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Fun Things to Do in Atlanta for Adults

By December 8, 2023February 26th, 2024No Comments

Discover all of the fun things to do in Atlanta for adults! From exciting nightlife to bass-pumping concerts, adults-only bars and restaurants, and more – our city has no shortage of incredible activities for the 18+ and 21+ crowds.

Whether you’ve lived in Atlanta for years or are visiting for the first time, the ideas in this post will inspire you to break out of your routine, try something new, meet new friends, and enjoy an “adults-only” atmosphere. Read on to discover unique date ideas, corporate happy hour outings, group adventures, and more.

Let’s dive in to explore these fun Atlanta activities – no kids allowed!

Fun Activities in Atlanta for Adults

Read on for more details on these activities, and other fun events for adults in Atlanta!

  • Catch an adults-only comedy show
  • Plan a bar-hopping night out on Edgewood Ave
  • Sample the best food and drinks in the city with an unforgettable walking tour
  • Experience Caribbean music, food, and drinks in a vibrant dance hall atmosphere
  • Eat delicious food with French flair at Tiny Lou’s in the iconic Hotel Clermont

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Adults-only activities in Atlanta and beyond
  • Atlanta nightlife spots, clubs, and bars
  • Free things to do in Atlanta for adults
  • Unique date night ideas in Atlanta
  • Ideas to celebrate your 21st birthday in Atlanta
  • Unique things to do in Atlanta, Georgia for adults
  • Atlanta bachelorette party ideas and bachelor party activities

Looking for more family-friendly ideas? Check out our post on the best things to do in Atlanta this year, with ideas for all age groups!

Watch the Video: Fun Atlanta Activities for Adults

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Join Unexpected Atlanta tour guide Kristin as she shares “no kids allowed” options around the city for comedy, dining and drinks, dancing, and more! Then, read on to discover all the details and even more ideas.

Take a Walking Tour to Explore Atlanta’s Food & History

Atlanta Food Walks Grant Park Walking Tour Things to Do in Atlanta 2021 COVID-Safe

Remember in elementary school, when the teacher would roll in the TV cart so that everyone could spend the class time watching a documentary or movie? Unexpected Atlanta’s walking tours bring the same type of exciting energy – in an interactive format that gets you out and about!

While children are welcome to join these tours, they are geared toward adult-age participants and explore Atlanta’s rich history and culture.

For instance, during the Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk, you’ll sample 8 food and drink tastings with modern and Southern fusion flavors from 3 locally-owned food stops. Take in beautiful Atlanta skyline views from a gorgeous patio as you learn more about our city. The 2.5-hour experience includes a jaunt through Historic Oakland Cemetery nearby.

Explore a Historic Atlanta Food Market and Make Southern Biscuits

Atlanta Food Tour and Biscuit Making Class

Tap into your inner foodie with this Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class! This is the ultimate Atlanta culinary experience. In just two hours, you’ll try 11 delicious tastings from 5 food vendors in Atlanta’s oldest market – the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Then, become Southern cooks with a hands-on biscuit making class.

Learn about Atlanta’s fascinating history and get a close look at Southern cooking as you learn about Georgia’s most famous foods – including peaches, collars, and pecans. Whether you’re a pro in the kitchen or a total beginner, our guides will walk you through each step of making your very own perfect Southern biscuits!

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This indoor experience is the perfect year-round way to explore the best of Atlanta. Join the #1-rated tour company in the city of Atlanta as we eat our way through one of the top food markets in the country!

For another way to learn about our city’s history, opt for the King Historic District Tour to explore the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You’ll see important historic Atlanta landmarks associated with King’s life, his enduring legacy, and the Civil Rights movement.

Imbibe at Atlanta’s Craft Breweries & Cideries

New Realm Brewing Company Atlanta

In search of 21+ refreshments? Atlanta is home to a wide variety of local craft breweries to choose from!

Our largest and most well-known brewery is SweetWater Brewing Company. Their brewery taproom and kitchen is a popular spot for Atlantans to gather and share refreshments. In addition to the beer, try the “pretzel nugz” with garlic butter, beer cheese, and mustard. Or, go for a sandwich or burger with house-cut fries, tater tots, or crispy Brussels sprouts.  

Other local breweries range from offering traditional German brews to hoppy IPAs, experimental flavors, wild fermentation beers, and everything in between. For something a little different, head to Urban Tree Cidery in West Midtown, or Treehorn Cider and Atlanta Hard Cider in Marietta.

For a full list of spots to get a craft beer around Atlanta, browse Eater Atlanta’s guide to craft breweries around the city.

