It’s hard to catch the blues with so many incredible jazz bars and clubs in Atlanta
It doesn’t matter if your looking for some blues tunes, roots music, or show-stopping jazz bars. Atlanta has the spot for you, and Secret Atlanta’s got you covered. From local favorites to the largest free jazz festival in the country, there’s something for everyone!
Where: Piedmont Park
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country. It annually celebrates jazz music, legends, as well as up-and-coming artists! The festival takes over venues throughout Metropolitan Atlanta, as well as the festival in Piedmont Park. Usually in the month of May, this year’s festivities will take place over Labor Day weekend.
2. Blind Willie’s
One of the best blue bars in the city also hosts jazz nights to remember. With top-notch Southern cuisine and authentic jazz bar vibes, Blind Willie’s has become a beloved part of the jazz scene since opening in 1986. There’s a Blind Willie’s house band, as well as unmissable weekly events.
3. St. James Live!
The atmosphere at St. James Live! goes unmatched. There’s an awesome selection of food available, as you enjoy awesome music in their stunning grand hall. Brunch is always an excellent choice, but there’s an incredible selection of events and concerts, making it one of Atlanta’s greatest live entertainment venues.
On the third Friday of every month, you can enjoy music, drinks, and art at an Atlantan icon. The High Museum of art hosts the monthly event, featuring a different style jazz each time. From straight ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing, HIGH are bringing Atlanta the best of the best in the world of jazz, and the line-up is always exquisite at the HIGH’s Jazz Fridays!
5. Northside Tavern
Where: Home Park
The home of the Atlanta blues since 1972, make sure you check out Northside Tavern if you’re a jazz lover. This good-time tavern/dive bar offers live blues every night with their awesome house band. There’s also pool if you and your friends fancy a game!
6. Kat’s Cafe
To call Kat’s Cafe a jazz bar would be a complete injustice to the awesome entertainment available here, although if you catch a jazz night, you’re in for a treat! Where the cultured and creative mingle, wine and dine, there’s live music, stand up comedy, poetry and spoken word, art shows, book signings and more! Make sure you have yourself a cocktail (or three)!
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7. Apache Cafe
This intimate venue combines art, food, music, and so much more. Offering a tasty menu of signature dishes, this unique space is booming with character. Head to Apache Cafe for a great night of live music and great food! You can even channel your inner-jazz singer, as there’s a karaoke night on occasion!
8. Suite Food Lounge
Where: Downtown Atlanta
For exceptional live jazz, great food & drinks, with awesome service, head to Suite Food Lounge! You can’t leave without checking out their specialty drinks menu. Your cocktails will go down a treat with some of the best jazz in the ATL.