Best Atlanta, GA Nightlife

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    10. Eddie's Attic

    On any given night, you can count on Eddie's Attic to entertain you with bands you've likely never heard of before. Toting a range of Americana acts (think singer-songwriter, country, bluegrass and Southern rock),...

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    8. MJQ Concourse

    One of the longest running clubs in Atlanta, MJQ Concourse takes the word "underground" to an entirely new level. The club is actually entirely underground. There's no website and most find out about it through a...

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    5. Opera Nightclub

    There's always a crowd waiting to get into Midtown nightclub, Opera, and with good reason. The place boasts an extensive space for dancing, drinking and debauchery. An enormous dance floor beneath a spectacular...

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    4. Tongue and Groove

    Open for close to two decades, this sophisticated nightspot draws Atlanta's beautiful people looking for a place to tear up the dance floor. The 8,600-square-foot space is located in Buckhead's Lindbergh Center and...

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    2. Vanquish

    This glitzy Midtown club attracts a beautiful clientele and has been known to bring in its fair share of celebrities. The chandeliers, fine paintings and other upscale furnishings (like crocodile leather booths)...

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    1. The Clermont Lounge

    In the realm of strip clubs, nothing comes close to The Clermont Lounge. A decidedly run-down scene, this spot has claimed its fame for its aging line-up of strippers (who are as friendly as they are natural), the...

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About Atlanta, GA Nightlife

Little gauges a city's vibrancy better than its nightlife, and Atlanta, by all accounts, has nothing to fear. Rife with alternatives, the metropolitan area boasts everything from raucous dance clubs to intimate bars and swank lounges. The strongest contenders for action are the Buckhead and Midtown neighborhoods, although the crossroads of Virginia-Highland holds its own as well. In Buckhead, roam the scene nightly, scoping out their favorites. Tops among them is upscale Sambuca Jazz Café. South of Buckhead, Midtown offers posh ambience, thanks to a substantial gay population. Resident clubs boast some of the city's best dancing, courtesy of terrific sound systems, cutting-edge interiors, and hip dress codes. Showcased is the strong cool quotient of both Leopard Lounge and Sutra Lounge. A quieter nightlife scene prevails in the Highlands, whose relaxed bars and pubs prove that style doesn't have to be ostentatious. There, Blind Willie's delivers consistently fantastic blues, and the Dark Horse Tavern caps hectic days with live rock and a blissfully comfortable social scene where "Hey, y'all" flows as easily as the beer.

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