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Compound

Indoor/outdoor mega-club known for balling and bottle popping.

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

Edgewood Corner Tavern

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

Neighbor's Pub

Catering to the young and heavy-drinking types, and boasting a massive front patio.

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 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

Center Stage

Home to three venues - Vinyl, the Loft, and Center Stage - featuring live music and theatrical productions.

97 Estoria

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

Dark Horse Tavern

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

Sidebar

Post-work and pre-game hangout with Cuban sandwiches and Irish beer in Fairlie-Poplar.

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

Karaoke Melody

Although the façade seems glum, this Buford Highway karaoke bar is a great entertainment deal. Buy yourself an hour of "American Idol"

Living Room at W Atlanta Buckhead

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

Sweetwater Bar and Grill

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

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

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

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

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

Tongue & Groove

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

Trader Vic's

Feeling the need to escape to a tropical island? Trader Vic's is the next best thing with its intensely topical decor of palm fronds, t

10 High

Nightclub underneath the Dark Horse Tavern features aspiring rock artists, but its live-band "Metalsome" karaoke is the big draw.

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

Milltown Arms Tavern

An Irish-themed pub with full menu.

The Vortex Bar and Grill - Midtown

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

Hand in Hand

A British-style watering hole serving dishes such as fish and chips, and sausage and mash.

Mac McGee's Irish Pub

Pub on Decatur Square with an Irish bent, offering savory pies, whiskey, beer, and daily specials.

Vinyl

One of three music venues that make up Center Stage Theater that opened in 2003. Offers an intimate setting with 300 capacity and billi

The Loft

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 o

529

In the central East Atlanta spot formerly occupied by retro soul bar the Village, you'll find 529 — a tiny, smoky space that oozes cool

The Basement

Underground club (literally) that is located below the Graveyard Tavern and that plays host to dance parties and rock shows.

Bottle Rocket

Sushi, burgers, and comfort cocktails.

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Located in the Fox Theatre building, this establishment's vibe is late-'40s New York jazz club.

Maggie's

Ain’t nothing but a watering hole for clusters of Emory students to make rowdy memories, while older schmucks try to relive their

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping

Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong t

Steinbeck's Ale House

Slightly upscale bar food and a nice beer selection extended Decatur's love of the pub into the enclave of Oakhurst.

Apache Cafe

Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live b

Pour Bistro and Wine Market

This New American bistro has some vegetarian and gluten-free options and, true to its name, lots of wine. Each of Pour's menu items com

Universal Joint

Great neighborhood meeting place with a pleasant patio in the heart of Oakhurst.

Halo Lounge

Industrial space with ultramodern furniture underneath the Biltmore that pulls an equally cool metrosexual set.

Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern

The oldest pub in Dunwoody, and one of the oldest in Atlanta serves 16 different British and European beers in a classic pub atmosphere

Iron Horse Tavern

Located in the heart of historic downtown Norcross, the Iron Horse Tavern is a British-style pub serving up generous helpings of banger

Limerick Junction

Irish pub with an impressive selection of scotch and whiskey. Live music nightly and comedy night on Tuesdays.

Bev's Place

Neighborhood dive bar serves American pub and barbecue fare like nachos, wings, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Dixie Tavern

The "Home of the Zac Brown Band" features great live music, happy hour specials, 20 beers on tap, outdoor patio, pool tables, video gam

La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar

This Westside tequila and mezcal bar features elevated Mexican street food, traditional Mexican specialties, tacos, and tapas.

Rocco's Pub

Although it moved a few dozen yards from its original location, this long-running bar and restaurant is beloved by locals for its welco

Six Feet Under - Grant Park

The paneled Southern seafood shack decor works (think wooden booths, long tables, a horseshoe bar). And so does the food. Shrimp, crab

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Pints of Guinness flow, cover bands rock out, and soccer hooligans park their butts at the bar on game days.

The Punchline

Scope out the glossy head shots that line the walls of this barely OTP comedy institution and you’ll see that everyone from John Stewar

Thinking Man Tavern

Decorated with posters of the periodic table, planet factoids, and musculoskeletal charts, Thinking Man Tavern feeds the mind as well a

The Vortex - Little Five Points

You can't miss the big skull with psychedelic eyes on Moreland Avenue. Walk through the gaping mouth, and you'll find some of the city'

Red Light Café

The bohemian living room serves as the city's center of bluegrass and traditional country. The venue hosts a variety of other musical p

Tap

Atlanta gastropub in the heart of Midtown, across from Colony Square and near the Woodruff Arts Center. Its patio overlooks the bustlin

Lips Atlanta

A new drag dinner theater on Buford Highway. The place, one of four in the country (New York, San Diego, and Fort Lauderdale), is ripe

Victory Sandwich Bar - Decatur

Victory Sandwich is a hip bar known for its Jack and Coke slushies, ping pong table, and a selection of cheap-but-tasty little sandwich

JCT Kitchen

Decent modern Southern fare. Your best bet is the upstairs bar with its outdoor patio overlooking train tracks that stretch straight to

Six Feet Under - Westside

The paneled Southern seafood shack decor works (think wooden booths, long tables, a horseshoe bar). And so does the food. Shrimp, crab

Darwin's Burgers and Blues

The legendary bar attracts patrons with live music coming from fresh talent in the blues community. Chef Akin heads the kitchen, which

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

Uptown Comedy Corner

The longest-running African-American comedy club in Atlanta, Uptown Comedy Corner has featured Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve H

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

Swellegant nightclub styled after an historic opera house.

