It’s been a long road to becoming gay Atlanta’s favorite dance club. At a time when legendary bars were memories and naysayers said dance bars were dead, Jungle came, saw, conquered and persevered. With a lot of fun in between.
Why? Because dancing queens, honey. Dancing. Queens! And charity events. And drag competitions. And original concept shows. And famous guests. From original owner Brad Williams to today’s day-to-day co-owner Richard Cherskov, Jungle is here with all of those events and more.
The club plans a whole weekend to celebrate its 10-year milestone, and it involves very little clothing. Take your pants off on Saturday for the 10-Year Anniversary Underwear Party. And strip down again for the 10-Year Harness Singlet Party on Sunday. We’ve been here before. You’ll want to prep your package.
The road hasn’t been bump free. But through licensing issues with the city and programming hiccups, from queer activist confrontations to record-book party triumphs, Jungle has been resilient. A massive renovation overhaul in 2012 means the club is keeping up with the times.
To psyche you up for weekend parties, here are just some of our favorite shots and ingredients for success from Jungle’s history book. And cheers to many more.
First and foremost, you’re going to need some guys.
Lots of guys.
And Phoenix fans. Get thee a chameleon house diva. Stat.
And big-name DJs.
And porn stars.
And guest stars.
And this. Lots of this.
Of course our favorites include holidays like New Year’s Eve.
But we also love Jungle signatures like Backstreet Reunions.
And Studio 54 parties.
And hello, Edie Muthafuckin Cheezburger.
Jungle is where she first caught our eye.
And where she was destined to bring The Other Show.
Patrons can’t get enough Stars of the Century Mondays, either.
And you know we love the Big Gay Game Show.
Not to mention politicians and other notables playing PALS Bingo.
We can’t forget the legends.
And oh lord the glo parties bathed in black light.
Speaking of which, one word: Underwear.
OK two words: Sunday Harness.
Fine three words: Mr. Hotlanta Softball.
And yeah. No words.
Photos by Matt Hennie, Sher Pruitt, Laura Baccus, Omar Vega, Randall Carpenter and Eric Huminski.