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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really party that much, I'd much rather hang out with a few friends in someone's room or around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife in Atlanta is amazing, there is so much to do.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not into parties.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are ALWAYS off campus and first year students are not able to have cars therefore the party planners provide shuttle transportation. "Shuttle life" is no fun. There have been instances of people getting left at parties... Any form of outside fun is disassociated with the college and the means to get there are stressful and conclude to being unnecessary.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do.


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  • 170th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 826th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1203rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Nightlife on campus leaves a little to be desired after you have graduated from the Lower Manley Student Center parties that were so fun freshman year. The next big thing for the sophomores is to take the chartered bus to the local club for AUC parties. Promoters arrange for buses to pick students up at various locations, including right outside of Spelman's gates. There have been times when you would think the bus was taking people to see Oprah or Diddy the way people flock to get on. These parties are generally for 18-and-ups and are low cost. For those who are 21 and up, Atlanta has much to offer. There are clubs, lounges, trendy restaurants, and bars that take on a club-like atmosphere on the weekends. There are three ways that people in the AUC generally find out about the hype parties: e-mail lists/Web sites, hand flyers, and radio. Another way people find out is because they know the promoter throwing the party. The sororities are known for throwing the parties that everyone wants to be at. The chapters at Spelman have a long-standing history of attracting huge crowds just by having their name on the flyer. Some of the best spots for the college crowd include Babylon and Frequency. The only problem with the Atlanta nightlife scene is that clubs change names and themes so much that it is often hard to keep up. In general, however, nightlife is great, and you will find that you are never at a loss for options.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Buckhead
  • Midtown
Student Favorites
  • 255 Tapas Lounge
  • Harlem Bar
  • Slice
Other Places to Check Out
Uptown Lounge
Local Specialties
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Favorite Drinking Games
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Useful Resources for Nightlife
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Closing Time
2 a.m.-4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Rocky Mountain
Organization Parties
The Greeks throw parties, and they are usually very well attended. The Deltas have been known in the past to throw a tight Homecoming party and have booked such venues as Lakewood Amphitheatre, the Fox Theatre, and most of the hot Atlanta clubs. Some of the state organizations also throw parties that you don’t want to miss. There is the infamous LATEX party, which is a collaboration between students from both Louisiana and Texas.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Havana Club

Havana Club boasts salsa dancing lessons for all levels and a unique cigar bar.

247 Buckhead Ave.


(404) 869-8484

Leopard Lounge

Leopard Lounge is a great weekday hangout. Generally, they don't charge a cover, and you can get a good drink at a decent price. Going to Leopard Lounge is like going to that friend's place in high school whose parents were never home. They've got plenty of rooms you can explore unsupervised, and they won't get mad if you sit on the couch with a drink in your hand. Have fun and enjoy some amusing party people-watching (as people come and go from Vision Nightclub) from the porch.

84 12th St.


(404) 875-7562

Apache Café

Apache Café is that chill music club where you can catch an underground artist or a spoken word set. The admission is usually nominal, and there is a good crowd most nights.

64 3rd St.


(404) 876-5436


Located in an old warehouse district, you will feel like you are at a trendy resort, as the front half of the club is situated outdoors. There are plenty of spaces to explore in this spread-out sanctuary for the trendy and the tasteful. No specials here, unless someone from the AUC is hosting the party. Be prepared to pay at the door for most events, but despite the cost, this is a club you want to get into, even as a broke college student.

1008 Brady Ave.


(404) 898-1702

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rocky Mountain Pizza Company

You'll find tons of college students here, mostly because the drinks are so cheap and it's right near Georgia Tech. Some bottles of beer and shots are $2 daily! And it has a great selection, with more than 12 beers on tap and 30 different kinds of bottled beer.

1005 Hemphill Ave. NW


(404) 876-8600

Luxe Restaurant

This is another hot spot for college and homecoming parties, mostly due to Luxe's upstairs private room. The bar here is a great place to have an intimate drink with someone special.

