Nightife in Midtown
Midtown is one of Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods for hitting the town in the late night hours. The area is very diverse and the best part is that it is also very walkable. There are a variety of restaurants to grab dinner and plenty of different hangouts, so everyone will find a place that suits them.
Looking to hang at a friendly neighborhood bar? Try TAP (great beer selection), RiRa (Irish pub with live music), Front Page News (serving New Orleans classics, complete with a killer courtyard patio) or Steamhouse Lounge (a dive bar famous for their oysterfest).
If dancing is more your thing, try one of Midtown's many clubs. Opera is one of the best in town and is a popular spot for a girl's night out or a bachelorette party. One of Midtown's newest clubs, Reign, has been making a name for itself as a hotspot. CosmoLava has been a Midtown standby for ages and has a labyrinth of different rooms, from dance floors to more low key nooks.
Nightlife in Buckhead
Buckhead has long been an iconic Atlanta neighborhood when it comes to nightlife. It's not the crazy party destination it once was. The city shut down the main drag to try to clean up the area, and new projects like Buckhead Atlanta are underway. However, there are still many spots to go for a night out in Buckhead.
Some of Buckhead's unique spots include Cellar 56 (a wine bar), Prohibition (where you need to use a secret code for entry), Divan (a hookah lounge), Fado (an Irish pub) and Johnny's Hideaway (affectionately known as a "cougar den"). There are also a whole slew of bars in the Irby Avenue area - most of which are homey dive bars. Try Red Door, Five Paces Inn, Park Bench or Churchill's for a casual good time.
On the south end of Buckhead is the Lindbergh Center area. Here you'll find Gold Room (a popular dance club), Wet Willies (famous for their frozen drinks), Tongue & Groove (more dancing) and Taco Mac (a sports bar with a gigantic beer selection). Lindbergh Center is convenient because it has a large parking deck and has a Marta station right in the main shopping center.
Nightlife in Old Fourth Ward
Old Fourth Ward has emerged as a hip, alternative nightlife scene in Atlanta. A departure from the dance clubs and mainstream fun of other Atlanta neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward is home to cozy, original bars and a bit of a hipster scene.
From The Sound Table (trendy foodie destination in the early evening, DJ dance party late night) to the quirky Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, the bars in this area are all about originality.Check out the full guide to the restaurants and bars of Old Fourth Ward.
Nightlife in Virgina Highland
After grabbing dinner at one of Virginia Highland's great restaurants, check out some of the bars. Virginia Highland has a distinctly college town feel to me - it's popular with Emory students and young 20-something graduates.
Popular bars in the area include Neighbors, Hand in Hand, Moe's and Joes (especially for cheap pitchers of PBR), Dark Horse Tavern and Atkins Park. Interesting spots to visit are Blind Willie's (one of Atlanta's few jazz and blues bars), and 10 High (below Dark Horse, they have live band karaoke and frequent live music).