Find this place by following the row of Harley-Davidsons along the curb. Popular with both bikers and locals, perhaps the hand-drawn sign in the window best expresses this establishment's laid-back attitude: Help wanted. No wimps. No bozos. Inquire within. The bar area is a deliberate dive, decorated with biker paraphernalia, road signs and a stuffed fish. The dining room is tavern-like, with large tables frequented by families. Barbecue features large on the menu and is reinforced by an admirable listing of sandwiches, burgers, and daily blue plate specials.
Located a few blocks from the old City Hall, this traditional corner bar was known as the hub of Atlanta's political scuttlebutt for more than 50 years but is now a homier, neighborhood-type place. The row of cozy booths opposite the room-length bar is a great spot to catch a pint and a Braves game. Several dining rooms set off from the bar make the place much more family friendly than in years past, and the kitchen serves up a surprisingly diverse grille menu. Try the grilled tuna steak with black bean nachos at the Manuel's Tavern, and you will surely return for more.
Back in 1986, musicians Eric King and Roger Gregory were on the lookout for a place to play with their band Shadows. This search led to the creation of Blind Willie's, which is today an iconic blues club in Virginia Highlands. Year after year, this rustic and inviting joint continues to be rated among the top blues venues in Atlanta. Notable legends Junior Wells, Lazy Lester and Johnny Clyde Copeland as well as emerging local acts have graced their stage. A well-stocked bar is located in the rear and features domestic beers and wines. The somewhat limited menu features Cajun specialties from New Orleans as well as authentic Chicago and Memphis fare.
Boasting an eclectic schedule of live bands and DJs every night of the week, MJQ lounge and nightclub is a music lover's paradise. Each evening features a different genre, from rock 'n' roll Mondays and hip-hop Thursdays, to reggae and Afro-fusion Fridays. MJQ also has a full bar and plenty of room for the crowds that come for popular acts. This club is a great place to go to check out local talent in the city. Events including pool parties, movie nights and contests.
If you're looking for a quintessential Irish pub in the heart of Virginia Highlands, then pull up a stool at Limerick Junction. Select from English and Irish stouts, ales and lagers, or peruse the lengthy list of bottled fare. The selection of aged Scotches and uncommon whiskies is particularly impressive. The small stage, back-dropped by busy Highland Avenue, features live acoustic acts and comedy shows nightly, often accompanied by the high-spirited patrons.
Sutra defines what an upscale and happening lounge bar should be. Stylish, swish and swanky without being too pretentious, the place is perfect for a late night outing. Come down after work and dance away your blues or if you're tired, then simply sit back and relax with a drink. A few hours at Sutra, and you know where you want to throw your next big party. This place is the big-daddy of all party zones in Atlanta.
Specializing in Southern home-style cooking, Smokejack in downtown Alpharetta promises a great menu with fresh, non-processed foods and a fully-stocked bar. Inside, away from the bustling street, Smokejack promotes a relaxing vibe with quaint, Southern charm. Regional favorites adorn the menu, starting with fried pickles and blackened catfish taco appetizers. Smokejack's passion is barbecue, and the hearty aromas wafting around the room prove it. From the smoker, feast on pulled pork or chicken, pork spare ribs, or a Mojo Smoke Combo with several entree items. Each entree comes with two sides, and the favorite has to be the melt-in-your-mouth mac and cheese. Top it off with a beer from a local microbrewery, and lean back and catch the game on a big screen TV.
Citizen Soul is all about satisfying the diners heart with delicious and enticing fine American fare. It is a West Coast style tavern with a unique take on Californian cuisine, by blending in modern culinary techniques. Outdoor seating with a large patio and a fire pit heated for chilly evenings, welcome you. Trendy modern art paintings and décor complement the rustic look of the unfinished brick wall. Interiors are a mix and match of trendy and rustic components, making every little aspect from cutlery to decorative lights, easy to notice. The menu, on the other hand, is a fine creation of Californian cuisine using local and fresh ingredients. Citizen Soul has a seasonal menu to assure fresh products throughout the year. You can gulp down some local craft beers or choose from a list of fine wine, whiskey, rum, and vodka that also decorate the bar. The place has got everything right when it comes to bar bites and flavorful food to go with your drinks.
Off Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta, hidden between houses, sits a brick building bearing the logo of Pure Taqueria. Walk in through the covered patio, and the restaurant's combination of bold, colorful Formica patterns and old pastel Frigidaire appliances will transport you back to the 1950s. Pure is always entertaining a lively crowd, and aims to please with a fully loaded bar, gluten-free menu, and weekend brunch. Start your Mexican feast with Mejillones con Chipotle: steamed Prince Edward Island mussels and caramelized onions on toast. Don't forget to order one of their signature margaritas, and finish with Churros y Chocolate!
Cru Wine Bar is known for its impressive 300 wine collection. In case you get hungry, this bar serves a delectable menu. This bar offers wine dinners, pairing food with perfect wine, ideal for a romantic evening. This place has something planned for everyday, from their happy hours to Sunday brunches and wine tastings. Check their website for the upcoming events. Their plush decor with warm hospitality will take your dining experience to another level. Indulge yourself into trying some classy wines or other spirits as you spend a relaxing evening at Cru Wine Bar.