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Best Bars in Atlanta

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Serving delicious drinks in an intimate setting, Parlor is a cocktail bar located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Step into the bar and transport back to pre-prohibition times; lounge on the inviting sofa and soak in the vibrant art décor hanging on the brick walls. Choose a drink from their expansive liquor collection and Sip some signature cocktails curated by expert bartenders. Try their small bites that go very well with each drink from the bar menu.

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.

The decor at this no-nonsense Decatur bar is comprised, not surprisingly, mostly of brick. The crowd is diverse, but expect to find at least a spattering of legal workers from the Dekalb County Courthouse just across the way. Featuring local and imported draughts, single malt scotches, small batch bourbons and fine wines, you won't be at a loss for drinking options. A relatively standard bar menu is offered for lunch and dinner with classics like burgers and sandwiches featured at reasonable prices.

Akin to its name, this virtual reality bar is unlike any other that you might have seen. This bar features fascinating neon lights that are as creative as its tantalizing cocktails. Visit in the evening, if you are into gaming, and visit after ten if you wish to dance the night away. A great option for those who wish to try something new.

Bar Margot is tucked within the Four Seasons Hotel and serves as the perfect evening getaway. The kitchen presents creative sandwiches and soups that feature bold seasonal flavors and artistic presentations. A menu with handmade pasta and charcuterie is available to perfectly satisfy your hunger pangs. You can pair your appetizing meals with some delicious craft cocktails like Lady Victoria and Gin Margot. Enjoy the upscale ambiance as the DJ spins beloved retro melodies or breathe the air of nostalgia listening to melodious live music. Whether you come alone or bring along some friends, you are sure to have a great time at Bar Margot.

The decor at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium might be creative for some and blasphemous for others. The walls inside the bar are adorned by statues and photos of the son of god and some quirky, graphic one-liners by the imaginary owner of this bar- Sister Louisa. Impressed by the one-liners and the artwork? You can get one for you to take home from the in-house store. This amazing themed bar is the favorite hangout place for the youth in the neighborhood due to its intriguing ambiance, wide range of drinks, and regular DJ events. Fond of ping pong? If yes, then you are at the right place. Playing ping pong with your friends here after downing a few drinks is fun and definitely, a must-try. Ping Pong tournament featuring some of the best ping pong players in the city is organized here every Monday. Pop in on a Wednesday if you are fond of live music. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium is the most fun church you will ever visit.

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 Manuel's Tavern, and you will surely return for more.

The Porter in Little Five Points is a small restaurant that does everything big. Burgers are served on over-sized plates heaped with garlic-and-cheese fries, and the beer selection is even more sizable. For extra style, each draft beer is served in its signature glass. The Porter doesn't rely on style alone: they emphasize quality beer paired with quality food. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but the long bar and back room with tables provides plenty of space for hungry (and thirsty) diners.

Affectionately known as a "barcade," Joystick Gamebar specializes in serving up great drinks alongside vintage video games. The bar is home to a number of old-school gaming machines, including Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, Rampage World Tour, X-Men, Metal Slug, Terminator 2 Judgement Day, Operation Wolf, Lethal Enforcers, Big Guns, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Galaga, Street Fighter II, NBA Jam, Turtles in Time, and Centipede. Joystick is also home to what they call a "kitchen incubation" program where chefs and other restaurateurs are invited to work out of the bar's kitchen for a year or two, cooking and serving whatever they are most passionate about. The idea behind the "kitchen incubation" is to provide aspiring local chefs and cooks with a chance to build up a menu and a reputation. So, though the menu changes frequently, all the food served at Joystick is delicious! This little spot has an intense local following and can get busy on certain nights of the week, but the overall fun atmosphere and delectable drinks more than makeup for any wait.

The Local, located in Poncey-Highlands, is your quintessential neighborhood dive. This non-smoking bar has been a gathering spot for the community for years. Enjoy a chilled pint or premium spirits out on their patio, or the occasional karaoke nights indoors. Smoked wings, pulled pork sandwich and cheese pretzel are some of the delicious fare on offer. Great prices, hands-on service and a laid-back vibe make it a local favorite.

The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge is anything but your average hotel bar. From the tastefully vintage decor to the regular rotation of vinyl-only DJs, this basement lounge will be sure to please anyone looking for a night among Atlanta's most hip crowd. The small bar area is perfect for mingling and conversation, while the dance floor has plenty enough room to bust a move after a few cocktails. Don't miss a Friday night here, when resident the DJs spin your favorite forgotten soul tunes. Tucked in between a strip of outstanding restaurants, enjoy this hidden gem best in the late night hours.

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.

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