In places around the world, the coffeehouse has often been a meeting place for artists, and Atlanta is no different. The best places for poetry or spoken word are primarily in coffeehouses that turn into lounges as the sun goes down. This National Poetry Month, you can expect great crowds who are ready to hear the spoken truth at these venues.
64 3rd St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Hours: Spoken word every Sunday at 7 p.m.
Spoken word and Apache Café go hand and hand in Atlanta. Every Sunday at 7 p.m., poets and lyricists alike share their lives, their history and their gifts. Apache Café is also often host to other poetry and spoken word events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to a monthly comedy show, so review the online calendar before your visit to catch one of these great events. If you aren’t able to dine beforehand, the kitchen serves a full menu complete with comfort food favorites like grilled cheese, buttermilk fried chicken and cheese grits.
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425 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Hours: Mon to Fri -6:30 a.m. to Midnight, Sat to Sun -7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Java Monkey is a neighborhood favorite. This café is often packed with individuals studying, meeting and utilizing the restaurant’s free WiFi. Although each guest has his or her own personal menu favorite, with beers, wines, juices, organic coffees and other teas to choose from, there is certainly something for everyone. While the best seating for seeing the open mic performances is inside, Java Monkey also has a wonderful patio.
962 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Hours: Mon to Fri -7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat to Sun -8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Poetry open Mic: Thursdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: One drink minimum
Poets and a musical guest grace the “living room” at Urban Grind on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ever week. While you enjoy the ear candy of the poets you, treat yourself to some eye candy as well. The Urban Grind showcases local artists including painters, photographers and digital artists, and there is always something new from month to month. The smoothies are popular at Urban Grind, so don’t be surprised if you hear a gentle whir during a verse or two.
1680-B Spring Road
Smyrna, GA 30080
Hours: Mon to Fri -6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat to Sun 08 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A stalwart in the Smyrna community, Rev Coffee is a community oriented coffeehouse that plays host to an all inclusive open mic night. You can expect a fair number of acoustic singer and songwriter acts, but you can also expect to hear from poets. In addition to the traditional coffeehouse pastries, Rev offers tasty quiche, hummus and veggies, a fruit plate and chicken salad sandwiches. Your four legged friends will also find lovely treats in this garage-turned-coffeehouse establishment.
970 Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
Hours: Tues to Sat -5 p.m. to Close
Poetry every Wednesday 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nestled off the busy main streets of 10th Avenue and Piedmont Avenue, Kat’s is less of a café and more of a lounge. The free poetry event occurs on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. However, on Thursday nights when the live band is featured, you may also have a spoken word artists join them on stage. Other nights offer happy hours specials from the full bar. Although parking is tricky in this secluded location, there is free valet available.
Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.