Finding the party in Atlanta

Duran Duran performed one of their classic songs, "Hungry Like The Wolf" at a sold-out show at Center Stage.
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When you’re looking for an exciting night out in the city, knowing where the party’s at is the most important thing. And if you can’t figure that out, at least knowing who’s throwing the parties is a good start.

According to William Sweitzer, co-owner of event planning service Native Groove, there’s a long list of places to let loose nearly every weekend in whatever way you choose. Whether you’re looking for a throwback experience with a ‘90s and 2000s feel or EDM or even if raves are your thing. The great thing is there’s always somewhere to go, but the challenge is that there’s not a truly comprehensive database for where to party the night away in Atlanta, Sweitzer pointed out, which is why he recommends checking locales and their event listings first.

“It would be split through venues for the most part,” he said. “For a little bit, there were some places that had been keeping up with (a broader list of events), but that kind of comes and goes, so I tend to focus on venues.”

You can stay up on what’s happening by checking in on websites and social media for some of Atlanta’s most popular spots.

Here are a few of Sweitzer’s picks:

  • The Basement — Saturday ‘90s and ‘00s dance parties
  • Center Stage — three venues with regular dj parties and concerts leaning Top 40 to alt rock to K-pop
  • MJQ — Wednesday night “Locals Only” dance parties
  • Believe Music Hall — concerts and events like Candy Glow, a UV glow party by Iris Presents

Although Sweitzer advises checking venues to see the latest offerings, there are some promoters you might still find benefit in following directly. Atlanta Underground Club Scene has a regularly updated aggregate of EDM and goth shows and raves.

The following is a list of other active promoters throughout the city whose listings can help you decide where to go:

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