Chad McDaniel (Oscar’s)
When LGBT Atlanta folks want to wet their whistles, they go to Chad McDaniel (www.oscarsatanta.com). It’s the Oscar’s drink-slinger’s third year in a row taking the honors in this category.
Overall LGBT Bar
Ansley Square mainstay Burkhart’s (www.burkharts.com) takes the crown for overall LGBT bar this year. Visitors to the neighborhood pub have plenty of options, whether they want to dance, watch a drag show, play pool or hang on the spacious patio.
There are plenty of LGBT bars and clubs at which to dance in Atlanta, but readers picked the Heretic (www.hereticatlanta.com) as best overall. The Heretic’s midweek theme nights are always a hit, and the club books some of the hottest DJs on the weekend.
Atlanta’s LGBT community loves drag that gives back, and nobody does it better than The Armorettes (www.facebook.com/TheArmorettes), who have raised over $2.2 million for AIDS support services over their nearly 40-year history.
To Meet Women
My Sister’s Room
No surprise here. My Sister’s Room (www.mysistersroom.com) takes the crown again for best place to meet women. Killer DJs, fun theme nights, a spacious multi-floor spot in Midtown – MSR has got it covered and the community agrees.
To Meet Men
Readers picked the longtime Piedmont Road resident Woofs (www.woofsatlanta.com) for best place to meet men. The only gay sports bar in Atlanta supports local LGBT sports teams and nonprofits, and gained a bunch of new fans when it became a non-smoking establishment last February.
The bathhouse still has a place in LGBT culture in Atlanta, and the community’s pick for its favorite is Flex (www.flexspas.com/atlanta). The spot gets a steady flow of customers seeking whatever pleasure they seek to fulfill, but weekends are the busiest.
Manifest4U (www.manifest4u.org) came in second place this year and Xion finished up the competition in third.