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the bqe restaurant & lounge, Atlanta, GA
the bqe restaurant & lounge, Atlanta, GA
the bqe restaurant & lounge, Atlanta, GA
the bqe restaurant & lounge, Atlanta, GA
the bqe restaurant & lounge, Atlanta, GA

the bqe restaurant & lounge

4.5
4.5
1364 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
bqe restaurant and lounge is not your average soul food restaurant. It's soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine. The warm eye catching colors and plush fabrics will soothe you as you sip one of our New York inspired signature cocktails. Complete your dining experience with one of our delicious signature desserts.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am
  • Phone number
    (404) 593-9407
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Virgil Harper
  • Catering
    We provide catering. Please call (404) 996-6159 to organize your event.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a venue to book for private events? Look no further! BQE is your solution! Contact us today for more details!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (404) 593-9407
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Bell St
  • Parking details
    Valet parking for $10.00 Wednesday - Sunday<br />
  • Public transit
    King Memorial Train Station: MARTA<br />Georgia State Train Station: MARTA<br />Sweet Auburn Market: Atlanta Streetcar<br />Dobbs Plaza: Atlanta Streetcar
  • Entertainment
    Get here early, Dinner starts at 5pm! Monday - Friday: Afterwork Mixer 5pm-7pmMonday: M-Monday'sTuesday: Tuesday DinnerWednesday: Comedy Night. Show starts at 8pmThursday: Karaoke Night. Show starts at 9pmSaturday Brunch: GetBrunch!! Day party. Starts at 11amFriday & Saturday Night: Live Bands. Show starts at 9pmSunday Brunch: Starts at 10amSunday Night: Soulful Single Sundays. Starts at 5pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,364 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful time at BQE! The food and drinks were great. The dj was lit too! I can’t wait to return

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  2. LashawnD

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed my time at bqe, brunch was great, love the bottomless Bellinis

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the shrimp and grits it was ok. The music was really good at a moderate level, staff was amazing. Let me not forget the mimosas!! But the food selection I had was just eh

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  4. CatLionne

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were surprised by the $20 to park just to go into restaurant to eat. The food was really good. We had the fish & grits with collard greens. The drinks were strong. The music was a bit louder than expected around 8:30. It made sense once the DJ arrived around 10 but earlier in the day we couldn’t hear each other. Recommend before 7pm for dinner and after 10pm for a party atmosphere

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service was great ! They sat us in a small Corner at a dirty wobbly table! I had to move for the table be hind me to get up. The air conditioning was leaking on the floor , they put a wet sign on it and put more guest at the table! And the hostess can smile a little she was little aggressive

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal. Southern fried chicken was on point and the yams were so tasty.

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  7. Issa

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant’s policies/dress code/table limit do not match the actual quality of the establishment. We were sat right in front of what looks like what’s supposed to be a private lounge area with sheer curtains, you can see the waitresses getting ready putting on deodorant etc. They had only one type of beer and drinks were served in flimsy plastic containers. We ordered our food and it came out literally 3 mins later which made me question the freshness/quality.. & it was not good. A friend ordered gumbo and didn’t receive the bread that comes with it because they were out. 1/10, would not recommend!

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  8. KimberlyB

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been here a couple of times before (a couple of years ago). The food and entertainment were great. We went as a last minute decision; the food was horrible and we were just very hungry, so we ate it. The catfish tasted like frozen fish with no flavor. The snapper also had no flavor. My husband had the salmon pasta…tasted like Alfredo out of a jar. The DJ’s equipment kept malfunctioning(I felt bad for him.) I will not be back. This place has fell off, probably why we were able to get a last minute reservation.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    BQE use to be my favorite spot to eat. The noise level of the music being extremely loud, I really couldn’t understand. Especially when the restaurant wasn’t even crowded. I had crab cakes and greens. The crab cakes were a little over cooked and the greens were gritty. I had a bad experience a year ago and was hoping things had changed, but it hasn’t. I probably will not patron them anymore.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything was great besides it being so HOT in there. It’s like they did not have the air on. Everyone was sweating and fanning themselves. Please adjust the air temperature based on the heat outside.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a ball at BQE!!! The food, music, drinks, and overall vibe was what I needed! I will definitely be back again soon!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, music was very loud and limited drink options, but outside of that I’d go back frequently !

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The prices for the drinks were way more than it needed to be because the drinks were very weak and watered down. Weed smell!!! The quality of the food was not seasoned either!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The website says $10 valet parking but we were charged $20. Also, the website says that the live band plays on Fri AND Saturday. There was no live band tonight. This was my birthday celebration so this was very disappointing. The dj played loud, club type music. It was definitely not the grown and sexy vibe I was expecting. I used to love this place but I will not be back again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place is terrible will not return because everything was bad!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    0/10 - Would never recommend. As a person with a history of fine dining experiences from South Africa to Sausalito, you would think that based on the prices for this subpar restaurant that the service and food quality would be better. From the door, $20 to park (and retrieve) your own vehicle and $5 entertainment fee. Kittie and the Headliner Band were amazing and that’s about the extent of the highlights for this price gauging establishment. Tequila and soda in a plastic cup for $16? I have had CRAFT cocktails at Chops for less. $50 hookah that had to be made over twice. Our waitress disappeared for 40 minutes and it didn’t matter because her 18% gratuity was already included. Lastly, we had already come from dinner at Marcel and cocktails at JoJo’s Beloved, but wanted a snack to help balance the drinking. Ordered two sides and was charged for a full entree citing “I just rang it up as the entree and substituted. It’s the same price.” It was indeed not the same price. It is evident to me that this particular establishment caters to a very specific crowd - one they clearly do not value as identified by the service. Additionally, I recognize that as a restaurant, the bottom line is to ensure that staff are paid and the lights stay on. If the establishment attracts patrons that don’t tip and makes up for it on the backend by gauging prices, perhaps the clientele being attracted should change. That changes via policy and appeal.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. Lene

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was hot in there. Small portions of food. Waiter spilled a drink on my friend dress. I won’t be coming back. BQE is not the same anymore.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food wasn’t good (except the cheesesteak egg rolls) but the drinks were great. They had a live band that showed up later on, setting a nice r&b ambience.

