Nightlife

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

Après Diem

Cozy bistro with an eclectic menu. A nice stop before or after a film at Midtown Art Cinema.

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

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

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

Center Stage

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

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

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Located right next to the Fox Theatre, Churchill Grounds offers nightly live sets of jazz, blues, swing, and more on Tuesdays through S

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

Empire State South

This outpost of Hugh Acheson's restaurant empire delivers the best spin on New Southern dining in Atlanta. Familiar dishes like pimento

Fox Theatre

In the late ’70s, Atlanta almost allowed a telephone company to demolish one of the city's architectural gems. Everybody thinks Gone

Friends on Ponce

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

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Midtown

The Atlanta outpost of the beer-centric chain with more than 30 restaurants in the United States and abroad.

Halo Lounge

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

The Highlander

Cheap beer, pool tables, and fried food are the pillars of this dingy Midtown strip mall dive. Conveniently located next to Landmark Mi

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

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

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

The Model T

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

My Sister's Room

Every night is ladies' night at this popular bar and dance club in its new location in the heart of Midtown. MSR is a great place to me

Opera

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

Proof and Provision

Carefully constructed small menu and craft cocktails. The hideaway is tucked below the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Red Light Café

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

Tap

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

The Atlanta Eagle

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

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 Vortex Bar and Grill - Midtown

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

Whiskey Park

This glam bar and lounge on third floor of the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel attracts a well-dressed crowd. It's a good place to enjoy specia