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Great Gay Bars and Restaurants to Visit in Atlanta

Where to eat, drink, and dance with Atlanta’s LGBTQ community

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Atlanta is the capital of the queer South, and the city’s got the gay bars to prove it. Whether looking for a night of dancing, enough televisions to watch every game imaginable with a beer, or simply to satisfy the kinky side, there’s a bar for that here. While all the bars and restaurants listed are friendly to their straight visitors, these places are, first and foremost, safe havens for Atlanta’s queer community — where LGBTQ people can relax and truly be themselves. Here are 12 great gay bars and restaurants to check out around Atlanta.

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1. Woofs Sports Bar

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494 Plasters Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 869-9422
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Atlanta’s only gay sports bar recently moved from its 17-year home on Piedmont to an expanded space on Plasters Avenue, just off of Armour Drive. With the move came a new food menu, including tacos, sandwiches, and wings. There’s also a lot more parking. Hang out with other athletic supporters to watch an Atlanta United game on one of Woofs’ 27 televisions or test some knowledge during Wednesday night trivia. Woofs regularly hosts charity events for local LGBTQ organizations such as clothing swaps and donations for trans folks and welcoming the local Atlanta queer sports leagues.

2. The Heretic Atlanta

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2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 325-3061
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Visitors to the Heretic don’t have to be big and gruff leather bears to enjoy this bar. But, if they are, they certainly won’t be alone here. Though the bar feels really edgy, deep down it’s as friendly as a cuddly teddy bear — if that teddy bear were wearing a custom leather harness, of course. Heretic’s clientele is slightly more diverse than the average Atlanta gay bar. It’s also located next door to two other gay bars: BJ Roosters (underwear-clad Go-Go Boys) and Xion, where the party continues starting at 3:00 a.m.

3. Las Margaritas

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1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-4464
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During the week Las Margaritas is a Latin restaurant with dishes ranging from Mexican to Colombian fare. But, once the weekend rolls around, it transforms into a can’t-miss hot spot for Friday night Flamenco, Saturday night Salsa, and their Sunday morning “Rehab” brunch buffet. Las Margaritas is a proud community sponsor — often supporting LGBTQ groups from around Atlanta.  

4. Swinging Richards

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1400 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-0532
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Swinging Richards on Northside Drive in Westside is an Atlanta institution and proudly states that its dancers are “All Male. All Nude. All Night.” Swinging Richards is to the gay community what the Clermont Lounge is to straight people; it’s almost always an unplanned adventure people are glad they did. Bring those dollar bills to tip the dancers or reserve a VIP experience. Be warned, this bar has an “all women must be escorted by a man” policy in place.

5. MSR My Sisters Room

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84 12th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 705-4585
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My Sister’s Room (or MSR to regulars) moved from East Atlanta Village (where Banshee now resides) to Midtown a few years ago. And, it hasn’t looked back. MSR attracts studs, femmes, butch lesbians, and the people who love them. Queer and trans people are certain to feel comfortable at MSR, too. There’s always a party going on with MSR regularly hosting special guest performers and DJs to keep the self-described “go-to” bar fresh and exciting. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a classic tea dance or one of the many comedy and cabaret shows offered throughout the week. 

6. Joe's On Juniper

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1049 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-6634
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People who love a naughty pun will love Joe’s on Juniper in the heart of Midtown. It’s more of a restaurant than a traditional gay bar promising “stiff cock…tails” and an extensive food menu. Joe’s dog-friendly patio as well as its dining room are a popular dinner stop before heading out to Midtown’s other gay bars, most of which are just a short walk away. Join the “best looking waitstaff in Midtown” for trivia nights and brunch in a place that feels like the best type of neighborhood hangout. While service is known to be a bit on the slow slide, people are really at Joe’s for the eye candy.

7. Blake's On The Park

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227 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-5786
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The flagship bar of Atlanta’s gay scene, Blake’s on the Park has been quenching Atlanta’s thirst since 1988 — making it older than most of the boys who often pack its dance floors, performance space, and intimate corners. It’s rare to find Blake’s not packed, especially on weekend nights when the “pop-up” drag show turns the dance floor into an impromptu stage. Bring the dollar bills, and be sure to tip the performers well. Blake’s long-held prominence in Atlanta does make it a common stop for straight bachelorette parties. Don’t worry, the drag queens at Blake’s help keep them in line. 

