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Best Nightlife Spots For The Under 21 Crowd In Atlanta

In a lot of cities across the country, being under the age of 21 means you are shutout from access to some of the best spots for nightlife and live music. Thankfully, Atlanta is not one of them. This Southern city is many things: a college town, home to Fortune 500 companies and the sports and entertainment capital of the South. Therefore, entertainment and nightlife options are not lacking, even for those under the age of 21. Here are some great options for alcohol-free fun.
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Eddie's Attic
515 N. McDonough St #B
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-4976

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Eddie's Attic claims to have the premier "listening room" for live music in Metro Atlanta, and it's hard to argue with that. There isn't a seat more than 10-15 yards from the stage and the acoustics are perfect. Acts like Sugarland, The Civil Wars and The Black Crowes all got their start at Eddie's, and John Mayer calls it one of his favorite venues. Listen to some great music and don't forget about the great bar and food that is always tasty.

Nightlife & Music Under 21, Variety Playhouse
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Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-7354

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Located in Little Five Points, the Variety Playhouse is a combination between a theater and nightclub, and it provides great musical acts in a comfortable setting. Lounge in one of the movie theater-style seats and enjoy fare from the snack bar, or hit the dancing section and groove to the tunes of your favorite band. All seats are general admission, so get there early to get a spot. A large parking lot is behind the venue and charges a nominal fee, which is a huge plus in this area as finding parking spots can get tricky.

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Wild Bill's
2075 Market Street
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 473-1000

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You may have heard about Wild Bill's, but have you been there lately? It's America's largest dance club and concert hall, and it's right here in Metro Atlanta. National acts, theme nights and the world famous Wild Bill's Girls can all be found here. The best part for under-agers is that the 19 and up crowd is welcome.There are different acts each and every week and staff that will take good care of you. Summer is when it heats up in Atlanta and Wild Bill's will take it up another notch. Get on the guest list and get to Wild Bill's.

Nightlife & Music Under 21, Opera Nightclub
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Opera Nightclub
1150 B Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 874-3006

Price: Free before 11:30 p.m.
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While Opera is usually a 21+ club, it does host college nights for the 18 and up crowd. You get your full loud music club experience here, so if you're looking for a party, this is the place to head. You'll find a lot of people and a lot of dancing, with consistently packed Friday and Saturday nights. Guest DJs come in from all over the country to spin the hottest music to hit the dance floor to. You have to try Opera at least once during your time in Atlanta. A strict dress code is enforced, so dress to impress.

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Nightlife & Music Under 21, Club
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Club Glow
3011 Buford Hwy.
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 929-9661

Price: Up to a $20 cover

You have to be 18 to get in and 21 to drink at Club Glow (former Club Miami) on Buford Highway in northeast Atlanta. Some nights, it's a young crowd, due to the DJs and guest performers that come in to perform from all over the country. Wednesday night the ladies get in free all night long. There are two bars for soft drinks and water for the under 18 crowd, easy parking and the club doesn't close until 3 a.m., so you can spend the majority of the night out. Club Glow doesn't disappoint.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at

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