Moving to Atlanta...

  • jhill2456

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    Aug 17, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I'm moving to Atlanta at the end of the month. I was wondering what are the places to go, things to do, gyms to work out at.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Welcome to Atlanta! icon_biggrin.gif It's a pretty broad question, but there are lots of choices for you here.

    I imagine that the gym you choose will have a lot to do with where you live and where you work. Of course there are several places that are very heavily gay, if that's what you're looking for -- places like the LA Fitness at Ansley Mall, for example.

    Check out this guide to Atlanta: http://www.pocketrocketguide.com/. It's mostly ads, but it does have a section listing bars, gay-friendly restaurants, and services.


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    Aug 17, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    WELCOME TO ATLANTA!

    I suppose it all depends on how much you want to gay it up. Anything in midtown is going to be pretty accepting and is where the biggest concentration of gays, bars and dining are.

    During the day, Piedmont Park is always great if you wanna go for a ride, walk, skate, blade, jog etc. On the weekend there is plenty of eye candy.

    Dining is pretty wide open, you can go ultra gay with Joe's on Juniper, Cowtippers and Roxx. For Mexican F.R.O.G's is cool in the midtown promenade, very casual place, Also No Mas Cantina in Castleberry hill is fun. For something a hint more upscale try WaterHaven. Awesome food, very gay friendly. Brunch is always fun at the Flying Biscuit, Crescent Moon in Decatur and I think Einsteins on Juniper also has a nice brunch. There are so many dining choices you could practically choose a different place every day and never run out of options.

    Atlanta has a huge sports alliance. The softball league is one of the largest in the country see www.hotlantasoftball.org. There is also Rugby, Flag Football, Bowling, Tennis, Aquatics, Volleyball, Running, Soccer...pretty much anything if you are into a sport. If not, going to the games are always a blast and a great way of meeting nice people.

    There is plenty to do outside of midtown once you have a good group of friends to do things with. Stone Mountain is always a nice way to spend the afternoon. Areas where there are a good mix of gay and straight are Tucker, Decatur (Which has a reputation for its concentration of lesbians) and East Atlanta Village. Seems like there are a good group up in the Marietta/Smyrna area as well.

    The most notoriously gay gym is going to be the LA fitness at Ansley Mall. Which is for the most part a non stop parade of men. Starbucks...also affectionately call Bearbux is a great place to sit back and watch the men coming and going from LA fitness. It's pretty entertaining watching them pretend like they don't want to be seen yet prance right past Bux everyday all puffed up.

    You are gonna love Atlanta. One thing though that I should forewarn you of... Many people that move here have a rough time making friends at first. Atlanta is a very friendly city and for the most part everyone is going to be nice to you, but it may take a little time and effort to make some solid friends. Some say Atlanta is cliquish and you have to sleep with someone before they will be your friend. Don't believe that BS unless of course you choose to feed into it. If you encounter any trouble making friends just remember to keep trying and be yourself and be seen. Once people have seen you out and about enough, and you make a concerted effort to always say hello to people you recognize, things will fall right into place. Just don't expect it to happen overnight, the guys here have to warm up to you to before going any deeper than the congenial pass by greeting. (I would think this is pretty normal for most cities though) It is such a big gay city no one is desperate for making new gay friends, but most are always open to bringing someone into the fold if they are good people. With all that said, I highly doubt you will have any trouble, with a smile like that. ;)

    When you get here make it a habit to pick up a SOVO, David, Pocket Rocket, Gaydar or Creative Loafing. Anything and everything that is going on will be listed there.

    Again! Welcome to the big ATL!
  • jhill2456

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    Aug 17, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    Awesome...what about nightlife and stuff.
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    I have been to Atlanta one time and now going again this year in October. I am lucky enough to already have some friends that moved there from Charleston SC, where I live. I am thinking about moving to ATL as well and keep visiting to see if its the right fit. I do agree with the friends part, just from staying in ATL a couple nights I do recognize the little gay groups. But I have to say people are friendly. I was riding on MARTA and several people just walked up to me and started a conversation.
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    Aug 18, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    GAFuzzThe most notoriously gay gym is going to be the LA fitness at Ansley Mall. Which is for the most part a non stop parade of men. Starbucks...also affectionately call Bearbux is a great place to sit back and watch the men coming and going from LA fitness. It's pretty entertaining watching them pretend like they don't want to be seen yet prance right past Bux everyday all puffed up.


    Speaking of which, I haven't seen you there lately. Where've you been?

    By the way, that walk between Starbucks and LAF is called "The Runway."
  • gjoseph

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    Aug 18, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    Ahh I absolutely love Atlanta! I hope to eventually move there one day =)
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    Aug 18, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    I miss Atlanta sometimes icon_sad.gif

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    Aug 18, 2009 12:47 PM GMT
    A&FI miss Atlanta sometimes


    Uh huh.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 18, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Nightlife in Atlanta is a broad and wide as everything else.
    Strip club- Swinging Richards on Northside, BJ Rooster on Chesire Bridge
    (Get Familiar with Chesire Bridge, it has 3 Gay Clubs, most of the porn and adult stores, and oddly some of the best resturants in Atlanta.)
    Dancing-The Jungle is the big dance club, Heretic is an older more House Music, (There were other clubs, Wet but it's now Tribal and Straight?)
    Leather-Eagle on Ponce Deleon (careful on this road lots of 'strays')
    Neighborhood bars -Blake on 10th and Peidmont, Amsterdam on Amsterdam, Burkharts, Mixx and a few others at Ansley
    Bookstore - Outwrite on 10th and Piedmont

    I think that covers it. Try and find Atlantadavid.com or DavidAtlanta.com it's a gay magazine that keeps u up to date on all the clubs and happenings.

    Cheers
    Jonathan