Get Your Party on at Tongue & Groove

In the heart of Buckhead, Tongue & Groove is an Atlanta nightlife destination. This spot began as a sushi bar and cocktail lounge in the early 90s. Over the decades, it has evolved into a “full-scale entertainment venue.”

With more than 8,500 square feet of heart-pumping fun, Tongue & Groove is home to frequent music and dance events and endless good times. With colorful lighting, velvet couches, and artful graffiti mural walls, this is a prime 21+ partying spot.

On Wednesdays, you can expect DJs to spin tropical Latin vibes. On Thursdays through Saturdays, the music varies and tends to include EDM, hip hop, pop, and classic hits.

Be sure to view the dress code before you go. Cover charges vary nightly.

Experience a Dance Hall Celebration at The Rum Punch Brunch – FREE Atlanta Event for Adults!

Rum Punch Brunch Atlanta

On Sundays at 12:30pm, Atlanta gets the party started at The Rum Punch Brunch! This dance hall event celebrates Caribbean culture in an atmosphere of inclusivity and heart-pumping music.

This fun event takes place at the Believe Music Hall in downtown Atlanta. Dance your cares away during a “mult-tier global DJ experience.” There are plenty of areas to explore – including The Concert Hall, Mezzanine Level, Underground Lounge, The Courtyard, Skyline Terrace, and a Food Truck Court.

The Rum Punch Brunch is free to enter and enjoy, with delicious Caribbean food and drinks available for purchase.

Visit Little 5 Points and Eat at The Vortex

Little 5 Points is Atlanta’s neighborhood for all things alternative, revolutionary, and punk-rock. In this walkable area, you can explore thrift shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, live music, and more.

First, head to The Junkman’s Daughter for unique clothing, household items, and gifts. Then, walk to The Vortex nearby for burgers and brews. You’ll be able to find it easily, because the entrance looks like a giant skull! Both the L5P and Midtown locations of The Vortex are for ages 21+ only, making this one of our favorite restaurants in Atlanta for those seeking an adults-only experience.

Other standout Little Five Points restaurants include Thai 5, Wrecking Bar Brewpub, and Savage Pizza. Stock up and refuel at Sevananda Natural Foods Market and grab a drink from Aurora Coffee while you’re in the area!

Go Out for A Night on Edgewood Avenue

Edgewood Avenue Atlanta

Located near Downtown Atlanta, Edgewood Ave is a destination for young bar-hoppers, including many Georgia State University students. Show them you’ve got rizz (as the kids say) while exploring this fun downtown-adjacent neighborhood and its many hotspots.

One can’t-miss Edgewood spot is Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, affectionately known as “Church” by its patrons. But, don’t be fooled by the name – this late-night bar isn’t for the faint of heart! The art displayed on the walls is delightfully controversial, featuring many re-imagined pop art interpretations of traditional religious artwork.

Other popular Edgewood eateries and bars include Slutty Vegan, “nerdy dive bar” Joystick Gamebar, and “community-centered cycling restaurant” Handlebar ATL.

Become a Dancing Queen at Johnny’s Hideaway

Johnny’s Hideaway is a 21+ Atlanta landmark! This spot bills itself as the city’s “only nightclub for big kids.” Be mindful of the dress code – and come prepared for a fun time!

At this Buckhead restaurant and bar, you’ll find DJs spinning music from the 1950s through today. Think: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Madonna, the Beach Boys, Shania Twain, and more. Let’s go, girls!

Step back in time and dance the night away with friends old and new under the disco ball. With a crowd that skews toward middle-age, Johnny’s Hideaway is a great place to mix and mingle with people from all walks of life. If you’ve danced up an appetite, you’ll be glad to know Johnny’s Hideaway also serves food. Choose from classic late-night favorites like potato skins, onion rings, and wings. Or, fill up with a Johnny’s BLT, patty melt, or the always-winning combo of Caesar salad and fries.

Catch an Adults-Only Comedy Show at Dad’s Garage

Improv Comedy Dad's Garage Atlanta

Dad’s Garage is a beloved local comedy theatre near Atlanta’s bustling Cabbagetown neighborhood. While they do offer family and youth programs, Dad’s also has late-night performances for adult audiences only!

Catch some late-night improv every Friday night at 10:30pm. Additionally, Dad’s offers other special comedy shows throughout the year, including matinee performances and seasonally-themed shows.

After all, who couldn’t use a few more laughs these days? Watching a show at Dad’s Garage makes for a great date night, grown-up birthday party, or group outing after work. Create new inside jokes, laugh off the work stress, and enjoy!

See a Drag Show at Lips Atlanta

Head to Lips Atlanta on Buford Highway for an unforgettable drag experience! Whether it’s your first drag show or your hundredth, Lips delights and excites audiences with regularly-scheduled shows.

