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Violence related to Atlanta’s nightlife scene exploded during the pandemic. Can Mayor Dickens rein it in?

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 in Atlanta? Skip the expensive dining chairs (and other tips from bar owners).

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.
After Dark Atlantans: Gabriela

Fetishes. Mansion parties. Every day (and night) is different for an Atlanta escort.

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.
Atlanta After Dark: Swingers Club

What really happens inside an Atlanta swingers club?

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.
75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: 9292 Korean BBQ

10 Best Late-Night Restaurants in Atlanta

These aren't midnight snacks. These are midnight meals. The 10 best places to eat—in descending order of lateness.
The Painted Duck Atlanta

10 Best Things to Do After Midnight in Atlanta

Karaoke at FamFam, roller skate at Golden Glide, relax at Jeju Sauna, go bowling at Painted Pin, go to a strip club—the list goes on.
After Dark Atlantans: Marshall Rancifer

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.
Atlanta After Dark: Himitsu

For us mere mortals: A glimpse into the world of Himitsu’s VIPs

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.
Atlanta After Dark: Dillon Knight, security manager at Sister Louisa's Church

When Dillon Knight says you need to leave Sister Louisa’s Church, you better

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.
Atlanta After Dark: Addis Lewis, trauma nurse at Grady Health System

Even at 5 a.m., this trauma nurse is saving Atlanta lives at Grady Hospital

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.

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