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2015 Best of Atlanta

Whether you’re a local or A-Town newbie, JEZEBEL’s annual Best of Atlanta list showcases the of-the-moment winners in fashion, health, beauty, nightlife, dining, home, weddings and beyond. More than 10,000 votes came in, and we’re always blown away by the in-the-know opinions of our knowledgeable readers. Now, without further ado, head into summer with your bucket list chock-full of the award-winning spots that await in the pages ahead. Here’s to hoping you’re soaking this one up by the pool with cocktail in hand. Cheers, ATL!

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OUT ON THE TOWN

Best Patio: Big Sky Buckhead
There’s probably more patio space than indoor space at this Buckhead Triangle watering hole—perfect for live music, cold pitchers and one of the best sunset views in the city. Buckhead, @bigskybuckhead

Best Celeb Spotting: Umi
A-Listers like Usher, Zac Efron and Jennifer Lawrence can’t get enough of Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito’s eats—neither can we! Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Neighborhood Pub: Fadó Irish Pub
With a hopping bar scene and a kitchen that churns out scratch-made Irish fare, this multilevel pub proves its worth a visit past its epic St. Paddy’s Day bash. Buckhead and Midtown, @fadoatlanta

Best DJ: DJ Mark Battle
A good DJ has impeccable timing and a good ear, while the best rock out with rhinestoned headphones. There’s a reason JEZ relies on Battle to keep our parties going. @onesoundandent

Best Nightclub: Havana Club
It’s entirely possible to spend all night at Havana and still not see the whole thing. But with multiple bars, dance floors and exclusive VIP sections, it sure is fun trying. Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Best Dive Bar: Hangovers
We love it when a bar lives up to its name. Carb up before stopping by this Roswell Road hangout, where the barkeeps are sexy; the drinks are cold; and the morning after is… the only part you might remember. Buckhead, @hangoversbhead

Best Place to Go Dancing: Johnny’s Hideaway
A lot of places offer dancing, but only one place is built around the idea. The city’s hottest DJs spin a half-century of music, and a full bar dispenses enough of the cold stuff to fuel the fire all night long. Buckhead, @atlantaatnight

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Terminal West
Whether it’s the love for local talent like Yacht Rock Revue, or the draw of big-name acts like Imagine Dragons, this industrial sound chamber plays host to some of the best concerts in town. Westside, @terminalwest

Best Boys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
Grab the boys and enjoy the swank surroundings, stunning scantily clad ladies and upscale dining at this well-received Midtown hot spot. Midtown, @thecheetahatl

Best Place to Hang Out: The IVY Buckhead
Whether you’re catching a game at brunch or looking to knock a few back, you can’t go wrong at this Buckhead mainstay with 28 TVs, four bars and two patios full of pretty people. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Gay Bar: Blake’s
Revelry reigns with cheap drinks and a steady beat at this must-visit spot with the perfect summer patio. Midtown, @blakesonthepark

Best Sports Bar: T.MAC
Whether you’re a die-hard Falcons fan, a Braves junkie or (God forbid) you follow an out-of-town team, you can likely find the game at T.MAC (a beer list that borders on the absurd doesn’t hurt, either). Multiple locations, @tmacrestaurants

Best Nightlife Photographer: Chuckyfoto
Some photogs simply document the party—it’s a special breed who actually makes the affair fun. From the red carpet to the dance floor, if you’re saying cheese in A-Town, you must know Chucky. @chuckyfoto

Best Cocktails: Kimball House
This Decatur outpost has received critical acclaim for its oysters as well as its cocktail program, helmed by Miles Macquarrie. Go big with hard-to-find craft spirits and absinthe service. Decatur, @kimballhousebar

Best Late Night Nosh: Industry Tavern
When late-night hunger calls, this Buckhead nosh spot answers with cocktails, craft brews and high-quality upgrades to your favorite comfort foods like pork wings, and lobster nachos (till 3am!). Buckhead, @industrytavern

Best Girls’ Night Out: Havana Club
A swinging Latin tempo, a wide-open dance floor and some of the best DJs in town are the recipe for the perfect ladies’ night, while a Buckhead address and VIP clientele seal the deal. Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Best Bartender: Stephen Loflin at New York Prime
A bar is only as good as its barman and the top slot goes to NYP’s Loflin, whose impeccable amiability and encyclopedic booze knowledge make him a winner. Buckhead, @newyorkprime

Best Place to Celebrate: Tongue & Groove
This Buckhead fun factory continues to get better with age, offering two levels of debauchery, sexy cocktail waitresses and VIP bottle service. Buckhead,
@tongueandgroove

Best VIP Section: Tongue & Groove
With a bevy of plush booths serviced by scantily clad waitresses, who wouldn’t want to be on the VIP list at this legendary party spot? Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best Tacos & Tequila: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
A slamming Cinco de Mayo fiesta or a laid-back night out are just two reasons to hit up Tin Lizzy’s. Its famous skillets, should-be-illegal tortilla chips and potent margaritas are three more. Multiple locations, @tinlizzys

Best Hangover Cure: dtox
Ditch Bloody Marys and sip on dtox’s Pineapple H2O, which includes gingerGIZER for nausea and a Rise N Shine smoothie so you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time. Multiple locations, @dtoxjuice

Best Happy Hour: The Tavern at Phipps
Point of clarification: There is no formal happy hour at Tavern. But don’t tell that to the nine-to-fivers who flood in for the sexy staff, chic camaraderie and epic Tavern Chips. Buckhead, @tavernatphipps

Best Singles Scene: The IVY Buckhead
Multiple bars, a wicked boozy brunch and two floors of fun—The IVY offers everything you need to find your summer fling. Being housed in a crazy-cool mansion on Roswell doesn’t hurt either. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Bar Bites: Cypress Street Pint & Plate
The cold beer, massive patio and terrifyingly tasty Sublime doughnut burger keep us returning to Cypress Street again and again. Midtown, @cypressstreet

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