7. Feel the blues at Blind Willie’s

Hear legends croon at a local bar
Francine Reed

Photograph by Caroline Kilgore

Atlanta’s venerable blues joint is named for one legend (Blind Willie McTell) and is the best place to see another: Francine Reed, whose soulful voice, feisty wisecracks, and dance-inducing songs mesh perfectly with the intimate dive bar’s New Orleans–inspired atmosphere. Make sure to get there early (so you aren’t forced to wait outside to comply with fire codes) and stay late—you don’t want to miss Reed’s notorious version of “Wild Women (Don’t Get the Blues).” blindwilliesblues.com

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.