Fado's Irish Pub
A good stop for the young professional, Fado's brings the Irish culture into the heart of Atlanta, serving up the best Guinness in town. Also, check out the corned beef sandwich. The pub is also complete with a gift shop specializing in jewelry, candies and beverages imported form Ireland. Address: 3035 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-841-0066 or go to www.fadoirishpub.com for more info.
Located on Highland Avenue, Blind Willie's is a smoky blues club, found in the heart of the Virginia heartland. Get there before the music starts because the room gets smaller as the night goes on and as the true blues lovers come out. Blues fans of all ages attend. Address: 828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta 30307. Call 404-873-2583 for more information.
The Tap Room
Designed in a 1930s art deco look, The Tap Room pleases every taste bud, with over 40 beers and 12 martinis on tap. And the food ain't bad either. Address: 231 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30303. Call 404-577-7860 or go to www.taproom.net for more information.
Transformed from a 1920s residence, the stylish Martini Club now offers 54 different martinis in addition to a full bar. The interior is similar to that of The Tap Room with cushy sofas, warm fireplaces and jazzy tunes, but one step up in enjoyment. Address: 1140 Crescent Ave., Atlanta 30309. Call 404-873-0794 for more information.
Jocks and Jills
Located in many ideal spots within the Atlanta area, this sports bar offers cool memorabilia from decades of sports, also offering shuttles to all Atlanta sporting events. Address: 4046 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30309. Call 404-816-2801 or go to www.jocks-frankies.com for more information.
This sports bar is the new kid on the Buckhead block, but has a buzz sure to please sports or game lovers of all ages. The first floor features a large bar, outdoor deck and restaurant. The restaurant offers a complete manly menu of steaks, seafood, chops and pasta. The real excitement kicks off upstairs in the huge game area with sports-related video games, including a full-size, two-lane bowling area. Address: 3030 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-682-3776 for more information.
Rock Bottom Brewery
If you're out looking for a nice assortment of drinks and women, the Rock Bottom Brewery should draw you like a magnet. Set in the middle of trendy Buckhead, Rock Bottom is where Atlanta's young professionals go to check each other out. Address: 3242 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-264-0253 or go to www.rock-bottom.com for more information.
Stop by this hip bar to relax and listen to jazz while sipping a cool drink. Situated in a 1920s bungalow that has been totally gutted and modernized, it'll make you feel right at home. Address: 45 13th St., Atlanta 30309. Call 404-873-6189 for more information.
This upscale club aims at catering towards the African American professional. Playing mostly hip-hop and rap, Wednesday features reggae night to mix things up. Arrive early, enter with ease; arrive late, and be prepared to wait in line for up to an hour. There's a VIP line in the back, but it costs double. Address: 1068 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Call 404-874-4460 or go to www.kayaclub.com for more info.
A regular hangout for models and actors, Karma is high on cool, but the cover charges and dress codes are a minus. Three-floors to party on, this dance club is in one of the coolest new dance spots in the city, serving up dance, lounge and soul music for your dancing pleasure. The downstairs is a "chill" room with plush couches and mellow music. The second floor is the "underground" floor, house music and a decent light show. The upstairs is similar to the second floor, except the music is more mainstream dance. A decent cigar selection from the upstairs humidor makes Karma a great place to spend the night. Address: 79 Poplar St., Atlanta 30303. Call 404-577-6967 for more information.
A good martini is just the start for this hot spot. Work your way through the house, and you'll find a new theme for each decorated room. Venture downstairs, and the action gets much hotter. The dance floor down below is always hopping, with great DJs playing dance music all night. Another hip spot for the young professionals, the Leopard Lounge will bring out the tiger in everyone. Address: 84 12th St., Atlanta 30309. Call 404-875-7562 or go to www.leopardlounge.com for more information.
Slap on an afro wig, cause disco is back! Bell Bottoms offers a time warp back to the Travolta days, while the DJ spins all your favorite '70s disco hits. Go-go cages, beanbags and lava lamps set the scene as soon as you walk through the door. Bell Bottoms provides a nice break when you're tired of the normal Buckhead scene, so get ready for some boogie nights of your own. Address: 225 Pharr Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-286-1313 for more information.
Salsa vibes and cigar smoke bounce off the Cuban-inspired walls at Buckhead's Havana Club. If you're looking to get away from the younger crowd of club hoppers, this is the place to be. Havana appeals to the 27 to 40 crowd and there is no cover seven days a week. Address: 247 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305. Call 404-869-8484 for more information.
Only open on Fridays and Saturdays, this club is still one of the hotter spots on the strip. Set up like a New Orleans-style saloon, World Bar has a huge balcony overlooking the buzzing streets of Buckhead. Drinks are $3 all night. Add to that a bumping dance floor, tons of beautiful people and even a friendly staff, and you've got a winner any weekend of the year. Address: 3071 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-266-0627 for more information.
Located in Sandy Springs, The Vault is a massive dance club with four rooms, each pumping beats to get down with. Smack in the middle are the remains of The Vault's prior existence -- a huge vault once used by Atlanta's elite to store large amounts of valuables. The eight-foot vault door sets the tone for the club's decor. Red velvet and black steel work together to make the interior both unique and powerful. Music at The Vault can range from '80s replays to cutting-edge electronica. Dress is comfortable, just not too casual. Address: 3259 Roswell Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-239-0202 for more information.
Tin Roof Cantina
Featuring live local music all week long, this is a favorite place for the locals, but they are always welcome to new visitors. With a great Mexican menu, Tin Roof is a great bar to meet new people and drinks. Ask for the "red-headed slut." No, it's not a woman there, but an amazing Hawaiian punch smoothie that is a bar favorite. Address: 309 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-842-0001 for more information.
This bar located on the edge of Buckhead is a laid back nightclub with live music ranging from R&B, funk and jazz. Address: 3180 Roswell Rd., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-365-0447 for more information.
Dante's Down the Hatch
This upscale nightclub plays the best live jazz in the Atlanta area. They also specialize in a unique dining experience, with an enormous wine list, prices ranging from $16.00 to $800.00 a bottle. With philosophies like "employees who give a damn" and "a better mixed drink," you can't go wrong in visiting this place. Address: 3380 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305. Go to www.dantesdownthehatch.com or call 404-266-1600 for more information.
With a casual atmosphere and a casual attitude, CJ's is always packed on the weekends. Located in the lively Buckhead area, the bar features live, local music with a large bar and dance floor large enough to search for digits. Address: 270 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta 30305. Call 404-237-7657 for more information.
The atmosphere at this smoky little bar on the outskirts of Atlanta features live blues music and Cajun dining at its best. Similar to the Tin Roof Cantina, Fuzzy's is a common place for the locals, with music offered every night and no cover charge. Address: 2015 N. Druid Hills Rd., Atlanta 30329. Call 404-321-6166 for more information.
USA Today - Atlanta
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