Blake’s on the Park
227 10th St. NE (Piedmont)
Atlanta, GA 30309
One of Atlanta’s most popular bars that all too often is kind of a drag, but only in the best way. This neighborhood-ish bar is a great place to hang out before heading out to the clubs for the night. There’s no dance floor, but one can see and be seen by the younger 20 & 30-something crowd. Be sure to check out the fun drag shows on many nights of the week.
1287b Glenwood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
There is only one place in town where you can hear a 5 foot gay man who looks like Billy Dee Williams sing like Tina Turner and Gladys Knight – and that place is Mary’s every Tuesday and Saturday. Mary’s is a fantastic spot to get a drink in the Village whether gay or straight: strong drinks, friendly scene, and always something fun to watch. A lot of locals, which is nice, and lots of people to have fun with, and drink with. Not unlike a gay Cheers, Mary’s is the place where everybody knows your name.
560-B Amsterdam Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
This bar certainly caters to the gay scene in Atlanta, more specifically the lesbian crowd, but they are absolutely welcoming of anyone that wants to drop by. The bar is well stocked, the prices are about what you would expect from Atlanta, and bartenders are competent. The owner and management staff are on the floor and very involved with the daily operations of the establishment. There is a nice-size dance floor draws a steady mix of well-coiffed, stylish women and gay guys, tending toward the under-30, professional set. A variety of theme events (Latin nights, ’80s retro parties) keep things interesting.
1400 Northside Dr. NW (Reservoir Dr. NW)
Atlanta, GA 30318
There’s pretty much a guy for every taste in this place, and it’s a particularly fun adventure for a group of friends looking to celebrate, cut loose, and gawk at some lovely bodies. This is the largest all male dancer bar in the U.S. with fully nude male dancers. There is even a set of back champagne rooms for private shows. Don’t ask, don’t tell here, free admission with a Military ID. The drinks are strong, and the vibe starts to become like a big party as the night wears on.
893 Peachtree St. NE (8th)
Atlanta, GA 30309
For more than 30 years, Bulldogs been one of the largest African-American GLBT hangouts in the whole country. Always reinventing itself in a way that keeps it fresh and popular drawing good-sized crowds, especially on weekends, Bulldog’s tends toward a fairly cruisy mix of guys in their 30s and 40s. there are more younger men late on weekends. There are a few different places to hang out with a drink and mingle or cruise, but in the warm weather, the large patio is the best place to chat. Although the clientele is predominantly black, the staff and crowd couldn’t be more welcoming of all kinds, whatever your race.