Let's Hear It: Atlanta's Best Live Music Venues

Let's Hear It: Atlanta's Best Live Music Venues

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Here's a guide to all the places featuring live acts — everything from bluegrass to folk to metal — always without a cover charge.

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    Hit the Westside dive the locals frequent and catch some blues that stir your soul.
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    Grocery on Home in Atlanta's historic Grant Park neighborhood is the ultimate intimate listening experience.
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    This small live music venue/fine-dining establishment opened in the fall of 2015 in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward. And it offers the unique experience of sitting down for a nice meal while taking in an intimate show.
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    The colorfully patterned and quirky Tabernacle, located smack in the middle of downtown, offers an intimate music hall experience and some well-established bands.
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    For the weekly Mai Tai Thursday at this campy Downtown tiki bar, the band Tongo Hiti jams on Polynesian-styled tunes from 7–11 PM. The Volcanauts and the Rocksteady Revue also perform occasionally, delivering rock and Jamaican vibes.
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    This Krog Street Market hot spot (pictured) packs in the crowds with its Tex-Mex cuisine all week long, but features extra entertainment on the weekends with country- and folk rock–leaning acts performing; keep up to date with the schedule via Superica's Facebook page.
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    The views from a rotating dining room aren't the only draws at this Downtown icon atop the Westin. Come by on a Wednesday or Thursday night, and you'll find live jazz in the lounge from house band The Mose Davis Trio.
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    This new fancified 'cue joint in Buckhead features live musicians of the acoustic rock– and country-leaning variety, either out on the large patio or inside on the stage. Take note of that Peaches Records & Tapes logo behind the stage for a bit of neighborhood memorabilia.
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    This Buckhead Italian has held down its end of Pharr Road for years, and that's partly thanks to an upscale ambiance that gets a little more lively on Thursdays. That's when there's a live jazz band, starting at 7:30 PM. Even better? Half-price bottles of wine.
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    The upstairs terrace bar at JCT. offers great views and a relaxing place to enjoy some of chef EJ Hodgkinson's refined Southern fare. Things get much more raucous on the weekends, though, when this Westsider hosts live performers Thursdays (6–9 PM), Fridays and Saturdays (8–11 PM), mostly in the acoustic solo singer/songwriter vein. JCT. also takes part in the Westside Provisions District monthly Sundown Series, which features live music, movie screenings and more on Wednesday nights.
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    This rock 'n' roll mainstay in the Midtown Promenade offers free live music every Saturday (more or less) in the smoky game room, with acts tending toward the louder end of the spectrum. Metal, sludge rock and other heavy sounds are what you'll find at this 21-and-up spot.
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    Swing by Ron Eyester's Morningside eatery on Saturdays, Sundays and some Fridays for what often ends up feeling like a neighborhood party. Local ingredients are important at the restaurant and that extends to the sound, with Atlanta bands highlighted here.
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