Atlanta mulls impact of its ‘boring’ nightlife as hospitality suffers

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.    READ MORE »

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 a little meat downtown

imageThe weather was a little too frightful for a return to the rooftop deck, but Maxim Prime still delivered a fun evening for Social Tuesdays this week.

The group and its weekly offering of cocktails, conversation and connection ventured downtown on Tuesday, a return trip to the steakhouse that hosted them Oct. 14. The plush surroundings of the restaurant inside the Glenn Hotel served as a nice alternative to the rooftop deck that provided the setting in October.

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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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Social group finds Steel in Midtown

imageSocial Tuesdays went condo this week.

The networking and social group returned to a Midtown condo tower for its weekly installment, bringing with it a diverse crowd ready for some eats and drinks. Steel Restaurant & Lounge provided the setting, the contemporary eatery tucked inside Plaza Midtown on West Peachtree.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event. View more photos from the evening on the Social Tuesdays web site.

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Richie Arpino’s new calendar boys

imageGay Atlanta stylist and photographer Richie Arpino unveiled his 2009 Swim Suit Calendar during an event Thursday, offering up 12 months of swimsuit-clad clad hunks.

The launch party for the calendar, Arpino's fifth rendition, took place at Bazzaar on Peachtree Street as a benefit for Breast Friends, a cancer support network. Several of the models featured in the calendar were on hand, including the ones for January, February, March, July and September.

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Popular cafe hosts social group

imageSocial Tuesdays went "tried and true" this week by stopping in at the popular Gilbert's Cafe in Midtown.

The intimate space at the Mediterranean cafe provided an ideal backdrop for the seventh week of the gay and lesbian networking and social evening. Gilbert's has been a Midtown mainstay since 2000. The group moves to a different hot spot each Tuesdays beginning at 7 p.m.

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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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Social Tuesdays tries Midtown Italian

imageSocial Tuesdays tasted a little Italian this week.

The upscale gay mixer moved to Amore Restaurant on West Peachtree Street in Midtown on Tuesday, bringing with it a diverse crowd that enjoyed the space and took full advantage of an expansive wine list and fully stocked bar. In its fourth week, Social Tuesdays brings together a gay and lesbian crowd at a different hot spot for socializing among drinks and even dinner if you bring your appetite.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from Tuesday's event. See additional photos on the Social Tuesday web site.

Social Tuesdays launched on Sept. 30 at the Geisha House in Atlantic Station. On Oct. 7, it hit Tongue & Groove in Lindbergh City Center and on Oct. 14, moved to Maxim Prime at the Glenn Hotel. View photo albums from those events here,here and here.

The event continues Oct. 28, though a location hasn't yet been announced.

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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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Social Tuesdays draws swanky crowd

imageThe boys of Social Tuesdays hit Tongue & Groove in Lindbergh City Center this week for their second event.

The new nightlife event pairs a large group of gay men (and a few lesbians) with an upscale dining spot around town. On Sept. 30, the creation of Chris Coleman and Kurt Edwards premiered at Geisha House in Atlantic Station. On Tuesday, they hit Tongue & Groove. And on Oct. 14, the party moves to Maxim Prime at The Glenn Hotel in Downtown. The events are a little networking, more socializing and much fun. You can spend time with a drink at the bar or take in dinner with friends.

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WETbar ends run this weekend

imageAnother Atlanta gay bar closes its doors this weekend.

WETbar dries out this weekend with a two-night celebration calling an end to the Spring Street venue that opened with a flourish three years ago. To make matters even more interesting, there's now a celebrity buzz with events at the club on Friday.

DJ Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan's newly confirmed girlfriend, spins tonight at WETbar and gay boys everywhere are atwitter that Lohan might make an appearance. WETbar officials have to love that -- the place needs all the buzz it can generate.

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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, OutAtlanta411.com weighed in with a story and Southern Voice capped it off with this item in its Sept. 12 edition:    READ MORE »

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