Atlanta after Dark: Take in the City's Eclectic Nightlife Scene

Atlanta’s nightlife scene is rife with options for those seeking entertainment, dancing, socializing and fun. From the dazzling night club filled with singles to the low-key singer-songwriter hangout chockablock with burgeoning musicians, the city caters to a diverse crowd after hours.

For those who prefer getting glammed up for a night of cocktails and dancing to a score of the city’s hottest DJs, enter Midtown dance clubs like Opera and Vanquish or Tongue & Groove and East Andrews (home to a range of restaurants, bars and dance floors) in Buckhead, all teeming with singles looking to hit the dance floor and swap digits. Pre-game at Tavern at Phipps for a ritzy start to a social evening.

The more laid-back lounge-style scene prevails at spots like the famed Laughing Skull Lounge (also in Midtown) where you can catch both local and nationally renowned comedy acts. Eddie’s Attic in Decatur is another low-key spot to gather with a group and catch a show over an order of beers–most acts tend to lean singer-songwriter or Americana.

An edgy, hipster scene can be found at locales like the bar Sister Louisa’s Church of the Ping Pong Emporium, the grungy (but fun!) dance club MJQ Concourse and the cult favorite, strip club The Clermont Lounge.

After a night out, be sure to hit up these exquisite sites for an incomparable late-night dining experience.

Enlist a designated driver, or take advantage of services like MARTA or Uber for a safe night of fun.

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), there's a daily rotation of new...  Read More

A tongue-in-cheek quality permeates the scene at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. Located in Edgewood, near Old Fourth Ward, Church, as it is referred to by locals, comes complete with a photo booth...  Read More


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 friend. Unassuming to a...  Read More

One of the most highly-acclaimed comedy clubs in Atlanta, Laughing Skull claims to be the world's tiniest stand-up venue, but the outstanding talent that regularly takes the stage is anything but. Within this hip 74-seat setting, the biggest...  Read More

Located at the ritzy Phipps Plaza shopping center in Buckhead, this watering hole attracts a more upscale clientele, and is a regular sipping spot for socialites, celebrities and the young and gorgeous. A beautiful mirrored bar area surrounded...  Read More

Opera Nightclub
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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 100-foot domed ceiling is where...  Read More

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 offers plenty of options for...  Read More

This longstanding Buckhead entertainment complex seems to be constantly adding new restaurants and bars to its line-up. Take in the arctic environs and dine on sushi at Czar Bar (where "ice" takes on a whole new cool), imbibe on old-school...  Read More


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 most famous of which is...  Read More


Meet Kelly Skinner

Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly

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