Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Greenville, SC


Greenville, SC, may not have the music scene that neighbor up the road Asheville, NC, boasts, but it's slowly growing. If you know where to look, you can catch a good live show without having to head up the interstate. Although the Peace Center and Bon Secours Arena bring in the big names, these smaller venues really sing. Boogie down the street to enjoy the beats and vibes of Greenville's live music spots.

Independent Ale House
More than a dive to partake in a delicious IPA, music permeates the scene at the Independent Ale House. The friendly North Main neighborhood favorite serves lunch and dinner, and serves up some of the best music in the Upstate. Gobble up some tasty Phish food fried catfish bites, or savor the Streets of Philadelphia sandwich before watching the act of the night. Jam to music of all kinds, including funk, rock, blues, and more. On nice nights, stay a while on the patio and dance the night away.

Blues Boulevard Jazz
Located in downtown Greenville overlooking the Reedy River, some of the best blues and jazz artists around grace the stage at Blues Boulevard. The classy decor is a perfect backdrop to the sultry sounds of the music. Open until late, taste some tapas or sweet treats to get you through the night. And of course, the cocktails are superb as well. Thursday through Sunday nights, local and national acts alike belt it out. Some performances do require advance tickets, so plan ahead and you'll be glad you did.

Smiley's Acoustic Cafe
You have no excuses when it comes to Smiley's. Music plays six nights a week, for free. From Open Mic nights to Jazz Jams, this Augusta Street joint celebrates music of all varieties. Their homemade foods delights as much as the musical notes. The menu features heady fries and burritos as well as snacks, sandwiches, and soups. With two shows a night many nights, Smiley's appeals to all ages with music, food, and fun.

Jannan Poppen is a freelance writer in Greenville, SC. She's an explorer at heart and will try just about anything once.