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2014 FENUXE 50 Winners – The Best Of Atlanta


By D. David Kinney 

Every year FENUXE invites the gay community to vote for the best businesses and organizations in Atlanta. The competition was tough in 2014, however, the votes are in and the results are here! Join us in celebrating the 2014 FENUXE 50 – the Best of Atlanta winners:

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Best Shopping

Lenox Square Mall

With 1.5 million square feet of retail space, Lenox Square Mall is Atlanta’s premier shopping destination. The mall originally opened its doors on August 3, 1959 and looks incredibly different than it does today. Back then it was an open-air shopping center and featured a bowling alley, indoor golf driving range and a grocery store called Colonial Stores. Now you can find world-class upscale retail and anchor department stores including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Zara, Diesel, Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus.

Best Hair Salon

Bubbles Salon

Out with the old and in with a new do at Bubbles Salon in the Ansley II Shopping Center on Monroe Drive. It’s easy to see why Atlanta loves Bubbles with their super convenient online booking and a wide range of services. Your hair is definitely in the care of skilled hands at Bubbles. A men’s haircut is only $20 and getting the grey out only costs $25. Is your stache in need of a trim? You can get a beard and mustache trim for only eight bucks.

Best Dog Groomer

Piedmont Bark

Happy yelps from playing pups at Piedmont Bark explains why it’s a perennial Atlanta favorite. Dogs dig this canine hotspot and the groomers do great work. Your pooch may not find getting groomed to be their favorite outing, but Piedmont Bark goes above and beyond to make sure each pet is cared for and has a good experience. If you’re looking for doggie daycare or boarding (for that Memorial Day weekend trip coming up) they’ve also got you covered.

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Boy Next Door

From the perfect bathing suit for the upcoming pool season to wicked cute graphic tees, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect outfit at Boy Next Door. Plus, they’ve got two convenient locations on Piedmont Avenue and at Ansley Mall. What’s best is that Boy Next Door has been supporting Atlanta’s gay community and keeping us fashionably clothed since 1980. Being named “Best of Atlanta” right before your 35th birthday – that’s one fashionable legacy.

Best Home Furnishings Store

Intaglia

With an unparalleled assortment of beautiful and affordable furniture, Intaglia Home Collection is Atlanta’s favorite spot to shop for new home furnishings. The store’s success stems from its design philosophy that aims to introduce customers to furniture they’ll love. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s effective and has kept customers returning since it opened in 1999. If you need some advice on designing your dream home talk to their incredible designers JoJuana Davis and Bobby Krechnyak.

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Best Event

Atlanta Pride

There’s no other event in Atlanta quite like Atlanta Pride. It’s a week-long celebration of our community and our great city that rivals the best Pride celebrations in the world. Every year the Atlanta Pride Committee continues to up the ante with a bigger and better event. Plus, our annual Pride Parade is one of the oldest in country. This year’s 44th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park will take place on October 11 and 12.

Best TV Show Filmed In Georgia

The Walking Dead

We asked which TV show filmed in Georgia was your favorite and “The Walking Dead” won by a country mile. It wasn’t even a contest because Rick, Carl and the always lovable Walkers blew the other shows out of the water. With this many fans no wonder the show is the undead belle of the TV ratings ball. And what’s not to love? There’s more zombie-killing action than you can shake a stick at and it takes place here in our neck of the woods. We only have one bone to pick with the show. There’s no way we can wait until next season to learn what is going to happen at Terminus!

Best Local TV News Program

11 Alive

The news team at Channel 11 has been serving Atlanta since 1951, but they weren’t always WXIA 11 Alive. In fact, they were originally an ABC affiliate and the name 11 Alive didn’t come about until 1976. Today you’ll find Brenda Wood and DeMarco Morgan anchoring the news desk and keeping Atlantans well-informed. They’ve become increasingly more popular over the past few years while they “hold the powerful accountable.”

Best Gay Character On TV

Cameron Tucker – Modern Family

When three families become one hilarity and heartbreak are sure to follow. “Modern Family” on ABC follows the Pritchett, Dunphy and Tucker families as they navigate life and extended family relations. However, it’s one character, Cameron Tucker, that has Atlantans falling in love and continually laughing week after week. Six different gay TV characters were nominated in this category, but Tucker garnered over 50 percent of the votes even with the crowded field. Keep it up, Cam!

Best Music Festival

Music Midtown

Even with massive amounts of rain during last year’s Music Midtown, the festival proved that great music will keep Atlantans grooving in Piedmont Park no matter what. The two-day festival features a lineup that spans multiple stages and is always a well-organized and extremely fun event. Just don’t delay in getting your tickets because this major music event is always popular. The 2014 headliners haven’t been announced, however, FENUXE will feature all of the details when they’re released.

Best Movie Theatre

Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinemas

Grab a cocktail from the bar and enjoy a flick at this great theatre on Monroe Drive in Atlanta. Midtown Art Cinemas has been bringing the movies to Atlanta since 1987 and they’re still pleasing audiences. It may not be as big as the mega theatres OTP, but don’t let its size fool you. In addition to all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters you can also catch a wide range of indie films on their eight screens. They’ve even got DLP digital projection and sound so your movie experience is crystal clear and pitch perfect.

Best Live Performance

Sing For Your Life

Featuring singers from all over the area, Sing For Your Life continues to wow Atlanta audiences with great music and an engaging live show. Contestants are grouped with show mentors Barry Brandon, JL Rodriguez and Michael Robinson to hone their craft and advance in the competition. Sing For Your Life Season 2 recently wrapped up and singer Christy Clark was named the winner. Look for her story in an upcoming issue of FENUXE Magazine.

Best Gay Chorus

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is a beloved Atlanta institution and has been filling our lives with music for 33 seasons. If you’ve never experienced the joy of an AGMC show mark June 27 and 28 on your calendar. The guys are bringing us the best of Cher in their upcoming show “Cher Determination: You Better Sit Down, Kids!” and you don’t want to miss it. Keep singing, fellas!

Best Theatre

The Fox Theatre

If you love a good show odds are you’re a regular at the Fox Theatre. The former movie palace features a beautiful Moorish design and seats 4,678 Atlantans in its large auditorium.  The building is definitely one of the most interesting in Atlanta and an attraction in itself, but its the great variety of shows at the Fox that keep patrons coming back. In one season you can see everything from Eddie Izzard live onstage to Disney’s “The Lion King.”

Best Weekly Event

The Other Show

After dominating Atlanta’s Dragnique competition two years ago, Edie Cheezbuger expanded her drag artistry with the creation of “The Other Show” at Jungle Atlanta. It’s an avant-garde, highly-conceptual show that has captivated Atlanta and attracted a fiercely loyal fan base. Ms. Cheezburger and the glamorous cast continue to push Atlanta drag higher, and we can’t wait to see what “The Other Show” will have in store for us next.

Best Concert Venue

Tabernacle

The Tabby is a pretty wicked spot for concerts in Atlanta, but did you know it was originally a Baptist Tabernacle church? It didn’t turn into a performance venue until the Olympics came and developers turned it into a House of Blues. Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and John Goodman, performing as The Blues Brothers, were first people to perform in the repurposed Atlanta landmark.

Best Comedy Venue

Laughing Skull Lounge

Some comedy lounges are more about alcohol sales and food than stand-up. If that’s your scene this isn’t your comedy club. Laughing Skull Lounge brings the best stand-up comedians (including Margaret Cho and lots of gay performers) to Midtown for side-splitting hilarious shows. If you can’t get your funny bone tickled here it may have died. Think you could be the next great gay comedian? Try one of their 4 week intense comedy courses that ends with you doing two open mic nights.

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Best Neighborhood Bar

Burkhart’s Pub

This category was a true horse race. Burkhart’s Pub, Blake’s on the Park and TEN Atlanta were neck and neck until the very end. However, it was Burkhart’s Pub who ultimately received the most votes. With friendly bartenders, great food, top-notch drag entertainment, stiff cocktails and a spacious patio, Burkhart’s has everything you could possibly want from your favorite neighborhood bar.

Best Place To Dance

TEN Atlanta

After the votes were tallied it’s clear that Atlanta has several favorite hotspots for dancing the night away. However, it was TEN Atlanta who came out ahead by five percentage points. TEN regularly throws great parties that start up after the restuarants transforms into a nightclub at 10 p.m. Another great thing about TEN Atlanta is their new menu. If you haven’t tried their new dishes you should definitely get a table this weekend. Just dance!

