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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 patrons, these places are, first and foremost, safe havens for Atlanta’s queer community — where LGBTQ people can relax and truly be themselves. Here are just a few of the great gay bars and restaurants to check out around Atlanta.

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Note: Atlanta Eagle is currently closed on Ponce while the owners search for a new location for the legendary bar. Follow on Instagram for updates. Las Margaritas on Cheshire Bridge is temporarily closed due to a fire in 2021.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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. 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. The longtime Atlanta lesbian bar may have to relocate for a third time next year. Owners Jen-Chase Daniels and Jami Maguire say the property on 12th Street is set to become part of a new condo development.

2. Bulldog’s

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893 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Bulldog’s has been the spot for Atlanta’s Black gay men for nearly 45 years now, making it one of the city’s oldest gay bars, too. 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.

3. X Midtown (TEN)

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990 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-3360
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X Midtown (TEN) features a massive street-side patio that’s nearly unrivaled in the city. It’s right in the heart of Atlanta’s “gayborhood” at the intersection of 10th 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. X Midtown 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.

4. 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 “pop-up” drag shows turn 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. 

5. 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 longtime 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.

6. 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 queer, a former clergy member who turned the bar into a campy “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. Make sure to check out Church Organ Karaoke on Wednesday evenings, too. Owner Grant Henry expanded and upgraded the bar in 2020, which now offers more seating and more drinks and food, including from pop-up Illegal Food.

7. The Hideaway

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1544 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-8247

Open since 1971 in Piedmont Heights, this laidback neighborhood gay bar is a welcoming and friendly spot offering drink specials, theme nights, pool, and darts to help folks unwind after a long day. There’s Tuesday night trivia, karaoke on Thursday evenings, and Saturday night dance parties, too. The Hideaway also regularly hosts Atlanta LGBTQ sports teams and leagues.

8. Oscar's Bar

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1510 Piedmont Ave NE UNIT C
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 815-8841
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Oscar’s is a martini, art, and gay bar rolled into one at Ansley Square Mall in Midtown that also plays music videos on demand. This bar is all about theme nights, too, including Martini and Messy Karaoke Mondays, Show Tunes Tuesdays, Jukebox Wednesdays, and video nights on Friday and Saturday. The walls at Oscar’s often display art for sale from local Atlanta artists.

9. Friends on Ponce

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736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 817-3820
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Located in the MJQ Concourse on Ponce, Friends is one of the most unpretentious spots on the Atlanta LGBTQ bar scene. A welcoming neighborhood bar, folks can grab drinks and relax together while playing pool or poker, singing along to the jukebox, and partaking in theme nights like Let’s Make A Deal on Tuesdays and Wednesday evening trivia. Head in every second Sunday of the month for the New Faces amateur drag competition hosted by the incomparable Ms. Regina Simms (aka “Mama”,) who also hosts the bar’s various charity events, Fourth of July barbecues, and Super Bowl watch parties.

10. 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. However, 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.

11. 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. During the week, visitors can enjoy drag and cabaret performances as well as great DJs. There’s Maryoake on Wednesday evenings, too.

12. Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar

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3011 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 315-7711
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Like Disneyland for straight people, Lips is where to head for dinner (or brunch) and a drag show any day of the week filled with glamorous gowns, lots of glitter, and seriously big hair and heels. The food menu is prix fixe with a variety of entrees to choose from and typically includes the price of admission. Drinks are extra. Reservations are absolutely necessary. And don’t be surprised if you run into more than a few bachelorette parties here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

1. 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. 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. The longtime Atlanta lesbian bar may have to relocate for a third time next year. Owners Jen-Chase Daniels and Jami Maguire say the property on 12th Street is set to become part of a new condo development.

84 12th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Bulldog’s

893 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Bulldog’s has been the spot for Atlanta’s Black gay men for nearly 45 years now, making it one of the city’s oldest gay bars, too. 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

3. X Midtown (TEN)

990 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

X Midtown (TEN) features a massive street-side patio that’s nearly unrivaled in the city. It’s right in the heart of Atlanta’s “gayborhood” at the intersection of 10th 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. X Midtown 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

4. 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 “pop-up” drag shows turn 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

5. Woofs Sports Bar

494 Plasters Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Atlanta’s only gay sports bar recently moved from its longtime 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

6. 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 queer, a former clergy member who turned the bar into a campy “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. Make sure to check out Church Organ Karaoke on Wednesday evenings, too. Owner Grant Henry expanded and upgraded the bar in 2020, which now offers more seating and more drinks and food, including from pop-up Illegal Food.

466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. The Hideaway

1544 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Open since 1971 in Piedmont Heights, this laidback neighborhood gay bar is a welcoming and friendly spot offering drink specials, theme nights, pool, and darts to help folks unwind after a long day. There’s Tuesday night trivia, karaoke on Thursday evenings, and Saturday night dance parties, too. The Hideaway also regularly hosts Atlanta LGBTQ sports teams and leagues.

1544 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

8. Oscar's Bar

1510 Piedmont Ave NE UNIT C, Atlanta, GA 30309

Oscar’s is a martini, art, and gay bar rolled into one at Ansley Square Mall in Midtown that also plays music videos on demand. This bar is all about theme nights, too, including Martini and Messy Karaoke Mondays, Show Tunes Tuesdays, Jukebox Wednesdays, and video nights on Friday and Saturday. The walls at Oscar’s often display art for sale from local Atlanta artists.

1510 Piedmont Ave NE UNIT C
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Friends on Ponce

736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Located in the MJQ Concourse on Ponce, Friends is one of the most unpretentious spots on the Atlanta LGBTQ bar scene. A welcoming neighborhood bar, folks can grab drinks and relax together while playing pool or poker, singing along to the jukebox, and partaking in theme nights like Let’s Make A Deal on Tuesdays and Wednesday evening trivia. Head in every second Sunday of the month for the New Faces amateur drag competition hosted by the incomparable Ms. Regina Simms (aka “Mama”,) who also hosts the bar’s various charity events, Fourth of July barbecues, and Super Bowl watch parties.

736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

10. 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. However, 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

11. 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. During the week, visitors can enjoy drag and cabaret performances as well as great DJs. There’s Maryoake on Wednesday evenings, too.

1287 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

12. Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar

3011 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

Like Disneyland for straight people, Lips is where to head for dinner (or brunch) and a drag show any day of the week filled with glamorous gowns, lots of glitter, and seriously big hair and heels. The food menu is prix fixe with a variety of entrees to choose from and typically includes the price of admission. Drinks are extra. Reservations are absolutely necessary. And don’t be surprised if you run into more than a few bachelorette parties here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

3011 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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