How many times have you found yourself wondering what you should do tonight?
Atlanta is an incredibly city, full of world-class nightlife options, yet we’ve all struggled to figure out what to do on a given night. We’ve tried to curate a list of the 50 most popular nightspots in Atlanta to help you when you just can’t seem to figure out where to spend your night.
01. Two Urban Licks
Two isn’t a nightclub but it made it onto our nightlife guide because it’s a great spot to start your night. They have great food, but the star is their 26 foot wine on tap barrel wall (the first in the US). The stainless steel barrels of wine are displayed in a 26 foot, glass and steel, temperature controlled tower situated prominently in the restaurant.
- Live music while you dine
- Great views of the skyline
Cosmolava is great for fun, worry-free nights in midtown. They have 3 levels, 6 bars and 4 dance floors with DJs spinning the latest Top 40s, 80’s, Funk & EDM (so you’ve got something for almost everyone).
- Multiple dance floors with different kinds of music
- Reasonably priced drinks, cover on certain nights
03. The Porter Beer Bar
With an extensive menu of over 800 beers, there is ample reason for beer lovers to keep coming back to this Little 5 Points gem. Voted Best Bar Food by Creative Loafing, The Porter Beer Bar offers a variety of excellent beers, and excellent food as well. Rated highly by BeerAdvocate, Draft Magazine, The Porter Beer Bar has earned recognition among beer enthusiasts nationwide.
- Premium Beer Bar with over 800 beers
- Great food, we particularly love the Belgian fries
04. Holeman & Finch
Holeman & Finch has done more to elevate Atlanta’s dining and nightlife scene than most. It’s alums now fill the staff of many of Atlanta’s best – but the original will always have it’s charm. Prepare for crowds, excellent cocktails and delightful food. It’s never a boring night at Holeman & Finch.
05. Blind Willie’s
Where were you in 1986? Ronald Reagan was president. William Perry and the Chicago Bears enjoyed “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average was under 2,000. Jonny Lang was 5 years old. And Blind Willie’s was opening its doors in Virginia-Highland. More than 10,000 nights of live music later, Blind Willie’s is still alive and kickin’.
- One of the best blue’s bars in Atlanta
- Cover is 12 dollars
- Get here early to find a seat
Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta has been a beacon for Atlanta for nearly 50 years. Host to presidents and prom queens, royalty and rock & roll, Polaris has always been the Post Card image of our city, a globally recognized icon featured on murals, souvenirs, even the nightly news.
- Excellent view of the city (the rotating bar is awesome)
- Try the dessert Polaris Blue Dome – chocolate mousse, honey caramel and flourless chocolate cake
07. High Velocity
High Velocity at the Marriot Marques hotel is one of Downtown’s largest sports bars with 29 HD TVs and serving 24 varieties of beer fresh from the tap, delicious appetizers, and more.
8. The St. Regis Atlanta Bar
The mural on the wall reminds us of the iconic St. Regis bar in NY. Same great drinks, professional bartenders and as a bonus some special selections such as the 2012 St. Regis Special Selection 3.0 bourbon, which was handcrafted exclusively for St. Regis in Atlanta by Woodford Reserve Distillery.
09. Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge
Eleven thousand square feet of decadence with a glistening 600 piece crystal chandelier greeting you at the main entrance. World renowned DJs play the best Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, and Top-40 music – bust out your dancing shoes – always a fun night.
10. Kimball House Bar
One of our favorite bars in Atlanta. Great house cocktails, the bartenders are nice and the vibe is great. Great spot to start your night or to catch up with friends over drinks (and food – their food is great).
11. The Sun Dial Restaurant
Renowned chefs, remarkable views, revolving fare – the seasonally-inspired, ingredient-driven menus at The Restaurant on Level 71 offer guests an exciting culinary experience. For revitalizing cocktails and a more casual dining option, The Bar on Level 73 combines the glamour of The Sun Dial with the swank of a rotating lounge overlooking Atlanta.
