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Nightlife & Music

Best Jazz Clubs In Atlanta

April 28, 2011 8:00 AM

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(credit: www.studio281.com)
What’s hot and cool at the same time? Jazz, of course, and Atlanta has plenty of great venues where the smoking hot music is guaranteed to give you the chills.

Café 290

290 Hilderbrand Dr.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 256-3942
www.cafe290atlanta.com

If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while, you already know that the words jazz and Café 290 are normally uttered in the same breath. For more than 25 years, Café 290 has been showcasing the best local and internationally known jazz musicians in a venue so casual and friendly that everyone feels at home here. A nice food selection makes this small, unobtrusive club even more appealing.

Churchill Grounds

660 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-3030
www.churchillgrounds.com

Dim, smoky, authentic and a haven for jazz lovers, Churchill Grounds brings back memories of the little corner jazz joint from days gone by. Just how serious are the owners about their music? The part of the club where live bands play is dubbed the Whisper Room, because all loud noises ranging from rowdy conversation to ringing cell phones are frowned upon in that area. Take advantage of the speech ban to cuddle up with someone special at one of the candlelit tables and enjoy some soulful tunes.

Dante’s Down the Hatch

3380 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 266-1600
www.dantesdownthehatch.com

The moment you walk through the door of Dante’s Down the Hatch, you know you’re in for a special experience. The interior of this restaurant and jazz club is designed to resemble an 18th-century sailing ship docked at a busy wharf. The dim lighting and dark water below — complete with roaming alligators — adds to the illusion. Guests can dine on the ship or at tables scattered over multiple levels throughout the wharf area, but every table gets a nice earful of the live jazz that plays six nights a week.

Studio 281

281 Peters St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 524-7247
www.studio281.com

They might be the new kid on the block, but Studio 281 already has an old school feel to it. The club is small and intimate, and its exposed brick and ductwork lends the room a gritty, urban charm. Live musicians perform in the Vault, so named because of the heavy vintage freezer door that separates the area from the rest of the club. Tables here are packed tightly together to foster a friendly, close-knit atmosphere that fits a club like this perfectly.

– Ty Treadwell
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