Clubs to Visit During Black Gay Pride Week

These six great restaurants and clubs give guests more reasons to celebrate.

  • Bulldogs is known for reasonable drink prices.
    Bulldogs is known for reasonable drink prices.
  • Party on the big deck at Henry's.
    Party on the big deck at Henry's.
  • Find history and class at Livingston.
    Find history and class at Livingston.
Atlanta has always been welcoming to the gay community. So when you come for Black Gay Pride Week Sept. 1 through 7 you will find a number of restaurants and clubs with their welcome mat out. Here are six restaurants and clubs that embrace gay guests and give them another reason to celebrate with pride.

  1. Bulldogs, in the heart of Midtown, is recognized for hot DJs who spin house and hip-hop. Open since 1978, the club is always crowded, and it is known for reasonable drink prices.

  2. Joe's on Juniper has one of Atlanta's best patios and, according to David Magazine, the best bar food. What's not to love? Enjoy cocktails while having a rustic tavern experience right in the middle of Midtown. Joe's has a terrific jukebox and competitive trivia contests.

  3. Located near Piedmont Park, MetroFresh is a local favorite for its fresh, healthy and creative food — not to mention its wine and cappuccino bar. Mitchell Anderson, a former actor who was on "Doogie Howser, M.D." for two years and played Ross, the gay violin teacher, on "Party of Five," is owner and chef. The menu changes daily, but there always is a great selection of salads, soups and entrées.

  4. Henry's Midtown Tavern has 12 beers on draft plus more in bottles and cans. The casual but chef-driven menu features a variety of food from burgers to a fantastic ahi tuna pizza. Henry's boasts a big deck perfect for partying and watching the excitement of Midtown. When you're there, don't miss the Dog Wall of Fame (Henry's is named after owner Maureen Kalmanson's dog.)

  5. Max's Wine Dive pairs fabulous wines with gourmet comfort food and a little rock 'n' roll. Max's is the place to go to relax, have a drink and conversation. The fried chicken is among the best in Atlanta. Enjoy dinner and then go dancing at several of the clubs around Max's.

  6. Livingston Bar + Grill is located in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, which also is the official hotel for the Black Gay Pride Week (Loews Hotel is the official overfill hotel), so you know it will be the perfect place to start celebrating. Livingston couldn't be more contemporary yet you'll feel and appreciate the classic architecture and glamour of this early 20th century hotel with a gourmet menu that will suit everyone's tastes.
Journalist Mary Welch writes lifestyle and business articles for local and national magazines and newspapers.

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