With digital music at our fingertips and a concert performance just a YouTube click away, some of us may be craving the old-fashioned interactivity of live tunes. Want to put down the ear buds and kick it naturally? Consider the following spots for an Atlanta live music experience.
Smith's Olde Bar. A modern take on a turn-of-the-century-style restaurant and watering hole, Smith's offers live tunes both upstairs and down.
Music: National, regional and local acts; everything from rock and country to metal and hip-hop.
Food & drink: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q dishes make guest appearances; $5 well drinks on Wednesdays.
Crowd: Casually dressed mix of rockers, spiffy post-collegians and barhoppers.
Parking: Limited free parking in the rear. More parking in nearby Ansley Mall lot.
Bathrooms: Located upstairs and down.
Smoke factor: Smoking in restaurant and bar only; no smoking in music rooms.
Acoustics: "The quieter the music is, the better the acoustics are, " frequent performer Col. Bruce Hampton said. "It's one of the best rooms in the country."
Cover charge: Usually between $10 and $20. Some free and $5 events.
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