Atlanta Nightlife

Atlanta has long been known for having more bars than churches, and in the South that stands out. Atlanta's vibrant nightlife includes everything from cerebral cocktail lounges to dive bars, from country line dancing to high-energy dance clubs.

If you're looking for a gay or lesbian club, you'll find most of them in Midtown, although a few can be found in Buckhead and the suburbs. For up-to-the-minute

information on the scene, pick up a free copy of the GA Voice ( throughout the city.

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Virginia-Highland and Emory 4

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10 High Club

  • Music Clubs

A brick-walled space in the basement of the Dark Horse Tavern, the 10 High Club hosts local and regional bands that are guaranteed to...


  • Music Clubs

A cavelike live music venue with great sound, a full bar, and a patio, 529 hosts local and national emerging indie bands. ...

Blake's on the Park

  • Dance Clubs

Weekly drag shows, a diverse crowd, and plenty of people-watching all help keep this place near the southwest corner of Piedmont Park...

Blind Willie's

  • Music Clubs

New Orleans and Chicago blues groups are the main thing here, although Cajun and zydeco are also on the calendar from time to time. The...

Brick Store Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

You can choose from hundreds of bottled and draft brews—including high-gravity beers—along with some very good burgers, salads, and...


  • Dance Clubs

A fixture on the gay scene since 1978, Bulldogs is the place to hang out with friends or dance to hip-hop, house, or R&B. ...


  • Bars/Pubs

Gay men come to this neighborhood hangout for pool, karaoke, and drag shows. ...

Drunken Unicorn

  • Music Clubs

Indie bands play in Drunken Unicorn's small performance space. Pull an all-nighter at the neighboring underground dance club MJQ. ...

Eddie's Attic

  • Music Clubs

Close to the Decatur MARTA station, this bar and restaurant is a good spot for catching local and some national rock, folk, and country-music...

El Bar

  • Dance Clubs

Behind the El Ponce Mexican restaurant on Ponce de Leon Avenue, El Bar has a tightly packed dance room with live DJs, cold drinks, and...


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