8. Ten Atlanta

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990 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-3360
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Ten Atlanta’s massive street-side patio is nearly unrivaled in the city. It’s right in the heart of Atlanta’s “gayborhood” at the intersection of Tenth and Piedmont and has plenty of space for patrons to enjoy the bar’s “stand and be seen” atmosphere. On busy nights, there’s a full bar pouring drinks outside. Ten Atlanta often hosts big names and community events, including political fundraisers and rallies, a raucous drag brunch on Sunday afternoons, and cabaret performances throughout the weekend. Atlanta’s warm weather means there are plenty of nights to sip under the stars while checking out pretty boys in Polo shirts.

9. Bulldog’s

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893 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Bulldog’s has been serving Atlanta’s African American men for over 40 years, making it one of the city’s oldest gay bars. It’s friendly, reliable, and a bar that’s seen so much Atlanta history, it should be considered a landmark. Bulldog’s has a small dance floor that’s usually packed, along with a bar outside. The drinks are strong and the vibe inside is always welcoming. Regulars here are fiercely loyal and proud of a place which has witnessed Atlanta transform over the last four decades.

10. Atlanta Eagle

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306 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 873-2453
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The granddaddy of Atlanta’s leather scene, the Atlanta Eagle has been welcoming bears, cubs, and leather enthusiasts for over 20 years. The bar can be intimidating to new people, but inside visitors will find a thumping dance floor, pool tables, and lots of dimly-lit corridors. The bar also hosts numerous theme nights, too. Check clothing in the downstairs leather shop for “underwear night,” flirt with the rugby boys of the Atlanta Bucks, or suit up in a harness or rubber for a gear night. Don’t own a harness? The downstairs shop will custom fit one on the spot.

11. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

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466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-8276
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Sister Louisa’s on the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard isn’t explicitly a gay bar, but anyone who has visited knows this bar certainly experimented with its queer side during college; and it’s not ashamed to admit it. Sister Louisa herself is a queer, former clergy member and turned the bar into a “religious experience.” Weekends see the divey Sister Louisa’s packed with straight people making the bar rounds up and down Edgewood. But, swing by on Sunday night for one of DJ Vicki Powell’s “Sunday Services” to find queer folks of all stripes dancing under the setting sun in what can only be described as a modern-day tea dance.

12. Mary's

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1287 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 624-4411
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Mary’s oozes East Atlanta Village dive bar realness with its 1980s-style, pink glitter bar, intimate dance floor, and tattooed bartenders. And, people love it that way. Mary’s clientele has become decidedly more mixed-orientation in the past few years. However, one look at the posters lining the walls advertising past and future events (Queer Bait, Heat Stroke, Halloweenie, Bitch, Please!) will remind people this bar is not straight. Stop by on Tuesday nights and (most) Saturday evenings for legendary karaoke hosted by the incomparable CJ. His singing voice alone is worth a trip to Mary’s. During the week, visitors can enjoy drag and cabaret performances as well as great DJs.

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1. Woofs Sports Bar

494 Plasters Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Atlanta’s only gay sports bar recently moved from its 17-year home on Piedmont to an expanded space on Plasters Avenue, just off of Armour Drive. With the move came a new food menu, including tacos, sandwiches, and wings. There’s also a lot more parking. Hang out with other athletic supporters to watch an Atlanta United game on one of Woofs’ 27 televisions or test some knowledge during Wednesday night trivia. Woofs regularly hosts charity events for local LGBTQ organizations such as clothing swaps and donations for trans folks and welcoming the local Atlanta queer sports leagues.

494 Plasters Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

2. The Heretic Atlanta

2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Visitors to the Heretic don’t have to be big and gruff leather bears to enjoy this bar. But, if they are, they certainly won’t be alone here. Though the bar feels really edgy, deep down it’s as friendly as a cuddly teddy bear — if that teddy bear were wearing a custom leather harness, of course. Heretic’s clientele is slightly more diverse than the average Atlanta gay bar. It’s also located next door to two other gay bars: BJ Roosters (underwear-clad Go-Go Boys) and Xion, where the party continues starting at 3:00 a.m.

2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

3. Las Margaritas

1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

During the week Las Margaritas is a Latin restaurant with dishes ranging from Mexican to Colombian fare. But, once the weekend rolls around, it transforms into a can’t-miss hot spot for Friday night Flamenco, Saturday night Salsa, and their Sunday morning “Rehab” brunch buffet. Las Margaritas is a proud community sponsor — often supporting LGBTQ groups from around Atlanta.  

1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

4. Swinging Richards

1400 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Swinging Richards on Northside Drive in Westside is an Atlanta institution and proudly states that its dancers are “All Male. All Nude. All Night.” Swinging Richards is to the gay community what the Clermont Lounge is to straight people; it’s almost always an unplanned adventure people are glad they did. Bring those dollar bills to tip the dancers or reserve a VIP experience. Be warned, this bar has an “all women must be escorted by a man” policy in place.

