Nightlife in Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, the largest city and cultural center of Georgia, is known for its combination of fine dining, shopping, rich history and attractions. Together they create a unique blend of world-class sophistication with a twist of traditional Southern charm and there’s no lack of reasons that Atlanta is amongst the most popular destinations in the southeastern United States.

As the sun sets on the city, a whole new side of Atlanta starts springing to life. Atlanta’s nightlife scene is filled with an eclectic mix of lounges and nightclubs, bars and live music venues. It’s a melting pot of fun, where you can find the best of laid back vibes of the Virginia Highland, a chic style in Buckhead or the trendiness of Midtown. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it here in the colorful nightlife of Atlanta.

Location, Location, Location… and Style

When visiting Atlanta, the first step to getting the most out of your night out on the town is finding the perfect Atlanta accommodations. Staying at one of the many downtown Atlanta hotels can be an excellent choice to place yourself at the heart of the action, a convenient launching point for further exploration of the city’s cultural and eclectic atmosphere.

Catch a Show at a Live Music Venue

Atlanta has a range of offerings for people who love music, from reggae and jazz to hip-hop and classic rock. Anyone looking for the smooth sounds of jazz should stop by Café 290, which serves up nightly live music alongside a full menu of Atlanta’s finest foods and cocktails. Apache Café also hosts jazz, reggae and other styles of music and a number of live events like think-tanks, debates, poetry slams, film screenings and performance art.

For cocktails and live music check out Fernbank Museum of Natural History or head down to Star Community Bar for old fashioned rock-n-roll. Other notable stops include the country music fix at Cowboys, blues at Blind Willie’s, and Atlanta’s hipster spot, the Dark Horse & 10 High Club where everything from rock-n-roll to heavy punk can be paired with a refreshment from the pub-style establishment.

Dance the Night Away

What’s a night in the city without leaving your downtown Atlanta hotel for a night out dancing at one of the city’s premiere nightclubs. For general dancing, drinking, and debauchery there is nowhere Atlantans turn to before the Opera Nightclub. With an impressive 100-foot domed ceiling, vast dance floor, and lavish lounge area, it’s no wonder there’s always a crowd lined up outside the doors.

Vanquish is one of the premiere glitzy Midtown clubs where you’ll find a range of clientele, from celebrities to corporations and business party events, Vanquish has it all. Lava Lounge is another trendy stop that offers a wide range of music and a chill cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Those with a taste for the upscale can check out Reign, where drinks are strong and pricey. How about something a bit more international? Experience authentic Cuban Culture without leaving Atlanta at the Havana Club, where a unique Cuban ambiance fills the area with salsa and smell of cigars. Maybe the Greek-style Taverna Plaka is more to your liking, with a restaurant that serves up gyros and a lively atmosphere to encourage spontaneous dance trains.

Atlanta also has one of the largest LGBT nightlife scenes with several bars, restaurants, and clubs with Brushstrokes/Capulets, Boys Next Door, Intersection, Broke & Bougie, and Junkman’s Daughter being amongst the most popular.

Laugh It Up

If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back than the nightclub or a busy bar, why not check out one of Atlanta’s comedy clubs. This is a growing scene in the city, with many venues that would be of interest to anyone looking for a good laugh.

Atlanta’s oldest comedy club is the Punchline, opened in 1982, and has brought in over 3,000 comedians since then, including many big names and crowd favorites. As far as full-time options go, however, it’s the intimate 74-seat Laughing Skull Lounge that reigns supreme with quality comedians like Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and many others in the line-up.  Full of improv shows and classes, Relapse has its biggest nights for Thursday open mics and Saturday night secret shows, both of which are worth checking out.  Another excellent option for a late night laugh is the Uptown Comedy Corner, the longest-running African American joint, which has hosted big acts like Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve Harvey, and Chris Tucker.

For many visitors to Atlanta, the city truly heats up well after the sunset. Stay in the center of all the action by booking downtown Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis Hotel. Blending classic and contemporary like no other, downtown Atlanta’s only independent boutique hotel offers its guests an experience that is truly like no other in the city. Book your Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis Hotel today, and discover what makes them downtown Atlanta’s premier boutique hotel.

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