and enjoy an evening of music under the stars.
Where: 4469 Stella Dr NW (Buckhead)

Lakewood Amphitheater (Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood)

Lakewood Amphitheater offers a large lawn and a state-of-the-art musical experience for music lovers to enjoy live popular musical performances.
Where: 2002 Lakewood Way SW (Metro Atlanta)

Variety Playhouse is one of the best places to catch concerts from mainstream and independent artists in the city. (📷: 4kclips / Shutterstock.com)

CONCERT HALLS FEATURING A VARIETY OF ACTS

Center Stage Theater

Center Stage Theater is home to Vinyl, The Loft and the Center Stage Theater—three venues and bars where you can hear your favorite bands.
Where: 1374 West Peachtree St. NW. (Midtown)

City Winery

City Winery is a fully functioning winery that hosts intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events, and fine dining. 
Where: 650 North Ave. (Metro Atlanta)

Coca-Cola Roxy

Coca-Cola Roxy is the newest 25,000-square-foot capacity venue in The Battery Atlanta.  
Where: 800 Battery Ave. SE (Metro Atlanta)

Variety Playhouse

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 (Metro Atlanta)


Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Fox Theatre in Midtown is a legendary performance space. (📷: Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

ATLANTA’S PREMIER PERFORMING ARTS VENUES 

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is Atlanta’s premier performance venue, hosting Broadway shows, ballet, opera, concerts, comedy, educational programs, family performances, corporate meetings, weddings receptions, galas and other events. 
Where: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway (Metro Atlanta)

The Fox Theatre

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

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