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Atlanta Bars and Clubs




Atlanta's Club and Bar scene offers just about everything you can imagine. For the most electric nightlife, Edgewood Ave offers the energy of the City with all kinds of clubs, bars and nightlife. The most popular districts for bars and clubs are in East Atlanta around East Atlanta Village, Little Five Points, Virginia-Highland and Midtown/Old Fourth Ward but the Westside is picking up these days. The East side has famed clubs MJQ Concourse, El Bar on Ponce de Leon, the Druken Unicorn and the famous EARL in East Atlanta Village. On the West side, West Midtown has Atlanta's favorite dive bar Northside Tavern but also has the Red Phone Booth, the bar at Miller Union, and the signature cocktails and Oysters at the Optimist.

Don't rule out fun at Atlanta's Hotel bars - some of the most interesting places are found in hidden away places. On a typical Friday night you might find yourself sipping cocktails at a swank Buckhead hotel bar (try the bar at the Waldorf). If you are downtown, there are a few places that are legendary - the bar at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza offers the best rooftop bar in the area but also the bar at the top of the Hyatt Regency. The best people and celebrity watching occurs at the Clermont Lounge in Old Fourth Ward. The Clermont Lounge is the dive bar/strip joint in the basement of the Clermont Hotel. The Lounge and the Hotel are separate but if the basement lounge isn't your cup of tea, head to the roof of the Clermont Hotel for a high brow view of the City. You're also near City Winery for some great music.

If you're looking for a bit more chill, low key but high quality cocktails and beer, the bars in Castleberry Hill, Decatur and all the neighborhoods in between offer some great choices. You'll find some fun places tucked into Inman Park, Kirkwood, Cabbagetown, and all over downtown Decatur. The nightlife in Atlanta is pretty broad and you'll have fun looking for all the hole in the wall bars around Atlanta. Our Best of Atlanta Bar and Club list is a good guide.

From the highest perches in Atlanta to the lowest - the Masquerade in Underground offers the most music from any club in town. With 3 stages, the Masquerade keeps things hopping on weeknights and weekends. Other notable mentions are the Red Phone Booth for dance clubs and a little bit down Peachtree Street towards Midtown, the Ravine is a newish dance club on the scene.

Midtown is the playground for some of the best LGBTQ bars and clubs in Atlanta. Blake's on the Park, Joe's on Juniper and My Sister's Room offer a little bit of everything in Atlanta's diverse gay scene. Midtown is also home to Center Stage. Close by there is Smith's Olde Bar, Blind Willie's and a drive near Piemont Park to the Red Light Cafe. The Ravine is one of Midtown's newer dance clubs. There are all kinds of late night places around. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium should be on your bar hopping bucket list.

Buckhead clubs and bars go thru a full makeover every 5 to 10 years but has always been a place for the best college bars, high end cocktail bars, wine bars, and plenty of hookup bars. There are some good sports bars, beer bars all along this part of Peachtree as well as Piedmont Rd. The Havana Club is always a hot place.

On the more risque side, Atlanta has a long and storied history with its strip clubs. Hip Hop culture in Atlanta has celebrated stripper culture for a while but the presence of such a massive Convention business has kept a few clubs visible. The biggest clubs are the Pink Pony and the Cheetah but there are clubs around town. Swinging Richards is a gay strip club on the West side that is also popular.

Finally, the Comedy scene has been getting stronger over the years. Atlanta has been getting more and more Hollywood talent along with the of Georgia's Film industry and this is bringing with it an emerging comic scene. Atlanta has a handful of comedy clubs worth checking out with more clubs hosting special comedy nights as part of its club offering. As always, check Creative Loafing for all the details about atlanta events happening every night.


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Live Music Clubs

37 Main Gainesville

This Rock N Roll venue follows a simple philosophy: "Music is food to the soul". We offer an all-star lineup of live music & great food: EAT. DRINK. R...

40 Watt Club

The 40 Watt Club is one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world. In addition to national acts, the club has served as a music home bas...

