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Gay Atlanta, Georgia | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!

Gay Atlanta, Georgia | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!

The ‘Gay Capital Of The South’ Atlanta is a city filled with love and passion, combining the best of city living and southern hospitality. Celebrated for its delectable food, thriving arts scene, and civil rights movement history, Atlanta – the “city too busy to hate”  – has a lot to offer LGBTQ+ travelers…

While Georgia itself is better known for Republican legislators who seem intent on winning the ‘most anti-LGBT’ award, Atlanta is home to a mostly democratic and deep-connected community with a desire to create. And create what they have in this melting-pot of a city known for its excellent restaurants, hipster neighborhoods, artistic movements, and wild nightlife. They don’t call it “Hotlanta” for nothing…

In one of the most welcoming cities in the USA,  men, and women from around the South – and the world –  have come here to live and be free.

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In fact, the city of Atlanta has one of the highest LGBT populations per capita in the country at 12.8%, ranking third of all major cities, behind San Francisco and slightly behind Seattle. The result is a fabulous gay scene – mostly clustered in the Midtown area – that offers something for everyone.

Other smaller gaybourhoods worth exploring include Ansley Mall and Cheshire Bridge Road area, beacons for LGBT partygoers, vintage East Atlanta, and the hippie Little Five Points neighborhood. 

Politics can be a touchy subject in Atlanta – the inclusive blue dot on an otherwise deep red map – but people in Gay Atlanta are by and large trying to be accepting, but ‘the Christian question’ still comes up, as does segregation within the local LGBT community. 

Gay acceptance and the culture around it in Atlanta is complicated, and we don’t want to over-simplify anything but. We would agree with the parallels drawn to Weird Austin and Nashville; both are unique queer utopias that have arisen in rather unprogressive states.

There is a reason why Atlanta was chosen for the reboot of Queer Eye in 2018…

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With a very active and visible LGBT community – this progress, liberal haven in the heart of Georgia is where politicians, gays, hipsters, artists, and musicians all live, work, and play in relative harmony. Gay Atlanta offers plenty of quirky suburbs, a thriving queer events calendar, a ridiculous amount of gay bars and clubs, and more attractions than you could ever see in one visit.

Take into consideration as well all the world-class attractions, innovative food scene, and fascinating history, and you too will decide Atlanta makes a fabulous albeit slightly unconventional gay holiday destination….no matter where your interests lie! 

Are you relocating? This guide will help travelers discover the queerer side of the city. However, if you are lucky enough to be considering a move here, we recommend reading our article about moving to LGBT Atlanta or getting in touch with a local gay realtor. They can happily give you no-obligation advice and all the information you’ll ever need to know about your new city. And if you then want their help to find your dream home, you are guaranteed fair, equal, and honest representation. No surprises or awkward conversations are necessary!

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Are you relocating? This guide will help travelers discover the queerer side of the city. However, if you are lucky enough to be considering a move here, we recommend getting in touch with a local gay realtor. They can happily give you no-obligation advice and all the information you'll ever need to know about your new city. And if you then want their help to find your dream home, you are guaranteed fair, equal, and honest representation. No surprises or awkward conversations necessary!

Attractions in Atlanta

Being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city, and generally, gay tourists will simply want to check out the top things to see in Atlanta during the day! While central Atlanta is relatively safe and liberal, we would still advise gay travelers to take precautions concerning public displays of affection – especially later at night. San Fran, Austin, or Providence, this is not. 

If you are exploring more rural areas of Georgia – well, be aware that most of the state is far more conservative. Don’t be too concerned, however, as hospitality in the South is just as important as church services, and we found most people in Atlanta and Georgia to be warm, sweet and welcoming to visitors.

There is so, so much to explore in this fun city, but here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Atlanta!

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Top Highlights in Atlanta

Sightseeing Bus Tour

See the highlights of Atlanta on a 5-hour bus tour that includes stops at key sites such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Your guide shares commentary throughout the journey as you travel to Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlantic Station, and more.

