8 Best Area For Nightlife In Atlanta, Georgia, The USA - Updated 2021

best area to stay in atlanta for nightlife
Melanie
Melanie 
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Many night owls would argue that Atlanta - known for its attractions such as High Museum of Art and Trap Music Museum - truly comes alive at night. The city has no shortage of options to choose from - a host of nightclubs that offer different musical genres played either live or by DJs, comedy clubs, theaters, cocktail bars, hookah bars, and a plethora of other places. After all, nightlife establishments sprout up fast here - and some disappear just as quickly - in this city that loves to offer nighttime entertainment. The welcome conundrum that locals and travelers alike may face is choosing which place to head to in order to have fun at night while in the area. Fear not, we have come up with this list that you can use as your guide in choosing the best area for nightlife in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA, that fits what you are looking for.

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1. Buckhead (from USD 169)

Atlanta, Georgia
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At its peak, Buckhead was known as the heart of Atlanta’s nightlife. While many of its bars and clubs have made way for shops, restaurants, and hotels, it still features a lot of nighttime entertainment options. It also plays host to a number of dive bars, some of which feature live bands while others have DJs churning out tunes. Buckhead is also a great option to head to if you like to go bar hopping. Despite being an upscale neighborhood, you will still be able to find a few spots that offer cheap drinks here, although there are also high-end cocktail bars here if you want something more upscale than the usual dive bar.


Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Wifi Available

Address: 3300 Peachtree Road Northeast
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna

2. Westside (from USD 426)

Atlanta Night
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Once the industrial district of Atlanta, Westside has transformed into a modern, chic neighborhood. Beer enthusiasts will love the fact that there are a number of breweries in this area. Music lovers, meanwhile, should not miss checking out Northside Tavern, a blues bar that was built in the 1940s. Those who prefer drinking while enjoying skyline views, on the other hand, can head to one of the rooftop bars in the area, such as O-Ku’s and JCT. Kitchen and Bar.

Château Marchand(1 Mi. From Top Golf West Midtown)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
116 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 4 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
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3. Virginia-Highland (from USD 95)

Virginia Avenue
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There are two main areas in Virginia-Highland that come to life at night: the first area is the one where North Highland and Virginia avenues meet, while the second area is at the intersection of North Highland and St. Charles avenues. Whichever option you choose, you will be able to find bars and restaurants. One of the places worth checking out here is Highland Tap; its cellar location gives the place a speakeasy vibe. If you are a cigar aficionado, Highland Cigar Bar is also a must-visit.

Stylish OneBedroom in Popular Virginia Highland
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
217 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire condominium (condo) 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is very well decorated very safe and extremely comfortable
Cleanliness:
very clean and the communication was prompt and very accommodating
clean and well designed space
very clean place in a nice neighborhood
the apartment was very clean and had everything we needed
very clean and comfortable for the 2 nights we were there
Host:
andre was a great host
andre was an awesome host
andre was a great host and quick to respond to all questions
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great apartment great host highly recommend
Location:
great location comfortable space
walking distance to good restaurants
great location central to the heart of virginia highlands
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4. Edgewood Avenue (from USD 196)

Edgewood Avenue
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It’s an open secret in Atlanta that Edgewood Avenue is the best place to head to for those who want to enjoy both food and drink. There’s a variety of options to choose from, such as Joystick Gamebar, where, as the name suggests, is an arcade bar; Noni’s, a deli that transforms into a bar at night; Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, a quirky place which boasts of unique drinks and table tennis tournaments; and The Sound Table, where those who love dancing can strut their stuff.

Amazing Zen Garden Unit with Relaxing Hot Tub
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
186 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the work desk came in handy to setup my laptop and the wifi is super fast & reliable
the beds were very comfortable
Cleanliness:
the unit was clean and the beds were comfortable
everything is very clean modern and comfortable
scott's place was fantastic clean and exactly as advertised
sparkling clean unit you felt like you were in a hotel minus the room service of course lol
super clean and the hot tub and fire pit was perfect
Host:
the hosts were very helpful
the host was so nice and helpful
scott was a great host
great host helped a lot
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Location:
great location really close to downtown which i loved
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Monthly discount: 20% off

5. Midtown (from USD 175)

Midtown Atlanta
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If there’s one place in Atlanta that screams eclectic, it’s Midtown. This area features an assortment of nighttime entertainments, including theaters, nightclubs, cocktail bars, and live bands. Take your pick from either Fox Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, and Center Stage Theater if you want to catch a performance. Campagnolo is the place to head to if you want to pair your drink with fantastic food. Want to feel like you’re partying in the tropics? Head to Tiki Tango. If you want to have a few laughs while kicking back, then Laughing Skull Lounge is the place to be.


The Georgian Terrace

Wifi Available

Address: 659 Peachtree Street
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre

6. Decatur (from USD 214)

Decatur
Source: Photo by Flickr user Daniel Lobo used under CC0

Decatur has built a reputation for being one of the top foodie destinations in Atlanta. Still, it also has plenty to offer for those who want to go beyond the gastronomic attractions of this area. At the top of the list is Eddie’s Attic, a music bar that many local artists that have made it big - including but not limited to John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Sugarland, and the Indigo Girls - have played in. The Pinewood is the place to be if you’re looking for a high-end cocktail bar, while Brick Store Pub is a great destination if you want to sample local beers.


Emory Conference Center Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 1615 Clifton Road Northeast
Accommodates: 10

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Newspapers Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

7. Poncey-Highland (from USD 122)

The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta
Source: Photo by Flickr user Lee Coursey used under CC BY 2.0

Poncey-Highland is perhaps best known for its historic attractions, such as cottages that have been constructed in the 1920s and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. However, it does come with its own share of nightlife options. The most popular is Clermont Lounge, which is Atlanta’s first strip club. The Righteous Room is popular with those who like grabbing a drink after work. If you’re a sports fan, head over to Midway Pub and catch the latest game on their screens while enjoying a drink. Brewhouse Cafe is also a great option if you want to toss back some beers.


Hotel Clermont Atlanta, An Original by Oliver Hotels

Wifi Available

Address: 789 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

8. Downtown (from USD 99)

Downtown Atlanta
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A list featuring the best nightlife spots in Atlanta won’t be complete without including its downtown area. While Downtown is more known for its cultural attractions such as World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Museum, it still has its fair share of clubs and bars. If you’re in the mood for something luxurious, head to the rooftop bar of Glenn Hotel or Hyatt Regency and enjoy a cocktail while enjoying the great views. If you want to experience hanging out at a speakeasy, Red Phone Booth is the place to be. There are also a number of sports bars dotting the area.


Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Wifi Available

Address: 265 Peachtree Street
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

Enjoy the various nightlife options in Atlanta

Nightlife in Atlanta has an assortment of great places to hang out with friends, ranging from quiet drinking spots to comedy bars. Use this guide to help you find the place to head to for fun in the city, whether you’re planning on spending the night in one venue or exploring the area and making multiple stops throughout the night.

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Melanie is a freelance travel writer. She considers freelancing for Trip 101 to be a combination of two of the things she loves: writing and traveling.

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