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.

Bars and Clubs with Live Music

Aisle 5

Aisle 5 is a multi-genre music venue in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood that hosts concerts for local and national touring artists.

Where: Little Five Points

Blind Willie’s Blues Club

Blind Willie’s Blues Club - Atlanta Live Music Bars
Artists such as Chris Smithers have played Blind Willie’s. (📷: Blind Willie’s)

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: Eastside

Blue Martini

Known as the hottest, upscale spot in the city for live entertainment and events every night, Blue Martini promises a sleek, fun night in the city.

Where: Buckhead

Domaine Atlanta

Domaine Atlanta is the ATL’s favorite party experience, ranked one of the top nightclubs in the country. It is styled after a historic opera house with a multilevel main room with domed ceilings, gorgeous chandeliers and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

Where: Midtown

Eclipse di Luna

In the heart of Buckhead, tucked away at the end of the iconic Miami Circle, Eclipse di Luna offers live Latin music five nights a week. Move to the beat as you indulge in delicious Spanish tapas and endless pitchers of sangria.

Where: Buckhead

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. Among those who have played at Eddie’s Attic are Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, India.Arie, Sara Bareilles and Justin Bieber.

Where: Eastside

529

529, a snug spot in East Atlanta with an alternative vibe and a full bar, hosts up-and-coming bands six nights a week.

Where: Eastside

Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall

Grooves in the Grove is a weekly music series of local and national acts that bring indie, bluegrass, country and Americana-centric tunes to the Eastside Atlanta BeltLine.

Where: Eastside

Northside Tavern

Northside Tavern is an authentic dive bar that dates back to 1972. With live music seven nights a week, it’s definitely one of the best spots in the city to hear some blues.

Where: Westside

Red Light Cafe

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: 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: Midtown

Star Community Bar

Star Community Bar is a cozy, no-frills venue in Little Five Points that attracts a steady stream of local and up-and-coming alternative and indie-rock acts. Don’t miss the fabulous Elvis shrine.

Where: Eastside

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint

Southern food accompanies live music at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint (📷: Julie Yarbrough Photography)

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint offers good Southern food and live music.

Where: 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: Westside

The Earl

If you wanna have fun, visit The Earl. (📷: Tim Song)

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: Eastside

The Eastern  

Located in Reynoldstown, The Eastern is a state-of-the art live music venue located in the Atlanta Dairies complex. It’s known for incredible acoustics.

Where: Eastside 

The Masquerade

The Masquerade moved from Ponce de Leon Avenue to Kenny’s Alley in Underground Atlanta, and its signature stages — named Heaven, Hell and Purgatory — are still there and ready to rock.

Where: Downtown

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle is a former church located in downtown Atlanta. (📷: Adam Davila Photo)

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: Downtown

Atlanta’s best Outdoor Venues for Live Music

Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park is a long-time Atlanta favorite.

For the perfect outdoor concert, check out Atlanta’s oldest outdoor music venue, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of music under the stars.

Where: Buckhead

Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Cellairis Amphitheatre offers a state-of-the-art musical experience for music lovers to enjoy live popular musical performances.

Where: 2002 Lakewood Way SW (Metro Atlanta)

Concert Halls Featuring a Variety of Acts

Buckhead Theatre

Smack in the middle of Buckhead sits Buckhead Theatre. (📷: Scott White)

Buckhead Theatre is an intimate, historic space in the heart of Buckhead.

Location: Buckhead 

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: Midtown

City Winery

City Winery is a fully functioning winery at Ponce City Market that hosts intimate concerts, food and wine classes, private events and fine dining.

Where: Eastside 

Coca-Cola Roxy

Find the Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery Atlanta. (📷: Benjamin Lipford)

Coca-Cola Roxy is a 25,000-square-foot venue in The Battery Atlanta.

Where: 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: Eastside

Atlanta’s Top Performing Arts Venues

Atlanta Symphony Hall

Treat yourself to a night with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. (📷: Jeff Roffman Photo)

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs in Atlanta Symphony Hall, which also hosts concerts from nationally and internationally known performers.

Location: Midtown

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Spend an evening under the starry sky at Fox Theatre.

The Fox Theatre is an ATL landmark that attracts the best in performance entertainment including Broadway shows, performing arts, concerts and classic feature films.

Where: Midtown 

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Go north to find Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is a top performance venue, hosting Broadway shows, ballet, opera, concerts, comedy and more. 

Where: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway (Metro Atlanta)

Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

The Rialto is a centerpiece of downtown Atlanta. (📷: Scott White)

Located in the heart of the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown Atlanta, the 833-seat performing arts venue presents the best of national and international jazz, world music, dance and much more.

Where: Downtown

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