4 Atlanta spots among most popular gay bars in U.S.

Add this share

Four Atlanta gay bars have another reason to be proud after landing on NewNowNext’s list of the most popular gay bars in America.

The site — Logo’s home for LGBTQ pop culture — used a location-based marketing platform to track gay bar attendance from November 2017 through October 2018. 

Making it onto the list for the first time was the Northside Ballet, aka Swinging Richards. 

47. Swinging Richards (NEW)

Swinging Richards—America’s most popular gay strip club—has provided Atlanta’s bar hoppers the full monty for more than 15 years. 1400 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta.


The Marquette Lounge in Vine City came in at number 43 on NewNowNext's list.

43. Marquette Social Club (NEW)
Run by the same family for more than four decades, this nightclub is known as much for its talent contests as it is for the DJs spinning everything from hip hop and pop to reggae and crunk. 868 Joseph E. Boone Blvd., Atlanta.

Mixx dropped 12 spots from last year’s list but still landed at a respectable 33rd best in America.

33. Mixx Atlanta (-12)

This crowd-pleasing club’s dance floor plays hip hop and R&B on Fridays, and old school house music on Sundays. 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta.


Saturday Night

A post shared by Mixx Atlanta (@mixxatlanta) on Sep 1, 2018 at 7:58pm PDT


And the top-rated Atlanta gay bar on the list, coming in near the top at number four? That would be none other than Bulldogs (top photo), which celebrated its 40th birthday in 2018 and is hot off a busy MLK weekend

4. Bulldogs Bar (+1)

Everything is quite peachy at this Atlanta entry which has been open since the late 1970s. Expect a crowd of friendly locals and tourists alike enjoying strong drinks and an energized dance floor. 893 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

Parliament House in Orlando, Fla., took the top spot on NewNowNext’s list.

Atlanta gay bars are used to landing on various “Best of” lists. Woofs made Yelp’s list in 2017 and seven Atlanta bars made Out Traveler’s “200 Best Gay Bars in the World” list in 2015. 

Cheers, y’all!

UPDATE | The original version of this story had three Atlanta bars making the NewNowNext list. A reader pointed out a fourth Atlanta bar — The Marquette Lounge — made the list and we've updated the story. We apologize for the omission.


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...