Top 10 Live Music Restaurants Around Atlanta

Top 10 Live Music Restaurants Around Atlanta

I had a friend who studied opera in school and told me his sister only spoke in song lyrics.

Music is a part of the soul even for the musically challenged (such as me). It can change our mood in a moment by hearing that song. It’s not just about the sound but how it moves you. I love that moment when the mood is perfect and the song is just right and there’s a dance floor full of people feeling exactly like you.

That’s what National Music Month is all about. It’s about sharing what makes people smile and giving people the opportunity to learn an instrument, conduct a group, or let their voice shine. Atlanta has an incredible music scene, one of the better ones I’ve experienced, don’t let that music fall on silent ears this year. Support musicians of all styles and fashions, because without music the world would be a very different way. So get out, grab a bite, sit back or rock it out, with the various live music restaurants that offer great music and food!

Venkman’sVenkman's Live Music and Food

Modern comfort food, craft cocktails set in a warehouse space with room for live music. Venkman’s hosts an eclectic range of live music from rock and roll to soul to country. All this is curated by partners Peter Olson and Nicholas Niespodziani, who music lovers might recognize as the masterminds behind PleaseRock as well as the frontmen of Yacht Rock Revue. Some shows are free, so check out their website for what’s up and coming on their stage. Live music every night, with a dance floor. Be on the lookout for their burgers or tacos.

Kat’s CaféKat's Cafe charity show music

Snug nightclub with signature martinis, hosts live music and open mike nights. Share a table with a stranger and listen to some amazing music. Be prepared to enjoy music among serious music lovers! It’s mostly a sit down to listen venue, however, there is a tiny, postage stamp sized dance floor depending on performers. Check out their website for upcoming shows and ticketing. The martinis here are inventive and refreshing but don’t forget to grab some food too. There are personal sized pizzas, salads, wraps, and quesadillas. Check out their Friday Happy Hour, from 5 to 9 pm including drink and food specials.

Eclipse di LunaEclipse di Luna, one of the top live music restaurants around Atlanta

Everything here is Latin inspired. With two locations in Atlanta, look forward to a lively indoor scene and patio seating, with well-known Happy Hours. Tapas style food. This is a great place for groups of all sizes. Live acoustic music for dinner, with patrons often dancing between tables later into the night. No extra charge here, the live music comes with the dining experience. Energetic ambiance, hosting large events throughout the year, so check out their website for their next major event. Bonus both locations have free parking in their connected lots!

Sweet Georgia’s Juke JointSweet Georgia Juke Joint Music

Look for the large neon-lit billboard out front to know you’re in the right spot. Located in the historical landmark building formerly the Macy’s building (at one time the largest department store south of Philadelphia). Music every night of the week, check out their calendar for specific events and ticketing. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch. The history of Juke Joints is a place for communities to kick back and unwind after work. Sweet Georgia Juke Joint is the culmination of history, music, food, drink and the celebration of socializing in the South. Serving everything from appetizers to full-sized plates for dinner.

Eddie’s AtticEddie's Attic Music, one of the top live music restaurants in Atlanta

Open since 1991, this live music restaurant has gained fame and popularity with many currently big names in music spending time here before they were who they are today. Keep in mind, that the music is serious business here, as patrons are asked to silence their cell phones and actually listen to the music with little talking during performances. Taking music seriously, this intimate setting is a sound room, designed with superior acoustics. They also serve amazing sandwiches, small plates, big bowl entrée salads and plates for sharing, with an extensive bar.

Café 290Cafe 290 music and food

For 25 years, this has been one of the most well-known live music restaurants for jazz and blues of all types. With live acts, every day except Tuesdays, covers range from around $10 to $20 depending on the show. Check out the website for upcoming performances, the website is also musically inclined with Frank Sinatra crooning in the background. This venue was picked as one of three venues nationwide to unveil the Jazz Legends on US Postage Stamps. The crowd here tends toward the dress to impress side. Enjoy a full menu including seafood, steak, pasta, vegetarian specials, and a full bar.

Sweet Auburn SeafoodSweet Auburn Seafood

Sweet Auburn Seafood is another one of the top live music restaurants around Atlanta and has music five days a week, starting off its weekends on Wednesday, with live music. Tuesday expect a DJ. The music here is generally known for the sounds of Jazz, R&B, and contemporary music. The history of this restaurant’s name and the area it indirectly relates back to its musical inclination. Their food (lunch, tapas, dinner, and weekend brunch), is mostly seafood based and strong on the Southern side.

Après DiemApres Diem music and food

Located near Landmark Arts Cinema, this relaxed but sophisticated live music restaurant is an idle, comfortable art scene of all forms. Music all week, various DJs to start off the week, with live Jazz kicking off the weekend on Wednesday. Inspired by the European dining experience, find a restaurant with beautiful food presentation and open patio. Fairy lights sparkle inside and out adding to the comfortable, artistic ambiance. Staying with the artistic theme, local artists work decorates the walls.

Two Urban LicksTwo Urban Licks live music

Two Urban Licks is known for a lot of things from the great views of Atlanta skyline, a rocking chef, great local food, innovative décor, one of a kind wine set up, to their pet-friendly patio. Adding to everything they are doing right, they also have live music Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 2 pm, and Sunday brunch live music as well. Music ranges from funky blues, rock to soul. Check out their website for specifics on who will be visiting on the music front.

JCT Kitchen and BarJCT Kitchen and Bar live music

This is where the celebrated Chef Ford Fry started. Look forward to Southern farmstead cooking. Guests can enjoy refined comfort food while sitting back inside or on their outside patio, sipping a drink and enjoying live music. The ambiance is low key, with a welcoming vibe. Located in a very industrial complex complete with its own water tower. Bonus is skyline views!


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