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Where to Dine in Atlanta While Listening to Live Music

Where to have dinner, drinks, and catch a show

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There are plenty of concert halls and venues around Atlanta to catch a show during the week, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, relax, and listen to a little live music over dinner and drinks. From blue bars to restaurants for dinner and dancing, here are a few establishments around ATL offering live music on the menu.

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Boggs Social & Supply

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This West End neighborhood bar and restaurant features a rotating list of pop-ups serving food here, including Seoul Chikin, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, and Heaps ATL hand pies. Look for a lineup of weekly live music shows from local bands and musicians, too. Check Instagram for pop-up menus and live music performances. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

Northside Tavern

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The dive blues bar Northside Tavern has been an establishment on Howell Mill Road for decades. This iconic Westside haunt hosts bands and blues legends from around the country, and even helped launch of few locals musicians onto the national music scene. Open well into the early morning hours. Be sure to keep an eye out here for celebrity sightings.

Trader Vic's

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Few restaurants in Atlanta give diners of today a window into the past quite like Polynesian restaurant throwback Trader Vic’s. Opened in 1976 in the basement of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the interior hasn’t changed in its 43-year history. The $6 mai tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights still draw a crowd. Fun fact: Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s remaining in the United States, and the only one still associated with Hilton hotels.

The Brazilian coffee house and bar at Grant Park’s Beacon complex is a quiet neighborhood hangout by day, but evenings see Buteco transform into a buzzy bar serving caipirinhas, beer, and wine. Live music and open mic nights are hosted throughout the week on the covered patio out back and include acts ranging from local indie rock bands to samba and acoustic guitar. It’s not unusual to see couples during samba nights spill out onto the sidewalk dancing. Buteco offers a small but solid food menu. Try the pao de queijo waffles, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and filled further with pesto, tomato, and basil or ham and oregano.

Our Bar ATL

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This Edgewood Avenue bar is so much more than its name presents. Since opening in February 2020, Our Bar ATL has become an inclusive community hub for drinking, dancing, live music, social justice events, and chef residencies and restaurant pop-ups in its kitchen. Owned by 13 industry professionals and friends, Our Bar ATL deliberately spotlights Atlanta’s up-and-coming talent and creative entrepreneurs, whether that’s in music, politics, spoken word, or food. Look for sandwiches like a Philly cheesesteak on the menu here, which also includes hot pretzels and pizza rolls from the bar’s automat machines, perfect for folks looking to grab a quick bite before heading back to the dance floor.

Park Tavern

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Park Tavern on the edge of Piedmont Park offers one of Atlanta’s most impressive views of the Midtown skyline and the occasional local musical act on its stage. This includes Atlanta’s favorite soft rock band, Yacht Rock Revue.

Smith's Olde Bar

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This iconic dive bar in Midtown opened in 1994 and has been rocking on Piedmont Avenue into the wee hours ever since. Head in for dinner, drinks, dancing, and live music nearly every night.

City Winery

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City Winery in Old Fourth Ward at the Ponce City Market complex is all about dinner (and wine) and a show, whether that’s in their dining room or for acoustical acts on the patio. Concerts here can range from local musicians and national acts wanting to perform in an intimate setting to throwback shows featuring musicians like Colin Hay from Men at Work and Natalie Merchant from 10,000 Maniacs, and even burlesque. Check the calendar for concert dates and tickets. City Winery offers a full food and drink menu.

The James Room

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This chic, intimate cocktail lounge at SPX Alley along the Eastside Beltline trail regularly hosts live music from local musicians playing everything from jazz to soul. Keep an eye on Instagram for live music events here. During the day, the James Room transforms into a cafe serving coffee, pastries, and other savory bites as well as beer and wine.

Venkman's

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Venkman’s was born to rock during dinner (and brunch on the weekends.) The restaurant and music venue is the brainchild of partners Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson of soft rock cover band Yacht Rock Revue. Venkman’s is home base for the band, and includes musical acts ranging from rock and bluegrass to soul and salsa. Head in for live music, dancing, and cocktails throughout the week.

