No atmosphere is better for live music than a college town. Yeah, you have your nightly staple cover bands but T-Town's growing arts community is changing all that.

Another great thing about living in a college town is the diversity among the people living here. Typically, that diversity leads to a thriving and ever changing network of artists and musicians who have an interest in leading the community towards their craft. What this means to Tuscaloosa is that there are several places where you can enjoy dinner, maybe a beer and some original live music.

By the way, we didn't forget Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. We just figured you already knew that they have a lot of original live music as seen in years past with names like Merle Haggard, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes, Neil Young, Kenny Chesney, and others gracing their stage.

Here are a few of the places we've come up with that you may want to visit this summer. Keep in mind, these are not all of the places in Tuscaloosa to enjoy live, original music, just 7. If you have a place where you enjoy going that we may have left off, please let us know where in the comment section below.

  • Green Bar

    A friendly little spot attached to Wilhagan's in Temerson Square, Green Bar has been home to local and nationally recognized live music for many years now. You can typically see local musicians hanging out to catch the latest up-and-comers.

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  • Egan's Bar

    Egan's Bar is one of the oldest in Tuscaloosa and definitely one of the most unique! Local frequent Egan's for not only a crazy good selection of craft beer but also the music. Styles from punk to funk have graced this landmark over the years and from time to time, heavyweights like Alabama Shakes come back to get reacquainted with their roots.

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  • Rhythm & Brews

    Located in the heart of Temerson Square, Rhythm & Brews has been a go-to for original sounds for years! Some of the past acts to play here include local favorites Glen Templeton and Casey Thrasher as well as Nashville acts like Confederate Railroad, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Colt Ford, and more!

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  • Druid City Brewing Company

    Since opening, Tuscaloosa's first brewery has been known for great beer and live music. Whether hosting local favs Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires or Looksy, whether setting up the sound inside the brewery or outside, there always seems to be a crowd around for the music.

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  • Black Warrior Brewing Company

    You can catch live music a few nights a week at Black Warrior Brewing on University Blvd. Plus, one night a month, sometimes two, they pair live music with a charity and call it 'Pints with a Purpose.' You can enjoy a night of music and help out a local non-profit.

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  • Druid City Music Hall

    Druid City Music Hall is housed in a building that has been known for live music for years. Now under new ownership and a new name, they're continuing the tradition. Since opening under the new name, Druid City Music Hall has hosted a wide variety of genres and bands like: OAR, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sister Hazel, Breaking Benjamin, Robert Earl Keen, Waka Flocka Flame, and more!

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  • Band of Brothers Brewing Company

    Housed in an 8,000 square foot facility, Band of Brothers Brewing has plenty of available space to accommodate live music and they do! Along with frequently hosting fundraisers, reunions, holiday parties and food cook-offs, they also welcome all genres of live performance from jazz to blues to rock to country.

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