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Boasting an eclectic schedule of live bands and DJs every night of the week, MJQ lounge and nightclub is a music lover's paradise. Each evening features a different genre, from rock 'n' roll Mondays and hip-hop Thursdays, to reggae and Afro-fusion Fridays. MJQ also has a full bar and plenty of room for the crowds that come for popular acts. This club is a great place to go to check out local talent in the city. Events including pool parties, movie nights and contests.
One of the best local watering holes of Atlanta, Northside Tavern is where the crowd gathers, come evenings. Featuring live bands and jam sessions daily, this venue is a hit amongst those in their 20s and the young at heart. The decor though a little outdated, runs parallel to the music played here, with pictures and articles of former blues legends and artists adorning the walls. The lively ambiance adds that extra zing, making up for what the place lacks in it's interiors. A great line-up of gigs and jam sessions by upcoming bands and established musicians further adds to the popularity quotient.
The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge is anything but your average hotel bar. From the tastefully vintage decor to the regular rotation of vinyl-only DJs, this basement lounge will be sure to please anyone looking for a night among Atlanta's most hip crowd. The small bar area is perfect for mingling and conversation, while the dance floor has plenty enough room to bust a move after a few cocktails. Don't miss a Friday night here, when resident the DJs spin your favorite forgotten soul tunes. Tucked in between a strip of outstanding restaurants, enjoy this hidden gem best in the late night hours.
The small door on Moreland Avenue may not give it away, but this swinging joint is a prime hotspot on the local music scene. Featuring live bands every night, the Star is a longtime favorite for catching rising acts and great neighborhood groups. Wild and a little wacky, the dimly lit ambiance leans a bit toward the psychedelic. When the music is not blaring, the place tones down a bit, but remains one of the most interesting melting-pot watering holes in the city.
Back in 1986, musicians Eric King and Roger Gregory were on the lookout for a place to play with their band Shadows. This search led to the creation of Blind Willie's, which is today an iconic blues club in Virginia Highlands. Year after year, this rustic and inviting joint continues to be rated among the top blues venues in Atlanta. Notable legends Junior Wells, Lazy Lester and Johnny Clyde Copeland as well as emerging local acts have graced their stage. A well-stocked bar is located in the rear and features domestic beers and wines. The somewhat limited menu features Cajun specialties from New Orleans as well as authentic Chicago and Memphis fare.