Phone: (864) 233-6173
304 East Stone Ave • Greenville, SC 29609

About The Handlebar

Shinedown at The Handlebar on Feb. 7, 2005 - Photo By Mark StricklandGREENVILLE, S.C. — Since opening in September 1994, The Handlebar has become the premier concert venue in The Upstate — some would say in the entire Southeast — for entertainers and music lovers alike, people seeking excellent artistry, musical diversity, renowned acoustics and intimacy.

The Handlebar at 304 East Stone Avenue — three blocks off Main Street near Downtown Greenville between Main Street and Interstate 385 — has presented thousands of concerts featuring a vast array of musicians, from the legendary to the unknown. Many performers have been Grammy Award winners, others have been popular local and regional favorites. The Handlebar specializes in presenting a wide variety of musical genres — from rock ‘n’ roll to blues to reggae; from folk to bluegrass; from jazz to world beat; from alternative to hip hop; from metal to pop. Many musicians featured at The Handlebar had never performed in Greenville before.

The HandlebarThe Handlebar is first and foremost about music, but the story doesn't stop there. When the The Handlebar re-opened on Stone Avenue in May 2001 — after moving from its original, beloved venue at the historic Mills Centre — the venue added a separate, expanded bar and restaurant along with a larger concert hall and more polished atmosphere.

The fun menu of pub favorites has drawn rave reviews. Customers can enjoy a burger or salad with one of more than 30 brands of bottled and draft beer. House wines and countless varieties of liquor also are available in a relaxed, informal atmosphere — and served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff — most of whom are musicians or, at least, music fans. Many restaurant and pub patrons are concert-goers; but The Handlebar food and drink menu, lunch, Happy Hour and ambiance attract fans who rarely step foot in the concert hall.

The Handlebar, in keeping with Greenville City Ordinance, is non-smoking. While a ticket is always required to attend a concert, there is almost never a charge to enjoy the bar and restaurant. An outdoor patio is open during nice weather. Patrons who dine at The Handlebar before a show should come early, as food is not offered in the concert hall. However, drinks can be carried to and from the concert hall, and a bar is usually open in the Listening Room. The Handlebar also offers Catering for private functions, parties and charitable events; features a Tuesday night Swing Dance in the concert hall; Tuesday night Bluegrass Jam (also on Facebook) in the bar/restaurant; and proudly hosts many groups and meetings, including the Greenville Harley Owners Group on the first Tuesday of each month.

