285 W Washington, Athens, GA | Directions 3060133.958132 -83.380009
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Athens' most historic music venue. – In Short
The crown jewel of the Athens downtown culture, the 40 Watt is without a doubt the most diverse, famous, accomplished music venue in Athens. Boasting shows from legendary acts (along with backstage walls scrawled with autographs from) such as Nirvana, R.E.M., and Mitch Hedberg to modern-day home-town heavyweights like The Whigs, Dead Confederate and Modern Skirts, the 40 Watt gets its name from the once-humble lighting system of one dangling bulb from the ceiling. The beautifully dank ballroom strung with Christmas lighting, stocked with cheap PBR tallboy’s and boasting a wonderful sound system is the best place in town to catch some amazing talent.
I am not jaded enough to hate the 40 Watt – I have romanticized the 40 Watt so completely that I am really not able to say anything objectively bad about it. The sound is usually good, and the shows I have seen there changed my world and shaped my youth. I love the staff for never having kicked me out, not even once, not even if I truly, truly deserved it for whatever drunken back- stage- when- I- wasn?t -supposed- to- be- shenanigans I was up to. The venue itself is a little bit dreamy and whimsical with all the twinkly lights, and the drinks are strong, cheap and served by really really nice people. The 40 Watt is iconic, and I hope it?s around forever.
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