C & S Seafood & Oyster Bar

Expect an astute mix of old-school New York and Paris brasserie. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar, and classic pri

Atkins Park - Virginia-Highland

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

Joystick Gamebar

An arcade for grown-ups, Joystick Gamebar features lively bar bites, creative cocktails, and a collection of vintage games in Old Fourt

Smith's Olde Bar

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 righ

Prohibition

Shhh. Prohibition is Atlanta's first speakeasy-style bar, offering select customers vintage cocktails, fine cigars, and the feeling tha

Brewhouse Cafe

English-style pub food, great patio, and a major hangout for viewing English Premier League matches.

The IRIS aka Rush Lounge

A staple of Atlanta's EDM nightlife scene. Many of Atlanta's finest electronic music DJs and producers are regular fixtures here.

Whiskey Park

Glam bar and lounge on third floor of the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel. Specialty cocktails and small bites from Spice Market.

Vanquish Lounge

On Friday nights, Vanquish is the place for the grown and the sexy crowd. DJs spin hip-hop and R&B all night long, and the bottle servi

Highland Tap

Looking to drink yourself under the table under the city? Since the late 1980s, this subterranean restaurant billing itself as Virginia

Blind Willie's

A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its si

5 Paces Inn

Buckhead gets a bad rep sometimes for being a bit hoity-toity, but this dive bar is more than 50 years old and full of just-out-of-coll

Atkins Park - Smyrna

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

El Bar at El Ponce

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

The Bookhouse Pub

This literary-themed pub channels Twin Peaks and is a popular stop on the way to or from clubbing. Expect seasonal beers, quality cockt

Graveyard Tavern

East Atlanta bar with soaring ceilings, a handsome bar, and a young, hipster crowd that parties late.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

With 14 beers on tap, 40 bottled selections, and a fully stocked selection of wine and spirits, Cypress has become a local favorite nei

STATS

Concentrics Restaurants' answer to the sports bar, Stats has five bars, including one on the rooftop deck. The food runs the gamut from

Ormsby's

The bar is a favorite of locals looking for an extensive craft beer list, bocce ball, and a unique gastropub menu.

The Elder Tree

An Irish pub located at the heart of East Atlanta Village.

Martin's

Martin's is known for its biscuits, which come in small or large (opt for large) and are served every day until 3 p.m. A favorite break

Brick Store Pub

This outstanding pub, complete with an upstairs Belgian bar that has potent brews on tap, offers roughly 215 beers - 188 in bottles and

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hos

Moe's & Joe's

Founded in 1947, stop by this tavern and grill for a cold PBR (they're big on Pabst), delectable wings, a MoJo burger, or a friendly ga

The Flat Iron

A scattering of sidewalk tables, draft beer, a stellar jukebox, and your average pub grub.

Club Onyx

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

The Independent

A fixture for more than 20 years (much of it under the name DuPree's), the Independent is all about pool. There are eight tables and th

Famous Pub & Sports Palace

If you're a sports nut, head here to watch any game on one of the two giant projector screens or on the dozens of smaller TVs while you

The Local

Neighborhood bar/restaurant popular with college students, hipsters, and, yes, locals.

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

The Masquerade

This former excelsior mill hosts a variety of dark, kitschy events, from heavy-metal concerts to goth and retro nights.

Northside Tavern

Legendary blues and jazz venue. Top-rated dive bar.

Burkhart's Pub

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

Righteous Room

A small patio, decent grub, killer jukebox and cozy, semi-private seating in the back.

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 Music Room

Cave-like underground bar and live music venue below Pizzeria Vesuvius.

WhirlyBall Atlanta

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

The Argosy

This multilevel gastropub in East Atlanta Village is the latest venture from the BookHouse Pub/MJQ crew. Inside, nautical references an

The Model T

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

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

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

The Heretic

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

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

The Midway Pub

This East Atlanta pub serves above-average bar food without jumping on the gastropub bandwagon. During the warmer months, grab a seat o

Taco Mac

A family-friendly casual restaurant popular for watching sporting events that features a large selection of craft, imported, and domest

The Earl

East Atlanta staple for local and up-and-coming rock bands, as well as nationally established indie acts, and grub for the hipster-PBR

The Drunken Unicorn

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