A grade-A bar requires the perfect mix of taste and ambiance. The Porter Beer Bar offers both, with more than 400 bottles and 30 beers on tap, beer cocktails, and so many other tasty options that the girth of the menu rivals Lord of the Rings. The Porter begs a visit with a group of friends, while Eleanor’s intimacy begets a better date night. The cocktails are the best in the city, and this offbeat hideaway might have ranked number one if not for the exorbitant prices.
Brick Store Pub, like The Porter, serves hard to find craft beers. The atmosphere is more college-town than bohemian, and they resonate well as the ubiquitous neighborhood pub. While still casual, Polaris introduces an elegant air with their open floor plan, “living room” feel and unique cocktails. Homage is paid to the Polaris of the 70s, but the new Polaris far surpasses her predecessor.
The Wrecking Bar promises savory drinks in an historic setting. Sister Louisa’s doesn’t offer the gourmet options of Wrecking Bar, but the art work and corner ping pong table will win you over, if not offend you. The Earl's been around a while, but it remains a staple of East Atlanta Village. Manuel’s is another neighborhood landmark, which has even seen the likes of President Obama. Holeman and Finch is a concrete choice for young professionals and business travelers, and SkyLounge at the Glenn showcases the best view of the city that Atlanta has to offer.