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One of the best ways to honor Pride Month is by supporting Atlanta’s many queer-owned businesses. We asked for some of your favorites on Instagram, and here’s the result. Check out as many as you can throughout Pride, and beyond. It’s so important to keep ATL’s LGBTQI+ owned businesses alive and thriving!
10 queer-owned businesses you have to check out in Atlanta:
1. Guac Y Margys
Where: Sweet Auburn
This is the place for tacos, Atlanta! Enjoy an incredible selection of margaritas and Mexican inspired bar bites at Guacs Y Margys! We recommend trying our their trio of tacos. The margarita hotspot now has two locations across the city, including an awesome space on the BeltLine.
2. Finca To Filter
Where: West End
An incredibly welcoming space with incredibly delicious coffee, make sure you check out Finca To Filter. This queer-and-female-owned business serves up the perfect cup of Joe. We’re always find ourselves craving their awesome Chai Lattes. They even hold fun events like Drag Queen Bingo, as well as participate in Farmer’s Markets across the city.
Where: Winnona Park
Charis Books and More is a female and queer-owned bookstore, specialize in diverse and unique books on feminism, tackling issues faced by women and LGBTQI+ on the daily. There are children’s books, feminist, and cultural studies books, books on anti-racism, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer fiction/non-fiction. So what are you waiting for, Atlanta? Go and stock up on some incredible reading material.
Where: Underground Atlanta
There’s a brand-new LGBTQI+ showbar in town, and you don’t want to miss out on their incredible events. Especially on weekends, as a new drag n’ dine extravaganza takes over the venue on Fridays and Saturdays. Fantasy Girls Cabaret features RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Trinity K. Bonet, Phoenix, and Lala Ri. Joining the RuGirls on the sickening line-up are Atlantan legends Taejah ZT Aga, Raquel Rea Heart, Destiny Brooks, Shawnna Brooks, Extasy Grey, and Cici Nicole!
If you’re a sucker for awesome pub grub and swanky cocktails, then look no further. Henry’s is the perfect place for post-work drinks, or a pre-party hangout. We love heading to Henry’s for brunch! They have an awesome outdoor dining area for soaking up that Georgian sunshine.
5. Lost n’ Found Thrift Store
Who doesn’t love dedicating some time for going thrifting and finding a great deal. All proceeds generated in this Lost-n-Found go to their non-profit—a local organization that aids homeless LGBTQ youth. It’s open to the public most days, and features donated clothing, accessories, furniture, and more!
6. Metro Fresh
Take a break from your hectic lives at this “friendly oasis”, founded with the notion that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, and creative food. Metro Fresh is great for tasty treats and that well-needed health kick we all crave sometimes. We recommend one of their comforting soups in the fall or winter months, and one of their refreshing salads in the summer! There are two Metro Fresh locations across Atlanta.
7. Kai Lin Art
Where: Home Park
This contemporary art gallery hosts several exhibitions throughout the year. KAI LIN ART has been recognized by regional, national, and international publications for being on the cutting edge of art in America.
Where: Sweet Auburn
Replenish your mind, body, and soul at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium in Atlanta. This glorious hole-in-the-wall is home to holy spirits, non-stop ping pong, and galleries of transcendent artwork. Known by its patrons as as Church Bar, or simply Church, this place mixes church with kitsch perfectly, and is always a camp old time.
9. Firepit Pizza Tavern
Where: Grant Park
Whenever we fancy a slice, Firepit Pizza Tavern springs to mind. Their Meatball pizza is out of this world, served with meatballs, spinach, red onions and the freshest mozzarella. There’s also an incredibly cute outdoor space to enjoy your pie in that fresh air.
10. Stonehurst Place
If you’ve got friends or family visiting and they need somewhere to sleep, we couldn’t recommend Stonehurst Place enough. This historic mansion dates back to 1896, and is located in the heart of ATL’s gayborhood.
Featured Image: Guac Y Margys