Atlanta Nightlife: What to do in an AWESOME city

From pubs to clubs and parks to venues, Atlanta’s diverse nightlife scene has a little something for everyone.

So, you want to see the best of Atlanta nightlife? Whether you’re moving to Atlanta or visiting from out of town, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our list of top picks to a great night in Atlanta!

High Energy Atlanta Nightlife

When it comes to clubs and dancing, Atlanta has tons of great options – particularly in Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and eastern Atlanta.


Warning: if this looks like your dancing – consider taking some dance classes before you go out. You’re welcome.

Some local favorites include Tongue & Groove, Opera, The Masquerade, Havana Club. Also, there’s MJQ Concourse – good luck finding their website, though.

Looking for drag shows and karaoke? Check out Burkhart’s.

Casual Hangouts

Piedmont Park and Ponce City Market are perfect places to start an evening. After food with friends, hit up the Beltline and walk/bike to Park Tavern, Loca Luna, Krog Street Market, or Orpheus Brewing.

Downtown’s full of great options like Polaris and Elliott Street Pub. Feeling international? Check out Der Biergarten. Feeling sports? Look no further than Stats.

If you’re more of a laid-back pub person, Decatur Square is a great place to relax. It’s home to Brick Store Pub and several other great pubs and eateries. There’s also nearby Twain’s.

Atlanta Nightlife Fox Theatre

Live Music and Theatre

Atlanta has tons of live performances, too! The Tabernacle is a popular stop for touring musicians.

Another great option, Eddie’s Attic in Decatur Square, hosts shows regularly.

The famous Fox Theatre offers plays, ballet, and opera throughout the year.

Also there’s the massive Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Cumberland.

Want to be a performer instead of just part of the audience? Go out for karaoke. Look for venues with private rooms if you prefer to keep your singing to just your group of friends.

Comedy Clubs

Atlanta has a variety of comedy options, too. If you loved Whose Line is it Anyway?, explore some of Atlanta’s improv venues.

Atlanta Improv

Basement Theatre Atlanta improv comedy

There’s the hilarious Basement Theatre in Sandy Springs, hip Dad’s Garage and Village Theatre in O4W, and Highwire Comedy near Atlantic Station.

Pro-tip: improv classes are a fun way to hone public-speaking skills & make friends in a new city. Most classes last 8 weeks and end with a graduation show.

If you’re enjoying it, go back for another 8 weeks and make even more new friends!

Atlanta Stand-up

For stand-up comedy, lots of places have open-mics and you can find shows listed on this Google calendar page.

For more established acts, The Punchline near the Landmark Diner or Uptown Comedy are both great options.

Most of all, have fun…

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Don’t forget to look into these places we mentioned in our main Atlanta moving guide:

Because Atlanta has so many options, it would be hard not to have a fun night out here.

Check out some of these places and see what you like best!