LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses in Atlanta You Should Know

Take a stroll on the Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalk at 10th and Piedmont in Midtown. This photo was snapped during the Atlanta Pride Festival.

Atlanta is one of the most influential cities of the South, celebrating Pride three times throughout the year. Whether you are visiting for National Pride Month in June, Black Gay Pride during Labor Day weekend or the annual Atlanta Pride Festival in October, you’ll be interested in the top Atlanta LGBTQ+ owned businesses, restaurants, merchants and attractions. Here are some places you don’t want to miss.

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Restaurants

Gotta love Baker Dude’s One Love Cake. | Instagram: @bakerdudecakes

Baker Dude Bakery Cafe

Since 2012, Orran Booher’s Black-owned business boasts fresh French and Italian desserts, crafty cakes and bou-cakes, with a healthy lunch menu including specialty items for all to enjoy. Indulge in one of these signature more-than-just-frosting treats: almond-pecan carrot cake, what the fudge brownie or chocolate marshmallow rainbow cupcake.

Where: Grant Park, The Beacon Atlanta and West Midtown, Chattahoochee Food Works

Georgia Beer Garden

Sweet Auburn District’s classic beer garden draws the most excitement on Atlanta United FC game days, hosting watch parties and pouring from more than 20 taps of locally brewed beer. Swing by with a friend to experience Downtown’s largest backyard patio with feel-good music. It’s open as late as 2:30 a.m.

Where: Downtown, Edgewood Avenue

Try a signature Guac Y Margys Cocktail. | Instagram: @guacymargys

Guac y Margys

Guac y Margys, known for its guacamole, is a go-to spot for a variety of tacos, fresh margaritas (#NoMix) and giving back to the Atlanta community. Located on the Atlanta BeltLine, it has been dubbed as “Atlanta’s Margarita Bar,” creating a buzz around the most-sought-after Strawberry Pineapple Holla! and Forever, Forever Ever refreshers.

Where: Inman Park, near Krog Street Market

Stop in MetroFresh Bar in Midtown. | Instagram: @metrofreshatl

MetroFresh

Mitchell Anderson’s Midtown fast-casual cafe has focused on providing the freshest locally sourced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for more than 16 years. Be on the lookout for occasional music events hosted by Mitchell’s husband, Richie Arpino, at Richie’s Wine Bar (inside MetroFresh).

Where: Midtown

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Sit a spell in Castleberry Hill’s No Mas! Cantina Courtyard.

No Mas! Cantina

All amigos are welcome at No Mas! Cantina where authentic Mexican cuisine is served in one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Part cafe (ADios Cafe Chocolate & Espresso Bar), part Artisan Market, there’s plenty of food and shopping to take in before and after your dining experience.

Where: Downtown, Castleberry Hill

The New York Times says Ria’s are “the world’s best pancakes.” And, oh yeah, they’re topped with toasted Georgia pecans.

Ria’s Bluebird

Because breakfast and lunch specials are served all day at Ria’s Bluebird diner, there’s no excuse not to meet with friends for brunch any day of the week. Take in the scenery with views of Historic Oakland Cemetery, and try patio dining in the eclectic garden oasis for an all-around local experience.

Where: Eastside, Grant Park

Roxx Tavern

Whether you’re in the mood for an omelet for Sunday brunch or an upbeat atmosphere in Buckhead this locally owned eatery is the place to be. Roxx Tavern has been serving ATL natives and visitors affordable food for more than 20 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Where: Buckhead

Woof’s Sports Bar is an Atlanta favorite. | Instagram: @woofsatlanta

Woof’s Atlanta

Woof’s sports bar has been providing undefeated vibes for Atlanta’s gay community since 2002. All LGBTQ-friendly patrons are welcome to take part in classic eats on game days and specials on Wing Wednesday, $5-Burger Thursday and BBQ Friday.

