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  • 1. Vortex

    Little Five Points

    Vortex prides itself on being impolite—a look at the "rules" will show you they take no guff—but really it's a friendly bar with great burgers....

    Vortex prides itself on being impolite—a look at the "rules" will show you they take no guff—but really it's a friendly bar with great burgers. Ask for the off-menu fried zucchini. Just look for the huge skull, a landmark of Little Five Points, and you've found the door. The bar-restaurant's Midtown location fronts the popular Laughing Skull Comedy Club.

    438 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30307, USA
    404-688–1828
  • 2. 529

    East Atlanta

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

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

    529 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30316, USA
    404-228–6769
  • 3. Blake's on the Park

    Midtown

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

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

    227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309, USA
    404-892–5786
  • 4. Blind Willie's

    Virginia-Highland

    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...

    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 name honors Blind Willie McTell, a native of Thomson, Georgia; his original compositions include "Statesboro Blues," made popular by the Georgia-based Allman Brothers.

    828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, USA
    404-873–2583
  • 5. Bulldogs

    Midtown

    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....

    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.

    893 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Georgia, 30308, USA
    404-872–3025
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  • 6. Clermont Lounge

    Midtown

    You may have heard of the infamous Clermont Lounge, a strip club unlike any other, but the women who rule the roost at this local...

    You may have heard of the infamous Clermont Lounge, a strip club unlike any other, but the women who rule the roost at this local landmark are older and sassier. On Saturday nights the dance floor opens up and the DJ plays old-school disco, funk, pop, and R&B. The well drinks are strong, and the clientele is cool—all making for a very entertaining night out in Atlanta.

    789 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, USA
    404-874–4783
  • 7. District

    Midtown

    Located away from the main strip of Midtown bars, the warehouse-style exterior of this two-level club belies its upscale feel and fashionable crowd. A stellar...

    Located away from the main strip of Midtown bars, the warehouse-style exterior of this two-level club belies its upscale feel and fashionable crowd. A stellar sound system keeps the international DJs who play here pleased, while the waves of color-changing orbs above the main dance floor give the crowd a reason to smile.

    269 Armour Dr., Atlanta, Georgia, 30324, USA
    404-464--5924
  • 8. Laughing Skull Lounge

    Midtown

    These 73 seats in the back of the Vortex restaurant and bar are Atlanta's most popular destination for local and national touring comedians. ...

    These 73 seats in the back of the Vortex restaurant and bar are Atlanta's most popular destination for local and national touring comedians.

    878 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Georgia, 30309, USA
    404-369–1017
  • 9. Manuel's Tavern

    Virginia-Highland

    This local landmark and favorite of left-leaning politicos and media gadflies owes its popularity to its spirit and friendly service. Look for photos of vintage...

    This local landmark and favorite of left-leaning politicos and media gadflies owes its popularity to its spirit and friendly service. Look for photos of vintage Atlanta sports teams and both local and national politicians, including a younger Bill and Hillary Clinton visiting with the spot's namesake. A crowd gathers around the wide-screen TVs when the Atlanta Braves play.

    602 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30307, USA
    404-525–3447
  • 10. Mary's

    East Atlanta

    One of the best gay bars in Atlanta, the divey and fun Mary's is known for its "Mary-oke" karaoke night....

    One of the best gay bars in Atlanta, the divey and fun Mary's is known for its "Mary-oke" karaoke night.

    1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30316, USA
    404-624–4411
  • 11. My Sister's Room

    Midtown

    Billing itself as the city's "most diverse ladies' bar," this lesbian club brings the party with hip-hop, DJs, and karaoke....

    Billing itself as the city's "most diverse ladies' bar," this lesbian club brings the party with hip-hop, DJs, and karaoke.

    84 12th St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309, USA
    678-705–4585
  • 12. Porter Beer Bar

    Little Five Points

    Try the salt-and-vinegar popcorn or other bar staples, such as fish-and-chips, fries, and mac and cheese, all with a suggested beer pairing at the Porter...

    Try the salt-and-vinegar popcorn or other bar staples, such as fish-and-chips, fries, and mac and cheese, all with a suggested beer pairing at the Porter Beer Bar.

    1156 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30307, USA
    404-223–0393
  • 13. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

    Old Fourth Ward

    Folk art meets gay pride meets sangria here at "Church" (as this popular dive bar is known), which has nun mannequins in full habit dangling...

    Folk art meets gay pride meets sangria here at "Church" (as this popular dive bar is known), which has nun mannequins in full habit dangling from the ceiling and choir robes for patrons should the spirit move them. There's also an outdoor patio and a spacious second floor with a Ping-Pong table.

    466 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30312, USA
    404-522–8275
  • 14. Smith's Olde Bar

    Midtown

    Smith's Olde Bar schedules different kinds of talent, both local and regional, in its acoustically fine performance space. Food is available in the downstairs restaurant....

    Smith's Olde Bar schedules different kinds of talent, both local and regional, in its acoustically fine performance space. Food is available in the downstairs restaurant. Covers vary depending on the act, but are usually $5 to $15.

    1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30324, USA
    404-875–1522
  • 15. SweetWater Brewery

    Buckhead

    A pair of college roommates started this now-popular craft brewery back in 1997, seizing an opportunity to bring West Coast brew knowledge and flavors to...

    A pair of college roommates started this now-popular craft brewery back in 1997, seizing an opportunity to bring West Coast brew knowledge and flavors to the Southeast. Now you can find SweetWater beers (especially the SweetWater 420 Pale Ale) up and down the East Coast. The taproom serves 24 beers and a full kitchen offers pub food like nachos and wings. Tours and tastings are $8, and sign-up is available online in advance.

    195 Ottley Dr., Atlanta, Georgia, 30324, USA
    404-691--2537
  • 16. Terminal West

    Midtown

    Impeccable sound, balcony views, courteous bartenders, and plentiful parking make this Westside venue a top spot to see indie, soul, and EDM shows....

    Impeccable sound, balcony views, courteous bartenders, and plentiful parking make this Westside venue a top spot to see indie, soul, and EDM shows.

    887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318, USA
    404-876–5566
  • 17. Woofs

    Midtown

    Atlanta's first gay sports bar has pool and darts as well as more than 25 TVs. A menu of bar food is also available—perfect for...

    Atlanta's first gay sports bar has pool and darts as well as more than 25 TVs. A menu of bar food is also available—perfect for the big game.

    494 Plasters Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30324, USA
    404-869–9422
  • 18. Burkhart's

    Midtown
    Closed Permanently

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

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

    1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309, USA
    404-872–4403
  • 19. Churchill Grounds

    Midtown
    Closed Permanently

    Weekly jam sessions and great local and national jazz acts are on the calendar here....

    Weekly jam sessions and great local and national jazz acts are on the calendar here.

    660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308, USA
    404-876–3030

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  • 20. Drunken Unicorn

    Midtown
    Closed Permanently

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

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

    736 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, USA
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