Atlanta's Best Bars for Craft Drinks and a Unique Vibe

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. 

SkyLounge at the Glenn
Photo courtesy of SkyLounge at the Glenn


SkyLounge was awarded mention as one of the best rooftop lounges in the world, primarily for its location atop the historic boutique Glenn Hotel. This Luckie Street location offers expansive views of downtown lights and energy. The open-air...  Read More



Holeman and Finch Public House sits tucked into the bottom of the Aramore Condo building in South Buckhead. Made famous for their legendary burger, once available only to 24 lucky souls after 10pm and on Sundays, lucky Atlantans can now savor...  Read More

Manuel's Tavern


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...  Read More



Located in East Atlanta Village, The Earl is one of the older establishments in the neighborhood, but still one of the most popular. The alcohol selection is typical of most pubs; there are no specialty cocktails or craft beers, but there is a...  Read More



Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium doesn't serve craft beer and high-end cocktails. In fact, most folks are guzzling a PBR or sipping on a Spiritual Sangria, the bar's signature drink. Church, as it is referred to...  Read More



Before its transformation to a public house, the historical building was a Victorian home, a Methodist Church and even a dance school. Exposed stone walls and old English furnishings create a posh and rustic feel in the basement bar. Wrecking...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Lauren Rubenstein


This blue-domed rotating restaurant and bar sits perched atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with stunning views of the city. The first rooftop restaurant in the city, it originally opened in 1967, and then closed for a decade in the early 2000s....  Read More

Brick Store Pub
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Morgan


Dreams became reality for three friends from Athens, Ga. when they opened The Brick Store, which stands as the hub for the locals of Decatur. Exposed brick walls and dark wood paneling present an old-style pub atmosphere that is far from...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Eleanor's


Muss & Turner's looks like any other upscale neighborhood eatery, but there's a secret. Give a nod to the hostess, but keep walking past the open prep area, around the corner to the left and through the freezer door. Yes, open the...  Read More

The Porter Beer Bar
Photo courtesy of The Porter Beer Bar


The Porter is Atlanta's beloved brew house, situated in the heart of the Little Five Points neighborhood. 400 unique and hard-to-find beers, plus 30 on tap offerings provide plenty of reasons to schedule a visit. Don't bother calling ahead,...  Read More


Meet Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any...  More About Lesli