Have time to purchase lunch at the CNN Center, and enjoy a drive through the Buckhead neighborhood to view stately mansions.

Delta Flight Museum

Since 1995, the Delta Flight Museum has allowed visitors from around the world to explore aviation history, celebrate the story and people of Delta, and discover the future of flight. The Museum was recently renovated into a world-class attraction that offers engaging exhibits and interactive programming for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

Standing in the heart of Delta’s Atlanta headquarters, the 68,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art attraction makes a perfect outing for family, friends, school groups, and more. The new space also can be rented for special events, including business meetings, conferences, and weddings.

With historic glamour and modern amenities, the Museum is a one-of-a-kind venue within a mile of the world’s busiest airports.

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North Georgia Wine Country Tour

Get out of the city and explore the untapped beauty of North Georgia’s wine country on this full-day tour from Atlanta. Sample more than a dozen Georgia wines from local vineyards—admiring the area’s gorgeous rolling hills on included transportation between stops—and then head to Helen for a chance to wine, dine, and shop in the Bavarian-inspired town.

Atlanta’s Southern Food Tour

Experience the delicious Southern cuisine of Atlanta on this small-group food tour. Led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable foodie guide, sample 15 food tastings at seven of the most popular restaurants in historic downtown Atlanta.

Visit Paschal’s, the unofficial headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement; the Smoke Ring, a rustic restaurant featuring barbecue, Southern sides, and cocktails; Arden’s Garden, offering fruit juices and smoothies and many more.

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High Museum of Art

A world-class museum that has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the Southeast.

With more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art and African art.

The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.

Georgia Aquarium

Experience the beauty of one of the world’s largest aquariums with this general admission pass to the Georgia Aquarium. Get an up-close look at exotic marine life, learn about aquatic habitats, and check out one of the world’s most diverse examples of aquatic life.

This admission option is ideal for travelers who want to experience the thrill of underwater nature without ever getting wet and is one of the best aquariums we have ever visited – up there with Valencia, Lisbon, and Osaka

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National Center for Civil and Human Rights

An engaging cultural attraction that is one of the few places in the world is educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world.

The individual galleries engage visitors through a combination of powerful imagery, compelling artifacts, and poignant storytelling. Visitors leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities — a safe place to truly explore the fundamental rights of all human beings.

Atlanta Movie Tour

You don’t have to visit LA to see stars, thanks to this film tour that showcases the best movies filmed across Atlanta. You’ll cruise through sites showcased in some of the city’s most iconic films, walk in the steps the stars have, and even hear exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories about some of your favorite actors. Join us for what even native Atlanta calls the most uniquely Atlanta experience they have ever had.

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Atlanta African American Culture Tour 

This tour reflects the history and achievements of African Americans. This Tour highlights the struggles and the prominence of the black culture in Atlanta. This tour is engaging and gives you a proper perspective on life as an African American living in the early 1900s and the Present.

This Tour is for all who love and are interested in African American History & Culture. This tour allows you to hop off, get close up with history, and take personal pictures of Iconic locations. This is a feel-good tour for everyone to experience! Perfect for locals and tourists alike. 

Atlanta CityPASS

Experience Atlanta’s must-see tourist attractions—and enjoy considerable savings—on this exciting Atlanta CityPASS tour. Visit the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and CNN Studio Tours. Then choose between Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame.

This Atlanta CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from the first date of use. An unused ticket booklet is valid for six months from the date of purchase.

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Gay Events In Atlanta

Joining Hearts (July)

An extra dose of “fun” is added to “fundraising” each summer during the Joining Hearts party, which donates 100 percent of proceeds to HIV/AIDS services. The annual pool party regularly features fireworks, free-flowing drinks, and plenty of shirtless men, and it has raised more than $1.3 million to fight AIDS over the last two decades.

