The Blues capital of the United States may be Memphis, but some other U.S. cities are taking note and providing some of the best Blues performers to their patrons. If you’re traveling or even just looking for a place in your own town to enjoy a Blues show, you might want to check out one of these 10 best Blues clubs in the United States.
1. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Looking for a fancy place to take a date? Try this happening Blues club where you’ll be served a dish of Creole and American food as you sit in a historic art-deco theater and serenaded with top-notch Blues and Jazz music. The crab cakes are a beloved menu item, and the cocktail list is rotating. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time for the show you want to see.
Another venue that hosts a reliably entertaining lineup of Blues performers every night, B.L.U.E.S. is a beloved Chicago institution. In fact, it has previously been voted the best blues club in Chicago’s north side. Grab a small table for you and a friend or date, or stand along the long bar that stretches along the right side of the club. The energy in this place is amazing, so head in for a show and surround yourself with some great Blues talent.
3. Bradfordville Blues Club
The Bradfordville Blues Club offers a truly exceptional experience. Nestled in the rural backwoods of Tallahassee, Florida, this club is at the end of a winding dirt road and features an outdoor bonfire area where you can still hear the Blues performers giving it their all inside. The drinks are cold and cheap, and the entertainment is second to none. The Bradfordville Blues Club has hosted some of the newest and oldest names in Blues, and continues to do so night after night.
4. Terra Blues
Often called one, if not the, most authentic Blues clubs in New York, Terra Blues has a laid-back atmosphere that draws Blues fans in nightly. Go on a date here and enjoy the romantic vibe of the place. They’re known for their extensive collection of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch so do yourself a favor and try one of the more than 300 domestic and imported liquors while you sit back and listen to some local and nationally known Blues artists.
5. Ground Zero Blues Club
Sure, Morgan Freeman is one of the owners of this Clarksdale, Mississippi-based club, but is it really that good? Well, the club has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Southern Living, USA Today, Food and Wine, and many more. So it’s a sure bet that this place can really bring in some great blues talent. Their food menu doesn’t sound half bad either; try the authentic Southern smoked pulled pork with okra and black eyed peas.
6. Buddy Guy’s Legends
If you find yourself in Chicago looking for a Blues club, you have to hit up Buddy Guy’s Legends. Located just a block off of Grant Park, this place offers some delicious New Orleans-inspired grub and live Blues music seven nights a week. Check out the newest performers early in their careers and witness an up and coming superstar in the Blues world. Be sure to check on the club’s website to make sure tickets are still available for the show you want to see, this place often sells out!
7. Blind Willie’s
In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia is where you’ll find this Blues joint that prides itself on its “Booze, Blues, and Cajun Food.” This small club boasts some big names in Blues, including Sandra Hall. The staff is welcoming here, and the drinks will wake you right up. Sip on a Hurricane while you listen to some upbeat, soulful Blues music.
8. Biscuits and Blues
This San Francisco Blues club has had its doors open for 20 years, and it doesn’t plan on closing anytime soon. Their Southern cuisine has won it some awards, and the Blues acts it brings in are some of the best in the city. The club is located in the heart of the theater district, so you’ll have plenty of options before and after seeing some live music. This place is open to all ages, so bring the kids along and expose them to some great Blues music.
9. Roasa’s Lounge
Chicago has a monopoly on some of the best Blues clubs in the country, and Rosa’s Lounge is no exception. This intimate bar features a few tables and a bar whose bartenders make some killer drinks. No food is served here but you have the option to bring food in, so have food delivered or bring in your own take-out to enjoy during the show. The Blues performers are loved here, and many of them bring high energy to every act, sign CDs, chat with patrons, and make everyone feel like they’re in a special moment together.
10. Wild Bill’s
This Memphis, Tennessee dive is a spot that locals recommend to visitors looking for a fun night out. The club sells 40s (yes, as in 40oz. beers), brings in incredible Blues performers, and serves up some great chicken wings to help sober you up before the night’s end. It’s off the beaten path of Beale Street, so you won’t be finding a large crowd here. Be ready to dance here; this place is known for getting people who don’t normally like to dance out on the floor and busting a move.
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