Best Bar Entertainment

Burkhart’s Pub

From the biggest names in drag entertainment to Atlanta’s newest artists, Burkhart’s Pub continues to offer the best bar entertainment in gay Atlanta. Last year we partied with Shangela and only a few weeks ago Raja was thrilling a packed house. That’s in addition to their incredible weekly shows which include the Armorettes, Ruby Redd, Phoenix, Destiny Brooks, Justice Taylor, Monica Van Pelt and Darlene Majewski.

Best Sports Bar

Woofs

Whether you’re cheering on the Bulldogs or Braves, four out of every five FENUXE 50 voters said Woofs is the best place to catch the action. They have plenty of TVs so you can always keep up with the score and lots of great guys to enjoy the game with. You can even get your own match going with a round of billiards if there aren’t any games on.

Best Bar For Bears

Atlanta Eagle

For the past 27 years the Atlanta Eagle has been Georgia’s go to leather, Levi and bear bar. From the Southern Bears’ monthly night to the Atlanta Bear Fest and weekend cubcake nights, the Atlanta Eagle is the place for bears to see and be seen. Don’t miss Jockstrap Sister Twister night with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Best Adult Entertainment

Swinging Richards

Banana hammocks, jockstraps and au naturale, oh my! Lose your inhibitions and marvel at the incredible beefcake on display because Swinging Richards is gay Atlanta’s favorite when it comes to adult entertainment. Get those bills ready cause there is always a gorgeous man on stage who will catch your eye.

Best Overall Value

Burkhart’s Pub

Burkhart’s Pub literally ran away with the crown in this category. They received nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up and it’s easy to see why. There is never a cover charge and they’ve got an entertaining event going on every night. Plus, you can enjoy an entire evening at Burkhart’s Pub with dinner from their tasty menu followed by drinks and a show.

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Best Gym

Urban Body Fitness

If you think all gyms are the same you’ve never experienced Urban Body Fitness in Midtown. From an extensive selection of cardio and strength training equipment to group classes and top-notch personal trainers, Urban Body Fitness has what you need to meet your fitness goals. You can also receive chiropractic care on-site and take advantage of their tanning options.

Best Gay Organization

GLAAD

In this category there were several nominees vying for the top spot with close vote totals. However, it was GLAAD who narrowly edged out AID Atlanta and Lost-N-Found. GLAAD advocates for the LGBT community and works toward building support for equality. They’re also monitor news and entertainment media outlets and respond when they fail to fairly and accurately depict our community. Keep up the great work!

Best Charitable Organization

Lost-N-Found Youth

All of this year’s nominated charities received lots of votes, however, the race came down to Lost-N-Found Youth and AID Atlanta in the end. Both are wonderful organizations, but there can only be one winner. Many Atlantans learn about Lost-N-Found Youth from their incredibly fun and successful “Big Gay Game Show” fundraiser at Jungle Atlanta, however, the organization is beloved by our community for their work behind-the-scenes helping Atlanta’s homeless gay youth.

Best Gay Rights Advocate

Georgia Equality

With gay rights in Georgia taking center stage over the past few months (and hopefully more so in the future) Georgia Equality’s work has become more important than ever. In fact, Georgia Equality was instrumental in preventing recent anti-gay “Religious Freedom” bills from passing in the Georgia House and Senate. They’re our Georgia gay rights advocates and they’re doing a great job. Kudos y’all!

Best Gay & Gay-Friendly Sports League

Hotlanta Softball League

The Atlanta Rainbow Trout gave Hotlanta Softball League a run for its money, however, Hotlanta got the win on the last day with a final spike in votes. The league was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit and for the past 33 summers they’ve welcomed gay and straight players alike to suit up. Besides, who can resist guys in gym shorts and baseball pants?

Best Sports Team

Atlanta Bucks

“The Bucks appreciate the support we receive from our community and are excited to be recognized as best sports team!  We are currently gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year – The Purple Dress Run on May 10. Money raised will benefit Lost-N-Found Youth and help send the Bucks down under to Sydney, Australia to defend our title at the Biennial Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament,” team president Jason Parris tells FENUXE.

Best Neighborhood

Midtown

It came down to only a few votes and Midtown narrowly edged out East Atlanta for the win. Both neighborhoods are beautifully diverse and offer lots of options to work, live and play. However, no other Atlanta neighborhood is as gay as Midtown. It’s got the corner of gay and gayer (Piedmont and 10th Street) where you can get a great meal from one of the tasty dining spots nearby and party the night away. Did we mention Piedmont Park? Midtown has it all.

Best Local Art

Legendary Children Atlanta

The gay Southern artists behind Legendary Children Atlanta are on a mission to promote acceptance of the LGBT community through art. They document and celebrate Atlanta’s young drag entertainers in their artistic works that range from performance art to photography, film, music and writing. The show was originally featured as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography and later ran for two months at Gallery 1526.

Best Medical Clinic

AbsoluteCARE

AbsoluteCARE makes keeping healthy a lot easier with their wide array of medical services. Under one conveniently located roof you’ll find bilingual primary care, a pharmacy, mental health services, its own CLIA certified laboratory, chiropractic care, after-hours urgent care and Board Certified Infectious Disease physicians. “We are a team that is committed to providing the highest level of care to patients and we look forward to working with you,” AbsoluteCARE tells its patients.

Best Dentist

Chip Hill, DDS

You’ve got to keep those pearly whites in good health and dentist Chip Hill is helping Atlanta do that at his Peachtree Street practice. From teeth cleanings to root canals, dentist Chip Hill has the expertise and state-of-the-art technology to keep you comfortable and smiling. If you want to see some examples of his work check out the smile gallery on his website.

Best Vision Care

Ansley Eye Care

Eyesight not what it used to be? It may be time to visit Dr. Reena Gupta and Dr. Blair Lamey at Ansley Eye Care in Midtown. They combine top-of-the-line eye care technology with all of the latest eyewear styles making this Atlanta’s best one stop shop for your eyes. If you’re located near Vinings check out their second location called Atlanta Eye Shop.

Best Pet Supply Store

Pet Supermarket – Ansley Mall

If you live or work in Midtown odds are you’re familiar with Pet Supermarket even if you don’t have a pet. They’re the guys at Ansley Mall who regularly feature pets available for adoption in front of their store. It’s almost impossible to drive through Ansley without seeing their cute snouts. Whether you’re looking for dog food, cat nip, tropical fish or play toys, you’ll find what you need at Pet Supermarket.

Best Gay Dance Group

Hotlanta Squares

Put on your cowboy boots and get to steppin’ cause Hotlanta Squares is Atlanta’s best gay dance group. The group brings Modern Western Square Dance to the LGBT community with classes and fun events throughout the year. Their next event, Dancing at the Hanger, will be at Briscoe Field at the Gwinnett County Airport on April 26 starting at 6 p.m. with a pot luck supper.

Best Veterinary Clinic

Briarcliff Animal Clinic

When your furry best friend needs medical attention you want to go to the best vet. Hands down Briarcliff Animal Clinic ran away in this race and got the overwhelming majority of the votes. For over 50 years their passion for pets, quality of care and affordable prices have earned them a loyal pack of patients. You can visit one of their three locations in Atlanta, Sandy Springs and College Park.

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Best Atlanta Attraction

Georgia Aquarium

Who has the largest aquarium in the world? Atlanta, that’s who! Explore Georgia Aquarium’s exhibits that feature over 100,000 animals in over 10 million gallons of water. If you haven’t experienced the majesty and grace of the peaceful tiger shark floating just feet away from you we suggest heading to the attraction now. Coming in only a few votes behind the Georgia Aquarium was the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We don’t think you can go wrong either way.

Best Day Trip From Atlanta

Helen, GA

Pack the Griswold family into the station wagon and enjoy the best day trip from Atlanta to the charming Bavarian Alps replica town of Helen, Georgia. Stroll down its cobblestone alleys past old-world towers and architecture that will make Atlanta feel thousands of miles away. Don’t miss your chance to see the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls nearby as well. This is a perfect day trip, weekend getaway or fun date option.

