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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
Cadence 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
Cadence 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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