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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.

Stop One

Center Stage, The Loft, Vinyl

1374 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta

All three venues are located in the same building on West Peachtree Street. Center Stage is an intimate venue with top-rated sound design and lighting systems. The Loft is on the second floor of Center Stage and features four full-service bars and a great view of the midtown skyline. Lastly, Vinyl is the smallest venue and delivers music from regional and local musicians.

Directions: Exit the Arts Center station from the West Peachtree Street exit and turn right on West Peachtree. The venue is a few blocks down the street.


Stop Two

Park Tavern

500 10th Street NE, Atlanta

Located right next to Piedmont Park, this venue features many touring DJs and EDM artists who perform live sets in this outdoor area. Park Tavern serves up great pub food, sushi and a variety of drinks. They have a number of great annual events, including Oyster and Crawfish Festival, Brew and BBQ Fest and Lucky Fest.

Directions: Turn right on 10th Street after leaving Midtown station. Park Tavern is about four blocks down the street.


Stop Three

The Masquerade

695 North Ave NE, Atlanta

Established in 1990, the Masquerade is the go-to venue for the top punk, rock and alternative music in the city. The venue has three indoor stages: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. It also hosts a number of outdoor events in its open-air amphitheater, Masquerade Music Park.

Directions: Take Route 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur stations or Route 102 at the North Avenue or Candler Park stations. Exit at Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive just around the corner from Ponce City Market. The venue is across the street from Ponce City Market a block away from the bus stop.


Stop Four

Variety Playhouse

1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta

Variety Playhouse is a Little Five Points staple featuring touring artists from Bluegrass to Jazz. This venue is in the heart of Little Five on Euclid Avenue NE. All shows are general admission, and the seating is a mixture of theater-style seats and a standing dance floor. 

Directions: Exit the Inman Park MARTA station and turn right on Hurt Street. Walk a block down the street and turn right on Euclid Avenue. The venue is about three blocks down the road.


Stop Five

The Rialto Center for the Performing Arts

80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta

For something more upscale, 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.

Directions: Exit the Peachtree Center station. Take the escalators to the street level and turn left on Peachtree Street NW. At the fork in the road, turn onto Forsyth Street and the venue will be a few blocks down the road.


Stop Six

The Tabernacle

152 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta

The 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 it also hosts comedy tours and other special events throughout the year.

Directions: Exit the Peachtree Center station. Take the escalators to the street level and turn left on Peachtree Street NW. At the first intersection, turn right on Andres Young International. After traveling one block, turn left on Spring Street and then a quick right on Luckie Street. Continue on Luckie Street, and the venue is less than a block away.


Stop Seven

Philips Arena

1 Philips Drive, Atlanta

Philips 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.


Stop Eight

Eddie's Attic

515 N McDonough St, Decatur

Eddie's Attic is a music club in Decatur, Georgia. Founded in 1992 by Eddie Owen, it is a venue for both local musical talent and musicians of some acclaim who often 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. Eddie's Attic also hosts a bi-annual songwriting contest, the Eddie's Attic Open Mic Shootout, where musical acts from around the United States compete to win a $1000 prize. Former winners of the contest include John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Clay Cook, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Jennifer Daniels, The Brilliant Inventions and Whitney Monge.


Near the Avondale MARTA station