Best Gay Outdoor Group

Wilderness Network of Georgia

The Wilderness Network of Georgia is a group of great guys who enjoy taking outdoor trips all over America and sometimes even abroad. Members plan curated adventures based on their interests and other members can sign up for the trips they’d like to join. With over three hundred guys participating there are always lots of different trips going on that range from intense outdoor adventure to something more easy going like outdoor grilling.

Best Car Service

Uber

Uber is providing Atlantans a new way to hire a car, and it’s clear from the FENUXE 50 voting results that the service is well-liked. It received over 80 percent of the votes in its category. And why not? The Uber app is very easy to use and UberX costs less than the dirty old cabs that are sketchy and unreliable. However, unlike traditional taxis Uber charges its customers more during peak demand times.

Best Car Dealership

Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead

Whether you’re looking for a new or used luxury car, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead can help you find your dream car while providing unparalleled customer service. Getting your car serviced? Treat yourself to a fresh sandwich or salad from their Café Benz. You’ve got to try their great coffee! When a dealership starts off by saying your happiness if their guarantee it’s easy to see why Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead was voted the best of Atlanta.

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Best Patio

Joe’s on Juniper

What’s a warm Atlanta day without a few glorious hours with friends on the best patio in Atlanta at Joe’s on Juniper. From Sunday Funday to summer beer busts, Joe’s patio is always packed with gay guys and girls sipping delicious cocktails and noshing on tasty tavern fare. The patio is also dog-friendly so you can bring your sweetie, bestie and fido.

Best Restaurant For A First Date

The Optimist

There’s something special about The Optimist. Yes, the food is absolutely incredible and the staff members are warm and welcoming. But it’s something else. It’s the entire experience. Few restaurants excel at providing a stellar experience from start to finish, but these guys make it look easy. Visit this Howell Mill dining oasis and treat yourself to the seafood that is making other Atlanta restaurants step up their game.

Best Foodie Spot

Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Since 1977 Your Dekalb Farmers Market has been providing high quality food at competitive prices. It’s current building offers 140,000 sq. ft. of items from all over the world including products made fresh on-site. If you haven’t tried their handmade pasta you’re in for a treat. It’s located in Decatur and is certainly worth the drive. If you want to take the bus it’s super easy. Just catch the number 36 and it will take you all of the way there.

Best Cocktail

10th & Piedmont

If you’re looking for the best vodka list in Atlanta look no further. 10th & Piedmont has an impressive variety of vodkas and they work them into superb cocktails every day. If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy this spring on a warm day try the cherry blossom. It’s made with Breckenridge vodka, orchard cherry liqueur, angostura bitters and splashes of cranberry and orange juice.

Best Brunch

Radial Cafe

Is it the yummy homemade ketchup or scrumptious sweet potato hash? Maybe it’s Radial’s commitment to farm-to-table dining and local ingredients. Whatever it is – it is delicious! Everything we’ve tried off the menu has been fantastic and their full bar makes brunch even better. Worried about a long wait on the weekends? You can call ahead and get on the list before you leave home.

Best BBQ

Fox Bros. BBQ

Roll down your car window when you get close to Fox Bros. BBQ and follow the delicious smell of smoked and grilled meat. These brothers know how to work their meat, and their sauce is so good you can find it at stores all over Atlanta. From their super tasty smoked chicken salad sandwich to the tender pulled pork, you can’t go wrong with anything on the Fox Bros. menu.

Best Dog-Friendly Patio

Henry’s Midtown Tavern

Henry’s goes all out in making you and your dog feel welcome on their big patio. The restaurant is even named after the owner’s dog. Your furry friend will get their own water bowl and servers even walk around with treats saying hello. Add that to their delicious menu and refreshing cocktails and it’s easy to see why Henry’s Midtown Tavern is Atlanta’s favorite dog-friendly patio.

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Hotties, Hunks & Head Turners


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Here’s a collection of the hotties, hunks, and head turners we spotted during Atlanta Pride this year. Whether you like muscles, twinks, jocks, bears or gals there is a little something for everyone. Want to add your picture to the list? Email your photo to [email protected]:

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Out Photos: Taylor Dayne and Bonnie McKee At Atlanta Pride


By D. David Kinney

A large crowd danced and set up tents in the Piedmont Park Meadow for Bonnie McKee and Taylor Dayne’s performances during Atlanta Pride on Saturday night. Here are some photos we snapped of the fun:
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Out Photos: Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony


By D. David Kinney

Gay couples invited their family and friends to witness their union at the Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony on Saturday morning. Everyone in the room could feel the positive energy and it was an hour of cheerful tears. Enjoy our pictures from the event:

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Out Photos: TAB Pride After-Hours Party


By D. David Kinney

A new party hit Atlanta Pride on Friday night at the Tabernacle after the Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party wrapped up at the Georgia Aquarium. It was called TAB and there were tons of gay guys and gals checking it out and grooving to the great music. There were also performances by drag performers from RuPaul’s Logo TV shows and sexy gogo boys who kicked the party into high gear. Check out these pictures from the event:

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Out Photos: Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party


By D. David Kinney

The fifth annual Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party was a smashing success this year. There’s a reason this event always sells out in advance–it’s that awesome! Gay Atlantans and all of the wonderful visitors joining us this weekend packed out the Georgia Aquarium for a Pride party like no other. Where else can you sip a delicious “Honey Lemonade” or a “Georgia Peach” with a giant whale shark gracefully floating by?

This year the Atlanta Pride organizers really stepped things up and added some wonderful new details to the event. There was a performance artist channeling her inner sea creature in the Oceans Ballroom and wicked cute guys doing gravity defying tricks using two trampolines. Hot guys on trampolines? Thank you Atlanta Pride!

Here are some pictures we snapped during the party. Enjoy!

 

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Atlanta Pride 2013 FENUXE Guide


By D. David Kinney

Atlanta is gay and we really like it that way! We’re the capital of gay life in the south and our LGBT community is strong and diverse. From politicians to drag performers and business leaders to nonprofit heroes, our community is what makes Atlanta a great place to live.

After several marriage equality triumphs this year our community is eager to celebrate pride and we’re looking toward to the future when everyone has equal rights here in Georgia.

If you’re visiting us from out of town everyone here at FENUXE Magazine would like to personally welcome you to Atlanta! To our wonderful neighbors, friends, and family here in the area: Thanks for continually inspiring us to do what we do every day!

Our Atlanta Pride guide is a concise, cohesive guide to everything you want to know about Atlanta and the Pride festivities. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for we’ve color coded our content with the original eight colors of the gay pride flag. Did you know the rainbow flag is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year? Whether your Pride celebration starts at Hartsfield- Jackson international Airport, braving the traffic on the interstate, or simply rolling out of bed and walking across the street—we wish you a happy pride 2013.

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Saturday October 12, 2013:
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Assemble your best Gaga-themed outfit and chill out with Lady Gaga inspired yoga in the Piedmont Park Athletic Fields from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Master yoga positions like downward facing Monsters and get in touch with your inner ARTPOP diva before checking out the festival.

Car and Motorcycle Show:
Queers and gears collide at the annual Atlanta Pride Car and Motorcycle Show starting at 10:45 a.m in Piedmont Park. The cars will be between the 12th Street and 14th Street park gates. The show goes until 4 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony:
Ready to tie the knot? Georgia may not have gay marriage yet, but that doesn’t mean that you and your partner can’t pledge your love for each other before friends and family. Atlanta Pride has arranged a non-denominational commitment ceremony at the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Couples must register in advance online.

Atlanta Pride Trans March:
This year’s annual Trans March starts at 1:45 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Visitor’s Center near the 12th Street park gate. The march celebrates the trans community and includes trans people and trans allies.

Campus Pride LGBT College Fair:
PNC Bank presents this year’s Campus Pride LGBT College Fair at the Atlanta Pride Festival. Campus Pride is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for student leaders and on-campus groups promoting LGBT safety at college. The college fair will start at 2 p.m. near the Greystone Pool House and ends at 5 p.m.

Military Veterans Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony:
OutServe, American Veterans for Equal Rights, the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Military Partners and Families Coalition, POZ VETS USA, and the Atlanta Freedom Bands are joining forces for this year’s Military Veterans Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony. Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan and active duty military personnel will retire the flag that flies over the Veterans Marker, place a ceremonial wreath, and play taps starting at 5 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Dyke March:
This year’s annual Dyke March starts at 6 p.m. at the Charles Allen gate at Piedmont Park. Festival organizers say, “the march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith, or age.” If you want to join the parade you don’t have to sign up. Just show up at 5:30 p.m. and be ready to go.

