Where To Hear Live Music in Little Rock

Little Rock has a great music scene with both local bands and national tours coming through on all scales. From the little guys playing at Vino's (some not so little too), to the big bands at Alltel, Little Rock has music to please all levels of audiophiles.

Cajun’s Wharf

Cajun's has live music on most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday nights are the biggest, advertised as deck parties. They normally have several live bands and dance music. That being said, there are multiple levels in Cajun's and you can probably find a nice, sort of quiet spot if you look hard enough. It has a great, high energy atmosphere. The seafood was once known as the best in the city, but in recent years Cajun is known more for its fun atmosphere than food. It does have a view that can't be beaten. The location, by the Arkansas River, is a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip.
2400 Cantrell Rd

Revolution Music Room

Connected to one of my favorite restaurants, Rumba, the Rev Room (or "Revolution") is a little bigger than Vino's (capacity is about 550). They have music on the weekends and some weeknights. Check their schedule. They also have a great River Market location.  All kinds of bands play here, and cover varies.
300 President Clinton Ave

Thirst 'N' Howl

Thirst 'N' Howl is a fun bar and they have live music Wednesday through Saturday. They also have big televisions and a decent menu.  Dance bands and local bands.  No cover.
14710 Cantrell Rd

The White Water Tavern

This place was founded by Larry "Goose" Garrison. Now, it has that college crowd kind of feel to it. It's a great place to relax, hang out and listen to some music. You'll find a variety of music there, usually on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Cover is $9.  Was named an Esquire "24 Best Bars in America" in 2017.
2500 W 7th St

Four Quarter Bar

Located in North Little Rock, Four Quarter has live music, games and gourmet food and craft beer.  They have music on most Friday and Saturday nights.  The kitchen is open until 1:30 am.  
415 Main Street North Little Rock

West End Smokehouse & Tavern

West End is probably the best bar in West Little Rock. It gets compliments on its food, and they serve until 2 am 7 days a week.  People enjoy the massive televisions and great pool tables on game days, and on most Friday and Saturday nights, they have live music. It's mostly what I would call dance bands and fun music. The bar is always crowded on band nights. Twenty-one and over only, not smoke-free. Cover is $7.
215 N Shackleford Rd

South on Main

South on Main is a "revolutionary cultural experience that includes a restaurant and performance venue."  What that means is that they have delicious, unique cuisine and entertainment such as jazz bands, authors, folk music and storytelling.  It's not a traditional music venue, but they have some great music occasionally. 
1304 South Main Street

Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

Sticky Fingerz says it has gourmet chicken fingers, but in reality I think the food is just ok (again, better than most bar food). They do have the right location. They're in the middle of the River Market and the River Market is the center of Little Rock bar life. As for the music, they have bands on most Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.  They feature all types of bands "from hip-hop to bluegrass."  Cover varies.
107 Commerce Street

Vino's Brewpub

Vino's has a great independent rocker type atmosphere topped off with fresh pizza (some say the calzones are the best in Arkansas) and freshly brewed beer. They sometimes have live music on other nights, but almost always have music Fridays and Saturdays.  It gets loud and crowded in Vino's, but that's part of what makes it great (capacity is about 300). They mostly cater to the alternative crowd as far as entertainment goes. All ages are allowed in Vino's, so it's a non-smoking facility. Cover varies, usually none.
923 W 7th St

Verizon Arena

The rest of this list has been, for the most art, accessible to all types of musicians. The arena is where the big boys play. This where you'll find the bestselling superstar acts from all over the country. Little Rock gets some major headliners. Generally, most national tours either stop here or in Memphis, which is just about 2 hours away. Both venues are great, but large and very impersonal.
Verizon Way

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