Where: Buckhead

Virgil’s serves the ultimate Gullah Geechee spread. | Instagram: @virgilsgullahkitchen

Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar

Virgil’s menu serves up a unique soul food infusion of Geechee flavors and fresh seafood with rice dishes prepared with pride. Feeling courageous? Start off with “shawk” bites or okra soup and graduate to shrimp n’ grits wit’ crab or slammin’ sammen for the ultimate Gullah faire. Midweek happy hours and Friday nights with friends, hookah and drinks always guarantee a good time.

Where: South Atlanta, College Park

Bars & Nightclubs

Bulldogs

Midtown Atlanta’s popular male gay club, better known as Bulldogs, has come alive in the night time for more than 40 years. Bulldogs is a favorite for Atlanta’s Black gay culture with DJs spinning the latest rap and hip-hop sounds, sending everyone to the dance floor. 

Where: Midtown

Joystick Gamebar

The LGBTQ dynamic duo of Georgia Beer Garden and Joystick Gamebar bring more childhood nostalgia and excitement to Edgewood Avenue. Joystick Gamebar takes fun to another level with retro video, classic arcade and tabletop games. Pinball challenge, anyone? Stay in the social loop for upcoming themed game nights and specials for nerds and sci-fi characters alike.

Where: Eastside, Old Fourth Ward

Mary’s East Atlanta

Out magazine named Mary’s East Atlanta one of the world’s best gay bars. Whether you’re looking to sing your heart out to one of 15,000 songs or dance to Alternative DJ sets, you’re sure to have a good time. Be on the lookout for weekly drag shows and live performances from Atlanta’s top queer talent.

Where: Eastside, East Atlanta

My Sister’s Room

My Sister’s Room holds the title for Atlanta’s longest-running lesbian bar for more than 20 years. No matter the time of day, this two-story Edgewood bar is a staple for the LGBTQ+ community with its burlesque shows, comedy nights and karaoke showdowns.

Where: Midtown

Merchants

You must have a “Don’t Call It Hotlanta” tee. | Instagram @abetterbuzzbrandgoods

ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods

A Better Buzz (ABB) encourages its patrons to Live Bold. From graphic tees and sporty tanks to cool headwear and trendy accessories, Buzz Busbee takes pride in producing top-quality merchandise for Atlanta’s queer locals and visitors. ABB also collaborates with local artists and brands to further spread awareness of the LGBTQ community.

Where: Eastside, East Atlanta, The Beehive

Things to Do, Attractions, Entertainment

7 Stages Theatre

Located in the heart of Little Five Points, 7 Stages is a professional, nonprofit theater company devoted to engaging artists and audiences by focusing on the social, political and spiritual values of contemporary culture. 7 Stages gives primary emphasis to international work and the support and development of new plays, new playwrights and new methods of collaboration.

Where: Eastside, Little Five Points

Horizon Theatre Company

Horizon Theatre Company has been bringing exciting area and world premieres of contemporary plays to Atlanta’s audiences under the leadership of co-artistic directors and founders Lisa and Jeff Adler since 1983. Horizon has introduced Atlanta audiences to the works of such well-known contemporary playwrights as Rebecca Gilman, Wendy Wasserstein and David Hare, as well as plays by talented emerging writers.

Where: Eastside, Inman Park

Pick up an unusual souvenir at the Museum of Design Atlanta Gift Shop. | Melissa McAlpine

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design, featuring exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. MODA examines how design affects our daily lives through engaging exhibitions, educational outreach and special events designed to initiate conversation and community dialogue.

Where: Midtown

Out Front Theatre Company

Since 2016, Out Front Theatre takes pride in artistic storytelling specifically crafted for the LGBTQIA+ communities of Atlanta. Talented actors and producers innovatively focus on sharing insightful and inclusive experiences through theater and performing arts. Out Front’s most notable programing includes landmark queer pieces like “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” “The Rocky Horror Show” and “The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular.”

Where: Westside, West Midtown

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