Here at the Georgia Voice, we love celebrating the BEST that Atlanta has to offer, especially when it comes to servicing our LGBTQ community!
The more than 70 categories highlight what makes Atlanta the top LGBTQ-friendly city in the country with food, nightlife, services, events, and pet care that cater to our community.
Long have we searched for a city where inclusion is part of everyday life, and no matter where we frequent, we’re given the same respect as our hetero counterparts!
We give a big thank you and congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year’s awards line-up for emphasizing equality for our Atlanta LGBTQ siblings!
DANCEFLOOR: HERETIC ATLANTA
It’s the fourth consecutive win for Heretic Atlanta as it continues to bring in top DJ talent from around the world including names like Paulo, Aron, Dani Toro, and more! Multiple bars give guests quicker service with an outdoor patio to accommodate busy weekend crowds. As for the dancefloor, the lights and sound will take you to another dimension with your closest friends and strangers from around the city! Just steps from the dancefloor, Bulldog Custom Leathers offers a variety of harnesses, lubes, and toys to keep your night alive!
Runners-up are TEN Atlanta and My Sister’s Room
CIRCUIT PARTY WEEKEND: BIG OL’ SLICE OF 100% GENUINE ATLANTA GAY PRIDE WEEKEND
Our newest award goes to a circuit party weekend that continues to bring the heat every year! Coinciding with Atlanta Gay Pride weekend in October, Big Ol’ Slice brings in DJ’s from around the world to spin the hottest beats for thousands of locals and visitors! Rosabel headlines this year’s Saturday night pride event, and other weekend events include DJ’s Paulo, Danny Verde, Tony Moran, Joe Gauthreaux (BEST OF ATLANTA DJ WINNER), Alex Acosta, Isaac Escalante, Kevin DuRard, Micky Friedmann, and Alyson Calagna! It’s a must-go-to event and one of the last pride festivals for 2019!
Runners-up are Joining Hearts and Peach Party
DRAG SHOW: THE OTHER SHOW AT MIDTOWN MOON
The Other Show is weird and witty with a heaping dose of talent and a side of glamour, with some of Atlanta’s top drag queens competing for your dollars! The usual line-up includes Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish, Taejah Thomas, Molly Rimswell and Orchid. Happening each Friday night in the heart of Ansley Park at Midtown Moon, it’s a show that you won’t want to miss, and now with the Best Of award to compliment the incredible talent on stage!
Runners-up are The Armorettes at the Heretic and Celestial Friday’s at Blakes on the Park
AFTER HOURS: XION
Looking to dance until the sun rises above the Atlanta skyline? Xion has been serving up beats for the local circuit community for years now, and now is home to some of the most intense after-hours parties in the Southeast! Located below BJ Roosters, the seedy yet industrial space gets foggy and hot at the peak of the parties! Outfitted with couches and chairs, many guests visit Xion for a relaxing end to their morning, but expect a packed crowd until the last beat is dropped!
Runners-up are Flex Atlanta and Manifest4U
OVERALL LGBTQ BAR: HERETIC ATLANTA
Atlanta is known for top-notch nightlife, especially in the LGBTQ community. This year, Heretic Atlanta takes the top prize for where Atlanta locals choose to spend their nights! The venue houses several bars, an outdoor patio, Bulldogs Custom Leather shop, an expansive dance floor with lighting and sound, and some of the most loyal patrons in the city! General Manager of the Heretic, Alan Collins, also works to bring in some of the top DJ talents from around the world while offering up local DJ’s for weekend events as well!
Runners-up are Midtown Moon and Blakes on the Park
Find the rest of this year’s winners here.