Posted on 11 October 2013.
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.
Saturday October 12, 2013:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A fun alternative pub in the EAV (East Atlanta Village) with a great black bean burger, sweet potato fries, and boiled peanuts with beer.
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.
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.
Parisian excellence at its best. This modern French restaurant is simple, delicious, and romantic. It’s a bit pricey though.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian cuisine with vegetarian options that truly satisfy. Check out this authentic restaurant on your way to LeBuzz!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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