Buy all of the flowers, chocolates and stuffed bears in the world, nothing compares to the gift of live music on Valentine’s Day. Lucky lovebirds know great music is everywhere in Atlanta, so snuggle up to that special somebody at one of these great local music venues and forget the flowers.
Hours: Daily – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more than 20 years, Cafe 290 has brought live jazz music to the Sandy Springs area of Atlanta. In the past, the likes of Jamie Foxx and the Ohio Players have graced the stage at Cafe 290. The small room, along with great acoustics, make this place something special. Pay a small cover on V-Day for a world-class jazz experience with your honey. Enjoy great food and one of the best bars in Atlanta.
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Hours: lunch, Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner, Mon to Sat – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
One of the best French restaurants in Atlanta is also an incredible value. Zagat-rated Le Giverny’s wine selection is hand-picked by the staff. For Valentine’s Day, live acoustic music will fill the dining room, and love will most certainly be in the air. Try the trout, or Truite Grenobloise, one of the restaurant’s most delicious specialties. Feel free to order off of the regular menu on Valentine’s Day, leaving great steaks and chops to contend with the holiday menu.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
A great dinner and an evening of blues music is always on tap at Blind Willies. Every week, Blind Willie’s brings in national blues acts and mixes in local talent to create a fresh, soulful sound nowhere else in Atlanta can compete with. Come in for an early Valentine’s Day dinner, or come in at 10 p.m. for music and drinks. Expect to pay a cover, but with music of this caliber, it’ll be worth it. Blind Willie’s is an Atlanta treasure and a great choice for a night out on with a special someone.
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Hours: Sun to Wed – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Live music begins at 10 p.m.
It’s been around for 20 years, but the Northside Tavern is still one of the best kept secrets in Atlanta for live music. From live blues to its famous “Give it Back” concerts, an evening at the Northside Tavern is a great night out. It’s no exception on Valentine’s Day as lovebirds from all over town flock to the tavern for sweet, bluesy tunes that’ll inspire you all night long.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 5 pm to 12 a.m.; Sun – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Handmade pastas and live music make Davio’s tastiest tune-sampling spots in town. An Italian steakhouse inspired by the flavors of northern Italy, Davio’s showcases live music each week and Valentine’s Day will be no exception. Come for a memorable dinner or show up for a drink, but stay and enjoy the beautiful live music. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at Examiner.com.