GLAAD’s Absolut start to the weekend

The allure of a free cocktail meant the most crowded spot in Bazzaar on Friday was near the bar. Check our "Thank GLAAD It's Friday" photos with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.    READ MORE »

Spanish cuisine a draw for Social Tuesdays

The second time was the charm for Social Tuesdays. The weekly social gathering hit Cuerno on Tuesday to taste its flavorful Spanish cuisine and wine again. We got the photos.    READ MORE »

‘Lipstick and Leather Bingo’ a popular draw

imageMaybe it's the recession. Or it could be that people were looking for a fun evening.

Either way, empty chairs were in short supply on Wednesday for "Lipstick and Leather Bingo," the February installment of the monthly fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support. Nearly 200 people attended, helping raise funds for the non-profit that provides pert care and food for the companions of critically-ill and disabled Atlantans.

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Social Tuesdays tastes a little tequila

imageSocial Tuesdays went to Cabbagetown this week for Southwestern eats at Agave.

The popular restaurant, which sits in the historic Cotton Mill general store on Boulevard, has been a mainstay of the area since 2000. The venue set aside a dining room for the evening of cocktails and conversation from organizers Kurt Edwins and Chris Coleman.

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Charis Books pops a cork with supporters

imageOpen the wine bottles and people will come. That was the idea behind "Fine Wines & Feminism" late last month, a fundraiser for Charis Circle.

The non-profit supports programs for Charis Books & More, including writers groups, author events, open mics, film screenings and more. (Check the store's web site for February events.)

On Jan. 30, about 70 supporters of the store -- the South's oldest and largest feminist bookstore -- gathered at Highland Bakery in Inman Park for the wine event. Organizers called it a success, though they are still tallying how much was raised during the evening.

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Social Tuesdays finds gastronomic diversity

imageFrom Madagascan prawns to Mexican octopus and Japanese sushi, Social Tuesdays offered international flair on Tuesday.

The weekly evening of cocktails and conversation moved Feb. 3 to Eros World Tapas Bar, a new venue on Monroe Drive housed in the historic (and circular) Trust Company Bank. The restaurant, with its host of wines and cocktails from around the globe, offers more than 100 tasty options.

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Social Tuesdays goes ‘Bowling for a Cause’

imageSocial Tuesdays went bowling. On a Saturday.

Organizers of the successful weekly dose of cocktails, conversation and connections extended their brand to bowling on Jan. 31. Bowling for a Cause at the upscale Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station drew a festive crowd to raise money for the charity group For the Kid in All of Us.

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Social Tuesdays gets raw on Peachtree

imageSocial Tuesdays ventured up Peachtree Road for its weekly dose of conversation, cocktail and connections on Jan. 27.

The restaurant, which opened last year, offers a fusion of Japanese, French and American cuisine and offers a suave tranquility that's upscale yet affordable. There's also five-star sashimi and sushi.

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‘L Word’ premiere a popular draw for venue

imageFans of Showtime's popular "L Word" packed Wild Mustang last week to sneak a peek of the opening episode of Season 6.

The Jan. 15 event was sponsored by the network and the Human Rights Campaign's Atlanta efforts. Even with the show entering its sixth and final season, "Long Night's Journey Into Day" proved a popular draw for the nightclub just off Cheshire Bridge Road.

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Social Tuesdays gets ‘Silky’ smooth

imageSocial Tuesdays went high-rise this week with an event themed to go hand-in-hand with Inauguration Day festivities across the country.

A vibrant crowd filled Silk, which sits inside the Metropolis in Midtown, for an evening of celebration on Jan. 20. It was, after all, a day focused on installing a new president. The organizers of the weekly social networking group didn't miss a beat, titling the evening an Inauguration Celebration. Networkers took note, with a few sporting Obama memorabilia and T-shirts.

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Local celebs strut with their pups for charity

imageLocal celebrities and their canines strutted their stuff along a runway in the gym of Grady High School on Jan. 16 during Doggies on the Catwalk.

The annual event, which pairs the celebs and their pets with original fashions by the school's Urban Couture students, is a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support. PALS, of course, is the group that started with providing care and support to the pets of HIV-positive people and later expanded its mission to include anyone with a critical illness, the disabled and elderly.

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Follow the yellow brick road to PALS bingo

imagePets Are Loving Support kicked off a new year of its fundraising events on Jan. 14 with Follow the Yellow Brick Road Bingo.

The monthly event, headlined by drag personality Bubba D. Licious and held at Wild Mustang, raises money for the charity, which provides pet care and support to the pets of critically-ill and disabled Atlanta residents. This month, Collier Chiropractic owner Suzanne Rivchun was on hand to deliver a $1,250 donation to the non-profit.

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Social Tuesdays tastes some Asian spice

imageSocial Tuesdays stayed in Midtown this week, heading to Spice Market in the upscale W Atlanta Midtown for its evening of cocktails, conversation and connections.

The restaurant, which includes locales in New York and Istanbul, offers adventurous flavors and Southeast Asian cuisine. The Jan. 13 event was the first time Social Tuesdays took a peek inside.

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Social Tuesdays finds Steel delivers again

imageJust call them Midtown chic.

Social Tuesdays returned to the upscale Steel Restaurant & Lounge on Tuesday, a place the cocktails and conversation group first visited in mid November. The Indochine cuisine and comfortable yet elegant setting proved popular once, so the organizers of the weekly social networking group ventured back this week for their first event of the new year. No matter where you stand in the restaurant and bar, there's always a view of their extensive wine collection.

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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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