Check out the Glitz & Glam Friday night shows with “big hair, high heels, and a lot of duct tape!” Or, join the Ladies of Lips for a “Dragalicious Brunch” on Saturday afternoons, with “delicious brunch entrées and fabulous over-the-top performances full of sing-along hits.”

While some shows welcome audiences of varying ages, others are explicitly for ages 21+. Be sure to check the schedule before you go, and remember to tip your dancers!

Eat at Tiny Lou’s at Hotel Clermont

Tiny Lou's Clermont Lounge Hotel Clermont Atlanta

While Tiny Lou’s doesn’t restrict children and families from dining there, this restaurant is designed to be a swanky spot for the grown-up crowd.

This luxe dining spot is located in Hotel Clermont, “Where anything goes and everyone’s welcome!” Hotel Clermont is also home to the Clermont Lounge, Atlanta’s oldest (and perhaps most iconic) novelty adult dance establishment.

Tiny Lou’s takes its name from a popular 1950s dancer at the former Clermont Motor Hotel. They describe themselves as a “swinging French-American brasserie” with food that “reads like a rugged love letter to French-American coziness – something like what one might cook for in a lover.”

At Tiny Lou’s, the menu includes dishes like duck confit, steak tartare, tagliatelle with black truffle, and a “bonjour cherie” honey sponge cake with panna cotta. Additionally, a rooftop bar at Hotel Clermont provides sweeping views of the downtown Atlanta skyline!

Experience “Atlanta’s Best Dance Club” at MJQ

MJQ has been a popular dance spot since it first opened in 1994. While MJQ has moved locations since then and seen many changes, the vibe remains fun, welcoming, and music-driven.

These days, MJQ Concourse is 21+ only and located entirely underground. Its elusive and secretive entrance only adds to the fun of this experience. MJQ’s website shares, “Enter through what looks to be a tiny shed, located behind a Chipotle.” You’ll find this spot in the Poncey-Highlands area, on Ponce de Leon Ave NE (Atlantans just call the street “Ponce”).

Head here for nightlife vibes, dance parties, and more. For midweek fun, Wednesday nights at MJQ is the longest-running dance party in the city! See Atlanta’s best and most exciting DJs in a laid-back, fun environment. Inside MJQ, The Drunken Unicorn venue offers live music in all genres, dance events, comedy shows, and more.

Be warned – MJQ is a cash-only establishment! There are ATMs inside the venue, but you’ll need cash for a cover fee before getting in.

Get a Souvenir You’ll Keep Forever from an Atlanta Tattoo Studio

Atlanta Tattoo Artists Best Tattoo Studios

A tattoo is a permanent, lifelong decision that’s best approached with thoughtfulness consideration. But, if you’re ready to get one, Atlanta has plenty of amazing tattoo artists to choose from!

The artist and shop that’s best for your needs can depend on the type, style, and size of tattoo you have in mind. We recommend asking friends about their experiences, as well as visiting tattoo studios to view artists’ books.

A few Atlanta tattoo parlors with solid reputations include Kingdom Tattoo in Decatur, Only You Tattoo in Grant Park, and Ink & Dagger Tattoo in Roswell.

Experience the Fun of City Winery

Located in Old Fourth Ward just next to the hip Ponce City Market shopping and dining area is City Winery, a destination for jaw-dropping entertainment served alongside mouthwatering foods and drinks.

Performances range from jazz music to tribute bands playing beloved popular tunes, drag brunches, live podcast recordings, comedy shows, and more. You can even book City Winery for a private event – perfect for corporate outings, birthday celebrations, galas, or even a wedding!

Enjoy Sips & Science at Fernbank After Dark

Fernbank After Dark Adults Only Museum Event

By day, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a beloved field trip destination for families, children, and all those who enjoy learning and science. But on the second Friday of each month, the museum transforms into an exclusive 21+ destination!

Attend Fernbank After Dark and experience a unique after-hours event with museum exhibits, live music, full bars, tapas menus, science demonstrations, and more. Each month, you can expect to explore a different science-based theme – so there’s always something new to discover!

Play an Adults-Only Round of Mini Golf

Puttshack is a fun indoor mini-golf and game destination in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood. When the clock strikes 8pm, only those age 21+ are allowed to enter!

Head to Puttshack Atlanta after 8pm for a fun, kid-free experience as you enjoy tech-infused mini golf, live DJs on the weekends, and “Instagrammable aesthetics.” On Wednesday nights, throwback music videos play throughout the venue! Pre-booking is recommended on nights and weekends, as Puttshack can get busy.

