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|Best of Atlanta: Nightlife|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Thursday, 08 July 2010 00:00|
After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.
It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.
The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.
Place to Dance & Theme Night/Party: Flux with DJ Vicki Powell
With a diverse crowd as well as a hard-core group of regulars, Flux with DJ Vicki Powell (she’s on Facebook, y’all; look her up) is always the place to be to listen to the best music, see the most beautiful people and leave your worries on the dance floor. Once a small party, Flux with DJ Vicki Powell has grown to a two-day affair at the Livingston in the historic Georgian Terrace that attract hundreds each month. She set the Georgia Terrace rooftop on fire for the Fourth of July weekend with an epic party that attracted “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert.
Neighborhood Pub: Blake’s on the Park
Blake’s on the Park (www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com) is smack dab in the middle of the Midtown gayborhood, just a short walk away from Piedmont Park, and always filled with hot men and cold drinks to keep the party going. Whether standing outside on the patio or inside sitting at the bar, there is no denying the neighborhood vibe Blake’s always boasts.
Best Drag Show: Burkhart’s Pub
Each week, Mary Edith Pitts and a wide range of drag characters perform at Burkhart’s Pub (www.burkharts.com) to a loyal and loving fan base, giving this bar the title for Best Drag Show. Whether it’s kitschy drag to make you laugh or entertainers who lip-synch for their lives to contemporary favorites, the weekly drag shows are an Atlanta favorite.
Best Karaoke: Mary-oke at Mary’s
Mary-oke at Mary’s (www.marysatlanta.com) in East Atlanta, now held every Tuesday night, takes top honors in this category. The bar packs in a large crowd for those wanting to take the mic and sing their favorite song to a room full of friends and soon-to-be friends. Conducted by CJ, who likes to sing a few tunes himself, Mary-oke is a long-standing tradition for those who love a good time and don’t mind a bad harmony.
East Point Corner Tavern (www.thecornertavern.com) placed second while My Sister’s Room (www.mysistersroom.com) placed third. The fairly new Atlanta Eagle Karaoke Night (www.atlantaeagle.com) received an honorable mention.
Best Place to Meet Men: Blake’s on the Park
Blake’s on the Park (www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com) is known as the place to go to see and be seen, where all the beautiful men gather in their tight polo shirts and sexy, form-fitting jeans. Exactly the kind of bar you want to go to meet Mr. Right or even just Mr. Right Now. Squeezing through a packed crowd on the ground floor bar gives men the perfect opportunity to get close while seeking the perfect date.
Best Place to Meet Women: Bellissima
Located in Amsterdam Walk, Bellissima (www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge) continually attracts the most beautiful women in the city while holding some of the best parties for women who love women. By regularly showcasing live music and art shows to bring in various crowds, there’s always a woman who fits your style for you to meet.
My Sisters Room (www.mysistersroom.com) placed second and Flux with DJ Vicki Powell placed third.
Best Bar Outside Atlanta: LeBuzz
People outside the Perimeter know how to party every day of the week thanks to the Marietta bar, LeBuzz (www.thenewlebuzz.com), which holds regular drag queen and drag king shows and is hosting the city’s first gay Pride event on July 24 with the Marietta Rainbow Festival. Just because you don’t live in Midtown doesn’t mean you can’t be out and proud.
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