When the suns sets on December 21st (probably sometime right after lunch), it’ll officially be the longest night of the year... and the Best Night of Your Life. Why? Because you’ll be spending it enjoying the best nightlife the city has to offer, thanks to our awesome recommendations, which naturally include the city's best clubs.
Check out the picks below, and make sure to map out the perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
We kinda had to put this one on the list. The sophisticated older brother of next door's Reign, it’s where the celebrities hang out, and where you probably already go if you drive an Aston Martin... Vantage, since everyone knows the gear box on the Vanquish sucks.
It’s the Clark Kent/Superman of dives: awesome Italian deli by day, and hopping Southside courtyard party by night, with an incredibly long line of people waiting for tallboys of PBR and some of the city's sweetest DJs... but mostly tallboys.
Koo Koo Room
This cozy oft-overlooked nighttime lair beneath Flip Flops, with walls made to look like they're framing brick windows, orange & red velvet couches, and a neon-lit, polished wood bar serving cocktails which employ such poisons as Ciroc Red Berry and Karma tequila -- invokes the spirit of Boy George, and security will motion for you to come, and go.
Tucked inside the ultramodern W Atlanta Midtown (it's like a show on SyFy, but with a bigger budget), WP's a glammed-out drinks spot with three rooms (the Crystal Lounge, Gallery Bar, and The Vault), plus a sweet outdoor terrace, and is a go-to for people who believe, as Chingy once alluded, that the best nights begin with a hotel party.
Tongue & Groove
Lindberg City Center
This updated 8600sqft version of the oroginal T&G is right next to a MARTA station, boasts a beautiful almost golden-hued wood-heavy interior, and cryogenic blasters just above your table that
will freeze your entire group until Sly Stallone foolishly reanimates you, and you unleash hell while getting lots of tickets for cursing spray a white plume of supercooled CO2 that immediately drops the temp 10-20 degrees.
Andrews Entertainment District
There're restaurants (a sushi spot, pizzeria, etc.), bars (a speakeasy, a moonshine-ry, and more), as well as a comedy spot, but the go-to at this collegiate party compound is Andrews Upstairs, a music space with an eclectic line-up of live acts, and a packed courtyard that's
basically a meat market that's adjacent to the bar... um, downstairs.
Posted up in the old Primal space (which they gave a multi-million dollar facelift), this "Mega club" boasts a rooftop terrace, and three different "environments", all of which are making you feel a little warm thanks to the
ongoing emission of fossil fuels in to the atmosphere the cute waitress bringing you bottle service.
Before you and your crew go to CosmoLava, you need to establish a place where you can all meet up in the event that you get separated among all the ultra-loungy nooks and crannies tucked inside this converted house. Or just, like, have a cellphone.
1. Vanquish1021 Peachtree St, Atlanta
2. Noni's Bar & Deli357 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta
3. Koo Koo Room1140 B Crescent Ave, Atlanta
4. Whiskey Park188 14th St NE, Atlanta
5. Tongue & Groove565 Main St, Atlanta
6. Andrews Entertainment District56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta
7. Prive Nightclub960 Spring St NW, Atlanta
8. CosmoLava45 13th St NE, Atlanta
Vanquish boasts a "safari chic" interior, with sleek leather couches surrounding shiny sculptures of crouching deer, and a bar backed by a wide photo of tigers surrounding a hot chick.
Noni’s, the family-owned-and-operated neighborhood trattoria in the Old Fourth Ward, was named for the founders’ Italian-born grandmother, and thus classic Italian fare rules the menu. And by the looks of the brick-front building and rustic, soulful food and drink, it may come as a surprise that Noni’s, open every day until 2:30am (and midnight on Sundays), is home to one of the neighborhood’s greatest late-night scenes. Stop in for lunch every day from 11:30am on, and join for dinner, craft cocktails, and wine, and stick around for a wild, after-hours dance party.
Now open Wed-Sat after a limited trial run, Koo Koo's a cozy nighttime lair located beneath Flip Flops, with walls made to look like they're framing brick windows, plus antique, four-leaf-clover-shaped wood tables, orange & red velvet couches, and a neon-
This swanky bar in the Atlanta Midtown W boasts three separate rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio for you to sip libations in style.
With VIP features and bottle service galore, Tongue and Groove, brought to you by night club-savvy duo Michael Krohngold and Scott Strumlauf, offers late night partying at its finest.
"8 restaurants and bars, one amazing address" boasts AED, and we think they're right: the District is a one-stop shop for dining and drinking in Buckhead, featuring Czar Ice Bar, Cellar 56, East Andrews, Prohibition, and more.
This Midtown dancey boozer plays host to a rotating crop of DJs, and doesn't skimp on the lazers or fog machines.