Nightlife in Loring Heights

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Inseparable even in past lives when they were a crime-solving orangutan-golden retriever duo, the Grape's Master Sommelier Jay James and Executive Chef Paul Agnelli aim to match a perfectly-chosen wine with each item on their fresh, seasonal menu. Every dish is made with wine-friendly gourmet ingredients. Settle into The Grape's outdoor patio and start by coupling sharable tasters like the chipotle-shrimp flatbread with cilantro-lime dressing ($10) with a robust red like the Layer Cake's Italian Primitivo ($10/glass), or artfully offset a mezze platter of roasted-garlic hummus, house-marinated olives, and cashew- and goat-cheese-stuffed peppadews ($9) with the crispier Sauvignon Blanc from Joel Gott's Napa vineyard ($7/glass). Likewise, dozens of chardonnays, pinot noirs, aromatic whites, champagnes, Italian wines, and more can make a leggy tango partner to entrées such as the grilled-mahi tacos with jalapeno slaw ($12), the pulled pork with pepper-jack cheese on fire-roasted corn flatbread with kettle chips ($9), or the double-cut New–Zealand lamb chops with portobello cream-cheese mashed potatoes and raspberry-balsamic honey ($24). If you're not fluent in wine jargon or simply overwhelmed by the options, The Grape's winesperienced staff is always eager to offer recommendations and advice regarding your meal or tax problems. Cap off an evening of tattoo comparisons and flirtatious arm-wrestling with a glass of fruity-sweet Muscat Blanc from Italy's Piedmont region ($13).

265 18th St NW
Atlanta,
GA
US

At Rosa Mexicano, every serving of guacamole has its roots in a volcanic eruption. Servers mash up the eatery’s popular dip tableside using a lava-rock mortar. Other beloved plates include tacos stuffed with duck and a pomegranate margarita, whose hue matches the pink and orange lights in the brightly decorated eatery.

245 18th St NW
Atlanta,
GA
US

Patrons at cafe nineteen savor Illy-brand coffee, fresh-baked bread, and sandwiches picked from a diverse menu while admiring art displayed around the café. Stop by after work or during a unicycle rugby match for a cappuccino ($4) or mocha ($4), or sample the creamy interplay of espresso and condensed milk in a bombom ($5). Savory sandwiches, such as the rosemary turkey ($8) or vegetarian ($7), relieve midday hunger pangs, while four-cheese pizzas ($6) and an arsenal of beers bandage late-night hunger stabs. Desserts are baked daily, creating a rotating roster that may include muffins, croissants, and cheesecake. Cafe nineteen stays open until 1:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday and midnight on Sunday as late-night diners swap spine-chilling stories about ghosts made of pie.

232 19th Street Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US

"Special guest will be in the building." This promise appears often on flyers for Room Service Lounge's events, and one look at the club's Twitter feed proves they rarely disappoint. Their high-powered parties attract celebs of all kinds, from rapper Drake Fabulous to actors Boris Kodjoe and Vivica A. Fox to athletes Zack Randolph, Charles Barkley, and Michael Irvin. But even when there isn't a famous name in the house, RSL does plenty to keep their crowds entertained. One night, groups could gather around VIP tables for bottle service as a DJ spins dance music; another night, friends can eat crab legs and fish tacos during Scandal viewing parties. There's also hookah available in regular or fruit-infused flavors any night of the week.

230 18th Street Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US

Relapse Theatre pointedly caresses neglected funny bones with regular improv and stand-up entertainment. Open for seven years, the joke-slinging powerhouse boasts more than a dozen improv troupes populating its converted church venue. Audience members craving on-stage attention can frequent the interactive 2 Girls 3 Eyes show and savor founding Relapse members at work. Astronaut University plunges an amalgamation of Atlanta comedy-troupe space cowboys into the hilarious great unknown. Meanwhile, incredulous movie-watchers can exult in vicarious Mystery Science Theater 3000-like entertainment with Cineprov!, featuring mockery of deserving movies from a group of sharp-witted critics. Many of Relapse’s shows can be enhanced by a fully stocked bar brimming with more than 200 varieties of beer, wine, and liquor.

380 14th St
Atlanta,
GA
US

Project 9-6-1 celebrates five years of rocking Atlanta's airwaves with the Filthy Fifth Anniversary concert, a bass-heavy evening of raucous metal, hip-hop, and dub-step headlined by world-famous band Korn. Since 1994, the group has gripped music fans with its raw energy and signature nu-metal sound, which fuses aggressive riffs and cathartic caterwauling with thesaurus-shredding hip-hop. With more than 30 million records sold and two Grammys on the mantel, vocalist Jonathan Davis and his band of sonic swashbucklers execute an athletic set that mixes classic tracks with new thrashers from the band’s latest album, The Path of Totality. Joining the sonic mélange, dub-step DJ Datsik blows up the dance floor with helium tanks of hip-hop, Netherland rappers Dope D.O.D. drop hardcore rhymes about wooden shoes, and Canadian bass-master Downlink puts treble knobs in their place with telltale beats that haunt guilty floorboards.

1819 Peachtree Road
Atlanta,
GA
US