3 Best Bars in Athens, Central and North Georgia

40 Watt Club

This famed indie-rock club is known for helping to launch the careers of R.E.M., the B-52s, and other local bands that grew out of the college scene. Nirvana, the Flaming Lips, and Sonic Youth all played here back in the day. Today, you'll find a mix of local and national acts gracing the stage—from country to punk and pop.

Georgia Theatre

A legendary Athens live music venue, Georgia Theatre continues to host many well-known national and local acts. The historic building once served as a movie theater and Masonic lodge. Catch a show in the theater or head up to the rooftop bar for drinks and snacks.

The Foundry

This small but spirited venue at the Graduate Athens hotel hosts both national and local acts, from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Shawn Mullins. At intimate shows in this repurposed historic building, guests can dance the night away in front of the stage and enjoy good service, Southern comfort food, and local craft beers.

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