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Atlanta’s Best Small Live Music Venues

April 12, 2011 4:19 PM

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Feeling like catching a live band in an intimate space? We’ve got you covered. Our list of the best small live music venues in Atlanta includes The Tabernacle, Smith’s Olde Bar and Star Community Bar.
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Star Community Bar

437 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
404.681.9018
www.starbaratlanta.com

This smoke-filled, vaguely dive-y hole-in-the-wall in Little Five Point hosts open mic, comedy and karaoke in addition to a mix of live rock & roll acts. You’ll doubtless notice the Elvis shrine opposite the main stage. Cheap beer and loud music are the name of the game. More than just a nice, small spot to catch local bands and up and coming national acts, it’s also a good spot to hang out.

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Smith’s Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404.875.1522
www.smithsoldebar.com

Their larger room can hold 300 people tops, yet some big name acts have played there (David Bowie, Train and Fishbone to name a few). They have multiple rooms with different things going on, including jazz and acoustic sets as well as places to play pool, foosball and darts. Of course, you can also come to check out a Steeler’s game (all the die-hard fans show up there like clockwork). You can also check out some of the standard bar fare, which includes items like a basket of burgers.

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The Tabernacle

152 Luckie St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
404.659.9022
www.tabernacleatl.com

Larger than the other venues on this list, the Tabernacle is a former church that has been converted into a club. It can accommodate 2600 people. Check out the old-school fixtures, paintings and chandelier that all lend charm to the place. A diverse group of artists play through, although generally it hosts bands that have broken through into the main stream of pop and rock. If your sick of the smoke frequently found at the other venues on this list, smokers are relegated to the basement at Tabernacle. No spot at Tabernacle is bad to watch a show: you can sit in one of the balcony seats, or stand in the pit on the floor – keep this in mind when getting your tickets.

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