Best Live-Music Venue

Atomic Cowboy

Atomic Cowboy first landed its spurs in the Grove nine years ago. The Tex-Mex restaurant serves as a revolving multiplex of entertainment offering booze, food and tunes. In addition to local DJs spinning in the lounge four nights a week, the cultural calendar features weekly salsa dancing and open-mic nights. More recently the addition of an outdoor stage gave the expansive patio a life of its own and has played host to artists ranging from country-strumming Steel Magnolias to seminal West Coast punk legends the Weirdos. This outdoor performance area, donned the Bootleg, features a covered stage with a capacity for 1,000 people. Earlier this year Atomic Cowboy also reclaimed its indoor performance digs from the Demo — formerly known as the Fox Hole — to further the Bootleg entertainment brand. In case you weren't keeping track, that makes a total of three separate corners of the Atomic Cowboy universe to experience live music.

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