Your guide to a perfect weekend night out in Atlanta, according to an MJQ DJ

When not spinning at MJQ, DJ Taradactyl likes cocktails at Banshee

Perfect Night Out: Tara Davies
Tara Davies

Photograph courtesy of Tara Davies

Your guide

Tara Davies (taradactyl), DJ at MJQ, the Music Room, and other venues around Atlanta


5:30 p.m.
For happy hour, my friends and I will hit up Lloyd’s in Inman Park for $5 martinis or Golden Eagle in Reynoldstown for a patio and a strong drink.

Perfect Night Out: Banshee's fry bread
Banshee’s fry bread

Photograph by Iain Bagwell

7 p.m.
It’s dinner time at Banshee (don’t forget to order the fry bread). After eating, we’ll stick around for their late-night house music.

Perfect Night Out: DJ Headmaster
DJ Headmaster

Photograph courtesy of Stuart Myerburg

10 p.m.
Thankfully, Mary’s is next door. We’ll catch my fave, DJ Headmaster. He always plays stuff you’d never hear in Atlanta (everything from Hole to Peaches and pop gems in between).


Perfect Night Out: Watchman's Seafood and Spirits
Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

8 p.m.
I’ll be sure to make reservations for A Mano in Old Fourth Ward or Watchman’s at Krog Street Market.

11 p.m.
It’s time to stop being bougie and hit up my party, Heartbeeps, at MJQ for a fun, classic dance night featuring New Order, Madonna, Missy Elliot, and maybe even some Motown.


Perfect Night Out: Chaka Khan Hacienda
Chaka Khan Hacienda

Photograph courtesy of 8Arm

4 p.m.
Before we call it an early night, I’ll hit up 8Arm for Ree De La Vega’s late afternoon–evening party, Chaka Khan Hacienda. There’s usually a market with local wares and fun dance tunes. It’s a great end to the weekend.

This article appears in our September 2019 issue.