It’s no secret that Atlanta is the LGBT capital of the south. While Atlanta may be the hub for major LGBT events like the annual Pride and Black Gay Pride festivals, Atlanta’s DeKalb is rich in diversity and progressive communities.

Consistently ranked in the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of same-sex couples in the country, Decatur is by far the most progressive community in the state and his home to the Indigo Girls and several nationally recognized bars and restaurants.

East Atlanta Village is known for its alternative style, dive bars and music venues. It is also the home to My Sister’s Room, the only lesbian bar in Greater Atlanta, as well as Mary’s, a legendary bar in the Atlanta area with can’t-miss karaoke.

Whether you are shopping, dining, or looking to enjoy the city nightlife, DeKalb has it all. Dine and drink at one of Downtown Decatur’s award-winning restaurants and cocktail bars, enjoy the sunshine at Candler Park, and attend some of the best festivals the south has to offer throughout DeKalb.

Atlanta’s DeKalb is just a short drive away from Midtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park and a host of LGBT nightlife, restaurants and shops.

LGBT Hotspots in Atlanta’s DeKalb

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The Southeast’s Next Big Food Scene

Diners eat in Decatur Square, June 4, 2014, in Decatur, Georgia. Decatur had a population of 19,335 at the 2010 Census and is a suburb of Atlanta. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

(Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

Located just east of Downtown Atlanta, DeKalb’s hidden gems are gaining national, and in some cases, even global recognition. Whether you are driving down Buford Highway’s International Corridor searching for that perfect bowl of ramen, walking down the lamp-lit sidewalks of Downtown Decatur, or finding an elusive pop-up from an up-and-coming chef, you are guaranteed to find a dish you won’t forget, that one that won’t be duplicated anywhere else.

For more information, visit our Off the Eatin’ Path food blog!

Shopping in Atlanta’s DeKalb

A window display is pictured at Boutique Karma, June 4, 2014, in Decatur, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

 (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

Shopping in Atlanta’s DeKalb is an experience that sets itself apart from anywhere else in Metro Atlanta. Whether you are looking for the name brand handbag at one of our major malls, or locally made art, clothing, and jewelry at one of our hundreds of small, independent shops, you are guaranteed to find unique and one-of-a-kind items for your home or your wardrobe.