Finding and dating cougars in Atlanta isn't as easy as many guys would like. The city is really spread out and there are a lot of places that you can try on just about any night of the week. It can be really easy to waste a lot of time and money if you don't have a lot of experience.
We've put together this guide to cougar dating in Atlanta because we're ready to share what's worked for us and what places you should avoid. With a little direction from us you can become much more successful meeting Atlanta cougars without driving all over town.
We're going to cover where you can meet cougars, how you should approach things, and include some tips on actually getting things going with them.
When it comes to dating cougars, you really need to get some practice before you get the hang of it. We're going to share several a few of the absolute best places in Atlanta to meet cougars now and then many more options further down. These are a few of our absolute favorites:
Johnny's Hideaway, 3771 Roswell Rd NE, is easily the most famous and well-known cougar bar in Atlanta. Thursday through Saturday, and most of the other days of the week, this place is absolutely packed with single older women. Even though this place looks kinda dumpy and the drinks aren't very good there just isn't a more popular cougar spot.
This place has been around for a long time and older women know this is where they can go to regularly meet younger guys. Once you get past 6 or 7 the dance floor is usually packed and there can be a really long line to get in. It never hurts to get there a little early so that you don't have to wait. A lot of single older women aren't staying out to 1 AM anyway so you don't want to miss them.
The women here can get pretty aggressive so it's definitely worth checking out. There really isn't anything else like it in town.
The older women of Atlanta are really embracing a few cougar dating apps, especially these days. This is especially common for women looking to date younger guys. If you're not on at least one of the two apps we're going to recommend you're really missing out. So many relationships, and hookups, start online that you just can't avoid using one of them.
We're dealing with extremely busy women here who are balancing career, family, and social lives. Many of them just don't have a lot of time to spend in bars and clubs. This has made apps extremely popular with cougars. When it comes to finding a hookup with an older woman AFF (which you can try for free here) is easily the best option in Atlanta. It's particularly popular with women over 35 and has a ton of people using it in Atlanta.
If you're only looking for something casual there just isn't an easier way to meet women over 35. The only other legit option out there, Tinder, has almost zero older women using. Do yourself a favor and try out AFF's free trial to see why so many women use it. It's also been the best option for guys lately so win/win.
There is only one option right now that you should consider if you want to meet a cougar for something longer term, eHarmony. You can certainly meet women on other popular apps but nothing is quite as easy or useful as this, in our experience. When you combine the level of focus on relationships and compatibility with over 30,000,000 members you get a pretty good experience.
If you're a guy who wants to meet cougars 24/7 this is a great option, assuming you're not solely looking for hookups (then AFF is better). Check out eHarmony's trial offer here and see the level of talent in your neighborhood.
Dark Horse Tavern, 816 North Highland Avenue Northeast, is another pretty locally famous cougar bar here in Atlanta. It's not as crazy a Johnny's is but it's still a really good spot to try out.
What we really like about it is they have some pretty good music and draw a pretty diverse group of cougars in. It isn't always the same old crowd like you see at other bars. This is another place where you want to get there a little early because it can fill up fast on the busy nights of the week.
We tend to find quite a few attractive cougars here on Friday and Saturday nights especially. If you're not afraid to take the lead this is a great place to try.
There are quite a few cougar bars in Atlanta that are worth checking out. All of them are different, attract a different crowd, and will lead to different experiences. We always recommend that you try a few from our list below and see how much you like it.
One of the most interesting things you'll notice is that most women tend to frequent the bars in their neighborhood. As they get older they are less likely to drive all the way across town to a bar or club. That means that you'll need to do a bit of driving yourself to really maximize your options.
These are the best cougar clubs and bars in Atlanta right now:
There are a lot of options in the list above, in both downtown and the surrounding cities. We included a pretty good mix of bars, clubs, and restaurants that also happen to have really popular bars. We try to update this list regularly because bars and clubs have been changing locations a lot lately.
During daylight hours can be a little trickier to meet single cougars. They tend to be a lot more spread out and congregate in downtown, midtown, Buckhead, Perimeter Center, and Cumberland. That doesn't mean you're out of luck if you can't make it out there but it can be easier to find cougars there.
There are a few places worth noting that are especially good in our experience:
On the list above you're going to find several really great coffee shops, yoga studios, and malls that we've found to be consistently popular with single women 40+. These are places where single guys can easily spend time and strike up conversations without anything feeling forced or inauthentic.
There are a lot of other places in town like these but we've had the best luck here. You don't need to spend all day here, just make it a habit of spending an hour or two a week at a few of these spots and you're going to have a lot of options.
We've given you a lot of great places to pick up cougars in Atlanta in the list above but what about once you've actually met? Finding them and striking up a conversation is just the first step of the process. We're going to help you finding success actually dating cougars, not just meeting them.
When you're ready to take the next step we always recommend a few different types of possible dates:
If you're meeting a woman for the first time or you just want to keep things very casual with her a low-key lounge is a great place to start. The are places with good drinks, are quite enough for you to talk, and allow the two of you to sit side-by-side. You don't want to be face to face like in a job interview!
A few of our favorite lounges right now that fit this description are:
If you're thinking more long-term and want to build up some real chemistry a comedy club or other fun activity can be a solid first date. You don't want to spend hours and hours sitting in silence next to each other so plan to spend a little time at a bar beforehand so you both can talk and loosen up a bit.
A few great places to take a cougar on a date are:
We usually don't recommend dinner on your first date with a cougar. It tends to lead to dates that are very formal and less fun over all. However, some women, especially older women insist on it. If this is something you run into then we have a few great options for you to try.
Some of these are a little pricey but others are pretty reasonable:
Wherever you decide to go remember that the key to dating cougars is to keep things fun! This is especially true if you're a younger guy. If she has a great time with you then there is a very good chance things will progress nicely with her.
A lot of guys make the mistake of focusing completely on one older woman when they meet and that's a mistake. You need to keep going out to the different places on this list and have a constant stream of new women in your life. The more options you have the more relaxed and fun you're going to be on the date.
There are so many cougars in Atlanta that you shouldn't be in any rush to settle down with the first one you meet!
To make things easier we've put together a handy map of all the spots on our list. Find the best spot to meet cougars in your neighborhood:
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