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Atlanta Nightlife

Nightlife in Atlanta varies from intimate cocktail spots and neighbourhood bars to buzzing live music venues and stylish nightclubs.

Little Five Points and East Atlanta Village draw an alternative crowd attracted to cutting-edge live music clubs. Buckhead, where Peachtree and Roswell roads meet, is for young, smart, singletons who pack bars and clubs, especially on Friday nights. Midtown stretches from Downtown to Buckhead, and Piedmont Park hosts everything from the Pride festival to indie rock festival Music Midtown.

You can find weekly listings onwww.accessatlanta.com. Events information is also published weekly in Creative Loafing (Thursdays, www.clatl.com). Check City Search (http://atlanta.citysearch.com) for recommendations and reviews.

AtlanTIX (tel: +1 404 588 9890;www.atlantaperforms.com) sells same-day/half-price tickets for various shows. The ticket booth is located at the Visitor Center at Underground Atlanta (65 Upper Alabama SW).

Bars in Atlanta

Grain

Midtowners head to this chic drinking spot for fizzy cocktails and happy-hour oysters. A regularly changing menu of small plates includes charcuterie dishes such as mole-scented salami and booze-soaking snacks like devilled eggs or crispy gulf shrimp. There's an outdoor patio for sultry evenings.

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Telephone: +1 404 881 5377.
Website: http://grain-bar.com

Mason Tavern

This North Decatur neighbourhood tavern pours a solid range of Georgia-brewed ales at a bar built from old railway sleepers. You can also take your pick from a choice of US and international bottled beer, and slide into a leather booth for house burgers, mountain trout or ribeye steak.

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Telephone: +1 404 963 2322.
Website: http://masontavernatl.com

Sister Louisa’s Church

The décor might be high camp but this bar and 'ping-pong emporium' is pretty down-to-earth, even though celebrities including Lady Gaga and Jonah Hill have popped by. Come for table-tennis tournaments, karaoke nights and tarot readings. You can also buy art created by Sister Louisa herself (aka Grant Henry) at the bar.

Address: Sweet Auburn, 466 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30312
Telephone: +1 404 522 8275.
Website: http://www.sisterlouisaschurch.com

Clubs in Atlanta

HALO Lounge

Tucked beneath the Biltmore Hotel near Georgia Tech's campus in Midtown, Halo is a basement-level lounge and one of the best places in the city to socialise. A hip crowd orders drinks at the sleek, glowing onyx bar and sips cocktails from stylish seating surrounding the dancefloor, where DJs play chart tunes.

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Telephone: +1 404 962 7333.
Website: http://halolounge.com

Koo Koo Room

Local DJs play a diverse range of tunes while bartenders pour inventive cocktails at this small underground club in Midtown. The chilled-out venue is set up like an old-fashioned lounge, with antique-style chairs and sofas surrounding cosy rugs and a fireplace. Mood lighting on exposed brick and wood-panelled walls adds to the den-like ambience.

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Telephone: +1 404 985 5775.
Website: http://www.kookooroom.com

Opera

Retaining the top spot for nightlife in Atlanta, this swanky Midtown venue has played host to guest DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. The cavernous space is designed to feel like an opera house, with upstairs VIP booths in place of opera boxes and a huge dancefloor packed with glamorous club-goers.

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Telephone: +1 404 874 3006.
Website: http://operaatlanta.com

Live music in Atlanta

Blind Willie’s

Named after Georgia blues legend Blind Willie McTell, who influenced Bob Dylan and The Allman Brothers, among others, this is the best bar in town for live blues music. Cajun cuisine and whiskey cocktails accompany a nightly line-up of top-quality bands and artists.

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Telephone: +1 404 873 2583.
Website: http://www.blindwilliesblues.com

Cafe 290

It's worth the trip to Sandy Springs in the city's north to visit this iconic jazz café. National and international musicians take to the stage every night, playing a mix of mainstream, funk and contemporary jazz. While you're relaxing to hot tunes, you can dig into platefuls of steak and seafood.

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Telephone: +1 404 256 3942.
Website: http://www.cafe290atlanta.com

Variety Playhouse

Revamped in 2016, this intimate venue is housed in a converted WWII cinema with an art deco facade. It's one of the best places to catch up-and-coming bands on a national or global tour, as well as old favourites making a comeback.

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Telephone: +1 404 524 7354.
Website: http://www.variety-playhouse.com

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Westin Peachtree Plaza

This 73-storey, glass cylinder skyscraper hotel defines Atlanta's skyline. A five-storey lobby atrium and a thin glass elevator that inches up the building's exterior are just as sleek. Pie-shaped rooms are outfitted in natural hues and dark woods. On the 73rd floor is the multi-levelled, revolving Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar.

The Ellis

In a landmark building on Peachtree Street, this chic boutique hotel has elegant rooms and is a short walk from top attractions such as the CNN Studio Tours. Unique features include a private-access women's only floor, whose rooms come with luxury Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Enjoy organic farm-to-table dining at the Terrace Bistro.

Glenn Hotel

The Glenn's selling points are its proximity to downtown Atlanta's main attractions and Luckie Marietta District and the panoramic view from its SkyLounge rooftop bar. This stylish boutique hotel downtown has sleek, modern rooms and suites. The Glenn Kitchen restaurant serves local Southern favourites.

Georgian Terrace Hotel

A part of Atlanta's history, the hotel's Grand Ballroom hostedGone With The Wind's movie premiere gala in 1939. Now, a tall glass atrium rises above the lobby where author Margaret Mitchell, in 1935, hesitantly handed over her original manuscript to her future editor. The hotel's terrace is a good spot for a cocktail overlooking the historic Fox Theatre.

Four Seasons Atlanta

A grand staircase in the soaring lobby underscores the opulence of this luxurious property that occupies part of a 50-storey skyscraper. This hotel has all the trappings of luxury: formal but elegantly appointed rooms, a spa with 10 treatment rooms, an indoor saline lap pool, a top-of-the-range fitness centre and a lounge and terrace overlooking the lobby's dramatic atrium.

Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake

Located in the northern business district near the I-285, known as 'The Perimeter' to Atlantans, the hotel is easily accessible via the city's main highways. Friendly staff, the large open lobby and breakfast bar area, plus oversized rooms and a sizeable outdoor pool make it a popular low-budget stop.