The 12 Best Nightclubs in Atlanta

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With Atlanta's booming movie and film scene, it's no surprise that the city also has vibrant nightlife. Celebrity sightings are common, as are guest sets from nationally renowned DJs and appearances from local icons like rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri.

Boasting some of the city's most celebrated nightclubs like Johnny's Hideaway and Tongue and Groove, Buckhead is still a hot spot for late-night revelry—but the Westside, Midtown, and other neighborhoods also have their fair share of bars and lounges. Whether you're seeking a sophisticated, seen-and-be-seen spot offering VIP treatment and bottle service, or a compact, no-frills bar playing nostalgic 90s hits, Atlanta's clubs are as varied and lively as any other major city.

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MJQ Concourse

MJQ Concourse

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One of the city's most beloved and longest-running clubs, MJQ Concourse is an Atlanta nightlife staple. With a nondescript entrance near Ponce City Market, party-goers can expect a gritty, unpretentious crowd of 20-to-30-somethings getting sweaty dancing in the subterranean spot. The party spills over into two rooms, with themed music ranging from hip-hop to punk, and guest rotations featuring the likes of legendary local DJ Karl Injex. Take a break from the action and lounge on one of the soft sofas with a stiff cocktail or a selection of beer and wine.

736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-4340, USA
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Havana Club

Havana Club

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An institution since the 90s, this Buckhead club transports you to Havana without having to hop on a plane. The 15,000-square-foot space has three separate rooms for dancing, including the Gallery, where three DJs spin house music, and Stage, which features VIP cabanas and bottle service. For those looking for a taste of Cuba, you'll find rare and high-end cigars stored in the cedar-wood humidor—a throwback to when Havana Club used to be a cigar bar. The dress code is strict—no sneakers, shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts, athletic wear, or baggy clothing—so plan accordingly.

3112 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-2508, USA
Phone +1 404-941-4847
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District Atlanta

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A revolving roster of A-list DJs, live music, body art exhibits, and even amateur wrestling make for a non-stop party at the District on Armour Drive. Outfitted with thousands of lasers and lights, the massive space—located in a former warehouse–is a full-on sensory experience that often spills over onto the airy terrace. Celebrating a special occasion? Splurge for the VIP bottle service, which gets you express entry, custom bottle presentation, and a reserved table in the heart of the action. No athletic wear or ripped or oversized clothing is permitted.

269 Armour Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-3918, USA
Phone +1 404-464-5924
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Gold Room

The Gold Room

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With golden couches, gilded chandeliers, and clientele that ranges from professional athletes to celebrities, this club lives up to its name. The 7,500-square-foot room is decked out in bright, tropical décor: think towering topiaries and pink- and green-hued furniture and lighting. Dancing is spread out over two floors, with DJs spinning a mix of Top 40, EDM, and hip-hop. Be prepared to wait in line, especially on weekends, and leave the work boots, baseball caps, athletic gear, shorts, sneakers, and flip-flops at home to ensure swift entry.

2416 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-3322, USA
Phone +1 404-400-5062
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The Basement

The Basement

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This intimate, no-frills spot in the basement of the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village hosts dance parties with themes ranging from all-Beyonce to disco and 80s night. No matter the theme, though, you can expect sweaty revelers in elaborate makeup and costumes singing along to nostalgic tunes played by live DJs. The venue also hosts live hip-hop, indie, and rap shows, which is a great way to catch up-and-coming acts and legends like Scarface. The crowd is young, the drinks are strong, and the dance floor is always packed. Consider carpooling or taking a rideshare service, as street parking in the neighborhood is extremely limited.

1245 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316-1964, USA
Phone +1 404-622-8686
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Tongue & Groove

Tongue and Groove


Even though the club moved to Lindbergh Center from its previous location in the heart of Buckhead Village, it’s still the place for pretty people to party. Parking is ample, and the 8,600-square-foot, two-level space has two dance rooms, a wrap-around mezzanine, and fully stocked bars. With two DJ booths, tunes here range from Top 40 to hip-hop. Multimedia screens and a confetti cannon add to the mesmerizing atmospheric effect. Be sure to reserve ahead for VIP seating and check the calendar for drink specials and special events.

