1104 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Front Page News is an amazing local neighborhood gem that brings the flavor of New Orleans to Atlanta. With great food, strong drinks and good music, local patrons have come to love the “big easy” atmosphere. They have an extensive food menu that is absolutely delicious on any night of the week, and locals have come to enjoy hanging out at their bar to watch sports or join in on one of their themed trivia nights. On weekend nights, Front Page News is buzzing until 2 a.m. with great live music from local cover bands and artists. Head upstairs to the bar area, and take in the cool Atlanta summer night while you enjoy the tunes from some great bands.
437 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Star Community Bar is an iconic venue in the historic Little Five Points area in Atlanta. Most would consider it Atlanta’s best dive bar, but whether that statement is true or false, it’s the best venue in Atlanta to get up close and personal with local and regional acts. All types of entertainers hit the stage at Star Bar from comedians, spoken word poets, up and coming rock bands, singer songwriters, and headline acts. Local patrons have come to love the Star Bar’s chill vibe that requires no dress code, little to no cover, with great music and cheap drinks. Not to mention, the convenient parking lot in the back of the building which means you can avoid the headache of parallel parking on side streets. Star Bar has something for every night of the week with cool events such as standup comedy, dance parties, live music and more. Famously known for their Elvis Shrine, be sure to look for it and snap a great photo to commemorate the occasion. Be aware, they do allow smoking inside.
1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
If you’re from Atlanta, you know about Smith’s and that’s all you would need to say. Smith’s Olde Bar is another iconic dive bar in Atlanta located at the corner of Piedmont and Monroe. They have three iconic rooms, The Music Room which holds about 300 in capacity that has seen the likes of dedicated acts, The Atlanta Room which of course is dedicated to Atlanta and holds about 100 in capacity, and The Bar Room and that’s where all the good food magic is made and where you’ll find most patrons on any given day. Smith’s Olde Bar offers big screen TV for sports, pool tables, darts and plenty of seating. Keep in mind, parking may be difficult, Uber or Lyft are always great options.
736 Ponce De Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
If you’ve visited MJQ before, then you know The Drunken Unicorn very well, as the venue is located beneath the nightclub. Both venues can be heard competing for airwaves from outside their entrance, as lines can wrap around joining forces on any given night. The Drunken Unicorn is a cool nugget of a location that puts all the focus on the act and with very few frills for a music venue. Its accessible to local acts, as well as touring acts with a bit of a buzz. With an intimate room, it’s a great place to see any band up close and personal. As for parking, prepare to pay at least $10 for parking across the street or you can alway park for free on neighboring streets behind the venue, but prepare to walk a few blocks in advance.
816 N Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
The Dark Horse Tavern is cool bar located in the popular Virginia Highland area in the city of Atlanta. Known for being the best karaoke bar in Atlanta, they also have an awesome live band with a very lively crowd on most nights. There is a lot of hangout space from the main seating area to the patios (first and second floor). There’s nothing quite like the experience of singing songs along with a live band onstage or laughing with those people brave enough to hit the stage and perform a song of their own. It’s a great, cheap evening for out-of-town guests and a total blast for a post-work-happy hour group. There’s plenty of street parking and an adjacent parking lot that’s only $3 to park. The Dark Horse Tavern is an excellent choice for a late night filled with fun with friends.