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Music Venues

Atlanta is home to a vibrant music scene. Hometown favorites and world-renowned artists alike make their rounds all throughout the city, playing at venues ranging from small bars to three-tiered icons.

Planning on seeing an upcoming show? Check out our guide to some of Atlanta's most popular music venues. We've got a rundown of what to expect from each venue and how to get there on MARTA.

Eddie's Attic
Stop One

Eddie's Attic

515 N McDonough St, Decatur

Founded in 1992 by Eddie Owen, Eddie’s Attic is an intimate venue for both local musical talent and musicians of acclaim who got their start in the Atlanta area. Artists who developed their fanbase at Eddie's Attic include Shawn Mullins, Sugarland, Michelle Malone, Justin Bieber, Disappear Fear, The Civil Wars, John Mayer and Crystal Bowersox.

Near: Decatur Station

Variety Playhouse
Stop Two

Variety Playhouse

1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta

This renovated cinema has been a Little Five Points staple since the 1940s. These days, the Variety Playhouse is known for its diverse music scene, playing host to touring artists from Bluegrass and jazz to indie and rock.


Near: Inman Park-Reynoldstown Station
Atlanta Symphony  Orchestra
Stop Three

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

For an upscale night on the town, visit the city’s historic symphony hall. Home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as host to musicians from around the world, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has been part of the cultural fabric of the city since the 1930s.

Near: Arts Center Station
The Masquerade
Stop Four

The Masquerade

50 Lower Alabama Street, Atlanta

A true Atlanta legend, this iconic venue has hosted major names in rock, alternative, electronic and hip-hop. Everyone from Fugazi to Future has graced The Masquerade’s stage. After relocating to the lowest level of Atlanta Underground, this beloved venue is bringing long-time fans a brand-new experience with three unique performance rooms.

Near: Five Points Station

Smith’s Olde Bar
Stop Five

Smith’s Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta

With three themed rooms dedicated to live shows, it’s no surprise that Smith’s Olde Bar is a favorite hangout for Atlanta musicians and music lovers. Grab some pub grub and play a round of pool, then kick back and enjoy the show.

Near: Piedmont Ave. @ Monroe Dr.

Stop Six


80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta

For a high-class night, check out The Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Experience performances from Georgia State’s finest musicians and world-renowned artists in the global classical and jazz community.

Near: Peachtree Center Station

Philips Arena
Stop Seven

State Farm Arena

1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta

State Farm Arena is a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex. Home to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, the arena also features top-ranked concert tours, family shows and conferences on a global scale.

Directions: Take the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Station on the Blue and Green Lines. After exiting the station, follow the signs directing you towards the arena.


The Tabernacle
Stop Eight

The Tabernacle

152 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta

This converted Baptist Church has an acoustically stunning stage and features some of the biggest acts in music. The Tabernacle not only hosts music concerts, but also comedy tours and other special events throughout the year.


Near: Marietta St @ Centennial Park Drive

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