Color Our World Concert:
The Atlanta Freedom Bands has assembled over 32 different LGBT bands (that’s more than 200 musicians) at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech for “Color Our World: Life, Spirit, & Magic!” Tonight’s music was inspired by the colors on the rainbow flag, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Official Atlanta Pride Brunch:
Watch the Atlanta Pride Parade with the Atlanta Human Rights Campaign and enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys, and tasty brunch items from Empire State South. The Pride Brunch starts at 11:30 a.m., but food and beverage service doesn’t start until 12:30 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Parade:
Watch Atlanta’s largest parade march down Peachtree this year starting at the intersection with Ralph McGill Boulevard. The parade continues until it hits 10th Street, which it follows until Charles Allen Drive NE. Get there early for a good viewing spot because tens of thousands of people line the streets to celebrate and cheer on the parade.

Starlight Cabaret:
Every year the biggest names in Atlanta drag put on a show like no other to signal the end of Pride. This year the two hour show starts at 7 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Stage and it promises to be a set of showstopping performances.

Parties

OFFICIAL PRIDE PARTIES:
Friday October 11, 2013:
Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party:
Join the wonderful sea creatures at The Georgia Aquarium and 4,000 of your closest gay friends for this epic party. Atlanta’s DJ Vicki Powell will be spinning in the main room and DJ Chris Griswold will be spinning in the VIP Lounge. Don’t forget to hit up the ATM before you arrive because the bars are cash-only!

Atlanta Pride Kick-off After Party:
The party moves to Jungle Atlanta after the event at The Georgia Aquarium wraps up. Check out Jungle’s large dance floor with that cute guy you met at the aquarium and enjoy the beats of DJ Ed Bailey. You can also catch a special edition of “The Other Show” with Edie Cheezburger at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday October 12, 2013:
Pre-Trans March Social and Sign-Making Party:
Trans people and their allies are meeting in Piedmont Park near the VIP hospitality tent to make signs and sashes to use during the Trans March.

Pre-dyke March Social and Sign-Making Party:
Atlanta’s LGBT women are meeting in Piedmont Park near the VIP hospitality tent this afternoon to make signs for the Dyke March.

Queer Your Gender Dance Party:
If Atlanta’s new dance party TomorrowWorld got you in the mood for more dance music, don’t miss Atlanta Pride’s dance party Saturday evening with DJ Ree de la Vega.

Atlanta Pride Women’s Party: Crush:
Whitney Mixter and Sara Bettencourt from “The Real L world” are hosting Atlanta Pride’s Crush party this year with DJ Liz Owen and DJ Tina V. Don’t miss Halcyon’s special performance at 9 p.m.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party:
Jungle Atlanta is bringing in DJ Alyson Calagna from Denver for the Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party this year. Getting the party started with be Atlanta’s DJ Corey David who will be spinning all of your favorite dance music and current hits.

UNOFFICIAL PRIDE PARTIES:
Friday October 11, 2013:
RuPride Weekend With The Fab Five:
Burkhart’s Pub is going all out for pride this year and they’re bringing in your favorite drag divas from RuPaul’s popular Logo reality TV shows. Tonight you can see Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Morgan, Phoenix, Angelica D’Paige, Gia Sunflowers, and Regina Ryan.

Ladies’ Night Upstairs:
Blake’s on the Park is celebrating the first night of pride weekend with a ladies’ night upstairs. They’re celebrating in style with guest DJ Liz Owen and Blake’s legendarily strong cocktails.

DJ Tony Moran with Phoenix:
Feel the bass in your bones and twerk it to the beat as DJ Tony Moran mixes hard-hitting tribal dance music with the latest EDM sounds.

Tab Pride After-Hours Party:
Join Jujubee, Chad Michaels, Mariah Balenciaga, and Nina Flowers (who will be spinning in the DJ booth) from RuPaul’s Drag Race for this exciting new Pride after-hours party at the Tabernacle. Admission also includes access to the Sky View Ferris wheel next door.

Saturday October 12, 2013:
RuPride Weekend EXTRAVAGANZA:
Burkhart’s continues its RuPride celebration tonight with Mariah Balenciaga and Nicole Paige Brooks performing with the fabulous cast of EXTRAVAGANZA.

Tommy Defendi Meet and Greet:
The guys at TEN Atlanta are having a special meet and greet with adult film star Tommy Defendi during their pride celebration on Saturday night.

DJ Shane Stiel:
Heretic is flying in DJ Shane Stiel from the “Haus of Stiel” for Saturday’s pride party. Stiel recently won the “Best Up and Coming DJ” award at the Just Circuit Awards.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Pride Sunday Party:
The crew at Blake’s are wrapping up Atlanta Pride weekend with a party featuring guest DJs, shot boys, and their signature strong drinks. The party goes until 2:30 a.m. so you take your pride celebration into the wee hours of Monday morning.

Bear Invasion:
Tonight’s party at the Heretic is an full-scale bear invasion that raises money to help the Atlanta Bucks travel to Australia this year for a competition. Groove to beats from Boston’s DJ Bryan Reyes and local DJ Sean Mac.

DJs All day and All Night:
Starting at 10 a.m. TEN Atlanta will have DJs spinning all day and all night while Atlanta celebrates the final day of pride. Stop by after the parade for a refreshing cocktail.

Lock Down Party:
Atlanta Eagle is having a lock down party to celebrate the end of pride this year starting at 7 p.m. The Atlanta Eagle was recently named the “Best Bar For Bears” and the “Best Bar To Sport Your Leather Gear” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

RuPride Weekend Starlight After-Show:
Join Shavonna B. Brooks, host of the EXTRAVAGANZA Show, as she celebrates her birthday and the end of pride during the last night of Burkhart’s RuPride Weekend.

Atlanta Pride Map

Places
1 – Amsterdam:
This huge gay video bar has it all: an awesome space to dance, a spacious patio, and a beautiful skyline view. This is an excellent spot to party the night away and its conveniently located next to Piedmont Park.

2 – Atlanta Eagle:
If you can’t have fun at the Atlanta Eagle, then you don’t know how to have fun. Jocks, bears, twinks, leather daddies, and everything in between mix and mingle at this popular gay club on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Atlanta Eagle was recently voted the “Best Bar For Bears” and the “Best Bar To Sport Your Leather Gear” in this year’s FENUXE Best of Atlanta.

3 – Heretic:
The Heretic has it all—it’s a leather bar, it that attracts friendly guys, and it has an area the locals call the “Hall of Hands.” Awesome! Don’t miss their sexy selection of touring DJs and the even sexier guys on the dance floor. Sound like heresy? Exactly.

4 – Jungle:
Miss raves? Don’t. Jungle’s huge dance floor and notoriety for high energy DJs keep Atlanta’s gay community dancing into the night. You can also get delicious food from their new state-of-the-art kitchen as well.

5 – Mixx:
An upscale, intimate, nonsmoking bar and video lounge, Mixx is a fun place for drinks during pride weekend with great parties at night too. The guys are always friendly and the drinks are always strong.

6 – Blake’s on the Park:
This is probably the best-known gay bar in Atlanta. With its convenient location across from Piedmont Park, at the corner of Gay and Gayer, Blake’s is always a popular nightlife spot during Pride.

7 – 10th & Piedmont:
Located on Atlanta’s gayest intersection this is a restaurant and bar that is great for groups. Their menu is perfect for sharing and their vodka list is quite impressive. The decor inside is beautiful and the guys and gals are too. 10th & Piedmont was recently named “Best Place To See And Be Seen” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

8 – TEN Atlanta:
TEN Atlanta is a restaurant during the day and after 10 p.m. it turns into an Atlanta gay nightlife hot spot. The crowd is usually in their late 20s through 30s and there is a friendly and welcoming vibe.

9 – Burkhart’s Pub:
It’s like Cheers for gays. You’ll see everyone and anyone at Burkhart’s Pub. In addition to a great crowd they’ve also got billiards, a beautiful outdoor space, and lots of intimate spaces for conversation. Burkhart’s is also known for their epic drag shows.

10 – Gilbert’s:
The folks at Gilbert’s wear many hats: A Mediterranean restaurant, a lounge, a karaoke bar, and a wine bar. Suffice it to say, they’re eager to please and now that their sister restaurant and bar, 10th & Piedmont, is open next door the fun times just keep coming.