Joan Baez at The Handlebar in October of 2003 - Photo By The Greenville NewsAmong the hundreds of performers during The Handlebar's 18-year history: 10 Years, 2 Skinnee J's, A Place To Bury Strangers, Ace Frehley (of KISS), Acoustic Syndicate, Against Me!, Aimee Mann, Airbourne, Al Di Meola, Al Stewart, Alabama Shakes, Albert Hill, Alejandro Escovedo, Alison Brown, Alter Bridge , Amazing Rhythm Aces, Amos Lee, Amy Lavere, Amy Ray, Anders Osborne, Andy Lehman, Anna Nalick, Antiseen, Apocalyptica, Arlo Guthrie, Asylum Street Spankers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Avett Brothers, Battlefield Band, Beausoleil, Bebo Norman, Bela Fleck, Bell X1, Belleville Outfit, Ben Kweller, Benjy Davis Project, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Betty, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton, Bill Kirchen, Billy Joe Shaver, Billy Jonas, Black Stone Cherry, Black Uhuru, Blackberry Smoke, Blue DogsGuy Clark, Corey, Blueground Undergrass, Bob Schneider, BoDeans, Bone Thugs 'n Harmony, Bottle Rockets, Bowling For Soup, Brandi Carlile, Brantley Gilbert, Brave Combo, Breathe Carolina, Bret Michaels, Brett Dennen, Brooks Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Bruce Piephoff, Bruce Robison, Buddy Miles, Burlap to Cashmere, Butch Hancock, Butch Walker, Cailin Cary, Cake, California Guitar Trio, Calvin Richardson, Carbon Leaf, Carey Bell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Carolyn Wonderland, Cartel, Cassandra Wilson, Catie Curtis, Chairmen of the Board, Charlie Louvin, Charlie Robison, Chevelle, Chris Duarte Group, Chris Knight, Chris Rosser, Chris Smither, Chris Thile, Chris Thomas King, Christine Kane, Christine Lavin, Chuck Prophet, Cigar Store Indiands, Civil Twilight, Claire Lynch, Clutch, Cold, Collective Soul, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen, Concrete Blonde, Corey Harris, Corey Smith, Cowboy Mouth, Craig Sorrells, Cravin' Melon, Cris Cab, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Crossfade, Crowfield, Dale Watson, Dan Tyminski, Dar Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, Dash Rip Rock, Dave Alvin, Dave Barnes, Dave Mason, David Allan Coe, David Bromberg, David Lindley, David Sanborn, David Wilcox, Days of the New, Deep Banana Blackout, Del McCoury Band, Delbert McClinton, Derailers, Derek Trucks Band, Derek Webb, Devil Makes Three, Dex Romweber, Dezeray's Hammer, Dick Dale, Dickey Betts, Dierks Bentley, Dilana, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Doc Watson, Donna The Buffalo, Dr. John, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Drink Small, Drive-By Truckers, Drivin' 'n' Cryin', Duncan Sheik, Eddie From Ohio, Edgar Meyer, Edgar Winter, Edwin McCain, Eilen Jewell, Eisley, Elizabeth Cook, Emerson Drive, Emerson Hart, Emery, Emile Pandolfi, Eric Brace, Eric Church, Every Time I Die, Exene Cervenka, Fefe Dobson, Felice Brothers, Five Finger Death Punch, Flobots, Four Bitchin' Babes, Framing Hanley, Fred Eaglesmith, Fred Koller, Freddy Jones Band, Future Islands, G. Love & Special Sauce, Gaelic Storm, Gary Hoey, Gene Dillard, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Go Betty Go, God Forbid, Gomez, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Graham Colton, Gran Torino, Greg Brown, Greg Humphries, Greg Trooper, Griffin House, Halestorm, Hank Williams III, Hawthorne Heights, Hayes Carll, Heartless Bastards, Hill Country Revue, Hinder, Hobex, Hollywood Undead, Hootie & The Blowfish, Hot Chelle Rae, Hot Hot Heat, Howard Jones, Infamous Stringdusters, Ingrid Michaelson, Iris DeMent, J.D. Crowe, Jack Ingram, Jackie Greene, James Cotton, James Gregory, James McMurtry, Janis Ian, Jason & The Scorchers, Jason Isbell, Jennifer Nettles, Jerry Douglas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Harris, Jesse Winchester, Jessica Lee Mayfield, Jimbo Mathus, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Jimmy Herring, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joan Baez, Joan Osborne, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Ely, Joe Firstman, John Cowan, John Gorka, John Hammond, John Hiatt, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, John Mayer, John Popper Project, John Scofield, Johnny Winter, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Jonas Sees In Color, Jonathan Richmond, Jonny Lang, Jorma Kaukonen, Josh Kelley, Josh Ritter, Joshua James, Joshua Radin, Judy Collins, Jump, Litlte Children, Junior Brown, Junior Wells, Jupiter Coyote, Justin Nozuka, Justin Townes Earle, Kaki King, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Kathy Mattea, Keb' Mo', Keller Williams, Kevin Welch, Kevn Kinney, Kieren Kane, Killer Whales, Kim Richey, Koko Taylor, Kristen Hall, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Langhorne Slim, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Laura