Atlanta >Food & Dining > Smiths Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032433.797590 -84.368766
Monday To Friday From 03:00 PM To 03:00 AM Saturday From 12:00 PM To 03:00 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Piedmont Heights, Northeast
Best sound for a live show – I love to see a show at Smith's. They somehow manage to make a badband sound like a good band.
Drinks are a little more than other clubs, but a good show makes it worth your dollar
Friendly Midtown locale offers a laid-back bar scene and one of the city's most intimate live music venues. – The Scene
Preppy Virginia-Highland types, local rock scenesters and regular Joes all call this neighborhood bar their favorite hangout. The downstairs bar area and dining rooms offer an airy, yet smoky, environment for guzzling pitchers or devouring one of the kitchen's creations. The best room for relaxing is in the building's south wing; you'll find pool tables, dart boards, video games, pinball machines, a foosball table and an excellent jukebox.
Smith's attic vies for the honor of Atlanta's best small music venue. The semicircular, red velvet-curtained stage plays host to a wide variety of local and national acts, with an emphasis on Americana, folk and singer-songwriter types; the room's acoustics are an audiophile's dream. The music, games, decent bar food, unpretentious vibe and reasonable drink prices are all feathers in this bar's cap.
Atlanta's version of Cheers – One of my favorite neighborhood bars in Atlanta! Always a friendly staff and great beers on tap - and one of the best live music venues in the city. I've never had a bad meal here either.
watched a show – i've seen a few shows here over the years, and generally its a pretty good place to watch a band upstairs. if you get upstairs early enough, there is seating around the perimeter of the room, otherwise you get to stand. i've never seen this place overly packed (which is a good thing imo) maybe i've just gotten lucky. there is one main bar and a window bar to get beers, so waiting on a drink is kept to a minimum. sound quality is at least average. drink prices $6 for a 24 oz coors, $5 for a newcastle, $6.25 for a mixed drink.afterwards you can always hang out at the bar downstairs.
User review by mld365 – This bar is great...You can enjoy great live music upstairs, play pool or darts in the game room or just chill with friends in the bar and dining room. The Atlanta room is cool for acoustic shows or to rent for a private party.
SCREWED BANDS AND BAD VIBES – after hiking equipment upstairs waitng 4 hours to get screwed on the dough and then the snails pace crawl back down the stairs of shame i think its safe to say smiths is not worth the trip to atlanta. thanks anyways.
Excellent Intimate Venue – Smith's Olde Bar is a must for anyone looking for good music in Atlanta. The have a mix of national and local acts and usually bring in decent talent. The room itself is awesome. There are good views from any area and the sound is ususally much better than average. The drink selections are also much more varied than most venues and you can get a decent meal in the bar downstairs. However, the bathrooms for the venue upstairs are lame....too bad, but just a small blemish for an otherwise great establishment.
Nice music space – The space upstairs at Smith's is probably my favorite place in Atlanta to see live music. The room has a very MTV "Unplugged" feel about it (maybe it's the red velvet curtain) and you can usually count on the sound folks to know what they're doing. Bar staff is generally friendly and there's almost always at least one waitperson making the rounds if you don't want to leave your seat/spot for a drink. My only complaint would be the restrooms, which can be dirty at times.
Almost too unpretentious – Smith's absolutely sports one of the best low-key, sociable atmospheres in Atlanta's bar scene. In fact, that relaxed, chatty environment may work against it: the main bar area just doesn't seem right, somehow, when hordes of Midtowners converge to mingle and swap stories, or when a bigger-name act fills the seats in the performance area. The clientele isn't too obnoxious, however, and the gaming area is definitely worth a visit.
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