Blind Willie's Blues Club

W.C. Handy Award Winner - Blues Club of the Year

August 26 - Re-opening Friday, August 28

Blind Willie's re-opens Friday, August 28, at 7pm. For now, we are only open three days a week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you back!

The number of patrons will be limited in accordance with current guidelines with respect to our capacity and social distancing. Staff will continue to sanitize, wear masks & gloves, and follow guideline protocols.

Masks will be required at Blind Willie's at all times. Unless you are actively eating or drinking, you must have a mask on while inside the club. If you do not have a mask, we will make one available to you.

Thank you for your support and continued messages of encouragement over the last few months. Our number one priority is the well being of our staff, customers & family.

July 12 - We are temporarily closing

After much discussion, Blind Willie's has decided to temporarily close in the wake of Atlanta's increasing COVID-19 rate and the Mayor's order to move back to Phase 1 of the reopening schedule.

Since reopening nearly 5 weeks ago, we have followed all of the health and safety protocols from the Governor’s office. We have been masked, gloved, sanitized, temperature tested, and clean. We have encouraged social distancing, removed tables, and recently required patron masks.

While following extensive protocols in-house to increase safety for staff and customers, we still operate within the greater environment outside our walls. As infections continue to rise in the Atlanta metro area, we cannot ignore the implications of keeping a business open at the current time.

We are monitoring developments and discussing options for ways to reopen as we move forward through this pandemic. When we reach a conclusion about how to reopen, we will update you all.

We hope that everyone stays safe. We care about your health above all else, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

July 9 - Atlanta Mask Order & Capacity

With the City’s mask mandate [pdf] in effect, masks will be required at Blind Willie's at all times. Unless you are actively eating or drinking, you must have a mask on while inside the club. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one to you for the cost of $1, which solely covers the cost of the mask. We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy their time with us at Blind Willie's and we look forward to your patronage.

The Mayor's mandate on gathering size does not apply to any business specifically governed by the Governor's June Executive order. Blind Willie's and its capacity is governed by the Governor's guidelines.

Dinner Menu | Full Bar | Live Music Calendar

June 30 - Open again

Good news and update:

Jimmy, aka Spike, is back in town after a personal break for two weeks and will open Blind Willies tonight.

None of the staff who interacted with the affected employee have shown symptoms of Covid-19 but as per protocol have been tested, are awaiting results, and will not work until cleared.

Blind Willie's has been deep cleaned, as is done regularly, and we continue to operate under CDC and GA State guidelines. Staff will continue to sanitize, wear masks & gloves and follow guideline protocols. Our number one priority is the well being of our staff, customers & family.

June 27 - Closed until Tuesday, June 30

We were informed today, June 27, that a part time employee has tested positive for Covid-19. Blind Willie's takes the safety of our staff, blues family and entertainers very seriously as is evident from the sanitation protocols we adhere to daily.

Today we took additional measures to secure your safety: no member of staff will work until tested results are negative; we will be closed this Saturday, Sunday and Monday...and, if we open on Tuesday, only staff members who have not interacted with staff from this prior week will be working.

June 19 - Earlier Music on Weekends: 9pm Fri & Sat

New music start time: 9pm. Bands will start 30 minutes earlier on Friday and Saturday nights than they have previously.

The doors will still open at 7pm, so come by for dinner and drinks before the music begins

June 10 - We Are Re-Open!

Blind Willie's re-opens Wednesday, June 10, at 7pm. Spike, staff and musicians helped clean and got everything squared away to open the doors again, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

We will be operating under CDC and GA State guidelines with our capacity and social distance. Staff will wear masks & gloves and follow guideline protocols. Our number one priority is the well being of our staff, customers & family.

April 27 - Musical Relay to Help Blind Willie's Employees:

17 artists from Atlanta and all over the world join together in an 9 hour musical relay to help Blind Willie's employees. Tune in Monday, April 27, from noon until 9pm Eastern.

See the Facebook Event for music schedule and updates. You can donate via the button right here.

April 24 - Hey Blues family, quick update:

As you may be aware, Governor Kemp's new guidelines allow restaurants {clubs will follow shortly} to reopen this Monday the 27th.

We have made a difficult but conscientiously easy decision to not reopen at this time. The safety of our Blues family (you and our crew) is our #1 priority.

We are closely monitoring any updates from our Mayor's office and leaders in the Health & Wellness professions.

We have not chosen a specific date to reopen but we intend to review on April 30th at the scheduled end of "Shelter in Place" and will have an update to you by May 3rd.

Many, many thanks to you all for the overwhelming support and messages during these challenging times.... "We'll keep the lights on!"


