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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

Live Music Club

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-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy on the strength of the roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit r... | more...

Live Music Club

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 the emphasis is always on hosting an immersive, real-world musical experience. | more...

Live Music Club

Located across from Decatur Square, Eddie's hosts aspiring and accomplished singer-songwriters for live shows almost nightly and is famous for its biannual Open Mic Shootout. The venue features an intimate listening room, a covered patio, a varied menu, and a full bar. | more...

Live Music Club

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One could make a strong argument that Smith's is the best small-venue music room in the city. An intimate space that lets fans get right up next to the musicians and an eclectic mix of bands are two great reasons to make Smith's a regular stop. Decent bar eats, too.

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Event Venue

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 skyline. | more...

Live Music Club

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, tucked away in an unassuming corner, a hidden shrine to the King of Kings, Elvis Presley, complete with an altar and throne. The Little Five Points instit... | more...


Comedy Clubs

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

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

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Adult Entertainment

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

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

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...

Dance Clubs

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

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...

Dance Clubs

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...

Dance Clubs

The Sound Table is as much a dance club as it is a restaurant. It's a showplace for some of the best DJs around, both in the downstairs dining room and next door at Space 2. | more...


Best Bars


Cocktail Bars

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Fine Dining

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Restaurant

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 "starters." Peppadews (tiny red sweet/hot peppers) stuffed with goat cheese are the ultimate in creamy/piquant contrast. The cocktails here are among the bes... | more...

Night Club

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


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Restaurant

The Krog Street Market concept from Atlanta food scene veterans Paul Calvert, Greg Best, Regan Smith, David Bies, and Bart Sasso offers seafood-focused soups, sandwiches, and light bites. Their extensive libations menu includes special cocktails, such as Bitter Southerner #2, along with fine liquors... | more...


Dive Bars

Night Club

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...

Live Music Club

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 slot held down by Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck, who helped make the club a blues hot spot in the 1980s. Weekends bring a grab bag of local and touring acts. | more...

Live Music Club

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 perfect place to throw back a few after catching a flick on a Friday night. | more...

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LGBTQ Bars

Bar or Pub

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. Sundays are especially crowded. | more...

Bar or Pub

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 every night of the week.

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Bar or Pub

Welcoming neighborhood bar with lots of special events, plus cold beer, strong mixed drinks, billiards, pinball and video games. Bonus: an enclosed patio with a view of the Atlanta skyline. | more...

Bar or Pub

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 each month). | 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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Neighborhood Bars

Bar or 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 low-key jazz, open mic jams, and experimental music nights for the sonically adventurous. | more...

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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 variety of good burgers and organic eggs fresh from its rooftop coop. A renovation of the building and a refurbishment of the tavern is coming in 201... | more...

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Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong tournaments on Mondays, and organ-backed karaoke sessions on Wednesdays. The pub emerged in 2010 as one of the driving forces behind the historic Old Fourth Ward's re... | more...

Restaurant

The Albert is a comfortable neighborhood watering hole that serves consistently good bar food and drinks. It's also a great place to catch a sports game on TV or screen the latest episode of the "The Walking Dead." | more...

Bar or Pub

This literary-themed pub channels Twin Peaks and is a popular stop on the way to or from clubbing. Expect seasonal beers, quality cocktails, and creative tavern fare. | more...

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This Poncey-Highland institution next to the Plaza Theatre oozes comfortable hole-in-the-wall atmosphere. Its small outdoor patio, satisfying bar-food menu and killer old-school jukebox make it a quintessential hangout, although quiet conversation can be hard to come by. There's also a cozy, semi-pr... | more...