Dance the Night Away in the ATL

It's a Friday night and your work week was a complete snooze. Did someone say a dance party is in store?

In addition to Atlanta's various hotels, lounges, comedy clubs, restaurants and bars, the city's nightlife scene is also peppered with a smattering of dance clubs.

If you're looking for a place that mixes glamour with a bumping crowd, you need not look further than Midtown, where several of the area's largest, highest-end dance clubs congregate. Dressing for the party is imperative at these places, so look your best, particularly if you're hoping to meet someone single (which you probably will). Reign, Vanquish, Halo and Opera all keep the party hopping and the entry line full.

The beautiful people are regulars in Buckhead at Tongue and Groove and Havana Club. Both are located in prime locations teeming with excellent restaurants. So you can certainly stick around the same area for the evening if you'd like.

Less upscale options can be found in underground dance clubs frequented by young hipsters and an edgier crowd at Poncey Highlands dive, MJQ.

Additional dancing awaits at area restaurants with a rollicking spirit. Buckhead's Taverna Plaka is a Greek dining (and dancing!) experience unlike anything else in Atlanta. Ending dinner by dancing on the table is par for the course.


Gyros with a side of belly dancing? Afraid so. This fun-loving Greek restaurant off of Cheshire Bridge (near high-end Woodfire Grill) caters to a party-going crowd with a love for good Greek food in a raucous atmosphere. Bring a group of friends...  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


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

This posh nightclub attracts a young Midtown crowd looking to mix, mingle and cut a rug while in the heart of Midtown. The night club has an expansive signature drink menu, top-notch DJs and two bars. Enjoy the beautiful backlit onyx main bar,...  Read More

Havana Club

You don't have to leave Atlanta to visit Cuba. This upscale Buckhead venue boasts 15,000 square feet of space and with three distinct rooms, each with its own unique ambiance, each trying to capture the essence of Havana. The largest room,...  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 is one of the more upscale (read: expensive) clubs in Atlanta and has attractive digs to match. Club-goers arrive later in the evening, closer to midnight, so don't rush to get there. Save your feet and kick back with a leisurely dinner...  Read More

Lava Lounge
Photo courtesy of used in book.

One of the trendiest nightclubs in Atlanta, Lava Lounge or CosmoLava, combines two clubs in one: Cosmopolitan bar and Lava Lounge. The two are connected by an outdoor deck. Cosmo is more upscale with dark wood and swanky sofas. Lava has a...  Read More

Opera Nightclub
Photo courtesy of Opera Atlanta

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


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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