Bars: Between Virginia-Highlands and Little Five Points, cozy Manuel's stands as the stately grandfather of Atlanta's nightlife scene. Once referred to as "Atlanta's quintessential neighborhood bar," the tavern dates back to the mid-50s, when Manuel Maloof served sandwiches and suds to the neighborhood crowd. Today, the joint serves as city archives of sorts, with its Coca-Cola mural, classic Braves pennants, and old beer cans. Sunday nights feature Manuel's popular trivia contests, which tend to get competitive, and the Laughing Matters comedy troupe leaves patrons in stitches the first Saturday of each month. Manuel's has most recently been visited by President Obama and by rumors of closing. The city's hallmark tavern will not be shutting their doors, but will take a short hiatus in January 2016 for structural upgrades.
Local Expert Lesli Peterson Says:
Bars: "Don't expect fancy cocktails or a suave ambiance. Manuel's is casual and laid back, with typical pub fare. But it's classic Atlanta. Even President Obama amde a stop here."
Best for Bars Because: Manuel's is an Atlanta institution. It's a casual neighborhood bar that has served multiple generations.