Atlanta Things to Do: 5 Must-Visit Musical Venues

Atlanta is a city that comes alive with its vibrant music. Atlanta has things to do that range from visiting the several music venues, clubs, bars, attractions and much more. The music scene has much to offer, from large concert venues to smaller more intimate bars and clubs. Whether you're looking for a relaxing night of jazz or world music, or seeking a night of excitement at a rock venue, the city will cater to your needs. BBonline recommends visiting these venues while visiting Atlanta.

Philips Arena
1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 878-3000

One of the top Atlanta things to do is visiting the Philips Arena. The Philips Arena has been host to some of the world's top bands and solo artists. It was named the US' top stadium in the first half of 2009. This huge indoor venue can seat up to 21,000 and has featured the likes of U2, Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, The Rolling Stones and Britney Spears, among many others. Private and luxury seating is available and a full schedule of upcoming events can be located on the Philips arena website.  The arena is situated close to the center of Atlanta, convenient to your spacious Atlanta Inn.

1374 West Peach Tree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
(404) 885-1365

If you are looking for local rock music in an authentic setting, look no further than Vinyl. With a capacity of 300, Vinyl offers a personal music experience and has been a favourite of the Atlanta music scene for several years. The venue offers a full bar and billiards outside and during performances. Recent acts to have performed here include: Midtown, John Butler Trio, Vendetta Red and Jam. Vinyl is located close to your comfortable Atlanta Bed and Breakfast.

Smith's Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324-5232
(404) 875-1522

Visiting Smith's Olde Bar is one of the things you need to add to your Atlanta things to do list. On a plaque outside the premises, Smith's Olde Bar boasts that: "The best musicians and the greatest music fans walk through these doors." The venue does have a lot to offer and has played host to some excellent acts. Smith's has a capacity of 350 and has witnessed the likes of David Bowie, Pete Yorn and Train. Food is available and the bar also hosts tournaments of Texas Hold 'Em Poker, with a pub quiz on a Thursday night.

Apache Café
64 3rd St. Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
(404) 876-5436

Apache Café offers an eclectic mix of musical styles, from jazz to hip hop, with a variety of unique performances scheduled throughout the year. The spirit of this venue is creativity and the café includes food service and also an artists' gallery. Acts appearing at the Apache Café compose a cultural mix that makes it difficult to say what to expect from one night to the next. But if you are looking for something adventurous set in an intimate and expressive environment, then this is the venue for you.

Eastside Lounge
485 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30316-1913
(404) 521-9666

Eastside lounge offers live DJs and musicians playing throughout the week, from Monday to Saturday. You can relax in the close atmosphere among enormous paintings and impressive lighting. The Lounge stocks a full bar of wines, spirits and beers and on Saturdays there is free entry for ladies before midnight. The venue is particularly noted for its fine selection of Scotch and wines. Specials are available on drinks on a nightly basis and the venue stays open well into the wee hours.