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.Read More
Dine While Listening to Live Music at These Atlanta Bars and Restaurants
Where to have dinner, drinks, and catch a show
1. Red Sky Tapas & Bar
This piano and tapas bar offers weekly dueling piano shows along with other live music acts, including acoustic guitar performers and jazz trios, Thursday through Saturday. The family-friendly restaurant serves small bites like bacon wrapped dates, dumplings, and artichoke dip as well as larger portions such as a duck breast, fried chicken, and tenderloin tacos.
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2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Waller's Coffee Shop
The coffee house and live music venue just outside of Decatur opened in February. 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. He plans to host educational classes and support groups. Waller’s hosts live music three to four times a week, including songwriter nights and bluegrass jams.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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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. The menu skews pub grub, like burgers, steak, and pulled pork tacos paired with plenty of beer on tap, cocktails, and wine.
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9. The Star Community Bar
The Star Bar in Little Five Points, housed in a former bank on Moreland, is the dive bar to catch eclectic musical acts in ATL ranging from funk to punk. There’s even a shrine (in a bank vault) to Elvis — the Star Bar’s patron saint. Head in for comedy on Monday nights, DJs and dancing on Tuesdays, and live music Wednesday through Saturday until 3 a.m.
10. Bread & Butterfly
Inspired by the cafes of Paris, this sunny Inman Quarter cafe shines with French bistro fare and a simple but excellent wine list. Enjoy live music in the cafe’s dining room every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.
11. 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.
12. 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.
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.
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