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There are a lot of catchphrases about Atlanta, but the two best are “where the playas play” and “the city too busy to hate.” Both of those are especially true when it comes to nightlife – Atlanta’s bars and clubs are fantastically diverse, both in their range and in the people who frequent them.

Atlanta Nightlife

Blake’s on the Park

Often packed and always friendly, diverse, and lively, Blake’s is a longtime landmark on the city’s gay scene.

227 10th St., GA, 404-892-5786,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay | dj

Churchill Grounds

Sip cocktails, smoke a cigar, and let the sound of the sax wash over you at this elegant and cozy space that hosts Atlanta’s hottest jazz musicians.

227 10th St., GA, 404-876-3030,
Tags: nightlife | jazz | nightclub

Clermont Lounge

Sometimes called “a retirement home for strippers” and often pegged as a can’t-miss city attraction, the Clermont is Atlanta’s oldest strip club in more ways than one.

789 Ponce de Leon Ave., GA, 404-874-4783,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | adult

Drunken Unicorn

See the most up-and-coming local and touring rock, punk, and alt-dance acts in this small energetic venue that’s filled with more unicorn paraphernalia than you ever knew existed.

736 Ponce de Leon Pl., GA, 404-870-0575,
Tags: nightlife | dancing


If your idea of spending an evening at the opera involves rotund sopranos singing Italian ballads, Atlanta’s Opera nightclub, located in a converted movie house in trendy Buckhead, may not be your thing. The décor is posh, the drinks are expensive, and the revelers are dressed to kill. Enjoy exclusive bottle service in the private “Phantom” boxes on the mezzanine.

1150B Peachtree St., GA, 404-875-0423,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | trendy | nightclub | dj

Rooftop Bar at the Glenn

The only one of its kind in the area, the Glenn Hotel's open-air rooftop bar offers dazzling Downtown views and DJ’s who spin British pop, bringing in plenty of stylish locals. The bar is seasonal, closing at the beginning of November and reopening in Spring.

110 Marietta St. NW, GA, 404-521-2250,
Tags: nightlife | views | trendy | hotel bar

The Albert

Mingle with the locals at this favorite neighborhood spot, whose namesake and décor pay tribute to the owner’s young son, her father, and her father’s godfather: Albert Einstein himself. Belly up to the long, narrow bar for $2 Miller High Life and tasty, all-organic food served late. Bartenders are bend-over-backwards nice but, with the flex of a tattooed bicep, still don’t let you forget they could kick your butt whenever they feel like it.

918 Austin St., GA, 404-872-4990,
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | bar | bar food

The Sun Dial

High above the city atop the Westin Hotel, the tri-level Sun Dial is loved by locals and tourists alike thanks to its revolving cocktail lounge and awe-inspiring observatory level.

210 Peachtree St., GA, 404-589-7507,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | views | hotel bar | lounge

Whiskey Blue

The newest Atlanta hotspot by nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber and his brother, Scott, Whiskey Blue is primed to become the see-and-be-seen hotspot for Atlanta’s pretty people. Outside, two long terraces flanking the rooftop bar provide stunning views of Midtown and downtown, with a sunken garden, covered illuminated walkway, and sculpture installation adding to the drama. Inside, the ‘70s-insprired glamour continues with shag rugs and rock and roll photographs in brilliant Technicolor.

3377 Peachtree Rd. NE, inside the W Buckhead, GA, 678-500-3190,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | rooftop lounge

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