11 – Mary’s:
Mary’s has a large group of die-hard fans and it is easy to see why. They host incredibly fun themed parties, karaoke nights, and special events that resonate with the hipster EAV crowd. If you’re trying to get into an indie-gay, go here.

12 – My Sister’s Room:
My Sister’s Room is an awesome lesbian bar in the heart of East Atlanta. If you’re visiting for Pride and you haven’t checked out My Sister’s Room… what are you waiting for? It’s a great night of fun—guaranteed.

13 – Oscar’s:
Our local gay martini bar, Oscars has a fun crowd, sociable bartenders, and all the videos and musical clips your heart desires.

14 – Sister Louisa’s Church:
A chill crowd of “parishioners,” free ping pong, kitschy décor, and an art selection that heretics, sinners, and hipsters alike can enjoy—Sister Louisa’s has it all. Tell your grandmaw that you’re going to Church and you met the man of your dreams over a delightfully sinful cocktail.

15 – Felix’s:
With a crowd of regular karaoke enthusiasts that will blow your mind, this intimate neighborhood bar is a great place to check out if you’ve got a song in your heart.

16 – Cockpit:
With dim red lighting and delicious cocktails this bar is a fun experience that sits just outside of Midtown. The vibe is relaxed and there is a welcoming feeling throughout the bar.

17 – Woofs:
Atlanta’s first gay sports bar, this is the place to go to if “butch,” “football,” and “woof” are part of your daily vocabulary. The guys at Woofs are super chill and always friendly.

18 – Bulldogs:
Bulldogs is the oldest gay bar in Atlanta. It first opened in 1978 and it’s still going strong. With its convenient location on Peachtree, just a few blocks away from Piedmont Park and popular area restaurants, Bulldogs is always a great choice.

19 – LeBuzz:
Want to go out in Marietta? LeBuzz has got you covered! With drag kings and queens LeBuzz proves that great gay nightlife can be found all over metro Atlanta.

20 – Model-T:
Reasonable prices, a chill crowd, and poker—this cozy gay bar has only one purpose: To have a good time. Join the fun group at Model-T for a great Pride weekend.

21 – Friend’s on Ponce:
With the coldest beer in town and hits from Madonna and Cher in the jukebox, this is a great bar to check out during pride. It’s location on Ponce de Leon Avenue makes it easy to get to no matter where you’re at in Atlanta.

22 – The Hideaway:
The Hideaway was recently remodeled and it looks fabulous. The guys are great, the drinks are strong, and you can count on having a great time here. Make sure to check it out over Pride weekend!

23 – OPUS 1:
Located in the same building as Bliss this is a great bar to check out whether you’re visiting from out of town or if you’re a native Atlantan.

24 – Traxx Atlanta:
Known for their signature parties this is one spot that you don’t want to miss.

25 – Swinging Richard’s:
There’s no shortage of hot shooter boys and buff bodies abound here. There’s a reason its called Swinging Richards and these guy’s have a lot to swing hiding in their baskets. Check out the VIP rooms for a more intimate experience with your favorite dancer. (All Nude)

26 – Bliss:
Looking for that boy-next-door type? A true “pole dancer?” Check out this “blissful” strip club. With great performances, “shower shows,” and hot guys, Bliss has an excellent selection vices for your indulgent pleasure. (All Nude)

27 – BJ Roosters:
Go-Go dancers, pool tables, and fun bartenders make the environment fun and lively at this Atlanta bar. Private dances encouraged. (Semi-nude)

28 – Flex:
Literally right off of the interstate, Flex is the only bathhouse of its kind in Atlanta. It features a sundeck, pool, sauna, various rooms, and lots of additional services and features. Looking to do some cardio? Flex your might, right here…

29 – Manifest 4 U:
Looking for an upscale spot to take that hunk or twink you met at Jungle, but can’t wait to get back to your hotel or home? Luckily Manifest is right next door and its in a league of its own. Check out their various spaces in the labyrinth of rooms and theater—as well as a wicked hot sling. Condoms and lube available throughout.

30 – The Den:
The Den is a private club for men of color and their admirers who want to participate in the swinger lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a raucous good time or just want to make news friends, you’ll find it here.

31 – Eros:
Check out eros’ private booths and blackout rooms for a ‘physical’ experience in the heart of Atlanta.

Transportation

MARTA:
MARTA can’t get you everywhere you want to go, but it can be super convenient for getting to Atlanta Pride. If you live near or are staying at a hotel near a MARTA station it is highly recommended that you use MARTA to get to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Pride festival. It’s also affordable, reliable, and it beats dealing with the hassle of finding a parking space.

From the airport, follow the MARTA signs to the MARTA station (it’s near baggage claim). Buy a Breeze Card and for a meager $2.50, you’ll be on your way to Pride. Take MARTA until you get to the Midtown Station and then… welcome to Pride!

ZipCar:
You’ve probably already heard of ZipCar, but did you know they’ve massively expanded the amount of cars and locations they have available in Atlanta? This innovative car-sharing system is much easier than renting a car and odds are there is a ZipCar already near you. Apply online at zipcar.com. If your driving history is clear you’ll get your own ZipCard that unlocks ZipCars all over the city. The car can’t be started without the card. The great thing about ZipCar is that you can reserve a car minutes or months in advance. Additionally, you can search for cars by neighborhood, price, time, or model. When you’re finished, drop the car off at a reserved location and lock it up with your card. The details of your trip will be available to you online.

Uber:
Are you and your friends looking for a nice town car or SUV to get you around town during Atlanta Pride? Don’t forget to check out the Uber app. It’s available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. It’s a little more expensive than a cab, but the experience is worlds better than a taxi. If you want a more affordable option check out Uber. It’s about the same price as a traditional taxi, but instead of a town car or SUV you’ll probably be riding around in a Volvo sedan.

Atlanta Checker Cab:
There’s a reason locals have used these guys faithfully since 1947. Atlanta Checker Cab is reliable, highly-recognizable, and has cabs all over the city. It also has security cameras, handicap accessible vans, and a fleet that includes alternative fuel vehicles. There are scores of other cab companies in Atlanta, but you know you can count on Atlanta Checker Cab.

Safe Ride:
Drinking and driving is never okay. If you’ve had a few too many, and both you and your car need a ride home, check out Safe Ride. No longer do you have to catch a cab and leave your car at the bar all night. Safe Ride will arrange for a designated driver to chauffeur you back home. You can call Safe Ride anytime between 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Taxi Magic App:
Need a taxi? Of course there is an app for that. With Taxi Magic, a free app available in iTunes App Store and on Google Play, you can hail a cab directly from your smartphone. The app uses your phone’s location to find a nearby taxi and direct them to you. Want to schedule a taxi for tonight before you go out? The app will conveniently let you do that as well. Register your credit card with their system and you don’t even have to worry whether the taxi accepts credit cards or not.

A Word About Atlanta Traffic:
Atlanta traffic can be gnarly. It’s best to avoid the major roads in the morning from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and during the late afternoon from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Parking Advice:
Don’t count on parking close to Piedmont Park—you were warned! With that said, the sAGE parking deck, located next to Piedmont Park, has some parking spaces available. Just make sure you arrive early!

Additionally, a decently-sized daily rate parking lot is across the street from the loews Hotel near Joe’s on Juniper (1049 Juniper St. NE), but it fills up fast.

If you’re really lucky, you can score a sweet parking spot on one of Midtown’s side streets. try 11th, 12th, and 13th streets between Piedmont Avenue and Juniper street. But be careful where you park because parking enforcement can be strict.

Eats
MIDTOWN RESTAURANTS:
Two Urban Licks:
Two Urban Licks is among the most delicious and unique restaurants in the city featuring wood-fired meats, delicate smoked fish, and a diverse menu of fiery American cooking. This Atlanta favorite is known for their smoked salmon chips appetizer that comes from their giant glass smoker in the middle of the restaurant. Pair the salmon chips with a delicious cocktail while you enjoy the breathtaking skyline from their patio.

Einstein’s:
This jewel is a Midtown Atlanta staple and combines a popular outdoor patio with a sophisticated bar and interior space. Einstein’s features a unique menu of Southern comfort classics with creative twists that will satisfy any appetite. Brunch at Einstein’s patio is popular year round, but its location near Piedmont Park makes it a great choice during Pride.