Worked up an appetite? There’s an on-site restaurant serving up everything from buffalo chicken dip and flatbreads to Korean BBQ buns and empanadas. Or, head to Atlanta’s Interlock complex nearby, where you’ll find options for tacos, pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, craft cocktails, sushi, and more.

Ride the Bull at PBR Atlanta

Go for a memorable mechanical bull ride at PBR Atlanta! Lauding itself “Atlanta’s most stunning country bar,” this spot offers “line dancing, cold beer, hard drinks, and a little bull ridin’.”

Offering VIP tables and packages along with special birthday options, the crowd at PBR Atlanta knows how to have a good time. Show up, turn up, and hold on!

This “Coors Banquet Bar” is located inside Atlanta’s popular The Battery complex, a 2.25-million square-foot mixed-use development. The Battery is also home to Truist Park, where the Atlanta Braves play! Turn it into an evening event and catch a Braves game before your bar outing. You can even stay overnight at one of the two on-site hotels, Omni and Aloft.

Rock Out at The Masquerade

The Masquerade Atlanta

The Masquerade is legendary in Atlanta for its quality metal, rock, punk, and grunge shows. Founded in 1989, The Masquerade had nearly three decades in its prior location before moving to the heart of Downtown Atlanta.

The Masquerade notes that their stages “have played host to a list of artists which reads like a dessert menu of alternative music royalty.  Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden and Fugazi once graced the same stages that are today occupied by Odesza, Death Grips, Future, In This Moment, Little Dragon, Taking Back Sunday and countless other amazingly popular and influential bands.” In face, the first-ever Warped Tour played at The Masquerade!

Last year, The Masquerade hosted an incredible 700+ ticketed events – so there’s almost always a show to catch! With stages named “Heaven,” “Hell,” and “Purgatory,” this spot is a destination for any serious concert-goer. While some shows are marked “All Ages,” others are only for ages 18+ or 21+.

Find LBGTQIA+ Community at My Sister’s Room

As the longest-running lesbian-queer bar in the South (since 1996), My Sister’s Room is a can’t-miss spot for anyone looking to make connections and find community in an LGBTQIA+ space.

This 21+ only bar offers themed parties and entertainment, burlesque shows, comedy, karaoke, R&B Thursdays, and more. Craving a special experience? Make a VIP Table Reservation for an unforgettable evening!

Along with good times, My Sister’s Room also offers tasty foods and drinks. Try the battered cauliflower, wings, fresh flautas, and deep fried churros with ice cream. Homemade donuts will also hit the spot after a night of mingling and dancing.

Get That Piercing You’ve Been Thinking About

Atlanta Ear Piercing Shops

As with the tattoo idea above, a piercing isn’t something to take lightly. That said, for those who are ready to rock some new gems, Atlanta offers a wide variety of reputable piercing shops. The piercing shops listed below are all members of the Association of Professional Piercers, appointment-only, and use needles, not piercing guns.

Virtue and Vice on Cheshire Bridge is a popular piercing spot among many Atlantans. With a focus on proper piercing technique and safety, Virtue and Vice is highly-rated on Google and personally tested by our team!

In Candler Park, Piercing Experience has been a destination for Atlantans since 1992 (though the shop first opened in Atlanta’s Little 5 Points neighborhood). With a mission to provide “the safest, gentlest piercings,” Piercing Experience is a great option for your new bling.

Kolo Piercing & Body Art in Little 5 Points is another sought-after spot for your piercing in Atlanta. Established in 1995, Kolo also offers online retail options to purchase new jewelry.

Note that the policies at each of the piercing shops above state that children are only allowed in the studio when they are receiving a piercing and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Otherwise, these are adults-only zones!

Explore Atlanta’s Best Cocktail Bars

From hip “see and be seen” cocktail spots to elegant sips, rooftop views, and fun speakeasy vibes – there are no shortage of cocktail options in Atlanta! You can even plan a unique 1920s Big Bash to enjoy cocktails in style with your team or group.

A few of our favorite Atlanta cocktail bars include Kimball House (an obvious choice for any cocktail aficionado),  Talat Market, Bar Margot at the Four Seasons, and Little Bear. That said, there are countless other places to grab a delicious drink – from neighborhoods like Summerhill to Sandy Springs, Buckhead to Brookhaven, Decatur to Downtown, and beyond. You can even enjoy mocktails at spots like The Sober Social and stock up on mocktail supplies at the non-alcoholic bottle shop, The Zero Co.

Get the scoop on all the best cocktail bars in Atlanta here.

For more Atlanta fun for adults, come tour Atlanta with us! Unexpected Atlanta’s offerings include food and history experiences you won’t find anywhere else. We’re proud to be the #1 Atlanta tour activity on TripAdvisor, with nearly 1,500 five-star reviews!