North Druid Hills Road

The aptly named Famous Pub & Sports Palace enjoys popularity with Atlanta's northsiders and students from nearby Emory, who love coming here to catch their favorite teams on the tube, down a few brews, and munch on fried grub. Tinted glass windows shield the games from the sun, and friendly waiters and waitresses patrol the seated areas in search of anyone with a half-empty glass.

Smith's Olde Bar
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You'll love this SOB – that's Smith's Olde Bar, of course. Though DJ dance parties are common, you'll also frequently find live music presented on the circular stage. Special songwriters' nights often showcase up-and-coming talents on the cabaret-style stage. If you aren't in the mood to dance or if the live show isn't your style, head downstairs for free jazz, or get into a game of pool. The relaxed vibe and broad array of entertainment options make this venue a favorite.

Tin Roof Cantina

A large space, vibrantly colored, welcomes patrons who crave a little Latin-accented festivity. There's plenty to prove distracting, whether it's pub fare, South of the Border dishes, a regular slate of live music, or a large assortment of tequilas, beers, and other liquors. A youngish crowd finds much entertainment in Tin Roof, whether it be dancing, catching the game on TV, playing pool, taking part in trivia competitions, or trying their hand at karaoke. Night owls regularly keep the energy level hopping until the wee hours. Smoking allowed inside after 9pm.


Ormsby's is the ideal hang out spot for those who like a casual bar and a little competition. The downstairs area of the bar is devoted to games, including bocce, shuffleboard, and pool. If the competitive spirit leaves you hungry, Ormsby's serves classic pub fare with delicious southern twists. The Guinness-dipped pretzels served with stout mustard are particularly enticing. And to quench your thirst, Ormsby's has an expansive list of draft beers that changes on a regular basis to keep things exciting.

Eddie's Attic

Hosting an ensemble of regional and national acoustic acts, Eddie's Act is an ideal place to chill out over a few brews and good live music. A favorite of Decatur's youngish professionals, Eddie's has showcased the likes of Ani Difranco, Shawn Mullins, and Dave Sutherland. In the warmer months, Eddie's deck is a great place to get a little fresh air. Those wanting to take a break from the music can head across the hall to the pool room. Cover charges vary depending on who's playing.

Hole in the Wall

Not exactly what its name suggests, the trendy Hole in the Wall is a favorite of Buckhead's young and hip crowd, who shake their stuff to the best 70s and 80s grooves until the wee hours. The expansive dance floor, flanked by funky hand-painted murals and hypnotic disco lights, gets packed on the weekends, so show up early to stake your claim. The Hole's kitchen serves up tasty bar food and, if you need to catch your breath, the lounge area offers several comfy leather couches.

Northside Tavern

A fun Westside beer joint, this one is a little out of the way, but that doesn't deter the regulars who hang out there. Decidedly casual, anything goes as far as attire. But if you are downtown sightseeing or having a meal, it's an entertaining place to head afterwards. The schedule is full of live shows, which range from great to less-than-great. Pool tables and homestyle grub round out this laid-back nightspot's offerings.

Ten Pin Alley

Co-owners Wilmer Valderrama and Ashton Kutcher have made a virtual "adult playground" with Ten Pin Alley. The two celebs brought some LA glitz to bowling with dance club music, a swanky bar, and even some private alleys for high-profile patrons. Atlanta's posh crowd certainly enjoys the air of exclusivity. Have a snack or meal, shoot a game of billiards and lounge on the comfy couches. No athletic wear or hats allowed, so dress up a little and enjoy the games and crowd.

Fox Sports Grill

This temple to all things sports provides folks who live and hang out in the urban oasis known as Atlantic Station a cool, sophisticated place to watch sports on the tube. Indeed, the Fox Sports Grill teeters the fine line between sports bar and trendy gathering spot thanks to its open design, exposed brick walls, central bar, and comfortable leather seats. And though the kitchen prepares an outstanding regiment of pizzas, burgers, ribs and pastas, the true reason sport fans queue up outside is quite simple: No matter where you sit, you have clear view of at least one plasma screen TV.