- Regina Willis For the AJC
Atlanta is home to some of the best gay-friendly neighborhoods.
There are a handful of neighborhoods that offer proximity to fabulous gay bars and nightlife, so pull that U-Haul up to your new home in a gay-friendly part of town.
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and looking for a welcoming part of town —with amenities you'll absolutely love — start with these top Atlanta neighborhoods to find your perfect new home.
Midtown. The classic gay neighborhood, home to the Fox Theatre, and all the hottest gay clubs and bars. Take in a drag show at Blake's, sip a cold brew on the patio of My Sister's Room or enjoy live DJ's at Bulldogs. Living in Midtown puts you in the heart of gay Atlanta, and an easy walk to Atlanta's favorite park, Piedmont Park. You can even watch the Pride parade from your apartment or condo's sexy rooftop pool.
Avondale Estates. Home to the most gay couples per household of any city in Georgia, according to the Williams Institute, making Avondale Estates the place for LGBT couples to live. Charming and quaint, with a Tudor-themed main drag, enjoy brewery tours at Wild Heaven Craft Beers, art events like the Autumnfest Art and Music Festival and more in this delightful corner of the city. Avondale Estates promises to keep you close to an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and things to do, and is conveniently located just a few minutes east of downtown Decatur.
Ansley Park. All the fun of living in Midtown with a touch of the low-key life. Ansley Park has a quiet, residential feel, while still promising something fun to do every night. This neighborhood is an easy bike ride to the many gay or gay-friendly bars that line the streets of Midtown like Joe's on Juniper and Einstein's — and an even easier trek to Piedmont Park for picnics or to meet new friends at Piedmont's dog park. Don't forget to stroll over to the Beltline, which cuts through Piedmont Park and Ansley Mall.
Grant Park. One of the city's most popular farmers markets awaits you in Grant Park. Enjoy that friendly neighborhood vibe from your front porch, before heading to nearby yoga at Nirvana Yoga Studio and then grabbing a yummy drink at Octane Coffee (they also serve wine and beer), in one of Atlanta's most desirable neighborhoods. Don't forget to bring the kids to Zoo Atlanta, in the heart of Grant Park, and check out nearby Oakland Cemetery, whenever you want an offbeat adventure.
Downtown Decatur. Delicious restaurants will keep you coming back to Downtown Decatur, just 15 minutes from Atlanta. With many restaurants focused on absolutely delightful, seasonal menus, you'll be sure to please any palate. Kimball House and Iberian Pig are must dine places, all walking distance from Downtown Decatur's popular Decatur Square. And don't forget to enjoy shopping at the adorable boutiques that line the square! Regular poetry nights at Java Monkey and bocce at Leon's Full Service make this a destination for all kinds of folks. This is a gay-friendly neighborhood you absolutely have to see.
Brookhaven. Enjoy places to pamper yourself in Buckhead's little neighbor — Brookhaven. Skewing towards the higher end of the income spectrum, this is a place that knows what a little indulgence looks like. Spots like Vida-Flo and Natural Body Spa know how to delight and indulge your senses, while restaurants like Haven and Valenza will delight your palette. Don't forget to enjoy the many bars and restaurants that make Buckhead a popular destination, while still enjoying your piece of paradise next door.