Sadly the metro Atlanta community is once again in an HIV/AIDS crisis seeing new infections at numbers not seen since the 1980’​s – so the importance of fundraising for this worthy cause is more pressing than ever.

Out On Film (September)

What started as a five-day festival has grown into an eleven-day celebration of LGBTQ stories and artists, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, and premieres. This is a queer film festival that places a high premium on quality with a focus on visiting filmmakers and showcasing the voices of tomorrow.

Out On Film’s mission is to provide a high-quality film festival that is diverse and inclusive, ensuring that all members of their community are represented.  Some of the films shown are meant merely for entertainment, but many others – especially the documentaries – are meant to educate and address timely issues such as discrimination and social justice, HIV/AIDS, religion, and marriage equality.

A worthy addition to any trip to Gay Atlanta, and a welcome respite from circuit parties and drag events.

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Atlanta Black Pride (September)

In 1996, a small group of African American lesbian and gay friends held a picnic over Labor Day weekend to celebrate their unique experience in Atlanta’s LGBT community. Each year, the group grew with others from the community and neighboring cities.

As the celebration grew, Atlanta Black Pride was born and is often considered a trailblazer for Black Prides across the U.S. Each year, ITLA makes history by doing more programs and events during Labor Day weekend and throughout the year in response to the needs of their targeted community.  

The annual Atlanta Black Pride celebration now attracts LGBTQ+ people of all racial backgrounds from every part of the nation, as well as from countries abroad. Atlanta has one of the largest Black populations in the country and has become a welcoming melting pot of diverse communities.

Everyone is welcome to join them in their celebration of Pride, community leadership, education, healthy living, self-empowerment, economic growth, and political involvement.

AIDS Walk (October)

The Southeast’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS, benefiting AID Atlanta and ten other local HIV/AIDS service providers.

Over its history, more than 314,000 people have participated in AWA5K, raising $42M for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives, and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today. Given the current crisis, this is another event worth planning a trip around.

Atlanta Pride (October)

The biggest event on the Gay Atlanta calendar. This month-long party celebrates the role of the LGBT community in making Atlanta what it is today, and is entirely worth planning a trip around. Today it is mostly about celebrating everything queer and fabulous. However, much still needs to be done to achieve total equality, and there is a strong focus on the political roots of Atlanta Pride.

Some of the many, many events held as part of Atlanta Pride include the Official Atlanta Pride Kick-Off Party, the Trans March and Rally, the Atlanta Pride Dyke March, and the Atlanta Pride Parade. Of course, you can expect every queer bar and club to have its own parties, and rainbow flags to cover much of the city. The absolute best time to visit and experience Gay Atlanta!

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Gay-Friendly and Gay Hotels in Atlanta Georgia

In this relatively liberal city, you will not find any significant hotel that isn’t gay-friendly. After all, being gay-friendly is about providing a non-judgmental and respectful environment in which all people are treated equally. Elegant design, helpful staff, and excellent value for money never hurt anyone, though!

Some hotels in Atlanta have gone above and beyond in recognizing and marketing to the LGBT community, and given their popularity with gay travelers; we would say it has paid off!

W Atlanta - Midtown

Everybody likes to be surrounded by people with shared interests, and as such, there are a few hotels in Atlanta favored by the gay jet set. Most are located either in the Mid-Town “heart of the arts” / gay area – close to all the attractions by day and night. And each offers something unique and unforgettable. Sadly there are no exclusively gay hotels in Atlanta.

The following gay-friendly hotels in Atlanta are only the most recommended, but there are hundreds of other hotels in Atlanta if you don’t find quite find what you are looking for, whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap but private place to crash after a night of partying, or a chic luxury option with a pool to spend the day lying by, Gay Atlanta as something for everyone!