The Eastern

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This live music and concert venue on the edge of Reynoldstown offers a small menu of snacky foods. Expect dishes like sweet soy glazed chicken potstickers, bacon-wrapped banh mi hot dog sliders, and fried peach hand pies on the menu here. The rooftop at the Eastern also features its own bar, open-air seating, and a covered performance area for more intimate shows.

The Star Community Bar

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Housed in a former bank on Moreland, and after undergoing a change of ownership and renovation, Star Bar is back open in Little Five Points for cocktails, beer, and live shows and music ranging from funk to punk.

Southern Feed Store

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One of Atlanta’s tiniest food halls, Southern Feedstore now resides in the former Graveyard Tavern space on Glenwood in the heart of East Atlanta Village. Head here for coffee, cocktails, and live music in the evenings and food from Buteco, Woody’s CheeseSteaks, Gyro Gyro, and Waffle Bar. Follow on Instagram to keep updated on the latest live music shows taking place here each week.

The EARL

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The Earl in East Atlanta Village is known for hosting a wide and eclectic range of alternative and underground bands on its stage. Most tickets for shows here are well under $20. The bar includes a full bar and menu of pub food, including a couple of Atlanta’s finest burgers — the bacon blue cheese burger and the El Diablo topped with chili, Diablo salsa, jalapeños, roasted poblanos, and pepper jack cheese.

Eddie's Attic

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Eddie’s Attic in downtown Decatur is the ultimate spot for dinner, drinks, and musical acts in an intimate setting. The music bar opened in 1991 and has become a staple for catching local and independent musicians from around the world as well as spoken word artists nearly every night of the week. The bar hosts songwriter open mic nights, too. Eddie’s Attic offers a full bar and food menu.

Waller's Coffee Shop

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Waller’s Coffee Shop, owned by Jason Waller, is part-coffee house and part-music room for local musicians, spoken word artists, poets, and other entertainers to perform. Waller opened the shop in order to provide a safe haven for people battling mental illnesses or recovering from addiction. It’s now become an inclusive, welcoming space for the entire community to gather. Head here throughout the week for a variety of singer songwriters performing on the small stage inside or out back in the sprawling outdoor seating area, complete with fire pits and a stage. Pop into the shop for coffee, biscuits sandwiches, pastries, and sandwiches. 

Boggs Social & Supply

This West End neighborhood bar and restaurant features a rotating list of pop-ups serving food here, including Seoul Chikin, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, and Heaps ATL hand pies. Look for a lineup of weekly live music shows from local bands and musicians, too. Check Instagram for pop-up menus and live music performances. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

Northside Tavern

The dive blues bar Northside Tavern has been an establishment on Howell Mill Road for decades. This iconic Westside haunt hosts bands and blues legends from around the country, and even helped launch of few locals musicians onto the national music scene. Open well into the early morning hours. Be sure to keep an eye out here for celebrity sightings.

Trader Vic's

Few restaurants in Atlanta give diners of today a window into the past quite like Polynesian restaurant throwback Trader Vic’s. Opened in 1976 in the basement of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the interior hasn’t changed in its 43-year history. The $6 mai tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights still draw a crowd. Fun fact: Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s remaining in the United States, and the only one still associated with Hilton hotels.

Buteco

The Brazilian coffee house and bar at Grant Park’s Beacon complex is a quiet neighborhood hangout by day, but evenings see Buteco transform into a buzzy bar serving caipirinhas, beer, and wine. Live music and open mic nights are hosted throughout the week on the covered patio out back and include acts ranging from local indie rock bands to samba and acoustic guitar. It’s not unusual to see couples during samba nights spill out onto the sidewalk dancing. Buteco offers a small but solid food menu. Try the pao de queijo waffles, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and filled further with pesto, tomato, and basil or ham and oregano.

Our Bar ATL

This Edgewood Avenue bar is so much more than its name presents. Since opening in February 2020, Our Bar ATL has become an inclusive community hub for drinking, dancing, live music, social justice events, and chef residencies and restaurant pop-ups in its kitchen. Owned by 13 industry professionals and friends, Our Bar ATL deliberately spotlights Atlanta’s up-and-coming talent and creative entrepreneurs, whether that’s in music, politics, spoken word, or food. Look for sandwiches like a Philly cheesesteak on the menu here, which also includes hot pretzels and pizza rolls from the bar’s automat machines, perfect for folks looking to grab a quick bite before heading back to the dance floor.

