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891 reviews
|Bars|Atlanta, GA 30324 United States

1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 United States

(404) 875-1522

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Smith's Olde Bar can easily be classified into main areas - the watering hole, the dance floor, dining area and the games section. The dining room serves snacks and quality meals late through the night. The poolroom has five pool tables, dartboards and skeeball to keep you entertained. The bar is well-stacked with drafts, beer, wines, and liquors to keep the spirits high. For private parties and intimate occasions, the preferred area is the Atlanta room.

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Jay P. review for Smith's Olde Bar
Jay P. on Yellow Pages

9 years ago

03/30/2014, 02:38 AM
Just your average gin mill that does have a nice show every now and then. They have non alcoholic beer so if you're not a boozer you are out of luck.
Felicia T. review for Smith's Olde Bar
Felicia T. on Citysearch

11 years ago

02/04/2012, 02:25 AM
One of the most racist bars in Atlanta! – The statement in the description that this place has a relaxed atmosphere is funny. As soon as you order a drink they're asking you to pay then if you can't or won't leave a credit card. And honestly it's not so much the policy as it is the way it is presented. If you are black this is presented in the most suspicious of tones as if they expect you to run out with the freshly poured merlot right then. The other day the bartender threw my change down on the bar like I was trash and wondered why I didn't tip her. This is one of the most racist bars in the city of Atlanta. Do not be fooled by the one or two black artist posters on the wall. Instead look around at how many blacks work there, and how the blacks whose names aren't incidentally known to the staff are treated. Better yet don't look around because it's not worth the trip. If you are a decent person, you shouldn't spend a dime of your money in there to support such a racist Atlanta institution.
Artist Jim review for Smith's Olde Bar
Artist Jim on Citysearch

12 years ago

03/15/2011, 01:24 AM
Bad place to watch a performance – I've heard the upstairs music room is a great, intimate place to see a performance. Are you kidding me? I went to see Bob Schneider. By the time he came on after the opening act, around 10:00, half the people in the place were drunk. It was loud, the people were rude, talking and yelling while he was singing. You couldn't hear him half the time. I don't know why half the people were there....they didn't want to hear him they just wanted to get drunk and party. I will never go there again. It's Eddie's Attic for me.
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dtintle review for Smith's Olde Bar
dtintle on Yellow Pages

13 years ago

11/23/2010, 01:00 AM
I love Smith's Olde Bar! They have great food, awesome music and lot's of pool tables if you just want to hang out! Great place to go hang out with friends!
mguilfoile review for Smith's Olde Bar
mguilfoile on Citysearch

13 years ago

04/22/2010, 03:01 AM
They stiff their musicians – Well, I'm sure they pay the big names or those who threaten them, but if they think they can get away with it they will stiff you. As an extension to the customer scam WranglerGuy described in his review, they promise you one thing and then duck out. They promise 80 percent of the door after the first five people. When the show is over, however, the manager is long gone. This is not a matter of one or two unscrupulous employees. This is STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE at this venue. I've had several other musicians warn me about it, but until it actually happened to me I didn't believe it. What a rip off. If you like live music, please get out and see some. But go to Eddie's Attic or any other place where they don't have a formal policy to rip off musicians. Support venues that treat ALL musicians fairly, not just the big stars. A pox on SOB—the acronym says it all.
KariWinston review for Smith's Olde Bar
KariWinston on Citysearch

13 years ago

03/19/2010, 02:19 AM
Fun Place! – Awesome bar food..... killer pool tables and darts. Cover charge for music sucks, but overall I go back again and again.. So they do something right.
HunterPearson review for Smith's Olde Bar
HunterPearson on Citysearch

13 years ago

02/22/2010, 00:15 AM
Good food, what happened to the good bands? – I can attest that the food at Smith's is still top-notch for bar food. They launched Fox Bros and have some of the best chicken fingers in Atlanta. But back in the day it was always a haven for the regionally known, on-the-rise rock bands. Their walls are covered in framed posters with the likes of Cake, Train and Better Than Ezra. As a decade has gone past, they seem to have lost their touch for booking rock 'n' roll outfits. Nowadays it's jam bands or quirky (goofy) national groups that have a following but get no press that guarantee to fill the room. As an Atlantan that grew up hitting Smith's to see what was new, be it Kings of Leon or Shawn Mullins or the week long brilliance of Open Mic Madness.... it's sad to see Smith's go down this road. My last three trips to Smith's have seen a cover band, a Incubus clone, and a funk/jam/hardrock fusion band. Perhaps I should stick with the other venue known for it's food... The EARL.
Jonathan Baker review for Smith's Olde Bar
Jonathan Baker on Citysearch

13 years ago

01/05/2010, 02:24 AM
Established rock club doubles as a cool neighborhood joint. – In Short One of Atlanta’s most iconic rock ‘n’ roll clubs, Smith’s Olde Bar conveniently doubles as a neighborhood nosh that boasts pool tables, sports-happy flat screens and an acoustic room dubbed the “Atlanta Room.” With a menu of better-than-average bar eats (including the city’s best chicken fingers) and a hopping nightlife, it’s a place where you could go a dozen times without ever realizing the main venue is upstairs. But in the attic is a shining spot, a cozy 200-seat music hall that is utilized as both, a launching pad for on-the-rise local bands and an imitate spot for national headliners looking to take a night off from the theatre circuit. The circular stage and multi-level perimeter make for better viewing and the sound system is easily the best in Atlanta. However, expect everything from the domestic beer to the price of admission to be higher than most.
hockeycougar review for Smith's Olde Bar
hockeycougar on Citysearch

15 years ago

09/24/2008, 01:32 AM
Fantastic music venue (and awesome tater tots!!) – The upstairs music room is the perfect size -- small enough to be intimate and close to the stage, yet big enough for dancing and having a great time. The bartenders are super nice, and the no-smoking policy annoyed my friends but was just fine with me. It's nice to go somewhere to unwind to great music and not feel like I have tuberculosis when I get home. :) Also, downstairs is great, with the big bar and pool tables.
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