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W Atlanta Midtown ☆☆☆☆☆

Experience the ATL in style with a stay at the uber-stylish and extremely gay-popular W Hotel Chain. Located in the city’s most electric neighborhood – a stone’s throw from most of the city’s queer nightlife – this hotel tempts you with sleek rooms and suites where tech-friendly perks, playful décor, bold colors, comfy beds and views over Midtown set the stage to plan your next adventure.

Fuel your adventures with a happening New Southern fare restaurant, and mix and mingle at the Living Room Bar to the soundtrack of the area’s newest and coolest musical talents. See and be seen poolside, break a sweat at the gym, or pamper yourself at the spa.  One thing’s for sure: a stay at the W is never dull.

W Atlanta - Midtown

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta ☆☆☆☆☆

A five-star hotel in Midtown Atlanta with award-winning cuisine, relaxing spa treatments, and luxurious accommodations. Steps from the renowned High Museum of Art, eclectic Peachtree Street, and the sprawling green spaces of Piedmont Park, sleep in and enjoy breakfast at Park 75 before heading out to explore the city or stay in for a healthy dose of self-care in their serene Spa.

However you spend the day, make sure to end (or start) your night with drinks at the elegant Bar Margot….

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Midtown ☆☆☆☆

A modern, streamlined hotel in the “heart of the arts” steps from the High Museum, Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Fox Theatre, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Their simple, refined room is perfect for those wanting a good night’s sleep, and if you get peckish, there is a chic restaurant with shareable plates and signature cocktails.

For those who want a bit more, why not head up to the laid-back rooftop bar with panoramic city views and signature cocktails? You can also retreat to the outdoor pool with sun loungers for a relaxed day in the sun, or work up a sweat at the onsite fitness center.

There are just so many amazing things to do here, but we also wouldn’t judge you if you just wanted to spend a night tucked up in their luxurious bedding watching LGBT TV shows.

Loews Atlanta Hotel ☆☆☆☆☆

Another popular LGBT hotel in Atlanta with 414 luxurious guestrooms, including 44 suites and all just located two blocks from “Midtown” Marta Station and many of the city’s best gay bars. Besides an enviable location and fabulous service, there is a modern charcuterie restaurant and chilled bar, a courtesy luxury sedan, a gym, and a spa with fitness classes and beauty treatments.

Loews Atlanta Hotel

The Westin Peachtree Plaza ☆☆☆☆

Set in the Atlanta Downtown, this polished 73-story hotel with a mirror-glass facade is a landmark of the city and makes for a truly unforgettable stay. Warm rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive city views and refined modern furniture featuring rich earth tones.

Environmentally-friendly climate control keeps your room at the perfect temperature, and eco-sensitive fabrics ensure you are well-rested – no matter what time you get into bed. There is also a three-story restaurant and bar with a glass-walled dining room (again with those sweeping views of the city), a Starbucks for your iced coffee fix, an indoor and outdoor pool – and a gym.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

Atlanta Midtown/Buckhead Oasis ☆☆☆

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For those on a budget, these apartments offer a consistently clean and quiet space to rest your head, along with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and air-conditioned accommodations.

Nothing too flashy, but the location is near many of the city’s best gay hotspots with a price that allows for a few more drinks when out exploring the town.

Moxy Atlanta Midtown ☆☆☆☆

Keep your finger on the pulse of Atlanta’s “Heart of the arts” with insane creative energy both inside and out. The Moxy, a new hotel concept for travelers who love to play, offers complimentary cocktails on check-in, Grafitti art installations, a happening bar, and unique social spaces. Drawing on the art-infused surroundings, Atlanta vibes fuel the Moxy’s décor. It’s all local – the lighting, the furniture, the art.

The result is a unique balance of the grit of the city with sweet southern hospitality. Let the guestrooms be your home away from home with comfy bedding and furiously fast and free WiFi.

Head up to the rooftop bar, on the sixth floor for a poolside cocktail, or finish your night with a nightcap at Bar Moxy and a selection of flatbreads to cure your late-night cravings. It is fair to say we are not the only gay travelers obsessed with the Moxy.

