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The Official Athens Visitors Guide is a must-have for your visit! Page after page of hip spots and travel ideas, at your fingertips. more

Where to Hear Live Music

Dozens of Athens clubs play a wide range of music, including TWO of the Top 40 Music Venues in America, according to Paste Magazine!



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40 Watt Club

  • 285 W. Washington St.
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: 706-549-7871
  • Region: Downtown

Internationally-renowned nightspot with live music almost every night of the week. The Fabulous 40 Watt is a must-see for any visitors interested in the growth of the Athens alt-rock scene. The club more >>

AthFest - Every June!

  • PO Box 327
  • Athens, GA 30603
  • Phone: 706-548-1973
  • Region: Downtown

The AthFest Music, Arts & Kids Festival each June (typically the weekend after Fathers Day) is a showcase of the best in Athens and regional music, with over 150 bands performing on three free more >>

Caledonia Lounge

  • 256 W. Clayton St.
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: 706-549-5577
  • Region: Downtown

Indie-rock club featuring up-and-coming local and national alternative acts. Old-school alert: this space is one of the spots formerly occupied by the Fabulous 40 Watt Club. New development: Caledonia more >>

The Classic Center Theatre

  • 300 N. Thomas St.
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: 706.357.4444
  • Region: Downtown

This 2,053-seat grand showplace hosts touring Broadway productions, headliner entertainers, and is home to the Athens Symphony Orchestra.

DePalma's Italian Cafe - Westside

  • 2080 Timothy Road
  • Athens, GA 30606
  • Phone: (706) 552-1237
  • Region: West Athens

DePalma’s - Westside on Timothy Road is their newest location and stays busy. Have a drink at the full bar then stay for a delicious meal. Enjoy seasonal bocce ball outside. Live music happens on more >>

Georgia Theatre

  • 215 N. Lumpkin St.
  • Athens, GA 30606
  • Phone: 706-549-9918
  • Region: Downtown

After a devastating fire in 2009, The Georgia Theatre was rebuilt and reopened in August 2011, reclaiming its place as a keystone of the Athens music scene. HISTORY:The Georgia Theater is part of the more >>

Go Bar

  • 195 Prince Ave.
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: 706-546-5609
  • Region: Downtown

Go Bar is a hip spot for late-night dance parties. Bands perform live almost every night, and karaoke is featured on Thursdays. Stop by on weekends for dj's at midnight every Friday and Saturday.

Hendershot's Coffee Bar

  • 237 Prince Avenue
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: 706-353-3050
  • Region: Prince Ave

The relocated Hendershot's Coffee on Prince Ave. is twice the size of the original on Oglethorpe Avenue with an expanded kitchen, more impressive bar service, and a new green room for visiting more >>

Hi-Lo Lounge

  • 1354 Prince Avenue
  • Athens, GA 30606
  • Phone: (706) 850-8561
  • Region: Prince Ave

The Hi-Lo Lounge is a bar and lounge that serves food located on Prince Avenue in Normaltown. Hi-Lo serves three-way chili served Cincinnati style and many varieties of hot dogs, as well as more >>

Iron Factory

  • 255 W Washington Street
  • Athens, GA 30601
  • Phone: (706) 206-6800
  • Region: Downtown

The newest downtown restaurant is the Iron Factory located in the old Farm 255 space. Iron Factory offers Korean barbecue and has lots of room for karaoke. Dining options include, steak, pork belly, more >>

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