Park Tavern

Park Tavern on the edge of Piedmont Park offers one of Atlanta’s most impressive views of the Midtown skyline and the occasional local musical act on its stage. This includes Atlanta’s favorite soft rock band, Yacht Rock Revue.

Smith's Olde Bar

This iconic dive bar in Midtown opened in 1994 and has been rocking on Piedmont Avenue into the wee hours ever since. Head in for dinner, drinks, dancing, and live music nearly every night.

City Winery

City Winery in Old Fourth Ward at the Ponce City Market complex is all about dinner (and wine) and a show, whether that’s in their dining room or for acoustical acts on the patio. Concerts here can range from local musicians and national acts wanting to perform in an intimate setting to throwback shows featuring musicians like Colin Hay from Men at Work and Natalie Merchant from 10,000 Maniacs, and even burlesque. Check the calendar for concert dates and tickets. City Winery offers a full food and drink menu.

The James Room

This chic, intimate cocktail lounge at SPX Alley along the Eastside Beltline trail regularly hosts live music from local musicians playing everything from jazz to soul. Keep an eye on Instagram for live music events here. During the day, the James Room transforms into a cafe serving coffee, pastries, and other savory bites as well as beer and wine.

Venkman's

Venkman’s was born to rock during dinner (and brunch on the weekends.) The restaurant and music venue is the brainchild of partners Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson of soft rock cover band Yacht Rock Revue. Venkman’s is home base for the band, and includes musical acts ranging from rock and bluegrass to soul and salsa. Head in for live music, dancing, and cocktails throughout the week.

The Eastern

This live music and concert venue on the edge of Reynoldstown offers a small menu of snacky foods. Expect dishes like sweet soy glazed chicken potstickers, bacon-wrapped banh mi hot dog sliders, and fried peach hand pies on the menu here. The rooftop at the Eastern also features its own bar, open-air seating, and a covered performance area for more intimate shows.

The Star Community Bar

Housed in a former bank on Moreland, and after undergoing a change of ownership and renovation, Star Bar is back open in Little Five Points for cocktails, beer, and live shows and music ranging from funk to punk.

Southern Feed Store

One of Atlanta’s tiniest food halls, Southern Feedstore now resides in the former Graveyard Tavern space on Glenwood in the heart of East Atlanta Village. Head here for coffee, cocktails, and live music in the evenings and food from Buteco, Woody’s CheeseSteaks, Gyro Gyro, and Waffle Bar. Follow on Instagram to keep updated on the latest live music shows taking place here each week.

The EARL

The Earl in East Atlanta Village is known for hosting a wide and eclectic range of alternative and underground bands on its stage. Most tickets for shows here are well under $20. The bar includes a full bar and menu of pub food, including a couple of Atlanta’s finest burgers — the bacon blue cheese burger and the El Diablo topped with chili, Diablo salsa, jalapeños, roasted poblanos, and pepper jack cheese.

Eddie's Attic

Eddie’s Attic in downtown Decatur is the ultimate spot for dinner, drinks, and musical acts in an intimate setting. The music bar opened in 1991 and has become a staple for catching local and independent musicians from around the world as well as spoken word artists nearly every night of the week. The bar hosts songwriter open mic nights, too. Eddie’s Attic offers a full bar and food menu.

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Waller's Coffee Shop

Waller’s Coffee Shop, owned by Jason Waller, is part-coffee house and part-music room for local musicians, spoken word artists, poets, and other entertainers to perform. Waller opened the shop in order to provide a safe haven for people battling mental illnesses or recovering from addiction. It’s now become an inclusive, welcoming space for the entire community to gather. Head here throughout the week for a variety of singer songwriters performing on the small stage inside or out back in the sprawling outdoor seating area, complete with fire pits and a stage. Pop into the shop for coffee, biscuits sandwiches, pastries, and sandwiches. 

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