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Train performing at Star 94's "Not So Silent Night" at Center Stage in December. The venue was your choice for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Train performing at Star 94's "Not So Silent Night" at Center Stage in December. The venue was your choice for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Center Stage
You say, “You can sit or stand depending on your ’style,’ it’s small enough to feel intimate, and the seating areas and extra room around the outer part of the venue are great.”

2. Fox Theatre (tie)
3. The Tabernacle (tie)
4. Smith’s Olde Bar
5. Variety Playhouse

Janelle Monae performing at Variety Playhouse in November. The Variety is our pick for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Janelle Monae performing at Variety Playhouse in November. The Variety is our pick for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Variety Playhouse
Keeper of the Best of the Big A and Live Music Picks writer Shane Harrison says, “It isn’t so much the physical venue that makes this place special. It’s the way it lives up to its name. Windstorm Productions, the Variety’s in-house booking and promotion team, brings in a stunningly diverse array of talent. In April alone the list of performers includes Latin dance music powerhouse the Afro-Cuban All Stars, San Francisco avant-rock pioneers the Residents, country and bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs and British blues legend John Mayall. Now that’s variety.”

2. Fox Theatre
3. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
4. The Tabernacle
5. Eddie’s Attic

129 comments Add your comment

GTPHISH

March 7th, 2011
1:42 pm

Without a doubt, the Fox Theatre is the pte-eminent concert venue in town; when an act makes it to the Fox, they themselves know they have accomplished something and seem to play-up to the room;

Tabernacle & Center Stage are also awesome.

Honorable mention: Smiths Olde Bar

Kay

March 7th, 2011
2:48 pm

The Fox Theatre

Becky

March 7th, 2011
3:31 pm

The Fox Theatre…

leo

March 7th, 2011
3:48 pm

Saw Santana at Center Stage, could not hear for days, but worth it!

Andrew

March 7th, 2011
4:48 pm

Fox and Center Stage (Cube got my head ringin still.)

SteveC

March 7th, 2011
4:53 pm

Eddie’s Attic: smoke-free, great acoustics, and performer-friendly

ziza

March 7th, 2011
5:00 pm

center stage and the fox

Wow Man...

March 7th, 2011
5:02 pm

The best two are the 688 Club and the Agora Ballroom and The Great Southeastern Music Hall. Oh wait..that’s three. Can’t forget about the Fox..oops that’s five. Gotta go with the Fox …Don’t make’em like that any more. And it has a phantom, that’s cool!

Lisa

March 7th, 2011
5:02 pm

Variety Playhouse by far.

mojo

March 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

The Tabernacle!

In Town Kid

March 7th, 2011
5:12 pm

Tabernackle gets my vote for #1
Fox #2 and Smiths for a real intimate appeal gets my #3

chacha

March 7th, 2011
5:13 pm

The Tabernacle, most definitely!!!

Laurie

March 7th, 2011
5:15 pm

The Fox, no question about it.

Will Ashworth

March 7th, 2011
5:15 pm

without a doubt, 100% tabernacle

tabelz

March 7th, 2011
5:16 pm

Tabernacle!

Fox comes second

Matt in Athens

March 7th, 2011
5:16 pm

Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, 40 Watt Club if you include surrounding areas

Scott

March 7th, 2011
5:18 pm

Cobb Energy Center.

Concertgoer

March 7th, 2011
5:21 pm

Larger venues would be the Fox and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Medium venues would be Variety Playhouse and the Tabernacle.

Small venues would be Smith’s Old Bar and Eddie’s Attic.

kristie

March 7th, 2011
5:25 pm

Gwinnett Arena (free parking rocks!)

mld465

March 7th, 2011
5:29 pm

8 Traxx at Andrews Upstairs in Buckhead!

WhiteRabbit

March 7th, 2011
5:33 pm

For rock shows and the like, the Variety, of course. For serious music, Spivey Hall.

Emily

March 7th, 2011
5:34 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar easy.

Deke

March 7th, 2011
5:38 pm

Variety Playhouse.

Greg

March 7th, 2011
5:38 pm

Eddie’s Attic has the best overall sound.
Smiths and Vinyl tie for my favorite small venue.
Variety Playhouse is my favorite big venue.
Center Stage is solid for a bigger venue.
Tabernacle is a horrible venue.
The Loft is the worst.

Pat

March 7th, 2011
5:41 pm

Gwinnett Arena, Cobb Energy Center, and Earl Strand Theater (Marietta)

Jason

March 7th, 2011
5:46 pm

Wild Bills…..it a little ways out but worth it. Lower tix pricing. Hot staff. Cheaper drinks

WyldBill

March 7th, 2011
5:52 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar, hands down.

kyndkylie

March 7th, 2011
5:54 pm

I’m torn! I have 3 loves in ATL: Fox Theatre, 5 SPot & Smith’s Olde Bar!

Matty Joe from Kokomo

March 7th, 2011
6:17 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar

At larger arenas like The Fox, Cobb Energy Center, Phillips Arena or even Center Stage I inevitably wind up seated directly in front of a drunk female whose shrill screeching has been used in the mountains of Afghanistan to flush the Taliban from their hiding places and into the sights of our drone assassins.

I would rather stick needles in my eyes while running naked through the streets of Tripoli shouting
“To Hell with Kadafi” rather than endure that type experience again.

From Norah Jones to N.W.A. give me Smith’s Olde Bar.

Michael

March 7th, 2011
6:40 pm

The tabernacle without a doubt

Gary B.

March 7th, 2011
7:08 pm

Center Stage and Variety PlayHouse

starry

March 7th, 2011
7:08 pm

Center Stage!!!!

RobM

March 7th, 2011
7:09 pm

Tabernacle all day…

PJ

March 7th, 2011
7:10 pm

Smaller – Eddie’s Attice, Buckhead Theater
Larger – Cobb Energy Center, Fox

Gregg

March 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar and Eddie’s Attic!!

michelle s

March 7th, 2011
7:29 pm

smiths olde bar

Dawn

March 7th, 2011
7:34 pm

Smiths Olde Bar!!!

jennifer

March 7th, 2011
7:59 pm

TABERNACLE!!!

Annette

March 7th, 2011
8:10 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar

40 years & counting

March 7th, 2011
10:33 pm

Fox, Variety Playhouse and the Metroplex (RIP)

The WORST is the Civic Center. TEAR IT DOWN!!!!!!!

40 years & counting

March 7th, 2011
10:34 pm

Oh yeah, The Tabernacle is great too!

Peachtree Images

March 8th, 2011
8:49 am

THE TABERNACLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone get a great view!!

Grant

March 8th, 2011
10:48 am

Smith’s Olde Bar. duh.

Lisa

March 8th, 2011
11:28 am

Love the Variety Playhouse. Not too big, not too small. Derek Trucks, Shawn Mullins, Joan Osborne. Just a few we’ve seen that rocked the place!

CG

March 8th, 2011
12:05 pm

Fox is the best but gotta love King Plow for a smaller venue

Will

March 8th, 2011
12:06 pm

The Masquerade is the best place to be. Amazing atmospherel… But as for a concert venue goes, for acoustics and whatnot, definitely The Tabernacle.

Ganners

March 8th, 2011
12:08 pm

Tabernacle and The Drunken Unicorn!

Spence

March 8th, 2011
12:08 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar is the best in the Atl. for live music because of their fantastic sound system, smoke free atmosphere (since March 1 entire bar is smoke free), rockin’ staff, free parking, central location, great drink and food specials and of course, Smith’s brings in the best national and homegrown acts!

Ceej

March 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

Ben Haad

March 8th, 2011
12:16 pm

The Fox, hands down.