The best of nightlife in Atlanta are the Buckhead and Midtown neighborhoods, although the crossroads of Virginia-Highland holds its own action as well. With its upscale neighborhoods and multi-million dollar mansions, the Buckhead section of Atlanta is one of the most affluent communities in town, and home to some of the best Atlanta restaurants, nightlife, and art galleries.
In Buckhead, where Peachtree Road and East Paces Ferry meet, you'll find a huge number of clubs clustered in a relatively small area. Folks roam the area nightly, scoping out their favorites. Tops among them are upscale Tongue and Groove and the Sambuca Jazz Cafe.
Located near the busy intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree of Buckhead, Divan Restaurant and Hookah Lounge offers global delights and a rich, romantic atmosphere. Rich jewel-toned fabrics and pillows fill the interior of this Mediterranean-inspired nightspot. Candles and hookah pipes charge the air with exotic scents. Divan features a Greek-influenced tapas menu of petite servings. The venue is a real international gem.
Just outside of the craziness of Buckhead, Electra Lounge features retro-modern furnishings and neon lighting. It's the see-and-be-seen spot,
as well as an overwhelming emphasis on VIP seating, recalling trends from New York and Miami. Its location in is a renovated house, quintessential Atlanta. Atlanta's only non-smoking 'retro-lounge' has plenty of outdoor seating for smokers.
Showcase Comedy Lounge is a new comedy club adjacent to the original Landmark Diner in Buckhead. The club features the best comedians, good food and drink, and free parking.
ESPN Zone is also located in Buckhead. It is Atlanta's premier sports bar, with a state-of-the-art facility. ESPN Zone features comfortable seating, plenty of TV's to catch all of the action, and an arcade with the latest games.
South of Buckhead, Midtown offers posh ambience. Resident clubs boast some of the best nightlife in Atlanta, with best dancing courtesy of terrific sound systems, cutting-edge interiors, and hip dress codes. Showcased is the strong, cool quotient of both Leopard Lounge and Red Chair.
O'Terrill's is a friendly neighborhood tavern in Midtown with an Irish touch. Enjoy good, hearty food and a nice selection of beer, wine, and
cocktails. Live music, karaoke, team trivia, and open mic nights, along with free wireless Internet access, make this a neighborhood destination for nightlife in Atlanta.
East Atlanta is a trendy neighborhood that's been reborn over the last decade with hot spots like Echo Lounge, a cutting edge nightclub with live alternative music, and Heaping Bowl and Brew, an eclectic eatery serving signature entrees piled into oversized bowls.
A quieter nightlife in Atlanta prevails in the Highlands, where relaxed bars and pubs prove that style doesn't have to be ostentatious. Blind Willie's delivers consistently fantastic blues, and the Dark Horse Tavern caps hectic days with live rock and a blissfully comfortable social scene.