The nightlife scene in the capital of Georgia is a true beast: from popular hookah bars to bars frequented by mostly locals, the city is varied—but it is the best clubs in Atlanta that provide the clearest picture of what life after dark in town really looks like.
One thing is certain, though: nightclubs here tend to come and go very quickly. A popular destination today (Vision! 112! Atlanta Live!) might be permanently closed tomorrow, given Atlantans’ penchant for the new over the tried-and-true—which gives our list of best clubs in town that much more weight.
The venues we highlight are so important to the local after-dark identity that they’ve stayed open through various eras defined by different trends (and we’re not even including strip clubs, which are part of a culture worth exploring all on its own). These are simply the best nightclubs in Atlanta, ranked in order of greatness and judged by their consistency, ability to survive through the times and their aptness at delivering a promised great time with your cover charge.