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Best Blues Club


655 Patrick Mill Road, Winder

770-307-2840 http://www.chipsroadhouse.com
Atlanta is rich in blues clubs. There's Blind Willie's for the urbanites and Northside Tavern for the down-and-dirty crowd. There's even one in the 'burbs, a kind of roadside lounge in Marietta called Darwin's. But for a unique experience that recalls the genre's rural roots, you gotta go to Chip's. Located in the middle of nowhere off Ga. 316, Chip's has converted an old gas station into a jumpin' juke joint featuring both local and national touring acts. Grab a seat at the bar for a drink, commandeer a table for food service (big on fried stuff -- cheese sticks, mushrooms, dill pickles, oysters, jalapeno poppers) or boogie the night away on the dance floor. If the crowd gets too thick or too friendly, grab some fresh air on the wide front porch. Special events include the Harvest Moon Bluesfest in early September and the Chili Cookoff and Musicfest in April.

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