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

Kelly Skinner

By , Local Expert, Atlanta
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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....  Read more »

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    The Clermont Lounge

    This Atlanta dive is a local institution. There's no other strip club--or venue--quite like it.

    Local Expert Tip: "Do not try to take pictures with your cellphone. They'll throw you out!"

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    The luxe vibe and in-town Midtown address make this spot a natural choice for an upscale place to see and be seen.

    Local Expert Tip: "Follow Vanquish on Facebook and sign up for events online and in advance to avoid pricey cover charges. "

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    East Andrews Neighborhood Bar

    There's little need to venture out once you've entered this sprawling entertainment complex.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ride with a crew or opt for a service like MARTA or Uber for transportation. Parking is limited. "

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    Tongue and Groove

    This club's location at Lindbergh Center make it easy to get to, and convenient to restaurants in the area.

    Local Expert Tip: "While hopping most nights, the club is closed on Tuesday and Sunday. "

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    Opera Nightclub

    Visit a popular Midtown dance club where the party's always hopping.

    Local Expert Tip: "Friday and Saturday nights require you meet their dress code, so dress to impress. Refer to the website for details. "

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    The Tavern at Phipps

    It's been a popular place to drink and people watch for more than two decades.

    Local Expert Tip: "Eat dinner at King + Duke or Davio's nearby, then finish the night here. "

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    Laughing Skull Lounge

    See comedians from across the country at this low-key club.

    Local Expert Tip: "Once the show gets going, the club takes its no talking policy seriously. Minimize your chances of being ridiculed by the comic and keep quiet (except for the laughter) during the performer's set. "

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    MJQ Concourse

    MJQ lacks the pretense and the outrageous entry fees found at many of the posh dance clubs. The grimy quality adds to the charm.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pre-game at The Book House Pub next door and get your liquid courage for dominating that dance floor. "

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    Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

    It's campy, full of bar games and various conversation starters and boasts a nice patio.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mondays are tournament ping pong nights. Go and watch some fast-action table tennis! "

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    Eddie's Attic

    An incredible nightly line-up of musicians paired with the relaxed, friendly environment make this a natural go-to for music lovers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cover charges vary depending on who's playing."



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