89 Park Pl.


(404) 389-0800


The Here to Serve restaurant group has hit a goldmine. Two of their restaurants have emerged as the top hangout spots in Atlanta and are places to see and be seen. Shout is in the heart of Midtown and boasts a beautiful view of the city, great drinks, and two levels to party in. Shout brings in DJs during the weekend. The drawback is that on Fridays and Saturdays there is sometimes a cover charge, so arrive early to get in free and avoid drama at the door. Parking is also limited in the area, so be prepared to pay or walk several blocks.

1197 Peachtree St.


(404) 846-2000


Not as popular as its counterpart Shout in the Here to Serve Restaurant Group, Twist is still a great place to get a martini. The sushi is great, too. There is a DJ on the weekends to keep the energy high. There is free admission every night, but the best advice is to get there early.

3500 Peachtree Rd., Phipps Plaza


(404) 869-1191


A DJ spins on many nights of the week. Admission is free, it is less than five minutes from the school, and you can get a pretty good slice of pizza!

259 Peters St.

West End

(404) 588-1820

Bucket Shop Café

You cannot beat the Bucket Shop when it comes to a cheap drink, and it is open late! There are drink specials every day, including mugs of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, or Miller Lite for only $3.95.

3475 Lenox Rd.


(404) 261-9244

255 Tapas Lounge

The main lounge has nice high ceilings and plays a good mix of music. If you're looking for somewhere a little more intimate, you can hang out on the patio where there are two VIP cabanas that can accommodate small private parties.

255 Peters St.


(404) 522-2612

Copeland's of New Orleans

Copeland's generally has well-priced drinks, and on the weekends, it turns into a club that student party promoters can afford to rent out. The parties always have drink specials under $5.

3365 Piedmont Rd.


(404) 475-1000

Harlem Bar

Known for its soul food, Harlem Bar is also a fun place to come get a drink. It has a cool atmosphere, and there's a DJ on the weekends.

262 Edgewood Ave. NE


(404) 588-0014


Django serves food, but most people know it as a bar and party spot. Promoters will rent out the event space downstairs, known as "the Belly," which is a great space to throw a party because there is a bar and a DJ booth. For a restaurant/bar, there's nice amount of space and seating. This is a good place to drink late! It is open until 3 a.m.

495 Peachtree St.


(404) 347-8648

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?


Tarrazu has two locations. They are a popular after-dinner spot to grab a glass of wine and a tasty dessert. They don't card, and you can be sure to have an entertaining evening, as they host some of the best jazz musicians in the city at both locations. Arrive early to get a seat, as space is limited. Admission is always free. Specials: Spoken Word Sunday, Moet and a Movie Monday, Conversations Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesdays (wine tasting), and live jazz Thursday-Saturday

There are some clubs that will let you in even if you aren't 21. Try Buckhead. Also, most of the restaurant-bars will let you into the establishment, but you just won't be able to enjoy the libations! Places like the Tabernacle, Velvet Underground at Hard Rock Café, the Fox Theatre, Chastain Park, and Lakewood Amphitheatre have live shows you can attend. Here are a couple of coffeeshops that stay open a little later and are a tad bit trendier than the local Starbucks:

Café Intermezzo

You won't have to beg your way into this bistro if you are under 21. Of course, don't try to order any liquor, but with pages of non-alcoholic drinks and desserts you might get arrested for having a sugar high once you leave this place. It is cozy and intimate-perfect for a date or to impress someone who isn't familiar with the city. They stay open late, and there is always a wait after major concerts or when parties let out.

1845 Peachtree Rd.


(404) 355-0411


This is a cool, cozy place that doesn't card. Great for a quick cup of joe and a dessert. Also nice to go to with your 21-and-up friends who want a glass of wine but know you can't get into the regular bar and club scene.

579 North Highland Ave.

(404) 577-8673

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 18% Use a designated driver.
  • 58% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 18% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 3% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 58% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 15% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% TOGA
  • 33% Welcome to Atlanta
  • 8% Founders Day

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 80% House parties
  • 20% Off campus
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