529 Bar

In the central East Atlanta spot formerly occupied by retro soul bar the Village, you'll find 529 — a tiny, smoky space that oozes cool. Despite being...

Apache Cafe

Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live band and open mi...

Atlanta Coliseum

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Blind Willie's

A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-...

Center Stage Theater

Center Stage is the largest of the three venues that make up the Center Stage Atlanta Music Complex. But this 1,050-capacity theater nevertheless boas...

City Winery

Atlanta's first urban winery, City Winery has an intimate music venue able to seat 300 people, a restaurant, bar, an outdoor patio, and a private even...

Connect live

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Drunken Unicorn

The literally underground club features plenty of figuratively underground punk, electro, and hip-hop acts. Although connected to MJQ Concourse, it ha...

Eddie's Attic

Located across from Decatur Square, Eddie's hosts aspiring and accomplished singer-songwriters for live shows almost nightly and is famous for its bia...

Grocery on Home

This tiny, nontraditional music venue located in, yes, a former neighborhood grocery store curates and hosts intimate performances of independent sing...

Kat's Cafe

The comfortably chic lounge located under a hair salon near Piedmont Park hosts everything from comedy to erotic poetry to live music.

MadLife Stage & Studios

MadLife Stage & Studios offers 3 different experiences. MadLife Grill, our restaurant on Main Street, serves a full menu of in-house crafted specialt...

Northside Tavern

This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular Wednesday night ...

Red Clay Music Foundry

This 260-seat theater hosts a variety of musical acts. Acoustic music and singer/songwriter material is the venue's forte, but the format is open, and...

Red Light Cafe

The bohemian living room serves as the city's center of bluegrass and Americana. The venue hosts a variety of other musical performers as well, plus d...

Rock Steady - Atlanta

Website: Inspired by years of living and traveling in the Caribbean and Africa, celebrated restaurateur and nightclub owner Joe Russo created Rock Ste...

Smith's Olde Bar

Floor to ceiling renovations! With live music from the likes of Zack Brown, Butch Walker, Blackberry Smoke, and John Mayer plus past performances from...

SOHO (Compound)

This mega-nightclub feels kind of like a resort, with several indoor and outdoor environments, including a pool area (swimming, not billiards). A grea...

Tabernacle

This former church has Gothic ambiance to spare, making it a fun spot to catch a rock or hip-hop show. The club, which boasts some inviting bar and lo...

Terminal West

As part of the King Plow Arts Center, Terminal West has become the Westside’s premier live music venue, giving equal stage time to hip-hop, indie rock...

The Earl

East Atlanta staple for local and up-and-coming rock bands, as well as nationally established indie acts, and grub for the hipster-PBR set.

The Eastern

Atlanta's newest concert venue operated by Zero Mile Presents & AEG Presents. Located near the Beltline in the Reynoldstown neighborhood. The Eastern ...

The Highlander

Cheap beer, pool tables, and fried food are the pillars of this dingy Midtown strip mall dive. Conveniently located next to Landmark Midtown, this is ...

The Loft

One of three music venues at the Center Stage Theater. The Loft is located on the second floor. It offers full bar service and a view of the Midtown s...

The Masquerade

Tucked away in the Kenny's Alley section of Underground Atlanta, the Masquerade is Downtown Atlanta’s most revered music venue. Over the last 30 years...

The Star Community Bar

The Star Bar, as it's known, hosts a regular lineup of rockabilly and hard-rockin' acts, as well as the city's best free stand-up on Mondays and, tuck...

Variety Playhouse

Variety Playhouse is the winner of numerous Best Of awards over the years.

Venkman's

Chef Nick Melvin’s long-awaited Old Fourth Ward restaurant/music venue, Venkman's, opened its doors in September 2015. The eatery is a casual neighbor...

Vinyl

One of three music venues that make up Center Stage Theater that opened in 2003. Offers an intimate setting with 300 capacity and billiards.


