Experience the local music scene at Macon’s restaurants, bars and small stages that support local and visiting musicians. These places for artists to play, or for patrons to enjoy live music, are the heartbeat of Macon’s soulful, eclectic community.
Music-loving night owls feel right at home at the Hummingbird — Macon’s most well-known live music bar, where the Drive-by Truckers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Dexateens, Centro-Matic and so many more played their early tours, as well as hosting unforgettable sets with iconic veterans like Tony Joe White and Billy Joe Shaver.
Check out the blues-tinged, soulful Sunday at the Sunday Jam Sessions at AP’s Hidden Hideaway, where Big Mike and the Booty Papas, fronted by well-known bluesman Michael Ventimiglia, carry on a weekly blues tradition, complete with soul food and cash bar.
You’ll also find a Historic Macon Music Registry plaque at the unassuming Backporch Lounge, lovingly referred to as Macon’s best hole-in-the-wall, found in a local hotel. The plaque denotes the place where Atlanta Rhythm Section’s Ronnie Hammond played regular shows before his passing. Backporch Lounge is a must for karaoke aficionados but stop by throughout the week for live music, and you might just get treated to an impromptu performance from bluesman and native Robert Lee Coleman.
Or maybe try Macon’s very own secret garden setting, where live music plays on the regular, at the Society Garden. This Ingleside Village beer garden and family-friendly courtyard (and more), located near The Big House, is one of the most unique atmospheres in Macon, mixing a sophisticated and hip courtyard bar with a playground for the kids, anchored by a live music stage and something always for all ages here. Even in the winter, the Society Garden hosts guitar jam sessions around the fire.
So, whether you’re looking for dinner and a band, a last call and encore, or unique small stages where you might just luck out on a live show, these local haunts are where Macon’s music history meets the present, and sets the stage for an exciting future. Here is an ongoing list of restaurants, bars and small stages where you can find the cornerstone smaller venues to a burgeoning live music scene.
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Bars with Live Music
- Hummingbird Stage & Taproom: 430 Cherry Street
- Backporch Lounge: 2400 Riverside Drive:
- Society Garden: 2389 Ingleside Ave.
- Grant’s Lounge: 576 Poplar St.
- Crazy Bull: 473 Second St.
- Billy’s Clubhouse: 1580 Forest Hill Rd.
- 20’s Pub and Sports Bar: 3076 Riverside Dr.
- APs Hidden Hideaway: 4274 Broadway
- Macon Smiles Dueling Piano Bar: 570 Mulberry St.
Restaurants with Live Music
- Fatty’s Pizza: 344 Second St
- Parish on Cherry: 580 Cherry St.
- Amici Macon: 1510 Mercer University Dr.
- Creek Stage at the Rookery: 533 Cherry St.
- Bearfoot Tavern: 468 Second St.
Small Stages with Live Music
- Little Carnegie of the South: This multi-purpose historic home hosts an art gallery, performance salon, outdoor amphitheatre and acclaimed music school, led by Juilliard graduate, Louise Barfield. Barfield is an acclaimed concert pianist who established a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts and brings in local and visiting artists in all genres.
- Gallery West, 447 Third Street: This photo gallery of acclaimed music photographer Kirk West will host occasional live music sets at gallery openings.
- Fresh Produce Records, 451 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.: This record shop and retailer host regular live music shows on their in-house corner stage. The shop’s shows have received national attention and are key to one of the coolest music scenes in town.