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Peter Schlesinger
August 21, 2017

It’s not called Hotlanta for nothing, and the ATL has a happening mix of nightlife options for the LGBT community. After all, it was named the No. 1 city for LGBT travel in 2016.

Whether you're seeking a welcoming spot to cheer on the Falcons or an epic drag show, these eight bars and clubs in Atlanta have a scene everyone.

For the Scene: Blake’s on the Park

Blake’s on the Park is where Atlanta’s Insta-famous boys go for a night of vodka-cranberries and Britney Spears remixes. Dancing and drag shows happen on the main floor, which gets packed on weekend nights. Head to the lantern-lit back patio for a more laid-back atmosphere.

For the Dancing: Burkhart’s

For more than 20 years, Burkhart’s has been a staple of Atlanta’s gay nightlife scene. Quality pub food, four bar areas, and a gorgeous back patio are draws here, but most of the action takes place on the large main dance floor. If you’re looking for a big night out and you’re near the Ansley Square Shopping Center, this is the place to go.

For the Games: Friends Neighborhood Bar

Friends is an aptly-named bar with a famously affable clientele. Request a few songs on the jukebox (via an app) and settle in for rounds of pool, pinball, darts, and various video games in a relaxed atmosphere.

For the Karaoke: Mary’s

In East Atlanta Village, Mary’s draws a diverse set of friendly locals to its Tuesday karaoke (regulars call it “Mary-oke”). Choose from more than 15,000 songs, or just enjoy from the sidelines with a beer and sing along. On other nights, DJs play a mix of alternative and poppy dance tunes.

For the Drag Show: Jungle

One of the largest clubs in the city, Jungle has a separate room for cabaret performances. The Other Show, a Friday night mainstay, takes drag to a new level. The Jungle’s talented crew of fabulous ladies walk around on stilts and use puppets and other props during their weekly comedy and music review.

For the Martinis: Mixx

Another club in the Ansley Square complex, Mixx has an extensive martini menu with around 30 different takes on the classic cocktail. It’s also got some of the best dancing in the city, with a mixed crowd of local men (and some women) swaying to the beat. It’s undergoing a major expansion and renovation during the summer of 2017, but is open throughout the process.

For the Ladies: My Sister’s Room

My Sister’s Room is Atlanta’s dedicated lesbian bar, which recently moved from East Atlanta Village to Midtown. The new spot, with a front porch and rooftop deck, has ample outdoor space if the dancing inside gets too crowded. Choose from signature cocktails or a large selection of draft beers, including high gravity and local brews.

For the Sports Fan: Woofs

Atlanta’s only gay sports bar, Woofs has 27 TVs showing all the big games. It’s standing room only when the Falcons are playing, so arrive early to secure a seat, if only so you can properly enjoy the surprisingly good bar food, like chicken tenders, barbecue wings, and nachos. By halftime, you’re guaranteed to have made friends with your neighbors — unless you’re rooting for the wrong team.

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