Comedy Clubs

Comedy Club

Dad’s Garage is a non-profit comedy theatre located in the heart of Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. With award-winning Atlanta improv comedy, scripted shows, and a fully-stocked bar, we're a major part of Atlanta nightlife and a great venue for date night. Come see us Thursday throu... | more...

Comedy Club

Atlanta's best full-time option for seeing stand-up is an intimate venue tucked away in the back of Midtown's Vortex Bar & Grill. The Laughing Skull Lounge has featured Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and countless other quality stand-ups. | more...

Comedy Club

Scope out the glossy head shots that line the walls of this barely OTP comedy institution and you’ll see that everyone from John Stewart to Jeff Foxworthy has performed here. It’s an excellent place to take a date, but don’t sit too close to the stage — lest you be heckled by the talent. Reservation... | more...

Comedy Club

The longest-running African-American comedy club in Atlanta, Uptown Comedy Corner has featured Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve Harvey and Chris Tucker in the more than 20 years it's served Atlanta's Westside. | more...

Comedy Club, Performing Arts Theater

Since 2008, this hole-in-the-wall comedy venue has hosted improv comedy multiple nights a week as well as stand-up and sketch comedy. | more...


Strip Clubs

Night Club, Adult Entertainment

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's sake), crushing a beer can between her breasts, then you're not an Atlantan. The oldest strip club in Atlanta, located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel, ... | more...

Adult Entertainment

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Adult Entertainment, After Hours Portal

There are strip clubs, and then there are Atlanta strip clubs. The Pink Pony sits atop an extended list of adult emporiums for the city, but it's the sheer size that topples the competition. Don't shy away from the buffet either; it's a real staple for the club's overall charm. Whether you're flying... | more...

Adult Entertainment

All-male, all-nude strip club. Mostly gay clientele. No bachelor or bachelorette parties.

"Clients must remain dressed at all times while inside the club" – swingingrichards.com

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Adult Entertainment

The city's top high-end strip club stresses the "gentleman" part of "gentleman's club" more than most local clubs. It's handsomely appointed and stocked with attractive dancers, as you'd expect, and also features Alluvia, a fine-dining restaurant that allows you to enjoy pan-seared salmon while admi... | more...


Dance Clubs

Dance Clubs

District, one of Atlanta's newest nightclubs, brings the biggest parties to the city. | more...

Dance Clubs

Located under the El Ponce on Ponce de Leon Avenue, this sleek lounge draws a young, hip crowd. | more...

After Hours Portal, Live Music Club, Dance Clubs

The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town. | more...

After Hours Portal, Live Music Club, Dance Clubs

This (literally) underground club, located below the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta, hosts local and touring indie rock and hip-hop shows (T.I. and Iggy Azalea once shared the stage here). The aptly named space is also home to old-school dance parties. | more...

After Hours Portal, Dance Clubs, Live Music Club

This cave-like underground bar is located below Pizzeria Vesuvius. A wide flight of stairs ushers you into a moderate-size venue that features live music and DJs. | more...


Best Bars


Cocktail Bars

Agave Restaurant

Founded in 2000 at the former site of the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has built a strong reputation around its Southwestern inspired dis...

Alma Cocina Downtown

Alma Cocina is Fifth Group's second Mexican concept, the other being the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland. But where El Taco aims to please neigh...

Blake's On The Park

Located across the street from Piedmont Park, Blake's is ground zero for the Midtown gay set, where well-groomed young men gather to see and be seen. ...

Bone Garden Cantina

The menu, mercifully, is not an endless list of plates like it is in most Mexican restaurants. Instead, you get to mix and match tacos, enchiladas, so...

Brewhouse Cafe

This Moreland Avenue spot in Little Five Points is a prime hangout thanks to its expansive patio and menu of English-style pub food. It's also a desti...

Chido & Padre's

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Clermont Lounge

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's sake), crushin...

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hosts a variety of...

Felix's Atlanta

Just a damn fun neighborhood gay bar serving stout drinks at reasonable prices, with patrons starting at age 21. We have something fun and fabulous ev...

