Check These 6 Awesome Spots Where You Can Experience Atlanta's Nightlife
Whether you are a local looking for something new, or a visitor wanting to experience Atlanta, be sure to hit up the best nightlife spots the city has to offer.
Looking for something to do in Atlanta after dark? Then you have come to the right place! This list is here to point you in the direction of the six best spots to experience all the nightlife Atlanta has to offer. No matter what type of club or bar you’re in the mood for, Atlanta is sure to have you covered. All you have to do is make sure you can stay awake long enough to party all night!
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium
The first stop on our tour of Atlanta nightlife might be a mouthful, but it is quickly growing to be one of the most popular venues for fun after dark in the city. This club is just what you need if you like kitschy places that are willing to poke a little fun at themselves. The club features a “confessional” that is actually a photo booth, as well as tons of religious-themed decoration and even ping-pong tables. Critics of the club might say that it isn’t sure what it’s trying to be, but locals are incredibly attached to this particular place, and you will especially find young trendsetters bellying up to this bar all night long.
Here is one tip for the Atlanta traveler: never refer to this club as Sister Louisa’s! Trendy attendees simply call it “Church,” in keeping with the overall theme. Don’t go to “Church” if you are easily offended, as the religious theme could be a little too much for some partiers.
I highly recommend making time to sing a little karaoke at “Church.” It is a unique experience! Anybody who chooses to perform is given choir robes to wear during his or her song. Whether you’re singing or listening, it’s a riot!
466 Edgewood Ave. Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
Monday through Saturday, 5:00pm to 3:00am
Sunday, 5:00pm to Midnight
Laughing Skull Lounge
If you’re looking for some nightlife that is a little bit different than the traditional dance club or bar scene, give Laughing Skull Lounge a try. Laughing Skull is supposedly the smallest stand-up comedy club in the world—or so they claim. With its small seating space of just about seventy chairs, this may very well be an accurate statement! Locals are quick to recommend this hole-in-the-wall club to anyone looking to get a good laugh along with a few drinks. The talent that graces the stage at Laughing Skull is usually well above average, and some of these stand-up comics have gone on to bigger and better things. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see the next comedy star when you visit!
Don’t forget to stop in the Vortex, which is the popular burger joint attached to Laughing Skull Lounge. It’s not an official visit to Laughing Skull if you don’t enjoy an awesome burger before or after the show!
If you are an up-and-coming comedian yourself, you might want to check out one of Laughing Skull’s open mic nights. Don’t be shy, but remember that you are performing at one of the hippest and widely-recognized comedy clubs in the city—so bring your A-game!
878 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Wednesday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Thursday through Saturday, 8:00pm to 9:30pm; reopening from 10:30pm to Midnight
Sunday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm; reopening from 9:00pm to 10:30pm
When you want to party in over-the-top, sophisticated style, Opera Nightclub is exactly where you want to be. Imagine a Moulin Rouge style night club, and you’ll be close to the extravagance and wild, high-class nature of this incredibly stylish club scene. Part of the draw of this club is its one-hundred-foot high dome ceiling covering a massive dance space below, and its outside pool area where the party just keeps going. This is definitely the place to get noticed, and you are more than likely to run into a celebrity or two on your visit, as well—so keep your eyes open!
If you are looking for a place to party under the age of 21, Wednesday nights are 18-and-up at Opera Nightclub. No matter which night you go, remember that this club features a very strict dress code. On Fridays and Saturdays, you will not be admitted without dressing your best. The club does not allow baggy clothes, shorts, or sweatpants, and it also frowns upon other types of leisure clothing.
The lines for Opera Nightclub can be intense, so I either recommend showing up early to get your place in line, or reserving a table as a VIP guest. It can get pricey, but if you are going with a group, have everyone pitch in on the table reservation fee. You’ll be glad you did!
1150 Peachtree St. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309
Monday through Saturday, 10:00pm to 3:00am
Eddie’s Attic is a little bit different from the other clubs on this list. It isn’t a dance club as much as it is a live music bar, and the crowd tends to differ from the ones you might see at Opera Nightclub or Church. But if you love beer and cocktails, country and Southern style rock music, and the vibe of a city where musicians are striving to be noticed, you are sure to enjoy your time at Eddie’s Attic. This bar is located on the outskirts of Atlanta, making it a little bit more of a mellow location than the trendy venues in downtown. Although the atmosphere of this bar is a little more low-key, you will nevertheless find young people mixed in with the slightly older crowd, as Eddie’s Attic is an 18 and up bar.
If it’s warm outside, I recommend enjoying a few drinks on the patio. Nothing beats the summer evenings in Atlanta, and if you can sit outdoors and have a beer while getting your fresh air, that’s all the better!
Don’t be put off by the distance from the heart of Atlanta, or by the old-fashioned style of Eddie’s Attic. Popular musicians like John Mayer once played at this bar, and you never know when the next singing sensation might be gracing its stage.
515 North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Sunday through Thursday, 5:30pm to 12:30am
Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm to 2:00am
The Clermont Lounge
If your tastes run more toward the adult scene, then the oldest strip club in Atlanta might be your type of place! Yes, the Clermont Lounge is a strip club, but it is more than just an off-the-road striptease joint catering to anyone who stumbles through the door. As a staple of Atlanta nightlife, the Clermont Lounge has been showcasing its strippers since 1965—and it’s still going strong today! The lounge looks incredibly tacky and even a little run-down from the outside, but rest assured that it is a great place to spend some time, if strip clubs are your style. Celebrities frequent this lounge, so keep a close eye on the audience while you’re there!
Keep in mind that the novelty is what draws people to the Clermont Lounge again and again. The strippers may not meet the current definition of beauty standards in the media—they are real, natural women, and some have been there for a long time! Make sure to look for a stripper by the name of Blondie, who has gained fame for crushing cans between her breasts.
An important point to remember is that the Clermont Lounge is a full-nude strip club with dancers who are thirty years of age and older. Don’t go if you’re expecting anything different, and definitely don’t bring kids! One more don’t: never take pictures of the strippers inside the club.
789 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Monday through Saturday, 1:00pm to 3:00am
One more night club must grace a list of the best nightlife venues in Atlanta: MJQ Concourse. This club is an underground dance movement that takes its status quite literally: it is actually under the ground, with a ground-level entryway that doesn’t seem like it goes to anything at all. The club is very casual, and at its heart it is just a solidly great dance club with good drinks and lots of notoriety. Locals know more about MJQ Concourse than visitors do, so you are sure to be partying with those in the know when you find your way to this unique club.
There is no website for this club, so until the advent of social media, word of mouth was the only way to find out about it. It is a little bit more well-known these days, but it can still be tough to find. Definitely take a friend with you when you go!
MJQ Concourse features themed music nights, so you might hear something totally different on consecutive nights. Give it a try more than once—the crowd varies depending on the theme.
736 Ponce De Leon Ave. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
Monday through Wednesday, 10:00pm to 4:00am
Thursday and Friday, 11:00pm to 4:00am
Saturday, 11:00pm to 3:00am
Remember to party safely, when in Atlanta or anywhere else! There are plenty of public transportation options to get you home after a night of fun. Catch a bus or use the MARTA train system if your destination is in Atlanta itself. Otherwise, call a cab or make sure to take a designated driver along for the party.
No matter which clubs, bars, or other venues you choose to visit during your trip to Atlanta, you are sure to be met with the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and a hip, trendy style.
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