Visitors may think that Atlanta is overrun with country music bars, but locals know that you’re more likely to find rock or indie acts in the ATL. However, there are a few spots that still cater to country and bluegrass lovers. So when you’re in the mood for country music, pull on your favorite pair of boots and grab your clutch before heading out to one of these bars.
Wild Bill’s Atlanta
Located just outside Atlanta, Wild Bill’s is one of the area’s most popular country bars. While any night at Wild Bill’s is a guaranteed good time, be sure to attend at least one of the bar’s live music events. You’ll pay a bit more for tickets, but Wild Bill’s lets you get a lot closer to the artist than most venues do. Since this is an 18-and-up bar, it’s a good place to take younger friends. However, if you want to avoid the college-aged crowd, look elsewhere.
If cheap liquor and loud music are your idea of a good Friday night, then head to Stagecoach. This country club caters to the 25-and-under crowd, so you can expect to see good-looking college students and young professionals blowing off some steam on the dance floor. There’s seldom live music, but the DJs are top notch. Prepare for a crowd if you visit, but if you like to dance, this is the place for you.
Atlanta natives will remember that The Electric Cowboy used to be the popular country bar. While the decor and management have changed, The Electric Cowboy still offers country-line and couples dancing. If line dancing isn’t for you, go after 10 p.m. to enjoy two-stepping and swing.
Red Light Tavern
Although not strictly a country establishment, the Red Light Tavern does host plenty of country and country crossover artists. Try visiting on Bluegrass Thursday, when acts like Little Country Giants take the stage. The Red Light Tavern aspires to be Atlanta’s living room, so plan on a chill night with friends when you visit.
Dixie Tavern boasts live music every night, ranging from rock to country. You won’t always find country music here, so be sure to check the schedule before visiting. For a real treat, come hungry and sample their po’ boys and other Cajun offerings. No matter when you show up, be sure to try one of the 20 beers on tap.
Country music is a dying art form in Atlanta, so come out and support the country bands and DJs still performing in the area. Not only will you be able to enjoy the atmosphere, but you might meet your new best friend at your next live music event.