Friends on Ponce

Welcoming neighborhood bar with lots of special events, plus cold beer, strong mixed drinks, billiards, pinball and video games. Bonus: an enclosed pa...

Kimball House

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone

Leon's Full Service

The menu excels at nibbly bits to go with drinks. There can be great meals here made up entirely of selections from the "snacks," "sides," and "starte...

Manuel's Tavern

Poncey-Highland institution is a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. Full menu includes a...

Mary's

A super-fun gay bar with some of the best karaoke (or, as they say, "Maryoke") in town on Tuesday and Saturday nights (but not the first Saturday of e...

Mezcalito's Cocina & Tequila Bar

Flock to the former warehouse space across the street from Oakland Cemetery for signature Mexican dishes and cocktails.

MSR My Sisters Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in its new location in the heart of Midtown. MSR is a great place to meet beautiful 20...

Northside Tavern

This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular Wednesday night ...

Red Phone Booth

THIS CONCEPT FEATURES CREATIVE CLASSIC CRAFT COCKTAILS AND A CIGAR PROGRAM IN A 1920'S SPEAKEASY ATMOSPHERE.


Located in the iconic Dailey's building...

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong tournaments on M...


Dive Bars

Agave Restaurant

Founded in 2000 at the former site of the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has built a strong reputation around its Southwestern inspired dis...

Alma Cocina Downtown

Alma Cocina is Fifth Group's second Mexican concept, the other being the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland. But where El Taco aims to please neigh...

Blake's On The Park

Located across the street from Piedmont Park, Blake's is ground zero for the Midtown gay set, where well-groomed young men gather to see and be seen. ...

Bone Garden Cantina

The menu, mercifully, is not an endless list of plates like it is in most Mexican restaurants. Instead, you get to mix and match tacos, enchiladas, so...

Brewhouse Cafe

This Moreland Avenue spot in Little Five Points is a prime hangout thanks to its expansive patio and menu of English-style pub food. It's also a desti...

Chido & Padre's

No description provided

Clermont Lounge

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's sake), crushin...

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hosts a variety of...

Felix's Atlanta

Just a damn fun neighborhood gay bar serving stout drinks at reasonable prices, with patrons starting at age 21. We have something fun and fabulous ev...

Friends on Ponce

Welcoming neighborhood bar with lots of special events, plus cold beer, strong mixed drinks, billiards, pinball and video games. Bonus: an enclosed pa...

Kimball House

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone

Leon's Full Service

The menu excels at nibbly bits to go with drinks. There can be great meals here made up entirely of selections from the "snacks," "sides," and "starte...

Manuel's Tavern

Poncey-Highland institution is a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. Full menu includes a...

Mary's

A super-fun gay bar with some of the best karaoke (or, as they say, "Maryoke") in town on Tuesday and Saturday nights (but not the first Saturday of e...

Mezcalito's Cocina & Tequila Bar

Flock to the former warehouse space across the street from Oakland Cemetery for signature Mexican dishes and cocktails.

MSR My Sisters Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in its new location in the heart of Midtown. MSR is a great place to meet beautiful 20...

Northside Tavern

This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular Wednesday night ...

Red Phone Booth

THIS CONCEPT FEATURES CREATIVE CLASSIC CRAFT COCKTAILS AND A CIGAR PROGRAM IN A 1920'S SPEAKEASY ATMOSPHERE.


Located in the iconic Dailey's building...

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong tournaments on M...


LGBTQ Bars

Agave Restaurant

Founded in 2000 at the former site of the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has built a strong reputation around its Southwestern inspired dis...

Alma Cocina Downtown

Alma Cocina is Fifth Group's second Mexican concept, the other being the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland. But where El Taco aims to please neigh...

Blake's On The Park

Located across the street from Piedmont Park, Blake's is ground zero for the Midtown gay set, where well-groomed young men gather to see and be seen. ...

