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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best blues bar BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Critics Pick
BLIND WILLIE’S has been a dependable destination for local and national blues acts since 1986. That’s three decades spent slinging out every style of blues music to dedicated audiences that expect a rollicking good time. Little has changed over the years: The T-shirts, menu, furnishings, sound, themore...
BLIND WILLIE’S has been a dependable destination for local and national blues acts since 1986. That’s three decades spent slinging out every style of blues music to dedicated audiences that expect a rollicking good time. Little has changed over the years: The T-shirts, menu, furnishings, sound, the bands, and even the reasonable cover charges are all about the same as the last time you were there. But you don’t go to a place like Willie’s looking for the shiny and new. You go for the friendly faces and to drink a few cold ones. Blind Willie’s is still one of the only joints to book up-and-coming as well as established talent in the roots field, and supports some of the best local blues artists. The monthly calendar boasts regular performances by such long-standing blues fixtures as “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin, Watermelon Slim, and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins as well as more contemporary acts like Mudcat, Joe McGuinness, and the Matt Wauchope Trio. Blind Willie’s has earned its stripes as an Atlanta institution and a go-to spot that any lover of the blues can call home. less...

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2015 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2005 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Co-founders Eric King and Roger Gregory built BLIND WILLIE’S in 1986 with the generous help of the local blues music community. King’s background includes an immense knowledge of ’60s folk and acoustic music, and the joint was originally envisioned to host a coffeehouse-typemore...
Co-founders Eric King and Roger Gregory built BLIND WILLIE’S in 1986 with the generous help of the local blues music community. King’s background includes an immense knowledge of ’60s folk and acoustic music, and the joint was originally envisioned to host a coffeehouse-type environment. It’s blossomed into a major destination for local, national and international blues musicians and fans with a full and pleasingly varied schedule of events featuring live music Monday through Saturday. If the house is a-rockin,’ don’t bother knockin,’ just pay the affordable cover and come on in. less...

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2005 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Northside Tavern
Other clubs may have luxuries such as nice tables, easily accessible bathrooms, parking spaces and stages that can be seen from everywhere in the room. But NORTHSIDE TAVERN has the personality that makes a soundtrack of your troubles or helps you forget them. The club also pulls in personalities, includingmore...
Other clubs may have luxuries such as nice tables, easily accessible bathrooms, parking spaces and stages that can be seen from everywhere in the room. But NORTHSIDE TAVERN has the personality that makes a soundtrack of your troubles or helps you forget them. The club also pulls in personalities, including the working-class stiffs from the junk yard across the street, starving students from the Tech campus, and even a few spillover hipsters from nearby Compound. less...

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Critics Pick
In selecting the city’s best, you always strive to go beyond the obvious. But in this case, the obvious happens to be true: BLIND WILLIE’S drives the blues scene in Atlanta. It’s the club where most of the national acts play when they come to town, and it’s the clubmore...
In selecting the city’s best, you always strive to go beyond the obvious. But in this case, the obvious happens to be true: BLIND WILLIE’S drives the blues scene in Atlanta. It’s the club where most of the national acts play when they come to town, and it’s the club where all local blues bands aspire to perform. The club celebrated its 20th year in 2006 and has doggedly stuck to its formula: It brings in national acts early in the week, and books such local acts as Francine Reed and Luther “Houserocker” Johnson on weekends. less...

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Runner-up
Blind Willie's
828 N. Highland Ave., 404-873-2583, www.blindwilliesblues.com

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Runner-up: Blind Willie's


828 N. Highland Avenue N.E., 404-873-2583, www.blindwilliesblues.com/


Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Breeze Kings

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2011 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2012 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2013 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Northside Tavern

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

2014 » After Dark » Readers Pick

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

2014 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Men in Blues

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

2000 » After Dark » Critics Pick
2000 » After Dark » Readers Pick
For 14 years and counting, Blind Willie's has provided Atlanta blues and folk music fans with their best opportunity to enjoy legitimate, nationally recognized touring performers. Where else in town can you see such rowdy Chicago blues bands as Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, aging characters as Mississippimore...
For 14 years and counting, Blind Willie's has provided Atlanta blues and folk music fans with their best opportunity to enjoy legitimate, nationally recognized touring performers. Where else in town can you see such rowdy Chicago blues bands as Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, aging characters as Mississippi bluesman Honeyboy Edwards, fine swinging West Coast bands as Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, or venerable folkies as Dave Van Ronk? Think about it! less...

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