There are a great many reasons for visiting the capital and the largest city in the US state of Georgia. This former Olympic host-city boasts plenty of great sights. Indeed, it is home to the impressive Centennial Olympic Park, which was built for the 1996 summer games and is the location of the colossal Georgia Aquarium, which boasts 120,000 animals and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Atlanta Botanical Garden with its exotic plants is another popular spot. And, of course, Atlanta is home to one of the most popular drinks on the planet - the mighty Coca-Cola. Its close links with the cola giant are celebrated at the World of Coca-Cola museum. Those craving more cultural attractions will also find works from the likes of Rembrandt in the High Museum of Art. And then there’s the social scene - such as Buckhead with its mix of Southern eateries, top malls, and nightspots. And, speaking of the latter, if you’re after a little light musical entertainment at a piano bar or a venue that hosts regular live music, then you’re in luck - a city the size of Atlanta is home to a number of possibilities. Read on to know more about some of the best piano bars in Atlanta, Georgia.
1. Park Bench Buckhead
If it’s piano music you’re after, then Park Bench is sure to prove appealing. This popular live music venue in the Buckhead area of the city features not only cover bands but also boasts of duelling pianos. Indeed, past customers were big fans of the “good” atmosphere, while the “awesome” piano players and the strong “library” of tunes they could play also impressed many. Everything from Britney Spears covers to Ignition can be heard on the pianos. The venue also plays host to full band music, live acoustic acts and DJs too. Likely to appeal to those who enjoy a vibrant nightspot, it is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. If there is a piece of dueling piano music at some point during the night, so you’ll have ample chance to enjoy it too.
Park Bench Buckhead
Address: 34 Irby Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, GA
Website: Park Bench Buckhead
Opening hours: Thu: 8pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 8pm - 2.30am (closed Sun - Wed)
2. Whisky Mistress
This busy and popular nightspot, which is open four days a week, is also located in the Buckhead area of the city and can accommodate up to 180 people across its two levels and patios. It also features a range of stylish private and semi-private rooms. These include the likes of the classy Pavilion, and Marilyn’s Retreat (a homage to Marilyn Munroe), and will likely appeal to groups of friends who would like to enjoy their own space. The main club itself is home to a full stage and regularly welcomes live bands - including occasional piano-based acts - while the lower-level speakeasy-style bar boasts of an open-air kitchen serving everything from Cajun cream shrimp pasta to a chicken fried rice bowls and classic communal fares like fried wings and chicken tenders.
Address: 3161 Maple Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Website: Whisky Mistress
Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 7pm - 3am; Sat: 4pm - 3am; Sun: 4pm - 12am (closed Mon - Wed)
If it’s a sit-down meal and a more relaxed atmosphere you’re after, then this midtown restaurant and bar may be the option for you. Its rustic Italian menu and decor features a range of Mediterranean dishes - and wines to boot - and it is open for dinner every night of the week (as well as brunches on the weekend). And, as for the all-important live music, the eatery hosts artists in the bar every Friday and Saturday night from 10 pm to 1 am. Naturally, this opens up the possibility that you might wish to visit for a meal and then stay late enjoying the music. It’s a popular venue though - with a good reputation to match - so you may wish to make a reservation. Past guests were fans of the atmosphere, service, and the food (which includes gluten-free and vegetarian options). And, if the weather is nice, there’s an outdoor patio with seating in which to enjoy the evening air.
Address: 980 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, GA 30309
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 5pm - 1pm; Sat: 10am - 1am; Sun: 10am - 10pm
4. Mixx Atlanta
This popular gay bar sits on Piedmont Avenue NE, at the northern end of the park in which the Atlanta Botanical Garden is based. Home to a range of signature drinks - for that added unique touch - patrons can tuck into a Mixx My Tie cocktail, or (for those driving) the non-alcoholic Mixx’ Behavin’. It also serves a range of classic bar food - from tacos (including vegetarian options) to pulled pork and fried chicken. Patrons enjoy the amazing food and service and the great music.
Address: 1492 Piedmont Avenue NE Ste B, Atlanta, Georgia, GA 30309
Website: Mixx Atlanta
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 12am (closed on Mon)
5. Hal's - Buckhead Restaurant
Come for the food but stay for the music! Famed within Atlanta for the tastiness of its steaks, Hal’s The Steakhouse has been a fixture on the city’s food and bar scene for three decades. In fact, it has become something of an institution thanks to its popular menu of American and seafood dishes. It has won fans for its self-professed “easy elegance” and also earned plaudits from the press for its “easy Southern vibe… and a rooftop patio overlooking the street”. Naturally, it also hosts live music in the bar, including keyboard/piano acts. Non-smokers should bear in mind, however, that it’s a popular cigar smoking venue.
Hal's - Buckhead Restaurant
Address: 30 Old Ivy Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30342
Website: Hal’s - Buckhead Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)
Time to tickle the ivories
From the entertaining musical charms of dueling pianos to tasty steakhouses that are a city institution, there are a number of options available when looking to choose a piano bar in which to enjoy some live music during an evening out. Where will you head while in Atlanta, Georgia?
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