The Den

 
74% love it
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Members-only private club
Men of color and those who love them meet here. The Den was established in 2004 as a common meeting ground for like minded people.
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    • Everyone do yourself a favor and avoid this place like the plague. As gay men of color we have enough to deal with in our daily lives. We deal with bullying and issues of body image. With that being said, we go to these places because they are supposed to be a judge-free zone. So why did I get there yesterday, and the front desk clerk (the same one I am sure others have complained about) decided to fat shame me and basically tell me that I was too fat enter the establishment and to come back on Tuesday? Also, I have been monitoring this issue they had with another patron from September and the only words to describe the owner is unprofessional, As Americans, we have a right to express ourselves. The owner on Facebook threatened legal action simply because the man expressed his views and asked for an apology. So i guess that means because it's a "private club" that means he is just going to hide behind that to bully people who speaks negatively about his club. It is people like you and people like your club that contributes to the problems that LGBT deal with. We have to worry about straight bullies and right wing nuts discriminating against us, in may states we can be fired or kicked out of our homes just because of who we love. Atlanta is supposed to be a city that opens its arms and embraces the LGBT community. Every other establishment in this area does just that. The Den seems to not care. They only embrace LGBT people if they are fit, or don't have a belly or whatever criteria they set. Again,, Manifest4U, Tokyo Valentino, Southern Nights are all within walking distance of this place. Go to one of them. They understand that while there may be people who you aren't attracted to, who may not be in the best shape, they feel its important to provide all members of our community a safe environment to play all week long.

    • Altimus
      Altimus 2 months ago
      Hates it

      On Saturday June 24, 2017 I came to the Den. The Den is not often a place I frequent. But back in the day (2010-2015) that was my spot. I paid $15 to get in. The first thing I did was take a shower as soon as I made it to the locker room. They provide small towels that can barely fit your waist. Once I got out of the shower I went back to the front desk to ask for another towel. The guy that I was dealing with at the front desk is physically described as being anywhere from 5'6 to 5'7, dark-skinned, stocky build, age range anywhere from 38 to 50 years old and short black hair. I asked for another towel since the one I had was wet since I just finished drying off from my shower. He told me that it was a dollar. Now, as traffic was picking up at the Den, I had suggested that I get another towel and I pay on my way out. I felt that was a more logical idea, instead of going back and forth to and from the locker room, getting in the way of other people that were coming in and getting undressed. The guy told me no. He told me that either pay now or leave. Then, abruptly, he told me to get out. I could not believe it. At one point in the middle of our dispute, I started to agree to just go back to my locker to get the dollar to pay for the extra towel, just to keep the peace. But, he still demanded that I leave. He actually send one of the guards, the guys in the yellow vests, to escort me to my locker to make sure that I got dressed and left. That was so humiliating. Once I got dressed, I came right to that same front desk staff and asked him for my refund of $15, especially since I had been inside this establishment for less than an hour and did not get the services that I had paid for. This guy told me no. He refused to refund me the $15 I paid for non-services. As the guards in the yellow vests were escorting me out of the building, he announced that I have been banned. Okay, so I have been publicly humiliated for absolutely no legitimate reason. Roughly three months later on September 15, 2017 I recieved an email on "Jack'd" from a promoter for The Den. So, I asked the guy "why are you advertising The Den to me because I was recently banned from there over a towel." So, the promoter responded by telling me that the only reasons he has heard people getting banned from The Den was if and when they were fighting. Now, I will tell you this. 1. I have NEVER EVER overstepped my boundaries with anyone at the Den. 2. I have NEVER EVER invaded anybody's personal space at The Den. 3. I have NEVER EVER caused, been in the middle of, or even witnessed any fights at The Den. Now with that being said, the promoter suggested that I call Rob, who happened to be the owner, and explain everything that happened on the night of Saturday June 24, 2017. During the phone call Rob, the owner, at first took the defense of the staff, in regards to him just doing his job since he deals with lots of clientele. Rob also mentioned that this guy may have been in a bad mood that night. Now, I did provide my full name, as Rob asked. Then, Rob tells me that under my name, there is nothing that says I have been banned from the club. Before this phone call ended, Rob suggested that the next time I visit the Den, I speak to this guy and try to work things out so that everything can go smooth between us. On Friday night, September 22, 2017 I went to the Den. As soon as I walked in, that same guy that I had an issue with (described as anywhere between 5'6 to 5'6, darkskinned and stocky-build, short black hair and age range anywhere from 38 to 50 years old) was at the front desk. I gave him my ID. Once he checked it, he told me that I have been suspended from this establishment for 3 months. Now, that was NOT what Rob told me over the phone. There were 2 other guys also at the front office. I asked to speak directly to Rob. I asked, "which one of you guys is Rob?" Nobody answered me. I told them that I am not leaving until I see and speak with Rob. This same guy that I have been complaining about walked right out of the office and walked towards me, came behind me, grabbed me from under my arms with full force, wrestled with me, lifted me up slightly. As I wiggled myself in his arms, I yelled for one of the guards in the yellow vests to hand me my wallet that was still sitting on the counter. Then this same guy I'm complaining about literally tossed me outside the building. So, I kept asking him what his name was. Then I asked him if he was really Rob. He claimed to be Rob. Then I asked him for his last name. He refused to give it to me. He was very hostile towards me. So, as he walked back into the building I called the police on him for putting his hands on me. That is NOT how you conduct business. Then, one of the guards in the yellow vests came back outside and asked me to leave the premises. I refused to. I told them that I will not leave until the police arrives. Once the police arrived, I explained everything that happened, going back to June 24th. This guy represented himself as Rob, the owner. Still, to this day I'm not sure exactly what his real name is. The police actually believed that this guy was actually Rob, the owner, despite the fact that he did not show his ID. A police report was made but no immediate action was taken. Later, the next day I emailed the promoter from "Jack'd", telling him about the recent incident at The Den. The promoter told me that Rob, the owner does not fit the description of the staff member that I have been having an issue with and that I had been lied to. Later, on September 29, 2017, there was a black and blue T-shirt I recently purchased that I had planned to wear again this day, which I had wore that same night of the incident at the Den the week prior. When I put the shirt on, I noticed the bottom of my sleeve was torn, due to this "Rob" guy grabbing and wrestling with me. There are details about this complaint on the Better Business Bureau Website (effective 9/27/17)

