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Violence related to Atlanta’s nightlife scene exploded during the pandemic. Can Mayor Dickens rein it in?
Between the start of the pandemic and Mayor Andre Dickens’s inauguration in January, Atlanta experienced about 70 homicides above its prepandemic baseline; almost a third of those occurred within yards of sketchy clubs and restaurants, a product of spontaneous rage, gang warfare, drunken idiocy, and Georgia’s gun culture. At the same time, as violence linked to the city’s nightlife exploded, Atlanta’s nightlife enforcement fell apart.
Opening a bar—and keeping it in business—takes a lot more than you think. We spoke with proprietors of Porter Beer Bar, Georgia Beer Garden, and Lean Draft House about what it takes to not lose your sanity and shirt in the process.
Five years ago, Gabriela broke off a bad engagement and started escorting. Today, the 34-year-old Westside resident charges Atlanta men, women, and couples $700 for 90 minutes.
At Trapeze Club, you won’t see a massive orgy upon entering. The large front room has a dance floor (with an obligatory stripper pole), a buffet table, and two bars. Most of the action occurs in the back.
Marshall Rancifer found recovery after addiction. Now he helps Atlanta’s homeless get off the streets.
Six nights a week, Marshall Rancifer visits Atlanta neighborhoods to help thousands of homeless men, women, and children by passing out meals, hygiene kits, overdose medication, and condoms—and, if they want, referrals to permanent housing or treatment.
For a select group of VIPs, Himitsu is their regular playground. The Buckhead speakeasy allowed us a glimpse into the world of some of those regular guests, from restaurant moguls to sports execs.
At Church, the beloved Old Fourth Ward bar that helped turn Edgewood Avenue into a nightlife hot spot, it's Dillon Knight who helps keep the peace.
Three nights a week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Addis Lewis joins Grady Memorial Hospital medical professionals tending to car crashes, gunshot wounds, heart attacks.