565 Main St NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, USA
Phone +1 404-261-2325
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Suite Food Lounge

Suite Food Lounge

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With a prime location near Centennial Park, locals and out-of-towners alike mingle on this multi-floor complex downtown. Play a round of pool or billiards in the upstairs lounge, or dance on the main floor or the indoor/outdoor SkyDeck with sweeping views of the city. Reserve a spot in the gold-tinged VIP section or come for one of the popular “Crab Legs & Karaoke” happy hours. And don’t miss the food: The kitchen turns out excellent fare like crab cakes, seafood stacks, and chicken n’ waffles, plus a popular weekend brunch.

375 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
Phone +1 404-577-2500
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Sanctuary Nightclub

Open for more than two decades, Sanctuary is the city's longest-running Latin nightclub. Located in the heart of Buckhead on East Paces Fery Road, the hotspot offers two nights of dancing, with music like salsa, merengue, and reggaeton. Dancers spill out onto two floors illuminated with neon lights and disco balls, and newcomers can even take a free (with cover) salsa/bachata class on Fridays at 9:15 p.m. The club also has fully stocked bars and an intimate lounge to kick your feet up after a night of dancing. The dress club is more relaxed than most in the city: Other than no sweatpants, tank tops (for men), and ball caps, anything goes.

3209 Paces Ferry Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-5317, USA
Phone +1 404-262-1377
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Halo Lounge

Halo Lounge

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Located in the basement of the historic Biltmore Hotel, Halo is a sophisticated Midtown mainstay. Enter through an unmarked door on 6th Street, and you'll be transported into a Prohibition-style cocktail den. A long, back-lit onyx bar frames a two level-lounge with a dance floor, where DJs spin everything from hip-hop to house music. The club offers both bottle service and hookah as well. While the dress code is fairly relaxed, leave the casual and athletic wear at home.

817 W Peachtree St NW E-100, Atlanta, GA 30308-1144, USA
Phone +1 770-875-0040
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Republic Lounge

Republic Lounge

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There's always a line around the block to get into this 7,500-square-foot Westside club, which hosts two nights of late-night dancing as well as invite-only, celebrity-studded red carpet events. Whether you're grooving to hip-hop and R&B on "Electric Fridays" or EDM, Latin, and Top 40 on "Sexy Saturdays," the energy is high and the drinks are strong. Don't sleep on the food—a selection of Southern staples like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles—to fuel up for a long night of dancing. Parking in the neighborhood is very limited, so plan to carpool or order a rideshare service. And wear whatever you want—there's no dress code, a rarity for Atlanta clubs.

990 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Phone +1 404-874-4460
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One of the newest additions to Atlanta’s nightlife scene, this club in the industrial chic Westside neighborhood plays everything from trap to Top 40—all in a glamorous space outfitted with golden chandeliers, plush leather sofas, and dramatic lighting. Guest appearances from local celebs like Jermaine Dupri and 50 Cent make this a go-to club for Atlantans in the know. The menu includes bottle and hookah services as well as specialty cocktails and snacks. No sandals, sneakers, shorts, baggy clothing, or athletic attire allowed.

1778 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Phone +1 678-951-2092
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Johnny's Hideaway

Johnny's Hideaway

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An Atlanta institution since 1979, Johnny's popular with everyone from college kids to the senior set. Infused with a retro-cool Vegas atmosphere, this nightclub is outfitted with autographed photos of celebrities, kitschy décor, and plush red velvet furnishings. Music ranges from nostalgic 80s and 90s pop to disco and shag, with regular live music, trivia nights, and drink specials for Wednesday Ladies' Nights. No drinks are allowed on the dance floor, but the kitchen is open late and serves up bar bites like nachos, potato skins, and burgers. Come early, as the place gets crowded after 10 p.m. The dress code here is particularly strict: Ripped jeans, sweatpants, flip-flops, sandals, denim shorts, ripped jeans, logo shirts are not allowed, and hats are off-limits after 8 p.m.

3771 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA
Phone +1 404-233-8026
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The 12 Best Nightclubs in Atlanta