Bars to Sip on Your Favorite Brew, Watch a Game or Catch Up with Friends
A consistently popular pub and a high ranked nationwide pub for its beer list, is The Brick Store Pub. Visitors to Atlanta should put this pub on their itinerary. If you are a beer lover but want something a bit less of a scene, visit The Porter or Wrecking Bar Brewhouse, both located in Little 5 Points. The Porter, with over 400 beers on draft has a terrific food menu, while Wrecking Bar is a architectural beauty with house brews. Looking to see a live music act and perhaps have some better-than-your-average-pub food? Then head to The Earl. This bar turns out a mean burger and acts that impress. This spot is known for acts that are soon to be famous.
The after work crowd meets at Holeman and Finch. The cocktails are superb and fancy. Stay later to have the much coveted and scarce burger. Prohibition in Buckhead also offers well crafted cocktails with the allure of a secret code to enter. The perfect date spot is Apres Diem. With a wonderful wine list and culinary treats to match, this bar is reminiscent of a European café.
For group outings hit up STATS or Ormsby’s. If your gang is looking to play games like bocce or shuffleboard, then Ormsby’s is your place. Skee-ball will bring back memories of childhood birthdays at Chucky Cheese. For sports watching, then head to STATS. The multi-level bar offers tons of televisions to catch any game, not to mention that spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline.
The most upscale of all Atlanta sports bars, STATS is a stylish, three-story complex with five bars. When the weather is nice, this is one of the best patios to be with stunning skyline views. The downtown location offers superb views of the Atlanta skyline. This upscale sports bars, offers many televisions to catch whatever team you support. Some of the tables have taps built right in to them. Service is prompt and friendly. Servers won't leave you thirsty. The best menu items are the wings and the macaroni and cheese. During games like the Super Bowl or when there is a sporting event at Philips, they have an abbreviated menu. As opposed to other bars, Stats is not open late, closing at 11. (404-885-1472, 404-974-2939)
9 Apres Diem
Located in the Midtown Promenade Center near Piedmont Park, the restaurant is famous for coffee and desserts, but most Atlantans are unaware of the tasty and creative dinner items available. The dark and cozy atmosphere is reminiscent of cafes and bistros in Europe. The inviting couches and free Wi-Fi invite guest to hang out and drink some of their coffees. The most popular menu item, however, is the salmon farfalle, served in a Sambuca-thyme cream sauce, it keeps customers coming back. The wine list is well thought-out, and servers can help select the perfect wine to accompany dinner. Open late night, to 2 a.m. on weekends and midnight all other nights. Come back for coffee and dessert after slipping next door to see a flick. Mussels cooked up with beer are half-off on Monday (404-872-3333)
Ormsby's is the creation of the recently deceased, Warren Bruno, who opened man popular bars in Atlanta. If it is games you are on the hunt for then visit this multi-level Westside bar. Located in the Westside Provisions, there are plenty of restaurants to visit before hitting up Ormsby's. The downstairs area of the bar is devoted to games, including bocce, shuffleboard, and pool. There's even skee-ball. Ormsby's also serves classic pub fare with like the Guinness-dipped pretzels served with stout mustard. And to quench your thirst, Ormsby's has an lengthy list of draft beers that changes on a regular basis. (404-968-2033)
7 Wrecking Bar
If you have an interest in architecture and historical buildings you definitely need to visit Wrecking Bar. The Victorian home was built prior to 1900 was designed by Architect Willis F. Denny. Before being transformed into a pub it was once a Methodist Church and even a dance school. Wrecking bar has about eight beers that rotate out on a regular basis. These are IPAs, Belgians, Ales and others that are brewed on site. Most are available in both a regular and shorty size (for those who like to try a variety). Don't do beer? They've got a mighty fine looking cocktail list. As for the menu, it has mostly pub food -sandwiches, mussels, fries, house burger, etc. But there is a specials menu that is quite unique. ((404) 221-2600)