Loca Luna:
This vibrant tapas restaurant has Latin flavor, live music, and delicious cocktails. Be sure to try their classic mojito — rum never tasted so good.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge:
Looking for brilliant bento boxes, ultra-fresh sashimi, and sizzling stir-fry? Try Steel: A great indochine restaurant just blocks from Piedmont Park. It features an impressive menu and beautiful contemporary Asian decor. Steel also won “Best Sushi” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

Campagnolo:
This Italian eatery and wine bar has a classic Italian ambiance and great food. Their patio is also situated right on the corner of Gay and Gayer (aka Piedmont and 10th). Shall we suggest outdoor seating? Also, check out their brunch!

Escorpion:
This is absolutely the type of restaurant where you’d expect to see the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World” beer guy telling tales of his adventures. With tasty Mexican fusion, great tequila slingers, and a wraparound patio, Escorpion is an excellent choice day or night.

One Midtown Kitchen:
A hidden gem, this gourmet restaurant is practically inside Piedmont Park. It has an incredible ambiance, delicious food, and fantastic service. One Midtown Kitchen is undisputedly one of Midtown’s best restaurants.

MetroFresh:
An urban oasis with affordable organic bites, it is situated right across the street from Piedmont Park. Their menu changes regularly so there’s always a new treat to try.

Joe’s on Juniper:
Welcome to a classic American (gay) pub with a packed patio and bar that offers tasty tavern fare. Their large outdoor patio with ample seating makes this a great choice for drinks and food before or after checking out the Atlanta Pride festival in the park. Their patio is also dog-friendly!

Zocalo:
This open-air Mexican joint has been a part of the Atlanta gay scene for quite some time. With great crowds and exotic tequilas, who wouldn’t want to drop in for a margarita and fajitas? If you’re planning on going out after dinner this is a great choice because several great gay bars are nearby.

Gilbert’s:
Although they offer Mediterranean fare and scrumptious brunch choices, this Midtown spot is best known for its rocking bar and karaoke. It’s also connected to 10th and Piedmont next door.

10th & Piedmont:
Got a group that wants to get drinks and tasty food? Don’t miss 10th & Piedmont’s menu that features great cocktails and dishes that are perfect for sharing. The decor inside is beautiful and the guys and gals are too. 10th & Piedmont was recently named “Best Place To See And Be Seen” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

TEN Atlanta:
TEN Atlanta offers tasty contemporary Asian food and cocktails by day and at night (after 10 p.m.) it turns into one of gay Atlanta’s popular nightlife spots. Don’t forget to take advantage of their convenient valet parking.

Après Diem:
A popular ‘first date’ space, Après Diem is a European style café with outstanding pastries, a great wine selection, and excellent nibbles. It’s also just a couple blocks away from the park making this a great place to take that nice guy you just met. They also offer a great brunch for the morning after!

HOBNOB:
Like good food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere? Then check out HobNob. This tavern features delicious and creamy shakes, tasty bites, and a fun brunch. If you’re visiting from out of town and want to try a real Southern treat order the chipotle cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes. Yum.

The Fifth Ivory:
Located in a cleverly renovated Victorian house this charming restaurant is nestled in the heart of Midtown. It’s a truly lovely spot that offers Southern cuisine, live piano entertainment, and a relaxing environment to enjoy a martini or brunch.

Eats:
An authentic Atlanta mainstay, this eatery is affordable and lip-smackingly good. Be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite.

Henry’s Midtown Tavern:
Henry’s is one of Midtown’s newest additions. With its great selection of shareable appetizers, delectable entrees, and scrumptuous desserts along with great signature drinks (may we recommend the kicking Henry’s margarita) this spot has quickly become a local favorite. Add to that the spacious wooden deck and you have nothing short of a prime location with front row seats for this years’ parade.

F.R.O.G.S. Cantina:
Tex Mex. Tacos. Friends. Margaritas. What else do you want? Oh, and it’s located right across the street from the Piedmont Park. Drop in, hang out, sip on a drink, and enjoy the fun atmosphere at F.R.O.G.S Cantina after you leave the Atlanta Pride Festival.

EAST ATLANTA:
The Earl:
A fun alternative pub in the EAV (East Atlanta Village) with a great black bean burger, sweet potato fries, and boiled peanuts with beer.

The Glenwood:
This is a great gastro-pub in the EAV that is sure to please with tasty food, extensive beer and wine lists, games, TVs and more.

The Graveyard:
This incredible bar in East Atlanta has it all—from lobster & shrimp queso to buffalo wings. Take a moment and try some of their great food and wash it down with a thirst-quenching cocktail.

BUCKHEAD:
Bistro Niko:
Parisian excellence at its best. This modern French restaurant is simple, delicious, and romantic. It’s a bit pricey though.

Lips Atlanta:
Lip’s Atlanta recently celebrated its grand opening just in time for Atlanta Pride this year. The food is really tasty and the drag performances are fantastic! You haven’t made a reservation for you and your group yet? Stop what you’re doing and call because this is going to be a jumping joint during Pride this year.

LITTLE 5 POINTS:
The Vortex:
This raw, slightly crude, and crazy fun bar is nothing but delicious, greasy fun. As noted on their menu, if you’re a b**ch they’ll kick you out. And they aren’t playing around either. They’re just as serious about their chill vibes as they are with their great burgers. The Vortex’s awesomely tatted staff and strong drinks make this a wonderfully unique Atlanta restaurant.

CABBAGETOWN:
Agave:
This eclectic Southwestern eatery and tequila bar is a favorite in Atlanta. Agave’s delicious food, incredible staff, and amazing tequila selection will blow you away. If you’re visiting from out of town this would be a great time to use Uber or catch a taxi.

Serpas:
Handcrafted, delicious cuisine is the star at this trendy restaurant with a loft-inspired interior. They feature an excellent selection of diverse foods from the original chef of Two Urban Licks. Be sure to check out this great spot if you have a hankering for some unique food.

MARIETTA:
Shillings on the Square:
This historic building with hardwood, a great grill, and stained glass is a classy spot to have a bite and a pint.

Vatica:
Indian cuisine with vegetarian options that truly satisfy. Check out this authentic restaurant on your way to LeBuzz!

Lodging
The Artmore Hotel – $129
Spanish Mediterranean-inspired architecture dominates the feel of this gorgeous Midtown hotel. The Artmore’s location in the middle of our city’s Cultural Arts District, complete with a cocktail bar and lounge, makes for a unique place to relax and recharge before hitting one of Atlanta’s great nightlife spots.

W Atlanta Midtown – $265
Decked out with a full gym, an outdoor pool, and Spice Market (a Southeast Asian themed restaurant and cocktail bar), W Atlanta Midtown is a luxurious way to pretty much guarantee you’ll seal the deal with that gym bunny you met during Atlanta Pride.

Loews Hotel – $199
Multiple on-site dining spots, live music, and a 24-hour concierge are a few of the amenities that make Loew’s a highly desirable venue for Atlanta Pride weekend. Their luxurious spa includes a wide range of amenities and services like facials and acupuncture. A spa break during Pride can provide the recharge you’ll need to keep going all weekend. But their award-winning yoga and spin classes aren’t the only thing guaranteed to make you sweat. The Loews’ spacious rooms and floor to- ceiling windows create the perfect mood for an after Pride roll in the hay.

Meliã – $119
Convenient to MARTA and straddling Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, Meliã’s suites provide gasp-worthy views of the Atlanta skyline. Plus, our city’s finest eateries are just a stone’s throw away in case you work up a fierce appetite.

Stonehurts Place Bed & Breakfast – $159
Appeal to your inner Downton Abbey self at this elegant bed & breakfast with suites that could’ve been plucked from a movie set. If you’re looking to woo the pressed Dolce trousers off that dapper gentleman you met this weekend this is the bed & breakfast for you.

WHERE TO BOARD YOUR BARK:
Piedmont Bark:
Let Fido go crazy while you’re away at this canine heaven on earth. An indoor park where dogs can happily romp for hours on end provides the perfect guilt dissolver for puppy parents wanting to party. The wonderful staff at Piedmont Bark are committed to giving your pet love and attention while you’re away. The daily agenda includes naps, feeding time, water, potty breaks, and play time.

