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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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