Part of the appeal of this Buckhead bar is in its secrecy. To enter one must dial a certain number in the phone booth that holds the entrance to the bar. Reminiscent of a speakeasy the cocktails are strong and well-crafted. There's an excellent bourbon list with lots of comfy couches that encourage lingering. However, it is one large room, so don't expect any privacy to get cozy with anyone. It is a good choice to take out of town guests. There is heavy cigar smoking allowed here. If you don't like it, this may not be the place for you. ((404) 869-1132)
5 Fado Irish Pub
This Irish Pub is at the epicenter of Buckhead's trendy district. Much of the furnishings in this three-story bar were crafted in Ireland and shipped over. Small groups quickly take up space in the nooks located throughout the bar. There are many beers on draught as well as by the bottle. The food is typical bar food with some Irish favorites like bangers and mash as well as boxtys thrown in. On warm nights head to the roof top where space in high demand. Expect to find lots of twenty-somethings here. On weekend nights the bar turns a bit clubby as DJ spins the latest hits. (404-841-0066)
4 The Earl
Located in the hip East Atlanta Village, The Earl is one of the older establishments in the neighborhood. This dive bar does have some top notch live music. Patrons love it for the intimacy the shows. Oh and if you are looking for a really decent hamburger, find that here as well as pretty solid sweet potato fries. The beer list could be better, but for the price, patrons don't complain. The live music mostly consists of locally known acts that have a big fan following. Expect to find bands here before they make it big. The band room and the restaurant are separated so you can go enjoy dinner and conversation without the music, if you prefer. Concerts are only about $10 per ticket. There's also free parking. (404-522-3950)
3 The Porter Beer Bar
Over 430 beers make The Porter a must for brew-lovers in Atlanta. The Porter makes its home in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. The odd L-shaped bar stays pretty crowded on weekend nights. This gastropub serves up excellent food like duck prosciutto and lamb vindaloo ravioli. The menu features beer pairing suggestions for each dish. There is quite an eclectic crowd no matter when you visit. Yuppie foodies looking for a great gastronomic experience to the Little Five points residents with piercings and tattoos all enjoy spending time at this beer bar. Expect to wait for a table as The Porter does not take reservations. (404-223-0393)
2 Holeman and Finch
This under the radar restaurant / bar can be tricky to spot as there is no signage. Look for Restaurant Eugene and it is next door. The small space is divided at the entrance with half being seating and half the bar area. Young professionals crowd the bar after work to sip on the some the city's best cocktails. Just give your bartender and idea of your preferences and they expertly whip something tasty up. Seating in the dining area is mostly at a communal table, so don't expect much in the way of privacy. This is a terrific option for business travelers on their own. There's plenty of others to make conversation with, should you be so inclined and servers are super friendly too. (404-948-1175)
1 Brick Store Pub
Brick Store Pub is housed in a 19th-century in heart of Downtown Decatur. Not only offering a fabulous selection of beer, the exposed brick walls and dark wood paneling set the scene for a traditional pub atmosphere. Expect to find an extensive selection of ales, stouts, pilsners and more. They rotate a carefully chosen array of 17 draught and 75 bottled beers. Upstairs find the Belgian Beer Bar, featuring 8 rotating draughts and over 120 Belgian/Belgian-style bottled beers. Brick Store's kitchen also serves up some tasty fare such as fish and chips and a killer chicken salad sandwich. The pub is conveniently located in the heart of Decatur close to many restaurants. (404-687-0990)
About Malika Harricharan
Malika is the Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta. With a background in marketing, Maika's passion is Writing and Social Media Marketing and she works for various clients in Atlanta. Malika also seeks Atlanta's hidden gems, writing about them on her Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She believes that an exceptional meal can be found at a hole-in-the-wall joint, as well as in a swanky building. Exotic travel is also important to our Atlanta expert, who wants to see the whole world. “There are so many great experiences and so much we can all learn from different cultures,” she says.
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