Airport Park’N Bark:
Are you and your pet flying into Atlanta for Pride this year? Rover’s jet-lagged, isn’t he? Not to worry: Park’N Bark’s got his back. Located just minutes from the airport you can make sure your little guy is safe without driving all over the city. Dealing with the baggage under your eyes after four cocktails on your three hour flight? Completely different story.

The Pet Set:
Atlanta’s jet set take their pups to The Pet Set for fun play dates and award-winning pet grooming. They’ll have your tail wagging pal washed, groomed, and styled to the hilt just in time for Pride. Additionally, they’re located near several restaurants and boutiques allowing you to get some shopping done while your furry BFF gets the royal treatment.

Alternative Attractions
Stone Mountain:
Also known as “Our Granite Mother,” Stone Mountain is best known for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, which is the largest in the world. The carving on Stone Mountain depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America and is perfectly framed by the park that surrounds this huge granite dome. $22/person.

CNN Center:
Ever wonder what it’s like inside a busy media outlet? Just come by the FENUXE offices… Or you could tour the CNN Center. With studio, VIP, and special tours, there is always something to see at the world headquarters of the Cable News Network. $35/person.

Fox Theatre:
Nationally recognized for its fantastic shows and breathtaking interior, the Fox Theatre is among the most notable attractions in the city. If you’re looking for a show during Pride, check out the Hunter Hayes’ concert on Thursday the 17th.

World of Coca-Cola Atlanta:
One of Atlanta’s top attractions and newly redesigned, the World of Coke is a fun place to learn about all the flavors and the history of Coca-Cola. Word to the wise: Bring a flask of rum to spike your unlimited mixers… $16/person.

Six Flags:
This 100-acre park has awesome rides, great shows, and mainstream attractions. If you’re looking for a ride that doesn’t have a pulse, try visiting Six Flags. From $36.99/person.

Southeastern Railway Museum:
The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth has more than 90 iron-wheeled locomotive antiquities including historic Pullman cars and classic steam trains. Expand your railway horizons with a ride in a restored train car. Peruse the business car that brought the Olympics to Atlanta and kick it on the rail car that bused President Warren G. Harding around.

Georgia Aquarium:
Atlanta Pride has its Official Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium on October 11th, but check it out during the day for a completely different experience. Don’t miss their new dolphin show or the aquarium’s massive main tank with unbelievably large sea creatures.

 

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Local Organizations Prepare For Pride


By D. David Kinney

Atlanta Pride is this weekend and our local gay groups and organizations are busy planning to make this the best Pride yet. So, what is your favorite organization planning for Pride? We asked and we’ve got the answers below. Some groups are still formulating their plans and we’ll update this post with the information as it becomes available.

CHRIS Kids:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is a wonderful celebration of diversity, acceptance and inclusion. It is a time to step forward, claim our place and celebrate acceptance. At CHRIS Kids, our mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community…We believe that it is through love, acceptance and mutual respect that we can build and unite our community.

Where can we find you and CHRIS Kids this weekend?
The CHRIS Kids Booth is located in Green Zone – G35. Our parade float is in Row D. You won’t want to miss our fabulous float and booth. They were created in partnership with Ernst & Young. Make sure to stop by for a fabulous Pride greeting!

A special note from CHRIS Kids’ communication officer Sally Larsgaard:
You definitely can’t miss our float! It’s a culmination of our values (Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety) and our Family of Services (Behavioral Health, Safe Homes & Environments, Strong Communities, and Education & Training). It is CHRIS Kids. We partnered with Ernst & Young for the second year in a row and they always bring a spirit that can’t be ignored!

What is Larsgaard’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
My favorite part of Atlanta Pride is seeing the numbers grow every year. I love the feeling I get when everyone comes together – our community, our schools, our restaurants, our youth, all validating and supporting each other.

Jerusalem House:

What does Pride mean to you?
Atlanta Pride is a celebration of our LGBT community, past, present and future. The celebration, like our community, encompasses many components including the famous Parade and Festival Marketplace.

Jerusalem House loves every opportunity to reach out to new friends and connect with our community. We welcome any chance to talk about our housing programs, and to let people know that housing truly is healthcare.

Where can we find Jerusalem House this weekend?
Booth B49, right near Greystone (the poolhouse). Look for our Bright blue banner with ‘Fairytales and Magic’ (our upcoming Halloween Party and fundraiser on October 26th) on it.

A special note from Jerusalem House’s Jon Santos:
Come talk to us about Jerusalem House and spin our prize wheel for a chance to win treats like tickets to Fairytales and Magic on October 26, shirts, candy and more. Every spin wins!

What is Jon Santos’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
How can you not love a parade! There is celebration. There is a call to action. It’s a great chance to honor LGBT leaders and thank community servants.

HRC Atlanta:

What does Pride mean to you?
For HRC in Atlanta, this year means celebrating the victories that is bringing full equality closer for all LGBT Americans. And it also means renewing our focus and energy to continue to fight for full rights, most notably the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Where can we find Atlanta HRC this weekend?
HRC will once again host a great viewing area on the corner of Peachtree and 10th at Empire State South. We’ll have a brunch and beverages and welcome all to join us. We’ll also be participating in the parade and have a booth in the park!

A special note from HRC Atlanta’s Ed Patterson:
“Please stop by our booth in the park. Attendees and your readers can learn all about HRC and sign-up to volunteer with us throughout the year. And, they can get info on our planning for the 2014 Dinner Gala and Silent Auction.”

What is Patterson’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The entire weekend is such a wonderful experience. But nothing is more inspiring than walking the parade route with our HRC flag and hearing the shouts of encouragement from the tens of thousands of onlookers.

Georgia Equality:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is the one time of year when the entire community can come together to celebrate our own diversity, publicly share our victories and talents and remind the broader community that we are here.

Where can we find Georgia Equality this weekend?
You can find Georgia Equality’s booth in the yellow section next to our friends at The Health Initiative. Anyone who wishes to march with us should join us in section C of the parade staging area at the corner of Ralph McGill and West Peachtree.

A special note from Georgia Equality’s executive director Jeff Graham:
People who are interested in supporting advocating for workplace fairness, creating safer schools for LGBTQ youth, addressing health disparities or advancing the freedom to marry should come by our booth to fill out an equality pledge card!

What is Graham’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Definitely the parade. The powerful statement of thousands of people marching together is always empowering. It’s also the clearest example of where we are as a community. We’re diverse in so many ways and have so many interests. It’s also encouraging to see the number of straight allies who come out and march with us each year. It’s also important for them to make a public display of their support for the cause of LGBT equality.

Lost-N-Found Youth:

What does Pride mean to you?
As the Executive Director of Lost-N-Found, Pride reaffirms my belief in our community – it’s an incredible way to show our youth how big, vibrant, and caring our community is.

Where can we find Lost-N-Found Youth this weekend?
Lost-N-Found will be in the parade and we have a booth at Y29 right – next to the Atlanta sisters.

A special note from Lost-N-Found Youth’s Rick Westbrook:
“Certainly stop by the booth and let us educate you concerning the chronic ever-expanding problem of homelessness OUR youth face.”

What is Westbrook’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
I love all of pride but the parade on Sunday has a special place in my heart.

PALS:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community as a whole and to show all those who misunderstand or choose to be blinded by the hatred for something they do not understand that we are no different than anyone one else, we have families, pay taxes, we celebrate and we suffer with day to day conquest and struggles just as every living being on this earth,” PALS told FENUXE.

What is PALS’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The gathering of those friends that we see so very little of during the year.

Where can we find PALS this weekend?
We will be in the Parade on Sunday.

AID Atlanta:

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride is all about celebrating the rich diversity of our LGBTQQIA communities, as well as a time to remember the historical movers and shakers who’ve earned us the rights we have today. We’re living in an exciting time for our community, so we have a lot to celebrate. Still, though, we have a lot to push forward to as well – so it’s a time for us to focus on where we want to be in the future. For us at AID Atlanta, that includes an HIV/AIDS free community!

Where can we find AID Atlanta this weekend?

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be visible throughout the weekend. We’ll be giving out information about the Walk at the AID Atlanta booths in the vendor market. We’ll also be walking in the parade on Sunday – encouraging everyone to come join us for the Walk on October 20th. In addition, many of our Walk teams will be hosting fundraising events all over the city during PRIDE weekend. There will be plenty of opportunities to see us out and about.

