Gay Clubs

Successfully finding a gay club in an unfamiliar city can be trying. That's why 10Best has sought out the top candidates in Atlanta, detailing their clientele, music, and atmosphere. We let you know which ones cater to gay men or lesbians, what kinds of shows and entertainments they host, and what tracks the DJs spin. To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area according to 10Best readers, head to Jungle. It's a telling example of what you can expect when you go out in Atlanta.

7. Burkhart's Pub
Photo courtesy of Burkhart's

Although this is a gay bar, expect to find lots of women here on the weekends looking for fun. Food is surprisingly good here too.

6. Mary's

Among the most celebrated gay bars Atlanta has to offer, Mary's has been named Atlanta's best gay bar by "Creative Loafing" and one of the top 50 gay bars in the world by "Out" magazine. These well-deserved honors pay homage to Mary's stellar DJs, kind and generous bartenders, cheap prices and warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes clubbers of all sexualities and styles feel at home and ready to shake it on the dance floor.

5. The Hideaway

The ideal hangout for anyone weary of over-the-top gay clubs in Atlanta, The Hideout is the oldest remaining gay bar in the city. Open since the 1970s, this well-loved institution boasts one of the most laid-back atmospheres around where new visitors are promptly introduced to the mixed bag of amiable regulars and masterfully mixed martinis. Soft background music, a cozy fireplace and real, unaffected conversation come together for a uniquely relaxing and engaging experience.

4. Jungle

When it comes to gay clubs in Atlanta, Jungle is the preferred hot spot for dedicated dancers. In exotic jungle-themed rooms, patrons can down potent, palate-pleasing beverages before heading to the enormous dance floor where the irresistible beats of pop, house and tribal music inspire clubbers to break it down until dawn. Visitors also rave about the dynamite drag show, the colorful themed events and the incredibly talented guest DJs hailing from across the nation.

3. The Heretic

An old-school landmark amongst gay bars, this Atlanta hot spot is still one of the most beloved places to party in Midtown. The bartenders are sociable, the crowds are attractive and the DJs are top-notch. The Heretic's special events are particularly popular, including a lively Latino night and a Time Warp night with dance-inspiring oldies. Love yourself on the dance floor until dawn, or stop by in the morning for a blissful Bloody Mary.

2. The Atlanta Eagle

One of the most unpretentious gay clubs in Atlanta, the Eagle, a nontraditional leather bar, has been drawing in wonderfully diverse and amicable crowds for decades. The spacious, dimly lit club offers strong but inexpensive drinks, well-stocked game rooms and sensational special events. Plus, the breezy outdoor deck is the perfect spot for a breather after tearing up the forever-crowded dance floor, rocked nightly by some of the most acclaimed DJs in the country.

1. Blake's on the Park

A location near Piedmont Park, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on 10th Street, and a friendly, casual vibe distinguish this neighborhood bar, whose clientele is largely gay. For many years, Blake's has been a top place to socialize, have a drink, and check out other attractive patrons before heading to late-night dance clubs. Shaking up the regular goings-on are frequent drag performances. Although guys of all ages are welcome, most of them fall into the 20s to 30s range.