Atlanta Nightlife and Georgia travel tips

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Nightclubs in Atlanta nightlife

Atlanta's nightlife is intense: bars, restaurants, theaters, clubs, entertainment centers, to mention a few points of interest. When the sun goes down, the city is transformed into Hotlanta! The party lives in many ways, varies the area of the city that you visit. There are hundreds of local and very different styles to suit all tastes. Buckhead is Atlanta's chic area, while in Virginia-Highland is more a casual atmosphere while in Little Five Points is alternative, and Midtown is the popular place.

Atlanta nightlife

Want to experience the nightlife in Atlanta?, you should visit all the places we review below...but take in consideration not drinking if you rent a car in Atlanta, remember to drive safe and to have fun...there are many things to do and much entertainment in Atlanta for not getting bored.

Midtown: Taverns, Bars, Lounge Bars

Midtown is close to the area north of Downtown, is the area where you can find the most businesses and entertainment centers. To start the night there are places like the Midtown Tavern, a bar south of the district, which makes good environment to stay alive until well into the night. For those looking fo outdoors Park Tavern is a huge patio where you can admire the night vision of the avant-garde architecture of Atlanta city, while enjoying a pint of cold beer. The place opens and closes early, so it is recommended to arrive by mid-afternoon, to start in good time.

Sutra LoungeSutra Lounge has a sensual atmosphere perfect for going to flirt and meet people. Hush Lounge is a more exotic place: four levels of bars, many sofas in a sophisticated and intimate space, ideal for couples and groups of friends. Leopard Lounge is a huge patio where it meets many young people, is very popular among those just above twenty years old. Another lounge is known as Shout, which has a terrace with spectacular views of the city. Unlike the Leopard Lounge is a place for people over 30.

Atlanta Midtown nightlife and live music

Northside Tavern is considered the home of the blues in Midtown Atlanta, great musicians are presented consistently. Another option to go hear good music is Smith's Olde Bar, which is a wave type MTV Unplugged, formed a circle around the band playing, it's a very relaxed atmosphere. For fans of Jazz music is the flagship Churchill Grounds, where you can find the same thing that fans established musicians, set the evening with jazz. For those that are lit with Latin rhythms is the Loca Luna, tropical surroundings and where the menu includes a variety of tapas.

Disco & Dancing in Midtown

The building where once was the Atlanta Opera House was renovated and now is the Opera Atlanta Nightclub, with huge dance floors and a very hot environment. This is one of the trendiest places in Atlanta, like CosmoLava, a three levels nightclub: vip area, tennis and a lounge space. Music is a journey that begins in the 80's, still with some hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, and today's pop hits, to name a few. CosmoLava is another of those places that, over time become an essential part of the nightlife of a city.

Gay places in Midtown

The Midtown District is known for its extremely varied entertainmen and gay places. Halo is a place for socializing with quiet music, a cocktail of the most classic. Blake's on the Park is two levels and features DJ's and Drag Queen Shows. Oscar's is immersed in a glamorous old Hollywood type. Bulldogs is a very typical place in Atlanta, offering a multicultural environment.

Virginia-Highland nightlife

This area lies east of Piedmont Park, near the Midtown area. It is an area with many restaurants, bars, clubs and pedestrian streets. It will keep you awake late into the night. From pubs, bars and music venues, to clubs and nightclubs to dance as much as you can, as MJQ Concourse, one of the best clubs in Atlanta. This legendary club was open during the nineties and has remained one of the icons at the Atlanta nightlife.

Here is the oldest tavern in Atlanta, Atkins Park Restaurant & Tavern, where you can also enjoy a menu of Creole dishes. In Fontaines' atmosphere prevails the New Orleans style, is a comfortable place that lends itself to a conversation.

Live music in Virginia Highland

This is a place where you can hear blues, Limerick Junction, which presents singer-songwriters and folk musicians; Darkhorse Tavern, an old bar that also features live music and The Righteous Room, a popular local where we recommend to go early to sit, as it is very popular.

Buckhead nightlife

In the northern part of the city, the district of Buckhead is most famous for its lively nightlife. Buckhead is like a city within a city with its own meeting places, places where people gather to drink and talk within a modern architecture.

Where to go

There are many places to go and drink beer, as Churchill Arms Pub, a traditional English-style pub, or to drink beer and hang out with table games such as Blackbear Tavern, where live music as well. With an Irish style, is Fado, a pub that mixes the tradition of Irish culture with a modern and cosmopolitan reflected in its dishes, drinks and young audiences that visit. The Brit-pop music covers and other successes as well as Dj's mixing live.

Mood Lounge is a chic place with a Latin air that makes it very sensual. Beluga Martini Bar concept enters the Martini Bar and is considered one of the best in Atlanta, plus live music. Tavern at Phipps is a place with a terrace and casual ambience, martinis are the house specialty, is a recurrent after work.

Hole in the Wall, is one of those places where everyone seems friends and by the end of the night is as if they were. It is a place to go casual, drink and meet cool people. Something similar happens with Five Paces Inn, a bar that brings friends together in a hospitable and warm place.

Sambuca is an elegant place to diner, drink and listening live music, an exceptional evening in a sophisticated atmosphere. It is a place to go to celebrate a special occasion and spend a night of drinking set by jazz or blues musicians.

Little Five Points nightlife

This Atlanta neighborhood is characterized by the people with an alternative style which is reflected in their tastes. That's why there are plenty of bars and meeting places, with the eclectic cultural mix of the city. Not to be confused with Five Points in Downtown Atlanta.


The Vortex is a bar which since the nineties has been established as a benchmark in the rock wave of the Atlanta city, with a distinctive facade (a human skull) and the reputation of serving the best burgers in the region, The Vortex is the site for the alternativ side of Atlanta. Of particular importance are the women who serve the drinks at this site: rough and sensual.

Five Spot is a place for those seeking for art, drinks and food at one place. The place brings together people from casual and light environments. Live music is a real show, a billboard that includes people who are popular in the independent musical side of Atlanta.

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