Downtown Atlanta Nightlife

When the sun goes down, Downtown Atlanta nightlife begins.
  • Red Phone Booth is the place for smart conversation, amazing drinks and a sophisticated good time. (courtesy Red Phone Booth)
    Red Phone Booth is the place for smart conversation, amazing drinks and a sophisticated good time. (courtesy Red Phone Booth)
  • DayDreams is a great club to chill and have a great time.
    DayDreams is a great club to chill and have a great time.

Downtown Atlanta is one of the city's commercial hubs, but the fun starts after 5 p.m. — or even later. Especially later. Here are some of our favorite places to let your hair down, get your groove on, meet people and have fun in Downtown Atlanta.

  • DayDreams on Trinity Avenue tells you right up front what to expect when you enter its doors. "This is a club, not the library. A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. We serve alcohol, hookah and candy." Sound good? We think so.

  • M Bar, located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, calls itself an "elegant, sexy and stylish" club that has three distinct spaces for three distinct experiences. From after hours to the early hours, patrons can sip its signature sangria as well as fine spirits and wines, dance to the DJs and enjoy a more intimate experience in the VIP/Hookah room. M, by the way, stands for “Music, Martinis, Margaritas, Mojitos and Mimosas.”

  • Mark Ultra Lounge is one of the best places for dancing and fun. Located on Poplar Street, the club features great music, turbo sound and lighting.

  • 617 Social Club is great place to have a fabulous drink and a cigar, meet friends and and listen to music. Located right downtown on Spring Street, the club offers numerous special events.

  • Opus Hookah Lounge is a hole-in-the-wall club on Auburn Avenue that has great food (especially the kabobs), hookah and lots of music. There is a live DJ playing two nights a week.

  • Pal’s Lounge in the Sweet Auburn district of Downtown is a local gem that offers blues and jazz and is a fantastic neighborhood place to meet and be seen.

  • Privé is the place to dress up and, if you have the energy, dance until the wee hours. It’s located on Spring Street. 

  • Red Phone Booth harkens back to the Prohibition era (complete with having to have a special code to enter). The intimate club features an exclusive cigar program and an impressive craft cocktail selection. Small bites are available and include fresh seafood, carpaccio, Neapolitan pizza and house-made desserts. Private memberships are available.

  • Royal Peacock is an iconic nightclub where some of the greats played on the equally iconic Auburn Avenue. Among those who once headlined here are: Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and B.B. King. Today it’s a great place to chill, dance and have a great time — especially since it doesn’t close until 4 a.m. 

  • The Sound Table, on Edgewood Avenue, offers dinner (octopus and kimchi, lamb burgers, oxtail and grits, and crispy catfish sliders), great drinks, music and dancing. In fact, dancing is “strongly encouraged.” It also has live music. Past performers include Dam Funk, Moodymann and Jesse Perez.

  • Sugar Lounge is located on Trinity Avenue downtown and is a restaurant, club and lounge all in one. There is plenty of room to mix and mingle — as well as dance. Some of the best hip-hop DJs pack the people in every weekend.

  • Wildpitch Underground intends to be the the top dance club in Atlanta. An artist-owned venue, Wildpitch places the quality of music and the experience as its highest priority. Located on Trinity Avenue near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the club brings in the best techno and house talent.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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