Get the Party Started: Nightlife in Atlanta
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Atlanta has nightlife for every discerning palate, from laid-back dive bars to rooftop cocktail bars to nightclubs blasting electronic music well into the morning. A few of these are as infamous as the patrons who frequent them.
1150 B Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
Atlanta has a great nightlife scene, and Opera has been crowned the city’s best nightclub. Located in a 1920s opera house, the club regularly hosts internationally known DJs and electronic acts like David Guetta, LMFAO, and Paul Oakenfold, and is...
240 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Inman Park seems to have some of the best restaurants in town for such a small neighborhood and the always crowded Barcelona Wine Bar is an example. Boasting a patio perfect for people watching and half priced wines on Sundays, Barcelona is an...
483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Sound Table is a true food and beverage bar, rewarding members of the industry every Tuesday night with dinner and drink specials. For the rest of the working masses, the Sound Table is focused on cocktails and its award winning bar program with...
752 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
On any weekend night, you'll see this Virginia Highland mega-bar packed with people both inside and on the extensive patio. It's popular with the post-college crowd and is a regular on the pub crawl circuit, so it's not unusual to see patrons in...
111 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Irish pubs are a dime a dozen these days, but good ones are hard to find. Mac McGee is one such, set on Decatur's main square. The food is homey favorites you might find back in the motherland, like fish and chips, Guinness braised brisket or...
121 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346, USA
This local Mexican chain is conveniently located across the street from Perimeter Mall, making it a great spot for a quick bite and $4 house margarita. It’s popular with the after work crowd, particularly for the build-your-own salads,...
6017 Sandy Springs Cir, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
There’s always something going on at Three Sheets, a cocktail bar and lounge in Sandy Springs. One of the more popular is “flavor tripping,” an event where guests have a Miracle Fruit berry before sampling foods, completely...
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Atlanta is, much to many locals' despair, known as the Strip Club Capital of the South. And if there is an old, incumbent mayor of this capital, her name is the Clermont Lounge. The Clermont Motor Hotel was built in 1924 but has since been...
560 Gresham Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
At 10 p.m., the indoor patio of So Ba Vietnamese restaurant turns into a late-night foodie destination for industry-types in the know. At Octopus Bar, the small-plates, seafood-centric menu changes almost nightly but staples like the Lobster Roll...
427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Joystick Gamebar is the ultimate space to have fun with friends. What could be better than drinking and playing nostalgic arcade games like Mortal Kombat? Not only is it a bar with games, it is an incubator to help develop and launch local food...
488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
The massive PBR graffiti on the brick wall of the EARL's parking lot in East Atlanta appropriately marks this live music landmark. Local and national touring bands frequent its stage nearly every night of the week. In addition to the music, the...
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall is located on the Beltline, with a large porch and space to park either your car or your bike. The summer camp vibe is a great hangout to share some bites with friends, like their massive spatchcock chicken platter....
5495 Old National Hwy # A1, Atlanta, GA 30349, USA
Want to see how the locals have fun? Get down to Grown Folks on a Thursday evening and learn how to line dance with the Southside Steppers—Atlanta’s number one dance group—and a 30-something crowd that's up for good times. Not a fancy joint, more...
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