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  19. SteveP

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We weren’t sure what we were walking into, but we knew that it had great ratings for food, and this place did not disappoint. The food was so full of flavor, and potions were a nice size and the vibe was great. They had a live DJ, who played all types of hip hop music. The music was loud and it was a bit warm but I would go back in a heartbeat.

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  20. JammieC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice vibe. Pleasant couple spot. I paid $20 for parking nearby. I would recommend this place. I'll be back soon.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Description said it was a jazz/neo soul spot but the music was mostly today’s hip hop. Service and food was really good. Valet was $20.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was okay. Food was just okay. Servers paid more attention to themselves, even settling up and sharing a hookah near our table while we and other guests still needed service

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I rarely have a bad experience with bqe, good vibes and hang out spot but this time I was a bit thrown off with my drink price. I only ordered a Margarita but my receipt read 2 casamigos $22 + Margarita $2. I asked the server and I still ain’t understand the explanation. She said oh they charge by the liquor and charge for the flavor. I did not request a particular liquor nor did I ask for a flavor so I’m not understanding why my little drink brought to me in a little small clear plastic cup was $25. I enjoyed the drink but they won’t see me no more, I don’t like being taken advantage of and I hope this helps the next person avoid being over charged.

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  24. RoxanneE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always visit when here from NJ! This is one of our to go to spots.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alan was the best! He definitely needs a raise!! Offer popular items to try and everything was 10/10!!! Thanks so much Alan!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server Ashley was awesome and grits were delicious!!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were in town celebrating my husband's birthday, reservations were at 7pm, before the party crowd. The service was attentive, the music was jamming but not loud, the food was hot and fresh and tasty. We had the short ribs, which was our favorite, the salmon alfredo, which was average and the sweet potato cheese cake and the peach cobbler, which were both homemade good. The drinks however were amazing, strong and good sized!

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  28. Hanna

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meet up with a friend

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Server didn’t check on us as often. We we’re needed things and had to get another server attention to get our server. You can tell gratuity was included by the lack of attention by server. My party was a table of 4.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious but the bar drinks were not good.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food but club atmosphere. Searched by a security guard to come in.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for a birthday dinner and it was amazing !!!

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  33. AlvinJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as I pulled into the parking lot, I was greeted by a friendly valet attendant. Next the host at the wad warm and inviting. Lastly, the server, food, atmosphere, and service were all top notch! This is a must go!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love love the food is always amazing 10/10

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The host had a bad attitude. She did really want to help us. She’s left us standing there so we had to ask for the manager which he was able to help us out right away. He was amazing. It was my birthday and we were just trying to have a nice time.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!!! Server was excellent!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation for 2:30 got the run around all the way until 3:50 after I witnessed people already sitting that came after us without reservations. My party and I finally left and went to a different restaurant. I wouldn’t recommend making reservation because you won’t get sat. A party of 17 for a reservation at 3:45 sat before us.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite spots in Atlanta, because overall the experience is always good. The service could certainly be better (be prepared to wait a bit for drinks and possibly food),but the ambiance is everything, especially if you go on a Friday night when they have the live r&b band. Order the sweet potato cheesecake for dessert if you get nothing else! It’s insanely good. The mac & cheese and chicken & waffles are also good.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I alway enjoy dining at BQE when I visit Atlanta. It’s definitely a great vibe with great food and service!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was ok- our first round of drinks took an hour & 15 minutes. Our food came at least 30 minutes before we got our first drink. The server said that the bar was backed up, but never asked if we wanted a water or anything else while we waited an hour for our drink. Food was ok- the fryer grease needs to be changed or filtered. We come here a lot & it seems like the dj plays the same set every Saturday.

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You can order delivery directly from the bqe restaurant & lounge using the Order Online button.

the bqe restaurant & lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 1364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for the bqe restaurant & lounge

262 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bell St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking for $10.00 Wednesday - Sunday<br />
  • Public transit
    King Memorial Train Station: MARTAGeorgia State Train Station: MARTASweet Auburn Market: Atlanta StreetcarDobbs Plaza: Atlanta Streetcar
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Virgil Harper
  • Entertainment
    Get here early, Dinner starts at 5pm! Monday - Friday: Afterwork Mixer 5pm-7pmMonday: M-Monday'sTuesday: Tuesday DinnerWednesday: Comedy Night. Show starts at 8pmThursday: Karaoke Night. Show starts at 9pmSaturday Brunch: GetBrunch!! Day party. Starts at 11amFriday & Saturday Night: Live Bands. Show starts at 9pmSunday Brunch: Starts at 10amSunday Night: Soulful Single Sundays. Starts at 5pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (404) 593-9407
  • Catering
    We provide catering. Please call (404) 996-6159 to organize your event.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a venue to book for private events? Look no further! BQE is your solution! Contact us today for more details!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (404) 593-9407
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