A parapet on a red-brick fortress -- nestled above Korean storefronts overlooking Powers Ferry and Windy Hill roads -- ILLUSION LOUNGE & DANCE CLUB
brings Midtown to Marietta. Part of the family of clubs that includes 12th Street's Leopard Lounge and Buckhead's Shadows, Illusion is the kind of shopping-center corner suite expected of a dentist's office, but outfitted with the bold, brassy European-style furnishings familiar to the intown "in crowd." One alcove even features metallic fur upholstered floor to ceiling. The club's most appealing attribute, however, is its diverse programming -- Caribbean or Latin nights are as likely as hip-hop or progressive house/breakbeat -- and its equally diverse clientele, which exhibits an exuberance lost inside I-285.
2000 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, 770-859-9353. www.playersbilliards.com