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Best Concert Venue (0-500 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Aisle 5

Best Event Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Tabernacle

Best Concert Arena (4000-20,000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
State Farm Arena

Best Concert Hall (2000-4000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best Concert Venue (0-500 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Concert Arena (4000-20,000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Fox Theatre (Featured)

Best Concert Hall (500-2000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Terminal West

Best Concert Hall (2000-4000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Masquerade

Best Concert Hall (500-2000 capacity) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Terminal West

Best Parking at a Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Terminal West

Best Small Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Aisle 5
As far as small venues go, Aisle 5 takes the cake. There's a certain magic the Little 5 Points club possesses, one that's slightly creepy while simultaneously comforting. There's no telling what you're walking into at Aisle 5. Sometimes it's a local band and other days it's an EDM show. But one thing'smore...
As far as small venues go, Aisle 5 takes the cake. There's a certain magic the Little 5 Points club possesses, one that's slightly creepy while simultaneously comforting. There's no telling what you're walking into at Aisle 5. Sometimes it's a local band and other days it's an EDM show. But one thing's for sure: You're in for a good time. Bartenders are quick and friendly, ticket prices are within range for us average folks, and though the crowd is a mixed bag, it's always full of good people. less...

Best Concert Venue Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Terminal West

Best Large Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Fox Theatre (Featured)

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Masquerade

Best listening room for the sophisticated rocker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Vista Room (Permanently Closed)
Step inside THE VISTA ROOM and it's as though the air changes shape. The wood on the walls, the tables, the stage and the building itself feel as though they've been expertly crafted to serve the impeccable sound system. Standing adjacent to Napoleon's Grill, a gastro pub in Decatur's Oak Grove neighborhood,more...
Step inside THE VISTA ROOM and it's as though the air changes shape. The wood on the walls, the tables, the stage and the building itself feel as though they've been expertly crafted to serve the impeccable sound system. Standing adjacent to Napoleon's Grill, a gastro pub in Decatur's Oak Grove neighborhood, the Vista Room has hosted performances by everyone from Col. Bruce Hampton and the Swimming Pool Q's to Glenn Phillips, the reunited Hydra and Drivin' N Cryin', just to name a few. There's plenty of prog rock, bluegrass, country, folk and straight up rock 'n' roll occupying the stage throughout the week. The underlying theme tying it all together is called experience. The room is the fruit of Sean Keenan and Mike Rizzi's labors. Keenan is a restaurant entrepreneur, and drummer Rizzi (Five Eight) is a long-standing Georgia music veteran who's played in just about every musical environment one can imagine. With the Vista Room they've channeled the highs and lows of life on the road and an unending devotion to music into a comfortable and perfectly calibrated listening room that's all about bolstering the music, for the artists and for the audience. 2836 LaVista Road, Decatur. 404-321-5000. www.thevistaroom.com. less...

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Terminal West

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Terminal West

Best music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Terminal West

Best local concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best new venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Terminal West
Outside, its bouncers are smiling. Inside, its three bars supply 25 different beers. Terminal West is now Robert Shaw and Alan Sher's dream venue, built after years of throwing concerts inside a King Plow Arts Center gallery space that required them to rebuild and destroy their stage setup for everymore...
Outside, its bouncers are smiling. Inside, its three bars supply 25 different beers. Terminal West is now Robert Shaw and Alan Sher's dream venue, built after years of throwing concerts inside a King Plow Arts Center gallery space that required them to rebuild and destroy their stage setup for every show booked. Their persistence inspired an avid following that justified the need for a permanent venue. Terminal West now resides inside a former 6,700-square-foot iron and steel foundry, and its back patio faces train tracks running parallel to Marietta Street. But the better view is inside - featuring a stage setup capable of illuminating and amplifying newgrass pioneer Sam Bush, New Orleans sissy bounce queen Big Freedia, and the most buzzed-about DJ/electronic music producer of the year, Skrillex. Best of all, it's here to stay. less...

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


1099 Euclid Avenue N.E., 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com/

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Variety Playhouse

Runner-up
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie St., 404-659-9022, www.tabernacleatl.com

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Variety Playhouse
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Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
Located in the pulsing heart of boho mecca Little Five Points, indie-owned and -operated VARIETY PLAYHOUSE is a relaxed arena of hipness. Once a theater for cult films, the thriving venue is a comfortable haven for performances from a dizzying array of genres: Rock, soul, country, jazz, world and everythingmore...
Located in the pulsing heart of boho mecca Little Five Points, indie-owned and -operated VARIETY PLAYHOUSE is a relaxed arena of hipness. Once a theater for cult films, the thriving venue is a comfortable haven for performances from a dizzying array of genres: Rock, soul, country, jazz, world and everything in between is regularly featured on the schedule. Great acoustics and intimate seating give the facility the vibe of being the Eddie’s Attic of big rooms: a place where music fans come to listen. The list of artists who have performed on the hallowed hardwood stage includes P.J. Harvey, Diana Krall, Emmylou Harris, Siouxie Sioux and R.E.M. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
You can get to the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE early and find a comfortable seat where you can see, or you can get there late and join the standing-room-only crowd right against the stage. Either way, the sound is consistently clear, the bar has decent beer on tap at fair prices, and management pushes smokersmore...
You can get to the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE early and find a comfortable seat where you can see, or you can get there late and join the standing-room-only crowd right against the stage. Either way, the sound is consistently clear, the bar has decent beer on tap at fair prices, and management pushes smokers out in the alley where they belong. You can even dodge the Ticketmaster charges and buy direct from the box office Monday through Friday, noon-6 p.m. It doesn’t get better, only bigger — and, as they say, size isn’t everything. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Variety Playhouse
It can be all things to almost all people. It's a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art decomore...
It can be all things to almost all people. It's a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art deco building on Euclid Avenue with the classic marquee sits like a benevolent Buddha at the corner of Little Five Points, welcoming all who enter. Also, the Variety's website is informative and, like the place itself, friendly and easy to navigate. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
4469 Stella Drive 404-249-6400 www.classicchastain.org

