Category:  Nightlife

Atlanta mulls impact of its ‘boring’ nightlife

imageHere's a news story rife with irony.

The city of Atlanta, mired in a budget deficit and hurting to keep its hospitality industry afloat during a recession, now says its lacks a nightlife attractive enough to keep out-of-town guests coming back. To be completely accurate, it's the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau telling folks that downtown needs an after-hours component.

Kind of ironic, since it was the current City Hall administration, Buckhead business leaders and others -- including a few Midtown residents bordering on homophobic and racist -- that shuttered over the last several years much of what used to be a vibrant and fun nightlife in the city. Now, those actions are coming to haunt them as convention-goers, which help feed the hospitality industry key to Atlanta's economy, are turning to places with better 24/7 options.

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Social Tuesdays goes casual at Lindbergh

imageMix a little wine, some flatbreads and refined casual dining. What you get is another fun evening of cocktails, conversation and connections otherwise known as Social Tuesdays.

The networking group, in its 11th week, stopped at Urban Flats in Lindbergh City Center on Piedmont Avenue for its Dec. 16 gathering. It's the second time Social Tuesdays camped at Lindbergh; the first came Oct. 7 when they hit Tongue & Groove.

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Bucks swap scrums for drag in annual benefit

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club dropped its uniforms for drag on Dec. 6 for a good cause.

The fourth rendition of the Miss Ruck & Maul pageant benefitted the Bucks and Jerusalem House. It was a way for the Bucks to show off their softer side, since the club finished its fall season in late November.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event. View more photos from the event. (Photos courtesy Atlanta Bucks.)

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Social Tuesdays finds perfezione at Dolce

imageIf it's Tuesday night, it must be Social Tuesdays. And the gay and lesbian social group rang in December this week with an evening at Dolce in Atlantic Station.

The Italian restaurant and lounge delivers the flavor of old world Italy with a sophisticated atmosphere and attendees took full advantage of half price menu items just for the occasion. Perfezione.

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Social Tuesdays gets ‘Luckie’ downtown

imageSocial Tuesdays cruised into downtown Atlanta this week and got "Luckie."

That's "Luckie" as in the new Luckie Marietta District remaking a once blighted section of Marietta Street running from the CNN Center into West Midtown. It's now filling with condos, refurbished buildings and nightlife, including Wine Loft.

The upscale wine bar hosted the gay nightlife event on Nov. 25, offering more than 90 wines by the glass and 230 by the bottle. The venue opened recently and offers an upbeat and contemporary atmosphere. Even better when the weather allows is an expansive room that opens onto a large patio overlooking Marietta and the up-and-coming district.

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Finding a little Spain in Midtown

imageDespite the blast of winter that hit early this week, a crowd of gay folks filled the intimate space of Cuerno in Midtown on Tuesday for the latest stop in a new weekly social event.

Social Tuesdays, in its fifth week, tasted a little of Spain with the restaurant and nightspot Cuerno. And in a new twist, the crowd also had the option of moving to "after Social" later in the evening at Beleza, a sister spot next door.

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Jungle reemerges for Saturday nights

imageThere's nothing like a sour economy to spur innovation.

Brad Williams, the owner of the Wild Mustang off Cheshire Bridge Road, is partnering with promoter Chris Coleman (photo) of C2 Productions for a new hybrid Saturday evening. Coleman is also half of the duo behind the popular Social Tuesdays.

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Another bar bites the dust

Speculation floating around the blogosphere lately has been confirmed: WETbar will close by month's end.

Bloggers, including Burda, Burda, Burda!, were questioning the future of the gay bar and dance club last week, weighed in with a story and Southern Voice capped it off with this item in its Sept. 12 edition:    READ MORE »