Catch a star: Where to spot celebrities in Atlanta late-night

Over the years, Atlanta has truly become the Hollywood of the South. People come in from all over the world to film movies, make music or play sports.

By now, you've probably run into someone's fave at Lenox Mall, at a grocery store or at a sporting event. But where do celebs go at night? Here's a rundown of a few late-night spots where you might catch a star in Atlanta.

1. Bone Lick BBQ 

327 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta

"Fun southern fare and classic cocktails" are enough to attract celebrities to Bone Lick BBQ in the Old Fourth Ward. Touted as a "funky spot with a no-nonsense vibe" on Google, Bone Lick is the place to be to catch a movie star downing beer and barbecue.

In recent years, Jack Black, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zach Galifianakis, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have all been spotted at this locale while in town working on projects. Recently, T.I. and Killer Mike passed through to grab to-go plates, according to Bone Lick's Facebook page.

True to the eclectic vibe the Edgewood area is known for, Bone Lick fits right in as a place where you can come as you are and expect a great time. For celebs, this chill ambiance probably hits the spot after a hectic day on set or on stage.

Bone Lick's hours vary, but you can grab a meal and a drink at their bar until 10 p.m. on Wednesday or Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Credit: Paras Griffin

Credit: Paras Griffin

2. Compound Night Club 

1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta

When it's time to turn up, A-Listers have been known to frequent Compound Night Club. Outside of the hosted events from stars like 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Gucci Mane, P. Diddy, Cardi B, Future and Rick Ross, sometimes their famous friends show up and the whole night might turn into a red carpet affair.

Like many nightclubs, Compound has an energetic vibe with two levels, multiple DJs and space for partying inside or outside. Though the venue definitely draws a crowd, Compound is larger than most clubs so there is space to move around. In March, 2 Chainz hosted an album release party there and had enough room to pack the house with fans and partygoers alike.

Over the years, Compound has become well known for its weekly Saturday night parties in Atlanta. The events typically run from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

3. The Clermont Lounge 

789 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta

Yes. Atlanta's oldest strip club is also a popular bar for the rich and famous. Located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel, the Clermont Lounge is notorious for its fun entertainment, generous drinks and unique atmosphere. Recently, Clermont Lounge's own celebrity, Blondie, celebrated 40 years of entertaining visitors there.

As a staple of the city, this bucket list attraction has one standout feature that many stars would appreciate: No cameras allowed. Even still, Anthony Bourdain, Pink, Morgan Freeman, Anna Camp, the Real Housewives of Atlanta and others have stopped by and enjoyed the festivities.

If you're looking to see Blondie and maybe some other famous faces, the Clermont Lounge is open from 1 p.m. until 3 a.m. every day except for Sunday, when the lounge is closed.

4. STK Atlanta 

1075 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

No list of local celebrity hotspots would be complete without mentioning STK. This sleek, upscale steakhouse has seen A-listers like Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Scarlett Johansson and more. Earlier this year, Jermaine Dupri posted a photo with a few famous friends by the bar (spoiler: Mariah Carey was one of them).

With signature cocktails and a drool-worthy menu, STK draws a crowd almost any night of the week. The ambiance is always vibrant with music playing and people enjoying the tunes by the bar or at their tables. Depending on the time you're going, visitors typically dress to match STK's chic atmosphere.

The bar is open until 10:30 p.m. during the week and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. STK closes at 10 p.m. on Sundays.

5. Slutty Vegan 

1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta

Though they don't serve alcohol, there's one late-night spot where celebrities have been going to get down and dirty. Slutty Vegan, a plant-based, vegan burger joint, has been rapidly gaining popularity in Atlanta and far beyond.

Tyler Perry, Waka Flocka Flame, Amanda Seales, Colin Kaepernick, Mike Epps and Snoop Dogg have all been seen either at the store or by the original Slutty Vegan food truck. During the Millennium Tour, singer Mario stopped by to grab a bite.

Because the line to get food can sometimes run several hours long, the environment at the restaurant is always pretty busy. However, if you're in the neighborhood and looking for a delicious option for your late-night cravings, you just might run into a famous face if you stop by Slutty Vegan.

Slutty Vegan is open Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. until midnight and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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