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Gay Bars and Gay Clubs in Atlanta Georgia

As the queer capital of the South, you would expect to find a whole host of gay bars and nightclubs here to choose between – and luckily, Atlanta does not disappoint. There are countless options to dance the night away with Britney & Ariana, watch fabulous drag, enjoy refined cocktails, or have delicious go-go boys. 

Even better, most of the clubs in Atlanta lean heavily toward “get drunk and have a good time” rather than the whole “not dressed well enough for our establishment” scene.

This is not a place to peacock – but instead, Gay Atlanta is where you can actually grab a casual beer, strike up a conversation, and make new friends- or more!

Southern Hospitality is alive and well here! 

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A liberal blue heart in a state that swings full red, Gay Atlanta doesn’t just draw in out-of-state tourists but plenty of people from more conservative/rural areas of Georgia experimenting with gay life for the first time.

There is also a growing professional class that flocks to Atlanta as well, leading to a scene that has undergone several changes in recent years. As a result, Atlanta’s gay scene has grown up and now offers an intriguing mix of upscale post-gay venues, dive bars, rainbow nights, and fabulous queer raves.

Those who have visited in the past will be happy to hear that long-running institutions such as Blake’s on the Park, Atlanta Eagle, and Heretic Atlanta still draw in crowds, though.

The gay scene in Atlanta is primarily centered around the Mid-town gaybourhood – at night anyway – though there are other gay bars spread out across the city if you’re renting a car or catching a ride-share. Clubs don’t get going until around 11 pm on weekends, but during the week, most bars have fun events to tempt you in, and they seem to be working!

A good game plan is to mix and mingle at one of the more relaxed gay bars early and check out the rapidly improving Southern Comfort dining scene before heading out for a night in the clubs. Whatever you’re after, we are certain Gay Atlanta can provide!

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Gay Bars In Atlanta

Tripp’s Bar

A small yet welcoming gay bar across from Midtown Bowl. Some days it is crowded, some days, it’s quiet, but they always have a beautiful outside deck with umbrellas perfect for a drink in the hot Atlanta evening. There is live entertainment some nights and a mix of loyal regulars of all ages.

Swinging Richards

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An all-male, all-night, all-nude male strip club in Atlanta that has been providing great entertainers, friendly staff, and a safe environment for over 20 years. The destination of choice for gay men seeking the best in adult entertainment with a fully nude strip show offers a one-of-a-kind experience.

Swinging Richard’s upscale, state-of-the-art club brings men from all over the world to Atlanta to strip down, distract and titillate audiences.

Atlanta Eagle

Atlanta’s premiere leather / Levi bar is known for its voluntary “NO Indoor Smoking” policy, busy dance floor, and no-attitude men. If you have been to any Eagle Bar around the world before, you’ll know what to expect. Onsite, there are three bars, a fully stocked leather shop, and an expansive deck so that you can socialize and mingle while you cool off and get ready for the next round!

Atlanta Eagle

Woofs On Piedmont

The only gay sports bar in Atlanta with a full food menu, drink specials and over 27 TVs to watch your favorite sporting events. And as of 2019, they are entirely smoke-free.

Besides sports, there is a whole host of weekly and ongoing events to draw in crowds, including Wednesday Trivia nights. Super friendly staff, inexpensive drinks, and a casual atmosphere conducive to conversation and new friends? What’s not to love?

BJ Roosters

An Atlanta gay nightlife institution since 1995, this GoGo bar offers free parking and is open seven days a week. Stop here to enjoy the pool table, a fun DJ on the weekend, and, most famously, the sexy male dancers who are generally twinks and some somewhat muscular guys all in their best underwear.

Honestly, while we loved the industrial-chic decor and think the space has a lot of potential, this space is a relic of the past and needs to offer more to keep up. The service was average, and the crowd was definitely on the older and sleazier side. They do offer private rooms, which are booths with a curtain to get up close and personal with the boys for $20 per song.

