Where to listen to the blues in Atlanta

Explore these clubs and bars that showcase blues music along with the occasional smattering of jazz

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While Atlanta has plenty of places for packed grinding and feverish moshing, sometimes you need a classier way to unwind. That’s where Atlanta’s blues and jazz scene comes in, swinging in romantic atmospheres and sultry sounds. Let some of the city’s most seasoned performers at these five laid-back spots take you into simpler times.


A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy on the strength of the roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit r... | more...


UPDATE: This business has been listed as Permanently Closed. The legendary bar attracts patrons with live music coming from fresh talent in the blues community. Chef Akin heads the kitchen, which serves tasty burgers and wings for lunch and dinner. Weekdays mostly feature Darwin's alumni musicians a... | more...


This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hosts a variety of low-key jazz, open mic jams, and experimental music nights for the sonically adventurous. | more...


This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular Wednesday night slot held down by Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck, who helped make the club a blues hot spot in the 1980s. Weekends bring a grab bag of local and touring acts. | more...


The bohemian living room serves as the city's center of bluegrass and Americana. The venue hosts a variety of other musical performers as well, plus diverse events. Food and drink available. | more...


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