Atlanta(ish) Music Venue — Eddie’s Attic

There are few Atlanta-area music venues that I would call unique. Eddie’s Attic, while technically a Decatur music venue, would be one of those. Why is that? Well, first because Eddie’s Attic is located in Decatur smoking is not allowed within its confines. Second, and perhaps more importantly for me, it is a small venue which caters to acoustic shows and has a staff that works hard to make sure that the patrons keep their mouths shut during shows except for eating and drinking purposes. Yes, Eddie’s come right up front by mandating that talking through a show will not be tolerated and backs it up by asking people to leave if they can’t contain themselves from breaking this courtesy. Huzzah!

Another thing unique to Eddie’s is the concept of “early” and “late” shows; on many ocassions Eddie’s schedules two shows a night to provide options for its patrons.

Like many Atlanta/Decatur venues Eddie’s is more than just a music venue. Eddie’s has a separate bar and seating area outside where people can mingle and talk to their hearts’ content. Drinks and food can be ordered both inside and out.

Eddie’s Attic was originally opened in 1992 by Eddie (Owen), was sold in 2002 to Todd van Sickle (husband to Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) who then sold it to its current owner, Bob Ephlin, in 2005.1

Decatur’s parking may be Eddie’s the only detriment to a fun night at Eddie’s Attic. Limited metered spots (meters not checked after 6:30pm so I am told) are nearby, but if none are available you’ll find yourself paying to park in someone’s lot.

    What I Like

  • The sound is usually great.
  • Silence from the audience is encouraged and enforced.
  • Smoking is not allowed inside.
  • Venue is small so shows are intimate.
  • Because the room is all partially general admission if you get there early enough and you can almost guarantee a good place to see the show.
  • Prices for shows are generally reasonable.
  • Food is available through the show.
    What I Dislike

  • Parking can be somewhat of a bother.
  • Venue is small so shows can sell out quickly.
  • Stage is tiny, larger bands will never fit.
  • Tickets cannot be purchased in advance at Eddie’s.

Address : 515-B North McDonough St, Decatur, GA
Capacity : 1852
Cameras Allowed? : Maybe, depending on the show
Smoking Allowed? : No
All Ages? : Only for specified shows
Ticket Source : Eddie’s Attic’s website
Favorite Shows I’ve Seen Here : Bob Mould, Alejandro Escovedo, Christine Kane

What’s your opinion of Eddie’s Attic?

1 : Eddie’s Attic’s website
2 : Eddie’s Attic’s website

6 Comments so far

  1. HistoryJoe (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    Eddies is a great venue and I’m lucky I can take the train. If you’re getting a table (4), you can definitely reserve ahead of time — we’ve done that a lot. My favorite shows were probably John Mayer in Feb 2000, Alana Davis and Scott Miller last year. I’ve enjoyed your club review series, so please keep ’em coming!

  2. james (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    paulie did you know smith’s is non-smoking upstairs now?

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    @HistoryJoe: Thanks for the infor and the compliment. I just purchased Eddie’s tickets online for the upcoming Francine Reed and Chatham County Line shows; both should be incredible.

    @james: I did not know that. I’ll be sure to include that information when I write about Smith’s next week, ;)

  4. james (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    yeah, went there last night for a show….first time in ages. cannot tell you how nice it was to leave not smelling like a carton of marlboros.

  5. Megan Golding (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Agreed, parking for a night at Eddie’s is a bummer. However, the Decatur municipal garage is only about a block away (vaguely to the West, I believe) and has free parking.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    I was unaware that there was free parking in the garage. Thanks Megan.

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