You may not agree with every nook and cranny that made Out Traveler’s city-by-city 200 Best Gay Bars in the World, and you may not like some of the omissions. Hell, you many not even agree that some of them are gay bars. Nevertheless, it’s good to know Atlanta is on the tourist radar for stocking our bars with worldly men, from Ten (top photo) to Blake's and beyond. Some of these places are used to it. Like, times infinity.
Out’s take on our fair city’s best options for “where to imbibe, get down, and let loose around the world” includes seven spots we all know that we all know very well. See if the mag’s assessment matches your own.
BLAKE'S ON THE PARK: This spot has been a neighborhood institution for decades and remains the hub of Atlanta gayest area, Midtown. Whether it's drag shows or boys in baseball caps, there's usually something for everyone at this watering hole. [View our latest Blake’s photos.]
CHURCH: Officially known as Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, Grant Henry's unusual joint has transformed a corner of Edgewood (an underutilized neighborhood near downtown Atlanta) into a hip destination only a few blocks from the Martin Luther King Historic District. Although a straight-friendly hangout, the gay boys pack the place nightly. [We’ve allegedly been seen there a time or two.]
THE EAGLE: Since 1987, this low-key leather bar has been the hot spot for bears and boys in Atlanta. The men are “woof’-worthy, the cruising hall, sports room and dance floor are always packed at the city’s oldest, long-standing gay bar. [Take a taste of the Eagle.]
HERETIC: After many of the others have come and gone, this remains one of the liveliest (and most scandalous) dance floors in the city—which makes it one of the easiest places to meet someone without having to use an app. [Here’s how they get down.]
MARY'S: Located in hipsterish East Atlanta Village, Mary’s is well known for its karaoke nights and for attracting the cooler crowds. With strong drinks and a mini dance floor, the flirty bar’s theme nights range from outrageous to downright unsavory: Hanky Code Party, XXXMess, Get Stuffed, and the new drag night, Gurlfrandz. [Basically, it’s always a party.]
MY SISTER’S ROOM: Every night is ladies’ night at this legendary lesbian sports bar and grill. Voted by GA Magazine as the best place in the city to meet women, this East Atlanta Village nightclub features hot ladies, hot shows and hot music, with the famed ’The King of Thrones Drag Show’, and Karaoke Crazy Nights every Wednesday. Yep, we go there too]
TEN ATLANTA: A new addition to the scene, Ten Atlanta replaced a beloved hamburger joint downtown, spiffed up the joint with a chic makeover, and now serves up hot beef in food form by day and in go-go boy form by night. [They do Sunday Funday right (top photo) That is, when they’re not playing gay ground zero for the whole city.]