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Looks of Atlanta

Ask your local exotic dancer where she bought her tear-away Catholic school girl outfit, and Looks will most likely be the answer.

Club Onyx

This gentlemen's club offers women free entry until midnight.

Pink Pony

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

Tattletale Lounge

Name-checked by Mötley Crüe, this venerable strip club just keeps shakin’ its thang.

MJQ Concourse

The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-h

The Basement

This (literally) underground club, located below the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta, hosts local and touring indie-rock and hip-hop s

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Located right next to the Fox Theatre, this place sports a late-'40s, New York jazz club vibe. There's live music five to six nights a

The IRIS aka Rush Lounge

A staple of Atlanta's EDM nightlife scene. Seating is at a premium, but then again, you come here to dance -- to trap, drum and bass, d

Swinging Richards

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

Club Eros

New and improved men-only club with renovations involving additional floors and private rooms. Must be 18 older and have password for e

My Sister's Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in the heart of LGBT-friendly East Atlanta Village. MSR is a great plac

Friends on Ponce

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

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 se

The Atlanta Eagle

Dominating the Poncey-Highland gay crowd, now that the Phoenix has been shut down. Be sure to wear your leather.

Bulldogs Bar

You'll have to pay a cover to enter this Midtown gay bar — which, unlike most of its peers, has thrived since the late 1970s. If you're

Burkhart's Pub

One of Atlanta's top gay bars, with late-night dancing and drag shows in its multistory four-bar space.

The Cheetah

The city's top high-end strip club stresses the "gentleman" part of "gentleman's club" more than most local clubs. It's handsomely appo

Magic City

The ATL's strip club of choice for ballers, players, and visiting rap stars. Come dressed on the nicer side of casual if you want to ge

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 firs

The Model T

A gay-friendly neighborhood bar offering fun and fabulousness for everyone. Check the online calendar for weekly activities, holiday ev

The Heretic

Club known for its DJ nights and patrons who are fond of leather.

Noni's Bar and Deli

Though Noni's is a decent place for Italian food during the week, it transforms into Edgewood Avenue's de facto dance party on the week

Wild Bill's

Wild Bill’s is a sanctuary for suburban cowpokes in search of line-dancing, fight nights, and concerts from such country and western st

Ai Tunes Karaoke Lounge

The floors and couches in the private rooms at this karaoke joint glitter with green lights. The rooms are large and temperatures are k

The 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

Laughing Skull Lounge

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 L

MOTHER

Beep Beep Gallery's Mark Basehore and James McConnell joined forces with two Brooklynites to open this gastropub. The back patio is an

Opera

This nightclub, music venue and event space recalls the opulence of a European opera house. But the goings-on are decidedly modern -- d

Bound to Be Read Books

Bound to Be Read Books was envisioned as a store that is attentive and responsive to the needs of the neighborhoods it serves. More tha

Atkins Park - Virginia-Highland

College hangout with adjacent restaurant and, supposedly, the oldest continuously licensed bar in the city.

El Bar

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

Graveyard Tavern

This East Atlanta hangout looks better than you’d expect (soaring ceilings, a handsome bar), and attracts a young crowd that parties in

Atkins Park - Smyrna

The Cobb County cousin of the Virginia-Highland watering hole and restaurant is located in the increasingly hip Market Village.

The Drunken Unicorn

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

Wall Crawler Rock Club

Wall Crawler Rock Club offers more than 8,800 square feet of indoor rock climbing surface to climbers in the Atlanta. Expect a laid-bac

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Boiled peanuts, chili dogs, and other grubby bar food in a neighborhood pub with lots of beer on tap and a great sense of humor.

The Masquerade

This former mill hosts a variety of events, from punk and heavy-metal shows to goth and retro nights. The venue features three music ro

Space 2

Adjacent to the Sound Table in Old Fourth Ward, Space 2 serves as a secondary event space for that venue (hence the name).

