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You don’t need to get all dressed up and spend a bunch of cash to have an awesome night with live music, games, topnotch drinks, and great crowds.
THE NORTHSIDE TAVERN
For swinging live music every day of the week, hit up the Northside Tavern. This old-time bar came to life in the 1940s as a neighborhood grocery store, and since has evolved into a regional haven for world-class blues and jazz acts. The loud, gritty space still makes new strides, with local and travelling musicians lighting up the smoky interior. Sip a strong drink, play some pool, or linger outside on the patio, and don’t miss the famous fire-breathing act!
We Love The: Blues shows with a side of wings
Mosh out to an ideal combination of up-and-coming, verge-of-stardom, and should-be-famous bands at The Earl in East Atlanta Village, a place best enjoyed with classic shoestring fries and a group of friends in the eclectic interior. The venue is intimate enough to see artists up close and personal, but large enough to roam, rock, and roll freely. Acoustics entice your ears in the space built for live music, an award-winning highlight in Atlanta’s alternative rock scene.
We Love The: Salmon BLT, Black and Blue Burger, Shoestring Fries
SISTER LOUISA’S CHURCH OF THE LIVING ROOM & PING PONG EMPORIUM
Open late, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, known by its loyal following as “Church,” is a place for open-minded souls ready to have a good time. The downstairs offers an old-school vibe with outrageous original artwork. An authentic 19th century confessional serves as a photo booth, and pew-style seating upstairs overlooks the infamous ping pong table. Come Wednesday nights for karaoke backed by a church organ.
We Love The: Weekly Ping Pong Tournaments