1400 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. MSR My Sisters Room

84 12th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

My Sister’s Room (or MSR to regulars) moved from East Atlanta Village (where Banshee now resides) to Midtown a few years ago. And, it hasn’t looked back. MSR attracts studs, femmes, butch lesbians, and the people who love them. Queer and trans people are certain to feel comfortable at MSR, too. There’s always a party going on with MSR regularly hosting special guest performers and DJs to keep the self-described “go-to” bar fresh and exciting. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a classic tea dance or one of the many comedy and cabaret shows offered throughout the week. 

84 12th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Joe's On Juniper

1049 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

People who love a naughty pun will love Joe’s on Juniper in the heart of Midtown. It’s more of a restaurant than a traditional gay bar promising “stiff cock…tails” and an extensive food menu. Joe’s dog-friendly patio as well as its dining room are a popular dinner stop before heading out to Midtown’s other gay bars, most of which are just a short walk away. Join the “best looking waitstaff in Midtown” for trivia nights and brunch in a place that feels like the best type of neighborhood hangout. While service is known to be a bit on the slow slide, people are really at Joe’s for the eye candy.

1049 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. Blake's On The Park

227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The flagship bar of Atlanta’s gay scene, Blake’s on the Park has been quenching Atlanta’s thirst since 1988 — making it older than most of the boys who often pack its dance floors, performance space, and intimate corners. It’s rare to find Blake’s not packed, especially on weekend nights when the “pop-up” drag show turns the dance floor into an impromptu stage. Bring the dollar bills, and be sure to tip the performers well. Blake’s long-held prominence in Atlanta does make it a common stop for straight bachelorette parties. Don’t worry, the drag queens at Blake’s help keep them in line. 

227 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Ten Atlanta

990 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Ten Atlanta’s massive street-side patio is nearly unrivaled in the city. It’s right in the heart of Atlanta’s “gayborhood” at the intersection of Tenth and Piedmont and has plenty of space for patrons to enjoy the bar’s “stand and be seen” atmosphere. On busy nights, there’s a full bar pouring drinks outside. Ten Atlanta often hosts big names and community events, including political fundraisers and rallies, a raucous drag brunch on Sunday afternoons, and cabaret performances throughout the weekend. Atlanta’s warm weather means there are plenty of nights to sip under the stars while checking out pretty boys in Polo shirts.

990 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Bulldog’s

893 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Bulldog’s has been serving Atlanta’s African American men for over 40 years, making it one of the city’s oldest gay bars. It’s friendly, reliable, and a bar that’s seen so much Atlanta history, it should be considered a landmark. Bulldog’s has a small dance floor that’s usually packed, along with a bar outside. The drinks are strong and the vibe inside is always welcoming. Regulars here are fiercely loyal and proud of a place which has witnessed Atlanta transform over the last four decades.

893 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Atlanta Eagle

306 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The granddaddy of Atlanta’s leather scene, the Atlanta Eagle has been welcoming bears, cubs, and leather enthusiasts for over 20 years. The bar can be intimidating to new people, but inside visitors will find a thumping dance floor, pool tables, and lots of dimly-lit corridors. The bar also hosts numerous theme nights, too. Check clothing in the downstairs leather shop for “underwear night,” flirt with the rugby boys of the Atlanta Bucks, or suit up in a harness or rubber for a gear night. Don’t own a harness? The downstairs shop will custom fit one on the spot.

306 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sister Louisa’s on the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard isn’t explicitly a gay bar, but anyone who has visited knows this bar certainly experimented with its queer side during college; and it’s not ashamed to admit it. Sister Louisa herself is a queer, former clergy member and turned the bar into a “religious experience.” Weekends see the divey Sister Louisa’s packed with straight people making the bar rounds up and down Edgewood. But, swing by on Sunday night for one of DJ Vicki Powell’s “Sunday Services” to find queer folks of all stripes dancing under the setting sun in what can only be described as a modern-day tea dance.

466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. Mary's

1287 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Mary’s oozes East Atlanta Village dive bar realness with its 1980s-style, pink glitter bar, intimate dance floor, and tattooed bartenders. And, people love it that way. Mary’s clientele has become decidedly more mixed-orientation in the past few years. However, one look at the posters lining the walls advertising past and future events (Queer Bait, Heat Stroke, Halloweenie, Bitch, Please!) will remind people this bar is not straight. Stop by on Tuesday nights and (most) Saturday evenings for legendary karaoke hosted by the incomparable CJ. His singing voice alone is worth a trip to Mary’s. During the week, visitors can enjoy drag and cabaret performances as well as great DJs.

1287 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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