Nightlife & Music

Best Gay Bars In Atlanta

January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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For over 20 years, Atlanta has offered a restaurant and club scene welcoming to the LGBT community, with entertainment that crosses genres from drag queens to DJs to poker nights and menus that span from French fries and tenders to Asian fusion. A number of the clubs are traditional venues with straight patrons as well, giving the crowds an eclectic, vibrant energy. Read on for some of the best gay bars in Atlanta.

Blake’s On The Park
227 10th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-5786
www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

Blake’s, as it is commonly referred to, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 and offers an active schedule of entertainment, with food served daily until midnight. It bills itself as “The Best Place To Meet Men for 25 Years.” After-dark entertainment and celebrations happen every night of the week. You’ll find that Wednesday nights feature the “Hard Bodies Party” and “The Best of Drag Illusion” is presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. With early afternoon hours starting at 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday, patrons can gather for lunch. Blake’s is open seven days a week, closing at 3 a.m. The club also sponsors ladies’ nights.

10th And Piedmont
991 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 602-5510
www.communitashospitality.com

10th and Piedmont is about food, food and more food every day of the week, with menu items such as hot pastrami, wild mushroom ravioli and braised short rib sandwiches. Every Saturday night you’ll find “Midnight Madness with Angelica D’Paige,” with shows starting at 11 p.m., and Sunday brunches with live music. Sundays also feature the “Flashback Showgirls” revue. Atlantans have an intense love affair with football, and 10th and Piedmont satisfies them every Saturday afternoon on the big screen. The club provides private party services for every kind of occasion including holiday meals, corporate events and birthdays. Patrons are straight as well as LGBT.

Ten
990 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-3360
www.tenatlanta.com

Ten is considered a delicious restaurant with a happening bar scene seven days a week, and a colorful serving staff. Its menu takes you around the globe with Korean, Parisian, Vietnamese, Mediterranean food and more. Monday through Friday restaurant hours are evenings only, with the bar heating up from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. On Saturdays, the restaurant and bar stay hopping from 11 a.m. into the night. Sundays feature a brunch menu, with the bar open until 12 a.m. Live DJs rock the bar Thursday through Sunday nights, and you’ll want to get there early. Mondays feature free “Texas Hold’em” poker. The patrons vary, but Ten is a favorite place for couples and singles of all persuasions.

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Burkhart’s
1492 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404 872-4403
www.burkharts.com

With drag entertainers, karaoke, viewing parties, talent show events and pool, Burkhart’s restaurant and bar offers a wide variety of food and entertainment. Weekly performances include shows by the Armorettes – “The Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South – the “iSexhibition with Blaine,” “Dancefloor Divas,” “The Fab Five” with Angelica D’Paige and “Extravaganza” with Shavonna B. Brooks. The restaurant features a lush outdoor patio and a menu of steaks, wings and tenders. It has been a neighborhood LGBT bar for 20 years.

Atlanta Eagle
306 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 873-2453
www.atlantaeagle.com

The Atlanta Eagle describes itself as “Atlanta’s Premier Leather/Levi Bar,” with a muscular, tattooed staff and a weekly entertainment lineup of music videos and pool, karaoke, DJs, underwear contests and blackjack. “Code Nights” require “Leather/Gear/Shirts off.” The Eagle is also host to the Atlanta Leather Pride contest, where Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle are crowned yearly. The event draws attendees and contestants from all over the country. Proceeds are donated to organizations such as the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation. 

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Di Chapman has been writing professionally for trade journals, audiobooks and a global business clientele since her early 20s. A coauthor of four books and a regular contributor to numerous blogs, she currently lives in the historic district of Roswell, Georgia, in the greater Atlanta area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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