Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Atlanta

If you enjoy watching local music Atlanta is the place to be. The city boasts diverse music scene. Many musicians got their start here, including Outkast, John Mayer and the Zac Brown band.

Eddie's Attic

Eddie's Attic has been spotlighting live, local music since 1991. Music lovers will appreciate the fact that the venue has a dedicated listening space. When the music starts, conversation stops. When you just have to talk to your posse or need a smoke, head to the other side of the venue. Both spaces serve food and drinks.

Eddie's Attic has a reasonable cover charge, good food, and an impressive beer selection. It's a great place to spend an evening listening to music.

Blind Willie's

From the time Blind Willie's opened its doors in 1986, it has been the place to go to see live blues in Atlanta. The venue has won numerous awards and has the distinction of being named one of best blues clubs in the country by E! Online. The bar has the feel of an old-time blues joint. They have always focused on attracting local talent as well as national artists.

Blind Willie's also offers a very reasonable cover charge, and serves food and beverages.

The Basement

The Basement is a club located in the basement of another bar, the Graveyard Tavern. The Basement is a local favorite dance spot, and hosts an impressive line-up of live music. The club attracts hip hop and dance musicians, as well as popular DJ's.

With its low cover charge and high energy, the Basement is a great place to dance the night away.


This is the most eclectic venue on the list. 529 hosts metal and rock acts as well as punk and hip hop artists. Local favorites rub shoulders with nationally known acts at this funky club located just around the corner from the Basement.

529 also offers a reasonable cover charge for an evening of exciting local music.

On any given evening in Atlanta, you can find amazing live and local music. So what are you waiting for? Go out and get your groove on. You'll be glad you did.

Amy Forman is a freelance writer based in Atlanta. She can be found around town enjoying her favorite local bands.