BJ Roosters

Felix’s Atlanta

An energetic gay bar in Midtown featuring karaoke, drag performances, and the best cocktails in town! Proving good things can come in small sizes, Felix’s has a pool table and well-stocked bar with friendly bartenders – and thanks to a jam-packed weekly events calendar, it is fun on any night of the week.

We loved that Felix was much more casual than the other bars we visited.  There is no super loud music or strobe lights, meaning you can easily have an actual conversation. Refreshing, we know…

Blake’s On The Park

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s midtown gayborhood, Blake’s On The Park is a video & dance bar with DJs, dancers, fabulous drag shows, and so much more. For over thirty years, people have flocked to this staple for strong drinks and to get into the groove, plus the cute bartenders help too.

There are three different zones, so you can always find something to suit your mood with a very hip bar vibe front area, a dive bar upstairs, and a smoke shop Patio, where everyone is out smoking and socializing.

Blake's On The Park

The Hideaway

A friendly neighborhood pub with great bartenders, reasonable drink prices, and a mixed bag of regulars, professionals, industry types, and hot young men who are looking to get away from the other bars and the labels of society.

Very casual and social with pool, darts, pinball, and other games to get the conversation flowing, plus theme nights & drink specials. More popular with mature members of the LGBT community, but everyone is always welcome.


A fun and all-inclusive LBGT dive bar with good drinks and friendly patrons. Winning a host of awards, both nationally and internationally, Mary’s is a gay bar that knows exactly what it is about and knows how to deliver that consistently.

There is a hip and fun vibe, weekly and monthly special events, the city’s best karaoke (with more than 15,000 songs available), a host of skilled DJs with the best music and videos, and patrons that don’t take themselves too seriously. Experience their laid-back neighborhood atmosphere and see why Mary’s is consistently rated as Atlanta’s (and one of the world’s) best gay bars.

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Oscar’s Bar

The best gay martini bar in Atlanta – well, the only one – with a penchant for art, karaoke, and videos to boot. Friendly faces, well-made drinks, non-smoking, and music set for casual conversation. They even have weekly drag shows and show tunes to complete the appeal.

Joe’s On Juniper

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With an expansive patio, attractive wait staff, and delicious bar food, it is no wonder Joe’s on Juniper is one of the best places in Midtown to start your night off! Established before the millennium, everyone is welcome at this unique gay tavern experience that delivers rustic charm and a nostalgic character.

Joe’s On Juniper prides itself on being a fun and relaxing environment where their sassy servers keep you smilin’ as they serve up a stiff drink. Whether you’re a junkie for a jumpin’ jukebox or a raving trivia fanatic, you are going to have a great time here.

Joe's On Juniper

Friends on Ponce

An unpretentious gay watering hole is drawing in a crowd of loyal regulars with pool tables, a jukebox, free Wi-Fi, poker nights & Taco Tuesdays! Friend’s is home to the Friends Cherry Bomb (it’s a special treat) and some of the coldest beer in town, along with the most potent cocktails, and never a cover!

Ten Atlanta

A gay southern kitchen establishment that offers guests a fabulous dining experience and a sumptuous menu of fried chicken options by day and transforms after 10pm into one of the most buzzing queer nightspots in the city. How very Georgia! Very casual and comfortable in East Atlanta, with various shows throughout the week.  

Ten Atlanta

Gay Clubs In Atlanta

Sanctuary Nightclub

One of Atlanta’s most happening gay clubs, Sanctuary Nightclub, might be a little hidden away in Buckhead, but when you get here, you are rewarded with a wild Latin night out with a mixed / LGBTQ crowd.

Think Guadalajara, Medellin, or Santo Domingo, but without needing your passport. Saturdays are the designated queer night with guest DJs, a great vibe, beautiful people, and a lot of sexy dancing to Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Bachata, and much more.

