ATL’s Jazzy-est Newcomer

By Melissa A. Stewart

Atlanta has become a haven for the musically inclined and lyrically inept. But to find that special place where you feel close to the music and enjoy a sexy martini is sometimes a challenge. That is until I stumbled upon Kat’s Café.

After being opened for only a few short months, owner Katarina Mia, also known as Kat didn’t anticipate the café to draw as much attention and as quickly as it has, but she’s not complaining. With live performances, good food and soothing spirits its no wonder Kat’s Café’ is the Midtown draw.

Call it a diamond in the ruff or a cozy joint tucked in the heart of midtown, you’d think no one would be able to find it. But if you
stop by on a Thursday night, you’d be hard pressed to find a seat. Not to worry, standing room only doesn’t hurt when the music
flows as smoothly as the drinks.

Thursday is the most popular night of the week and hosts open mic performances that are not for the amateur. Kat says, “When you come in, you’ll see what kind of level we’re on. It’s not karaoke. There are serious musicians that come through who are networking and building their musical careers. The talent that comes through here will knock your socks off. It blows peoples
minds that there’s so much talent in here.” Kat herself is a performer as well as some in her wait staff. So you’ll never know who’ll be stepping up to the mic.

Stop in and ask for Lady Sings the Blues, the signature drink dedicated to Jazz diva Billie Holiday. You can also try a Georgia on My Mind, a peach martini dedicated to the late great Ray Charles. If you show up for Friday’s Happy Hour, martinis are only five dollars which is a Midtown rarity.

For more on this jazzy joint log onto or take a trip down to Kat’s Café’ located at 970 Piedmont Avenue between 9th and 10th Street underneath the Helmet Salon. And Atlantan’s, there is free valet parking when entering on 10th at Zocalos!