Cosmopolitan and Lava Nightclub
Cosmo/Lava is two clubs/bars in one.
There are three levels and five bars with dance floors and patios. There is a strict dress code for this "classier" club; make sure to check online what the specifications are before you go.
The Drunken Unicorn (at MJQ Concourse)
The music here ranges from punk and industrial rock to house and R&B. The Drunken Unicorn attracts a wide audience, mostly on the younger side (students, young professionals, etc.). It has a very Euro-trendy feel, and the interior is covered in Asian-influenced decorations.
The drinks are usually praised most here because they use only the "better" liquor (which doesn't exactly equal a light tab, so watch your money!). With a modern-speakeasy feel, guests have to enter at the club's discrete entrance located on 6th street, beneath the Biltmore Hotel. Halo is open Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., and there is no cover charge before 10 p.m. HALO's dress code is business casual.
A Latin dance club that used to be a cigar bar. Features lots of hip-hop and Latin tunes, as well as some live bands, and is open every day except Sunday.
The Hole in the Wall
This venue has been in Atlanta for about 15 years and is one of the city's few '70s and '80s-themed dance clubs. It attracts a lot of young adults and has bar food in addition to alcohol.
Covered in retro decor, this club has three bars and an outdoor patio, with a dance floor and live DJ on the first floor. There's also a gourmet pizza menu available.
Described by a lot of clubbers as "the chic hotel bar without the hotel," the Mark is a trendy, smaller club with three rooms: lounge one, which has the main bar and a place to sit and hang out; the UltraLounge, also known as the VIP section; and the dance floor lounge, where people can dance along to music from a DJ.
One of Atlanta's more popular nightclubs, especially with the younger crowd. It's located in a historic 1920s opera theater that was transformed into three main dance areas and is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. There's a cover charge, too, that varies by the hour and gender; check their Web site for details.
Primal Night Club
Lots of celebrity guests are scheduled here. They have five bars and a stage for special guests, and the crowd is usually pretty eclectic, with a mix of ages.
Sutra Lounge was recently remodeled, and in addition to their smaller dance floors and bars, they now have an outdoor patio. It's a smaller club that boasts a lot of popular DJs, and their target audience is supposedly more "sophisticated." They attract a lot of older, classier clientele (so it's probably not your typical college club, but an option nonetheless).
This bar is a local sports pub that focuses on the international sports of rugby and soccer. The Brewhouse has a wide selection of imported beers on tap, with the signature drink being the "Painkiller." The large outdoor patio is also a cool place to people-watch or have a drink in the midst of Little Five Points.
There are a few Corner Tavern locations, but this one is located in Little Five Points, just blocks from shops and shows, and is frequented by students and other Atlantans alike. They have billiards tables and dart boards behind the bar, and the dining area is often left "open" during the spring and summer seasons (meaning they open the garage door-like window that would enclose the front end of the restaurant). They also have candle-lit tables on the patio. It's a good place to hang out and get a drink, watch the game, or get a bite to eat.
This restaurant has a trendy, wine-and-dine atmosphere that serves American cuisine, classic "woodfire" pizza and sushi into the late hours. There are three full-service bars, plus an open kitchen and indoor and outdoor seating. The upper level of the venue, Sky Deck, is a roof-top patio area with billiards tables, private restrooms, outdoor couches and cabanas, as well as a view of the Atlanta skyline.
This popular bar is only a five-minute drive from campus, and they have a full menu and bar, in addition to a raised stage for weekend events (like karaoke, DJs, and live music). They also have pool tables and dart boards available.
O'Terrill's Irish Pub
This small, family-owned pub is only a few blocks from the dorms and has an open-air patio during the summer, as well as a deck for drinking and dining.
Lots of traditional American bar food here, as well as a handful of "Cuban influenced" dishes. They have lots of beer on tap, so a lot of students go here to get a drink (and because it's so close to campus).
This is a laid-back (but trendy) pizza place with a full bar and an open floor plan. There are tables, as well as couches to eat at; lots of locals and students hang out here. Cheap, but good food and beer, and great service!
Smith's Olde bar
A pretty big place with a full bar downstairs and live music upstairs. There's usually a cover charge to see bands.
This is a brewery and a bar in one. Patrons pay a small fee for a beer glass and are allowed to sample the Sweetwater Brewery Company's beer selection (whatever they have on tap that day), as well as take a tour of the brewery itself. The bar area is laid-back, and the company-which started in Atlanta-has a homegrown, local feel to it. It closes relatively early, though, so it's a good place to start the evening.
The Midtown location is in a wealthier area and surrounded by classier venues (like the Fox Theatre and Lenox Mall), so it attracts a slightly different clientele than the Little Five Points location. Same menu and full-service bar.
The Vortex is 18-and-over (so it's not the family-friendly joint). Full-service bar and huge menu boasting burgers and entrées that are famous around Atlanta. What they're probably best known for, however, is their alternative attitude; the staff is eclectic, and so is the decor, which includes lots of music and Atlanta memorabilia. If you're looking for a fun, different place to eat or drink, come here. The Little Five Points location of The Vortex is in the heart of the L5P district (shopping, food, concert venues), and is known as a bit of a "biker bar."
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Mainly a concert hall, this mid-sized venue also has three levels of bars and dance floors where they host themed club nights.
Occasionally this club has "College Nights," when those over 18 but under 21 are allowed in. Dates vary, so check their Web site for details.
The Tabernacle is an old church made into a concert venue that hosts both big and small names.