Sanctuary Nightclub

My Sister’s Room

Child, a lesbian club – can you believe it! Trust us when we say, this is indeed a rare unicorn, so ladies, get out and support it!

Atlanta’s number-one lesbian bar for more than 23 years, My Sister’s Room, is the favorite destination for lesbians, QUEER, LGBT, and the gay-friendly Atlanta community. Lesbian-owned, now and always—My Sister’s Room is renowned across the South and the world for its friendly and slightly crazy atmosphere and all-around good vibes!

This is a lesbian bar where everyone is welcome, a  safe haven, and home to everyone who enters. To add to the appeal, there are drag shows, burlesque shows, comedy, karaoke, and more. Set across two floors with a delicious pub menu, friendly service, and a diverse crowd just looking to have a good night!

My Sister’s Room


A happening gay nightlife sport with a fun dance floor, DJ tunes, an outdoor patio, and a wide variety of cheap drinks. They are absolutely packed on the weekends with (mostly) black gay men who just want to dance the night away with modern pop and good vibes.

And the people here were dancing on beat, making it all the better. There is a cash-only cover charge and a no-purse policy, reportedly to discourage women.

The Heretic Atlanta

A fabulous gay nightclub with DJs, performers, theme nights, and always a crowd ready to party. There is a huge dance floor, multiple bars, and bartenders that whip up drinks faster than you can get the names out – so more time in the hot and sweaty crowd!

There’s a good variety of guys and just an eclectic line-up of events worth checking out before you go if you have the choice of visiting over multiple nights.

The Heretic Atlanta

Gay Bathhouses & Sex Clubs in Atlanta Georgia

Halleloo! Unlikely so many Gay USA destinations we visit … New YorkNashvilleSanta CruzHonolulu… there is actually a gay bathhouse in Atlanta, Georgia. Two, in fact!

While Grindr and other gay hooks up apps have led to the closure of saunas and bathhouses worldwide, we are happy to report that in Atlanta, bathhouses are as bustling as ever!  Well, to be precise, in Atlanta, it is more gay sex clubs rather than bathhouses, so don’t expect to find shower and pool facilities, but their parties are famed throughout the South.

All of Atlanta’s gay bathhouses and sex clubs are conveniently located in Midtown, close to the hotels and bars of the Little Five Points gayborhood.

Use our gay map of Atlanta at the end to decide which is closest to you. If cruising for gay hookups in Atlanta’s gay clubs is not your style, or you want some steamy action in a sex-positive and safe environment: these are the best cruising spots and gay bathhouses in Atlanta for you. 

Currently, both Manifest 4U and Club Eros Atlanta are closed and reportedly reopening in new locations in the next few months. If they do, we will update here as soon as we hear. 

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FLEX Spa Atlanta

Atlanta’s only true bathhouse in a handy located close to Interstate-75, Interstate-85, and Georgia Tech. Thanks to its convenient location and extensive faculties, FLEX Spa is popular day and night with a pool, relaxing sundeck, modern gym, Jacuzzi, maze steam room, and more.

As a private men’s membership-based facility, all guests must have a valid membership or purchase a daily membership to enter. Part of a national chain with further locations in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

The Den Atlanta

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A place to explore your erotic and sexual inhibitions and for fun, day or night. The Den is a private membership-based organization specifically for men of color (and those that love them), and people of different sizes, shapes, endowments, and inhibitions travel from all over the South to enjoy the wild parties here.

There are fetish nights, Naked play, Thicc Boy Thursdays, and more, all with strict dress codes – or lack thereof. There are no aquatic amenities (i.e., hot tubs, swimming pool, steam room, etc.). However, they do have showers for members to enjoy by themselves or with others, private rooms, lockers, dark spaces, and playrooms.

There are lunchtime sessions Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm for those who prefer daytime fun or can’t come in the evening.

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