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A Guide to Live Music in Midtown

From piano singalongs to country songwriters, these Midtown bars and restaurants have something to offer for everyone.

Published: 08/01/19 
Summer is the best time of the year to enjoy live music, and Midtown restaurants offer a variety of opportunities to check out upcoming and established artists.A guitarist at Ponko Chicken Midtown during Midtown Alliance's Spring Restaurant Crawl.

Summer is the best time of the year to enjoy live music, and Midtown restaurants offer a variety of opportunities to check out upcoming and established artists. Here are a few overlooked places in the district where you can spend your next evening out:

Ponko Chicken

915 West Peachtree Street NW, Ste. 6
Atlanta, GA 30309

Ponko Chicken Midtown on West Peachtree opened in the spring and has already served 21,000 guests, according to owner Johnny Esposito. Many visitors come during lunch hour for the restaurant's fast casual options, so Esposito decided to add live music on Fridays and Saturdays "to get night traffic flowing." 

Acts in August include DJ Fernando, Michelle Malone, Angie Aparo and Joe Gransden. Trent Tomlinson, who co-wrote Billboard platinum song “In Case You Didn’t Know,” has also performed on Ponko’s stage.

"I have personally been in entertainment for over 30 years and I've worked with a lot of Nashville artists and local artists," said Esposito. "I wanted to bring these relationships to Midtown, create an opportunity for people to come in and hear live music."

Pianist and singer Robert Ray performs at Campagnolo every weekend.

Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar

980 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA
30309
Italian eatery Campagnolo has hosted pianist and vocalist Robert Ray on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the past five years. Ray, an icon in Atlanta’s cabaret and theatre scene, has a rotating group of guest singers who stop in to accompany him, so every evening at the restaurant is a bit different. Ray also leads singalongs for the entire restaurant.

“He’s built such a group of people who want to come out and be with each other, but not necessarily in a bar situation,” said owner Maureen Kalmanson. “He’s an incredible entertainer.”

By day, Momonoki offers ramen, poke bowls and other Japanese eats, but stop by after dark on the weekend for live music and craft cocktails with house-made ingredients.

Momonoki

95 8th St NW, Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30309

By day, Momonoki offers ramen, poke bowls and other Japanese eats, but stop by after dark on the weekend for live music and craft cocktails with house-made ingredients. The restaurant opens its patios by the window and hosts a wide variety of rock acts, from alternative to Southern. 

John Chen, partner at Momonoki, said he started booking performers to create a bar atmosphere, and unofficially calls the experience “Bar Momo.” Momonoki’s kitchen closes at 11 p.m., but the music on Fridays and Saturdays starts around 8 p.m. and goes until at least midnight.

A newer addition to Midtown, Mediterranean restaurant Olive Bistro has a keyboardist and singer playing contemporary and past hits on Tuesdays, an open mic night on Fridays and jazz on Sundays during its brunch. 

Olive Bistro

1050 Juniper St NE Ste. 4
Atlanta, GA 30309

A newer addition to Midtown, Mediterranean restaurant Olive Bistro has a keyboardist and singer playing contemporary and past hits on Tuesdays, an open mic night on Fridays and jazz on Sundays during its brunch. 

“We like to cover different musical genres in an effort to appeal to all our guests,” said Kay Masri, owner of Olive Bistro. “We believe that music, art, food and drink all complement each to help bring people together, a philosophy that motivated us to introduce live music to our communal table. Our vision is one community gathered around the music, getting to know each other, sharing stories while breaking (pita) bread.”

Starting Aug. 23 with the Dixie Brown Band, 10th and Piedmont is presenting a concert series called Friday Night Vibes.

10th & Piedmont 

991 Piedmont Ave NE 
Atlanta GA 30309

Starting Aug. 23, 10th and Piedmont is presenting a concert series called Friday Night Vibes. The series kicks off with a fun and interactive performance by Dixie Brown Band. The restaurant also recently introduced Tuesday Grooves, with music from fresh local DJs. Amateurs are encouraged to stop by and belt on karaoke nights, held Thursdays and Sundays. 

“With so many amazing artists, bands and songwriters etc. in the Atlanta area, especially Midtown, I wanted to create an all inclusive entertainment venue where everyone could showcase their talents,” said 10th and Piedmont Entertainment Director Jeremiah Wheeler.

Discover more new restaurants and points of interest in the district on Midtown Alliance’s free app, IN*MidtownATL, and check out our website directory for dining inspiration.