    • must be shut down
      this individual at the door which is wouldn't be a "type" for anyone I know, select people based on his taste. I have no problems going to anywhere and this person said I could not meet "his requirements" ... Atlanta city MUST investigate this place and fine them for shameless discrimination.

    • jameswilliams
      jameswilliams Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Too Dark
      I had a great time. The crowd was nice. It was a bit to dark.

    • Africanman_2000
      Africanman_2000 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Den is fun and safe place!
      Den is still a decent place for Black Men, and Men of color to hang out. The staff is very friendly and courteous. I prefer Saturday and Sundays. (All butt naked) Lots of sexy in shape tight fine body Brothers are there. (Lots of action) Mostly young crowd, but also older guys are there at times. Occasionally, there are a few out shape overweight body Brothers that come through. The bottom line, the Den is still a hot place to hang on the radar!!!!!

    • FLOMO
      FLOMO Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Me and a group of friends will be in atlanta within the next two weeks, during halloween season. We have been talking about visiting this particular place, but after the reading the reviews all of the hype behind it has dwindled. Is this place worht it for three young black boys to visit?

    • Nunya
      Nunya Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Shameful
      This establish allows only height weight proportional customers. This is discrimination. It might as well be a no blacks allowed establishment. I'm glad to see civil rights has done it's job. It's a good the the gay community is all about equality

    • jamesoasis
      jamesoasis Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The good old days are gone
      It pains me to say this, but The Den isn't what it used to be. The owner is nice, a very cool guy, and very friendly. Since it's inception it has been in 3 locations that I know of. The first two were in Decatur. The first location was the best (in my opinion) and was always packed, but I only went on weekends at the time. I was dissapointed at first when they moved to the other location in Decatur, but I grew accustomed to the new place. That location stayed full as well even throughout the week. This new location in Midtown is the biggest disappointment. The loyal customers migrated there at first, but they soon fizzled out. Especially when other options started to pop up. Midtown is a nice locale, but it is overrated. I could understand if you were opening a restaurant, but for this type of venue it is NOT the place. There have been big compromises to stay relevant such as allowing out of shape men, old guys, and now it is now longer just for men of color (which I don't mind that). It does go down on Labor Day Weekend because out of towners don't know any better. I would suggest he pack that place up ASAP, go back to his old business model, and move back to where his core and loyal patrons reside. Also, they need to embrace the digital age and get on social media. You have to get the word out if you are going to stay in Midtown. But hey, I guess he feels he is doing what is best. So I guess I will always have the good old memories from the south side.

    • rameses
      rameses Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Its time has past
      This place used to be located in the Decatur area and was a hot place to be on Friday's and Saturdays back in 2010. Nice selection men and always sex. However it was shut down due to to zoning issues. It reopened in Atlanta off Cheshire-Bridge Rd. It is in a cavernous facility with all the amenities one needs. But the clientele has gotten to be more trollish and caters more to old out of shape dudes. The only night really worth going is a Sunday during their BUTT-NAKED NIGHT and you will see decent dudes only because its $5 for the 1st 25 dudes or during the pride weekends. The owner submits false reviews on his website making it appear as though the club is busy.. Its mid-day sessions are a waste of time and money. he may have a total of 5 - 8 guys none of which are worth it. You would be better off going to peek a boo or Insurrections. This club is no longer hot. most of the homegrown parties have taken over...

    • pilvio
      pilvio Over a year ago
      Hates it

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    • ghost_riderii
      ghost_riderii Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I guess It is Atlanta's Best kept Secret
      This place is a private club that caters to African American and Hispanic men. It's friendly, clean, and off the chain. I won't go into too much detail but you will go home sore and fulfilled. The one complaint it that it's a bit too dark.

    • daredevil1
      daredevil1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Wow!
      This must be a secret. It's not listed on Squirt.

    • lacystevenc
      lacystevenc Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great
      Had a blast! More than I could imagine! Can't WAIT to return!

    • JamaicanDrop
      JamaicanDrop Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Best Spot in ATL
      I visited the Den this weekend and I Absolutly loved it!.... The place is clean, and well kept! They provide Free Condoms and Lube.... Not to mention there are hot Sexy Guys everywhere!.... I can't wait to go back, I had so much fun!..... Definitely check out the Den!

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