Bone Garden Cantina

The menu, mercifully, is not an endless list of plates like it is in most Mexican restaurants. Instead, you get to mix and match tacos, enchiladas, so...

Brewhouse Cafe

This Moreland Avenue spot in Little Five Points is a prime hangout thanks to its expansive patio and menu of English-style pub food. It's also a desti...

Chido & Padre's

No description provided

Clermont Lounge

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's sake), crushin...

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hosts a variety of...

Felix's Atlanta

Just a damn fun neighborhood gay bar serving stout drinks at reasonable prices, with patrons starting at age 21. We have something fun and fabulous ev...

Friends on Ponce

Welcoming neighborhood bar with lots of special events, plus cold beer, strong mixed drinks, billiards, pinball and video games. Bonus: an enclosed pa...

Kimball House

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone

Leon's Full Service

The menu excels at nibbly bits to go with drinks. There can be great meals here made up entirely of selections from the "snacks," "sides," and "starte...

Manuel's Tavern

Poncey-Highland institution is a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. Full menu includes a...

Mary's

A super-fun gay bar with some of the best karaoke (or, as they say, "Maryoke") in town on Tuesday and Saturday nights (but not the first Saturday of e...

Mezcalito's Cocina & Tequila Bar

Flock to the former warehouse space across the street from Oakland Cemetery for signature Mexican dishes and cocktails.

MSR My Sisters Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in its new location in the heart of Midtown. MSR is a great place to meet beautiful 20...

Northside Tavern

This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular Wednesday night ...

Red Phone Booth

THIS CONCEPT FEATURES CREATIVE CLASSIC CRAFT COCKTAILS AND A CIGAR PROGRAM IN A 1920'S SPEAKEASY ATMOSPHERE.


Located in the iconic Dailey's building...

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong tournaments on M...


Neighborhood Bars

Agave Restaurant

Founded in 2000 at the former site of the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has built a strong reputation around its Southwestern inspired dis...

Alma Cocina Downtown

Alma Cocina is Fifth Group's second Mexican concept, the other being the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland. But where El Taco aims to please neigh...

Blake's On The Park

Located across the street from Piedmont Park, Blake's is ground zero for the Midtown gay set, where well-groomed young men gather to see and be seen. ...

Bone Garden Cantina

The menu, mercifully, is not an endless list of plates like it is in most Mexican restaurants. Instead, you get to mix and match tacos, enchiladas, so...

Brewhouse Cafe

This Moreland Avenue spot in Little Five Points is a prime hangout thanks to its expansive patio and menu of English-style pub food. It's also a desti...

Carver Neighborhood Market

Operating in South Atlanta since 2014, Carver Neighborhood Market aims to provide the surrounding community with better access to healthy foods.


Hou...

Chido & Padre's

No description provided

Clermont Lounge

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's sake), crushin...

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hosts a variety of...

Felix's Atlanta

Just a damn fun neighborhood gay bar serving stout drinks at reasonable prices, with patrons starting at age 21. We have something fun and fabulous ev...

Friends on Ponce

Welcoming neighborhood bar with lots of special events, plus cold beer, strong mixed drinks, billiards, pinball and video games. Bonus: an enclosed pa...

Grant Park Market

Neighborhood Specialty Grocery, Wine, Beer and local eatery located in the Grant Park neighborhood. Gather is the take-out restaurant located inside G...

Kimball House

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone

Leon's Full Service

The menu excels at nibbly bits to go with drinks. There can be great meals here made up entirely of selections from the "snacks," "sides," and "starte...

Manuel's Tavern

Poncey-Highland institution is a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. Full menu includes a...

Mary's

A super-fun gay bar with some of the best karaoke (or, as they say, "Maryoke") in town on Tuesday and Saturday nights (but not the first Saturday of e...

Mezcalito's Cocina & Tequila Bar

Flock to the former warehouse space across the street from Oakland Cemetery for signature Mexican dishes and cocktails.

MSR My Sisters Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in its new location in the heart of Midtown. MSR is a great place to meet beautiful 20...