255 Tapas Lounge

The baby sliders run the gamut (veggie, turkey, chicken, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, crab, Angus) at this tapas spot. After dark, it trans

Andrew's Upstairs

A dance club inside a party compound at the heart of Buckhead. The music room offers a selection of Top 40 hits from DJs. Outdoor court

Compound

This mega-nightclub feels kind of like a resort, with several indoor and outdoor environments, including a pool area (swimming, not bil

Erosol aka Department Store

Edgewood Avenue's new home to electro, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and hip-hop dance parties. DJs spin retro dance music and Southern hip-hop, an

The Music Room

This cave-like underground bar is located below Pizzeria Vesuvius. A wide flight of stairs ushers you into a moderate-size venue that f

WhirlyBall Atlanta

Located minutes from downtown Roswell, Whirlyball is one of the city's most established and unique entertainment centers. Combining bum

Brockett Pub

This out-of-the-way local hangout is a low-key lunch spot with a bit of a sports bar vibe. When it comes to killer pub grub, this is so

Edgewood Corner Tavern

No. 3 in the series of laid-back poolroom bars with decent pub food.

Center Stage

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

Edgewood Speakeasy at Pizzeria Vesuvius

Hidden behind a secret bookshelf door inside Pizzeria Vesuvius, Edgewood Speakeasy is a secret den of drinks and is one of Old Fourth W

97 Estoria

Once a grocery store for cotton mill workers in the historic Cabbagetown neighborhood, 97 Estoria is a restaurant and "hangout for all

SkyLounge

Sitting in a cushy chair atop downtown's trendiest boutique hotel on a clear, warm night, it's easy to pretend you're in South Beach. O

The Atlanta CW Midtown Music Complex

Features the Loft, Vinyl, and the Center Stage theater. The best thing about Center Stage is the sight lines. There's hardly a bad seat

Sweetwater Bar and Grill

Darts, billiards, cheap drinks, and live music is what you'll find in this hole-in-the-wall spot.

Dark Horse Tavern

A handsome, horseshoe-shaped bar anchors the dimly lit space, which is populated by a rowdy, barely post-college clientele.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Heavy stone and wood decor anchor this Crabapple jewel that regularly hosts local Irish and Scottish musicians. As you'd expect from an

Pal's Lounge

Located in Sweet Auburn, the resurrected lounge is a landmark of the district with a look and vibe that's authentic as it gets. Regula

Karaoke Melody

Although the façade seems glum, this Buford Highway karaoke bar is a great entertainment deal. Hefty multilanguage songbooks are update

Living Room at W Atlanta Buckhead

Features live DJ mixes and a list of variegated W signature cocktails.

Sidebar

This downtown spot is a sturdy after-work or pre-game hangout. The agreeable menu features such offerings as Cuban sandwiches, black an

Morris Restaurant and Lounge

A friendly dive bar and Kirkwood's oldest black-owned business, the Morris has been open for nearly 40 years. No one under 25 is allowe

Eddie's Attic

A venue for aspiring singer/songwriters and the folkie set, Eddie's has shows almost nightly and is famous for its biannual Open Mic Sh

Trader Vic's

Feeling the need to escape to a tropical island? Trader Vic's, located in the Hilton Downtown Atlanta, is the next best thing, with its

Tongue & Groove

One of Atlanta's longest-running nightclubs and lounges.

10 High

This bare-bones club space beneath the Dark Horse Tavern is best known for live-band “Metalsome” hard-rock karaoke. But 10 High also ho

Aisle 5

Aisle 5 maintains the communal philosophy of its predecessor, the Five Spot, but its guts are brand new. The 2014 renovation brought th

The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton

A genteel playground for movers, shakers, high rollers, trophy spice, and gold diggers, set to live piano.

Urban Grind

Urban Grind's a bit less crowded than Octane, which is just a couple of blocks up Marietta Street. The small shop hosts art shows, musi

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-

The Vortex Bar and Grill - Midtown

Popular Atlanta institution for serious slacking, burger eating, and drinking. Home to the Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club.

Milltown Arms Tavern

An Irish-themed pub with full menu.