Love, Lee Boys, Leftover Salmon, Lemonheads, Leo Kottke, Leon Redbone, Leon Russell, Less than Jake, Link Wray, Little Feat, Little River Band, Livingston Taylor, Lloyd, Lonnie Brooks, Lonnie Mack, Loretta Holloway, Los 3 de La Habana, Lou Ann Barton, Lou Reid, Lucero, Lucy Kaplansky, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues, Marc Cohn, Maria Muldaur, Mark Chesnett, Mark Collie, Marshall Chapman, Martin Sexton, Marty Stuart, Mary Gauthier, Mat Kearney, Mates of State, Matisyahu, Matt Nathanson, Matt Wertz, Maura O'Connell, Maynard Ferguson, Michelle Malone, Michelle Shocked, Mickey Newbury, Mike Cross, Minus the Bear, Miranda Lambert, Miss Willie Brown, Missy Higgins, Monte Montgomery, Moon Taxi, Mother's Finest, Mute Math, Nanci Griffith, Nappy Brown, Nappy Roots, Nashville Pussy, needtobreathe, New Found Glory, Nickel Creek, Nile, Nils Lofgren, Noah, Nonpoint, Norman Blake, North Mississippi Allstars, Noxious, Of Good & Evil, Old Crow Medicine Show, Outshyne, Over the Rhine, Parmalee, Pat Green, Pato Banton, Patty Larkin, Paul Thorn, Pepper, Perpetual Groove, Pete Yorn, Peter Cooper, Peter Murphy, Peter Rowan, Peter Tork, Piedmont Boys, Poco, Pop Evil, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Railroad Earth, Ralph Stanley, Randall Bramblett, Randy Houser, Ras Alan & The Lions, Rasputina, Raul Malo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rebelution, Rebirth Brass Band, Reckless Kelly, Red, Red Elvises, Rehab, RetroVertigo, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Rev. Horton Heat, Richard Thompson, Richie Havens, Richie Havens, Ricky Skaggs, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Robert Earl Keen, Robert Fripp, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Robin Trower, Robyn Hitchcock, Rocco DeLuca, Rodney Crowell, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Roger McGuinn, Rooney, Rose Hill Drive, Rusted Root, Ryan Cabrera, Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, Saliva, Sam Anderson, Sara Watkins, Savoy Brown, Scott Miller, Seconds Flat, Seven Mary Three, Seven Nations, Sevendust, Shannon McNally, Shawn Mullins, Shelby Lynne, Sherwood, Shinedown, Shiny Toy Guns, Shooter Jennings, Sick Puppies, Silvertide, Simplified, Sister Hazel , Slaid Cleaves, Smile Empty Soul, Son Volt, Sonny Landreth, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Southern Culture on the Skids, Spyro Gyra, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, Steve Morse, Stuck Mojo, Sugarland, Superjoint Ritual, Supersuckers, Susan Werner, Swingin' Medallions, Tab Benoit, Taj Mahal, Tannahill Weavers, Tantric, Taylor Momsen, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Teddy Geiger, Terrance Simien, Terri Clark, The Blow Up, The Bravery, The Click Five, The Cliks, The Cordovas, The Duhks, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Flatlanders, The Goodies, The Gourds, The Iguanas, The Knitters, The Lost Trailers, The Movement, The Pietasters, The Pink Spiders, The Radiators, The Roots, The Slackers, the subdudes, The V-Roys, The Wailers, The Wailin' Jennys, The Whigs, The Work, The Yellowjackets, Theory of a Deadman, They Might Be Giants, Thomas Mapfumo, Tift Merritt, Tim O'Brien, Tim Reynolds, Tim Wilson, Tinsley Ellis, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Todd Barry, Todd Rundgren, Todd Snider, Tom Paxton, Tony Rice, Toots & The Maytals, Toubab Krewe, Tower of Power, Tracii Guns, Trapt, True Blues, Tuck and Patti, Uncle Kracker, Uncle Mingo, Unknown Hinson, Vance Gilbert, Verlon Thompson, Veronicas, Vertical Horizon, Victor Wooten, Vienna Teng, Virginia Coalition, Wanda Lu Greene, Webb Wilder, Wild Sweet Orange, Will Hoge, Will Kimbrough, Wishbone Ash, Ying Yang Twins, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zac Brown Band, Zach Deputy, and hundreds more.

The Handlebar was opened by husband and wife, John Jeter and Kathy Laughlin, along with John's brother, Stephen, and now includes partners John Egan, Charles Tremonti and Joseph Sorrentino.

For more information, call The Handlebar at (864) 233-6173 or see the Calendar for upcoming shows. Concert tickets range in price from a low of $5 to a high (so far) of $30. Tickets can be purchased online; by calling or stopping by The Handlebar; and in person at several Greenville ticket outlets. Tickets to many shows can be purchased at the door on the night of the show, but popular shows do sell out in advance. (Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Delbert McClinton, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs all sold out more than five weeks in advance.)

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m; and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Doors to the Listening Room generally open about an hour before the scheduled show time.