Attracting a diverse range of gays (think jock, emo, nerdy, and trendy) and non-gays, Mary’s is home to strong mixed drinks, karaoke, theme parties, and personable bartenders — not your typical gay club.
Last year, Logo Online put the shotgun bar as No. 1 on its list of “The 50 Best Gay Bars in America.”
Mary’s, the colorful kitschy East Atlanta watering hole, got the most nods from our contributors. Cator Sparks, the Southern-raised gentleman who contributes to the NY Times and works in fashion PR praised the sassy spot for three reasons: “First, a midget hosts ‘Karaoke Saturdays.’ Second, they have underwear twister nights. And third, the stuffed deer head on the wall sings along to karaoke.” Point well taken. Travel writer Jimmy Im, chimed in: “Mary’s is unpretentious, has a great diverse crowd, and the clientele (and the staff) is a little wacky. Basically, it’s really just always super fun!”
But before the national attention, regulars at the bar have loved it for years thanks to its intimate setting and back deck. Southern Voice readers recently named it their fav for “Best Karaoke” and “Best Neighborhood Pub.”
One of the owners, Mike Dover, summed up the ethos like this for Logo:
“We want to be your crazy neighbors down the street who never give up the opportunity for a theme party. We want to be the place you just go because you know all your friends are going to be there, but that you are still are not quite sure what to expect. We want to be in business forever, but if we aren’t, we want to be the place that people still talk about 20 years later to make the next generation of gay kids jealous.”