April 7 - Hey Blues Family. Just wanted to throw an update out there:

  • We at Blind Willies are doing what we can to help our staff. This includes applying for grants and relief that can go directly to staff.
  • We are also working on finding funding and loans to keep Blind Willies going while this is happening. We will make sure that there still is a club to come back to once this has passed.
  • However, most of this is backlogged and could take months to be distributed.
  • If you would like to personally donate money please click the "donate" button below.
  • As a bonus, anyone who donates $40, will receive a free weekend door pass. Each iteration of $40 will get you another pass.

We appreciate all the support we have had over the last 34 years and we look forward to many, many more. Those of you who have reached out personally to our staff have been embraced from afar and we know it has meant the world to Jimmy, Mike, Liza, Megan, Beth, Brian.

Check back for continued updates.

March 19 - To our wonderful blues patrons:

In accordance with the mayor’s emergency executive order, March 19, will be our last hurrah (until circumstances change). We don’t know what the future holds, so we can’t tell you when – or if – we will be able to reopen. So come celebrate the blues tonight, drink our liquor and eat our food! We’re looking at this as the last night of revelry before a period of austerity – which is very much in keeping with Mardi Gras and our focus on the music that started in the Mississippi Delta.

We’re still following all CDC requirements. So come celebrate with us tonight. Laissez le bon temps roulez!

March 17 - To our blues-loving patrons:

At Blind Willie’s we take the coronavirus threat very seriously and care about the health of our customers, staff and musicians. We strongly support social isolation but feel there are ways to do so in environments other than your own home. We have taken the following steps, effective immediately:

  • We have always maintained a City of Atlanta “A” health code rating and are stringently following CDC recommendations for social isolation, handwashing and disinfecting procedures as well. Disinfecting wipes are available to you at several points in the Club; we use a bleach spray to wipe down every table and chair before we open and after every customer leaves; and both our staff sink and customer bathrooms are stocked with disinfectant soap. We regularly disinfect doorknobs, faucets, etc. throughout the night.
  • We have removed more than half of the tables and chairs to provide a wide space between each table and are limiting capacity to the mayor’s recommended 50 patrons, about 1/3 of our usual capacity. We are asking you to stay home if you are not feeling well, and our staff are required to do the same.
  • We are limiting days of operation to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only.
  • Thursday, March 19, is the last night we will be open until circumstances change

We are following these practices at the Club so we can provide you with a safe opportunity for enjoying live music and getting out of the house! Help us maintain the economic livelihood of musicians and employees whose income stops if the music does. Come see live music at Blind Willie’s!

Blind Willie's is now a smoke-free establishment

Blind Willie's: An Atlanta Blues Festival Every Week

With live Blues concerts six nights a week, Blind Willie's is like an eternal Atlanta Blues Festival. For nearly 10,000 nights, the good music just keeps coming. An endless lineup of blues musicians have graced our stage night after night and week after week. You need not wait weeks or months for a formal blues festival, we have live music nearby, right now.

In the heart of Atlanta's Virginia-Highland's bar district

Filled with restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, the Virginia-Highland neighborhood (VaHi) is one of Atlanta's best destinations for a date night or a night out with friends. It is your prime choice for things to do in Atlanta tonight. Blind Willie's is on the same block as Darkhorse Tavern, Limerick Junction Irish Pub, 10 High Club, and The Warren City Club. A very short walk connects us to Diesel Filling Station, Atkins Park Tavern or Neighbor's Pub.

Bars in Virginia-Highlands are super close together and walkable, so you can bounce around and make a great night of it. North Highland Avenue, just North of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Old Fourth Ward, is a dense nightlife strip where everything is near the party.

In town for a convention? Skip the super commercial restaurants and bars in downtown Atlanta and come to authentic local institutions. VaHi is a short 3 mile Uber/Lyft ride away from downtown. You could even take protected cycle tracks and the Beltline Eastside Trail, if you are motivated, because it is just that close.

Whether you start at Blind Willie's or end up there, when you are ready for great live music, the best of Southern Blues Food, solid beer, just the right drink, or a cozy warm atmosphere, Blind Willie's is the place you want to be. Come to the Highlands and Blind Willie's for a great night out!

"Too Much Soul To Control"

Live Music Events Calendar & Concert Schedule

828 North Highland Avenue NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30306

404-873-BLUE (2583)


Open Friday through Sunday

Doors open at 5pm Sunday - music starts at 6:30

Doors open at 7pm Friday & Saturday

Music starts at 8:30 Friday & Saturday

All shows 21 or older

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