A special note from AID Atlanta’s Kimberly Holland:

We’re excited to be just a week out from the AIDS Atlanta Walk! We hope everyone will enjoy Pride, but also that you’ll rest up to join us in the Park on October 20th for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run. We’ve got Miss USA 2012 as our Spokesperson, RJ Helton from American Idol will be performing and a few other surprises! You definitely won’t want to miss it!

What is Holland’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?

My favorite part of PRIDE is of course the parade on Sunday! AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the weekend after PRIDE, so this is a final push for us to get the word out and encourage some of our walkers and runners to do some final fundraising! Walking in the parade, we are surrounded by individuals, companies, community groups and churches that all support us and our efforts in the community. It’s a very powerful feeling and it certainly makes us feel PROUD.

Joining Hearts:

What does Pride mean to Joining Hearts’ president Wes Berry?

For me Pride is a time to enjoy friends and the community – it is a time to celebrate being who I am and the ability for me to do so in a supportive environment of love and great energy. I love Atlanta and its a time for me to celebrate that as well with people in the city as well as visitors, friends, and strangers.

What is Berry’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?

Honestly I just love walking around, feeling the energy and love and excitement, and people watching. Being in the middle of the crowds and excitement is my element. The Pride Parade is probably my favorite event.

Where can we find Joining Hearts this weekend?

While we aren’t participating in the Pride Parade this year, we do have two events going on that will benefit Joining Hearts: Keller William’s KW Intown Charity Concert Fundraiser “Love Is All You Need in the Red Submarine” at Park Tavern and Baraonda’s “Peaches Wine Tasting,” a wine tasting session with “Peaches” aka manager Travis Denison (aka Miss Joining Hearts).

Georgia Log Cabin Republicans:

What does Pride mean to you?
We are who we are, and we are proud to show who we are. It’s also a time to thank and remember those who made all our current advances in equality possible.

Where can we find Georgia Log Cabin Republicans this weekend?
We’ve decided not to do a booth this year, instead we’ll be around helping elect and re-elect our endorsed candidates: Doraville City Councilman Brian Bates, the first openly gay Republican elected in the Deep South, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, Matt Rinker- Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5, Mary Norwood-Candidate for Atlanta City Council Post 2 Citywide, and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

A special note from the Georgia Log Cabin Republican president Jamie Ensley:
“We’re more of the golf clap, wine and cheese crowd, so I doubt any of our folks will be causing a noticeable disturbance.”

What is Ensley’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday.

Our Song:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is our time to celebrate all the gains we have made as a LGBTQ community! It is also a time to reflect to remember where we’ve come from and where we need to go. It’s also a great time where we get to see and meet so many people.

Where can we find Our Song this weekend?
We will be at our booth, helping with the bucket brigade, at parties, at the parade, at concerts, and enjoying all the activities.

A special note from Out Song:
“We’ll be performing a concert for GALA Choruses Symposium at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at 7:15 PM. We’ll be performing with the other local GALA Choruses. Come hear us sing!”

What is Our Song’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Seeing old friends, making new friends, and knowing how important our community is to our daily lives!

Stonewall Bar Association:

What does Pride mean to you?
Freedom, Equality, Justice, and the ability to be yourself.

Where can we find the Stonewall Bar Association this weekend?
Marching in the Parade and staffing our Booth in the Pride Market.

What is the Stonewall Bar Association’s Rebecca Glatzer’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The Atlanta Pride Parade.

Lambda Legal:

What does Pride mean to you?

A time to share aspects of our work, outreach to more people in need, and to celebrate our beautiful existence as lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people living with HIV.

Where can we find Lambda Legal this weekend?
We’ll be at booth B48. That’s the Blue section, then #48.

A special note from Lambda Legal’s national community educator Holiday Simmons:
Lambda Legal turned 40 years old this year, so we have a commemorative petition where we are asking people to tell us “who inspires them”. We’ll have a photo booth open for people to take a picture holding a sign of the name of the person who inspires them.

What is Simmons’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Meeting people that come from all over the world to attend the biggest Pride in the south.

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Positive Impact:

What does Pride mean to you?
Positive Impact believes that Pride is when individuals value themselves enough to express their individuality, knowing that they are worthy of compassion, love and support.

What is your favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
We love seeing the diversity that Pride brings to the Atlanta community, as well as meeting the thousands of attendees who stop by the Positive Impact – AID Gwinnett HIV Testing Booth!

Where can we find you and Positive Impact this weekend?
You can find us at the Positive Impact – AID Gwinnett HIV Testing Booth directly across from the pool house and children’s play area.

A special note from Positive Impact’s director of advancement Michael Baker:
Positive Impact will be teaming with AID Gwinnett, for the third year, to provide free, rapid HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can also stop by the Positive Impact booth (located at the end of the testing booth row) to try out our trivia games and learn important information about taking better care of yourself.

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Annie Joins Team Little FENUXE For Atlanta Pride Parade


By D. David Kinney and Candace Hunziker
From now until the close of Atlanta Pride this year we are featuring the adoptable pets walking with FENUXE Magazine in the Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday, October 13th at 1 p.m. We’re teaming up with Friends to the Forlorn, Stubby’s Heroes, Lifeline Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Services, and DeKalb County Animal Services to feature dogs available for adoption from local shelters. We’re calling our canine companions Team Little FENUXE. If you fall in love with a member of Team Little FENUXE during the parade you can adopt him or her!

If you’d like to meet Team Little FENUXE before the parade on Sunday we’re featuring a different furry BFF on FENUXE.com every day this week. After Pride we’ll also feature a weekly pet who is looking for a good home. If you’re looking for a cute new pal please consider adopting or fostering an animal in need. Look for the FENUXE staff and Team Little FENUXE during the Atlanta Pride Parade and don’t forget to stop by our booth in Piedmont Park and say HEY!

Today’s featured member of Team Little FENUXE is Annie:

 Annie Adopt Dog FENUXE

Annie was hit by a car and ended up at Fulton County Animal Control in September 2013 when she was only 4 months old. The accident left her with some road rash, a broken front left leg, and she now has permanent nerve damage to her front right leg. Annie had surgery on her broken leg and her doctor hopes that she walk again after healing. If not, the vet may have to remove the leg with nerve damage. Annie scoots around pretty well on her elbow and she is starting to to use her pinned leg, too. She is such a happy and vivacious little dogand sweet as can be! Annie loves other dogs and is currently in foster care with large dogs. Despite everything she has gone through she still has a beautiful disposition.  To adopt Annie and see more pics of her click here.

Here is a video of Annie leaving Dr. Leathers’ office:

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Team Little FENUXE Coming To Atlanta Pride


By D. David Kinney and Candace Hunziker

This year FENUXE has gone to the dogs… literally! We’re teaming up with Friends to the Forlorn, Lifeline Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Services, and DeKalb County Animal Services to feature adoptable pets during Pride this year. We’re calling our canine companions Team Little FENUXE and they’ll be walking with us in the Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday, October 13th at 1 p.m. If you fall in love with a member of Team Little FENUXE during the parade you can adopt him or her!

If you’d like to meet Team Little FENUXE before the parade on Sunday we’re featuring them on FENUXE.com this week. We’ll introduce you to a different furry BFF every day.

After Pride this year we’ll also feature a weekly pet who is looking for a good home. If you’re looking for a furry new pal please consider adopting or fostering an animal in need. So, look for the FENUXE staff and Team Little FENUXE during the Atlanta Pride Parade and don’t forget to stop by our booth in Piedmont Park and say HEY!

Our first member of Team Little FENUXE is Pibbles:

Pibbles FENUXE Magazine

Pibbles was found with her brother Nibbles during a thunderstorm in Decatur. Nibbles was adopted, but Pibbles has spent 3 years being fostered by FENUXE staff member Candace. Pibbles is about 4 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on all of her vaccines. She is energetic, super affectionate, and well-behaved, too.  She loves people and gets along well with every dog she’s met. Her foster mom has had several dogs come into the house as fosters and Pibbles plays and loves with each one.  Although she’s been great with dogs, she is not fond of cats. Pibbles would be great with a very active person. She’d also make a great running companion. Plus, when you’re done running she loves to go home and snuggle up on the couch. Think she’s pretty in the picture and video below? She’s even more beautiful in person!  To see more pictures of Pibbles and to adopt her click here

Here is a video of Pibbles having fun in the snow:

Pibbles playing with her friend Ziva:

 

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