After the pandemic canceled Atlanta’s annual Pride festival in 2020 and 2021, the Southeast’s largest LGBTQ celebration is back October 7 through October 9 with a number of planned marches, parties, and other festive events, including the always jubilant Pride parade on Sunday afternoon down Peachtree Street.
While a schedule of official parties and festival activities is found on the Pride website, people heading to Atlanta for the weekend still need to eat between various celebratory activities. This guide offers restaurant maps with suggestions on everything from the city’s best LGBTQ bars and where to eat and drink around Midtown (the heart of Atlanta Pride weekend) to ATL restaurants for enjoying a meal on a patio and where to partake in brunch. There’s even a few Pride parties and events to consider checking out this weekend taking place at restaurants and bars throughout Atlanta.
Happy Pride, y’all!
Pride Events at Atlanta Restaurants and Bars
357 Edgewood Avenue, Old Fourth Ward/Sweet Auburn
The Italian restaurant and bar dubbed itself the “second gayest bar on Edgewood” during Pride (first place goes to Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium aka Church). Throughout the week, Noni’s is hosting several Pride events, including comedy nights and drag performances. Keep an eye on Noni’s Instagram for updates.
1039 Grant Street, Grant Park
The Grant Park brewpub frequently hosts drag brunches on the weekends, and Pride week in Atlanta is no exception. On Wednesday, October 5, Elsewhere Brewing also hosts Spice Girls drag bingo night benefiting arts and community organization Southern Fried Queer. Check Instagram for event updates and more Pride events this weekend.
Pride kick-off party; 1197 Peachtree Street, Midtown
A Pride kick-off party takes place, Friday, October 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Plaza at Colony Square in Midtown with musical drag performances, dancing, and plenty of food and drinks from the development’s restaurants and food hall. Free to attend.
Pride weekend drag and dance parties; 1287 Glenwood Avenue, East Atlanta
On Friday, October 7, hosts “Gagged”, a night of dancing to electronica and nu-disco music in East Atlanta. There’s a $5 cover charge. Then on Saturday, October 8, starting at 11 p.m., head back to Mary’s for a musical evening of Broadway show tunes and Disco. Check Instagram for updates. Cover charge.
Pride weekend events; 1104 Crescent Avenue, Midtown
The Atlanta lesbian bar is hosting a number of Pride events throughout the weekend. Follow on Instagram to keep updated.
Pride weekend events; 1492 Piedmont Avenue, Midtown
The legendary gay and leather bar is back open in a new location at Ansley Square, taking over the Midtown Moon space there. Expect plenty of Pride events and happenings all weekend here, too. Follow on Instagram for updates.
The Big Gay Brunch, 500 10th Street; Midtown
Bottomless mimosas, brunch bites, and dancing are on tap for this “hair of the dog” event with DJ Ree de La Vega and hosted by Destiny Brooks, along with the Queens of Phoenix Entertainment. $30 to $60 per person.
Sunday Service dance party, 466 Edgewood Avenue; Old Fourth Ward/Sweet Auburn
Sunday night sees dancing to DJs like Vicki Powell during the weekly “Sunday Services” at Church. And word is there may be some special guests this Sunday, October 9, to celebrate Pride. Keep an eye on Instagram for updates and other Pride events this weekend. Free to attend.
Check back for Pride event restaurant updates throughout the week.