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
It can be all things to almost all people. It’s a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The coolmore...
It can be all things to almost all people. It’s a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art deco building on Euclid Avenue with the classic marquee sits like a benevolent Buddha at the corner of Little Five Points, welcoming all who enter. Also, the Variety’s website is informative and, like the place itself, friendly and easy to navigate. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
We just can't resist the grand old VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, a true showcase venue with wonderful acoustics and a sound and light system that isn't indulgently overpowering or woefully understated. Obviously, an amazing cross-section of international artists also agree. A typical month's schedule includes everythingmore...
We just can't resist the grand old VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, a true showcase venue with wonderful acoustics and a sound and light system that isn't indulgently overpowering or woefully understated. Obviously, an amazing cross-section of international artists also agree. A typical month's schedule includes everything from hard rock to country, acoustic to zydeco. Conveniently located at the gateway to the melting pot of Little Five Points, the Variety lives up to its name by offering the widest "variety" of entertainment imaginable. And it's independently operated, too. "1099 Euclid Ave. 404-521-1786. www.variety-playhouse.com" less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
OK, so it's not the same without the inimitable Miss Helen taking tickets (and refusing to take any flack) at the door, but the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE still has plenty to recommend it. The L5P institution continues to attract an eclectic mix of touring rock acts (the first two weeks in September saw performancesmore...
OK, so it's not the same without the inimitable Miss Helen taking tickets (and refusing to take any flack) at the door, but the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE still has plenty to recommend it. The L5P institution continues to attract an eclectic mix of touring rock acts (the first two weeks in September saw performances by Wishbone Ash, Mogwai, Yo La Tengo and Jay Farrar). Their beer prices won't break the bank; the sound, while inconsistent, maintains a B-average overall; and the place has the best sightlines of any club in Atlanta. That's right, "club" - we'd argue that the Variety experience is too cozy to qualify in the small-theater category. "1099 Euclid Ave., 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com" less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tabernacle

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
A concert hall with the feel of a club, the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE gets high marks for offering live music fans the user-friendly choice of theater seating, tables or standing room up front. But it's the Variety's crystalline-perfect sound system - and the snack bar's ample selection of munchies and gourmetmore...
A concert hall with the feel of a club, the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE gets high marks for offering live music fans the user-friendly choice of theater seating, tables or standing room up front. But it's the Variety's crystalline-perfect sound system - and the snack bar's ample selection of munchies and gourmet beers - that really makes us feel at home. Never mind the vast array of top-notch national acts that find their way to this Little Five Points destination. "1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com." less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave. 404-521-1786 http://www.variety-playhouse.com The booking is diverse, the sound is crisp, the seats are comfy, the rest rooms clean. There's an expansive dance floor, it's smoke free and the employees are actually friendly. But what sets the mid-sized L5P hall apart from the competitionmore...
1099 Euclid Ave. 404-521-1786 http://www.variety-playhouse.com The booking is diverse, the sound is crisp, the seats are comfy, the rest rooms clean. There's an expansive dance floor, it's smoke free and the employees are actually friendly. But what sets the mid-sized L5P hall apart from the competition is that the music-loving management not only books the shows, but works them - taking care of the million details from ticket sales to concessions that makes for a classy, first-rate concert experience every time. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Certainly the best concert venue to which you can bring a full meal, booze, silverware and candles, CL readers don't seem to mind the strict 11 p.m. curfew, chatty neighbors, tiny video screens or abnormally quiet sound levels. When the weather cooperates, the acts are on and the security stays low-key,more...
Certainly the best concert venue to which you can bring a full meal, booze, silverware and candles, CL readers don't seem to mind the strict 11 p.m. curfew, chatty neighbors, tiny video screens or abnormally quiet sound levels. When the weather cooperates, the acts are on and the security stays low-key, Chastain can be an enjoyable place to hear music under the stars. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Variety Playhouse
As the most innovatively booked venue in town, the aptly named Variety presents an eclectic array of artists whose appeal falls in the commercial gap between smoky clubs and larger, less intimate halls. The sound is always terrific, the staff amiable, the beer list comparatively extensive, the seatsmore...
As the most innovatively booked venue in town, the aptly named Variety presents an eclectic array of artists whose appeal falls in the commercial gap between smoky clubs and larger, less intimate halls. The sound is always terrific, the staff amiable, the beer list comparatively extensive, the seats cushy. The dance floor up front provides plenty of room to get yer ya-ya's out without being yelled at to sit down, and there's never a mosh pit. less...

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