- Amazing 360 view of the city (rotating bar)
- Great place for a date
12. Brick Store Pub
Brick Store is a breath of fresh air. No televisions, no neon, no obnoxious music and no major domestic beers. What you find at their main bar are local, regional and nationally acclaimed American craft beers, German and English specialty beers and our vintage and reserve bottled beer list. They frequently rotate a carefully chosen array of 29 draught beers, 75 bottled beers, plus an additional Beer Engine.
- Amazing selection of beers
- We also recommend the Chicken pot pie and the Fish and chips
13. Havana Club
The Havana club is one of Atlanta’s hottest nightclubs. From Latin beats, to hiphop, EDM and more – the music, the people, the ambiance is killer.
- Multiple different rooms with different kinds of music (usually EDM, top 40 and latin music)
- Cover fee is usually $20, valet parking is $10
14. Bar 210 (Westin Peachtree Plaza)
Great for a nightcap or a casual drink with an old friend. Nothing too crazy, but we like the laid back atmosphere from time to time.
Phone: 210 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303
Relaxed bar caters to a gay & mixed-orientation crowd with karaoke & DJs
- One of the best gay bars in Atlanta
- Make some World-Star-worthy memories at their epic Karoke nights
16. Seasons 52
An excellent wine bar with good food and a friendly atmosphere
17. Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Errbody knows Wrecking Bar – and it’s because it’s steeped in Atlanta history. As a 20th-century Victorian-style home, a Methodist Protestant church, a dance school and most recently as the Wrecking Bar architectural antiques store, the journey to bring you an ever-changing selection of specialty beers brewed on site and craft pub food has been defined by fond memories made by notable Atlanta families. On June 19, 2011, Bob and Kristine Sandage began a new legacy, as the basement of the charismatic Victor H. Kriegshaber House was christened as the Wrecking Bar Brewpub
- Kale Ale Cheese Fondu is fantastic
- You can see how the brews are made every Saturday at 4 30 pm
18. Koo Koo Room
Great lounge with a laid back atmosphere in the heart of Midtown’s bar district. They pull some pretty talented DJs and the crowd is diverse.
19. Proof & Provision
Cocktail enthusiasts rejoice, The Georgian Terrace Hotel has a surprise in its basement: a thriving restaurant and bar. The hideaway places an emphasis on barrel-aged cocktails, not speakeasy shtick.
- The grilled cheese is heavenly
- Located in the basement of Georgia Terrace hotel
20. Manuel’s Tavern
Multiple winner of Best of Atlanta, the Tavern was opened in 1956 by Manuel Maloof, also CEO of Dekalb County. A cozy neighborhood tavern, Manuel’s features full food and liquor menus, 30 beers on tap and 60 in the bottle, both craft and traditional.
21. Opera Nightclub
Styled after a historic opera house, Opera features high vaulted ceilings and beautiful chandeliers.
- Multiple bars and rooms
- Different themes on different nights (EDM Fridays, Wednesday college nights)
- Some of the best EDM DJs play here regularly
22. Whisky Mistress
Whisky Mistress is an escape, a journey into a world of retro elegance where classic style reigns. Great place to spend a night in Buckhead.
- Three levels of entertainment (with bar on each level)
- Excellent Live Music
- 5$ Valet parking
23. Braves All Star Grill
- If you love sports (especially baseball and the Braves), this is the place to be
- Great food and drinks
- Multiple TV’s , braves memorabilia and a pitching cage
24. Tongue & Groove
Nightlife impresarios Michael Krohngold and Scott Strumlauf opened the original Tongue & Groove in 1994 in the former Buckhead Village. As NEWSWEEK magazine so aptly described the club, “it’s named for the wooden floors and what happens on them”. Named Best new nightclub by ATLANTA magazine at the time, it has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Robb Report, Atlanta magazine, DJ Times, and Nightclub & Bar magazine amongst others, and most recently on TMZ network television and online at E Entertainment news.
- Latin nights on Wednesday are awesome
- Amazing sound and light system – truly world class