Downtown After Dark

Downtown Atlanta is vibrant and bold. At the heart of the city center, Atlantans and visitors alike will find a sexy, dynamic and energetic nightlife, which is known the world over. Enjoy a glass of wine or savor the best cocktails from more than 50 stories up in rooftop hotel bars. Dance to live music above city streets while breathtaking skyline views surround you. Whether you’re attending a convention with colleagues, or out celebrating with friends, access Atlanta’s downtown nightlife scene through secret doors, via soaring elevators, down stone staircases and behind velvet ropes.

The SkyView Ferris wheel at downtown’s Centennial Park after dusk.

Just a short jaunt from Centennial Olympic Park, discover Glenn Hotel’s SkyLounge, where you can sit back and enjoy breathtaking panoramic skyline views while sipping on handcrafted fusion cocktails. For a 360-degree view of downtown, hang out atop the Hyatt Regency in Polaris Lounge’s rotating retro ’60’s themed lounge with a chilled peach daiquiri.

The Polaris Lounge offers 360 degree views of downtown.

Not a fan of heights? Downtown Atlanta also offers ground-level hidden gems including local speakeasy Red Phone Booth, where you’ll need to dial the secret code to enter this swanky 1920s cigar lounge. This lounge encapsulates Atlanta’s prohibition history while serving bold and innovative craft cocktails and cigar menus. In addition to Red Phone Booth, Trader Vic’s inside the Hilton Atlanta hotel offers another kind of escapism. Kick back with a mai tai while this bar takes you on a high-class trip to the South Pacific. 

If it’s sports you’re interested in, then have no fear, downtown Atlanta provides. At first glance, the high office towers and sophisticated eateries seem to contradict any evidence of sports bars in the area, but spend some time Downtown, and you’ll discover Atlantans know best how to balance work and play. Walk along the well-known Peachtree Street to watch a sports game at Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, Meehan’s Public House, Park Bar or Sidebar. And have fun while playing games at Game-X.

After an energetic night out, it’s always nice to wind down. Discover Castleberry Hill, a historic nightlife common area found off the beaten path for the city’s loft-dwelling artists. Become creatively inspired while listening to live music at Elliott Street Pub, or celebrate post-game festivities at No Mas! Cantina, located just four blocks away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena.

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The centrally located No Mas! Cantina has an expansive outdoor courtyard.

Whether you’re seeking a night of elevated ambiance or exhilarating entertainment, downtown Atlanta will check all the boxes. Downtown is where socialites, artists and fans can come together and share in the city’s diverse spectrum of vibrant and bold nightlife. 

Explore more nightlife in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta: Buckhead, Downtown, Eastside, Midtown and Westside.

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