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 spot 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 the stage here. A well-stocked bar is located in the rear, featuring an array of domestic beers and wines. The limited, yet delectable menu on offer 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 the local talent in the city. Events include 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.
Compound is among Atlanta’s bevy of nightclubs and party hotspots. This haven for music lovers hosts weekly themed nights where Asian, international, hip-hop, R&B and a lot more plays all night. MB1 is the non-smoking lounge, where one can sit back and enjoy a delicious, chilled cocktail in the company of the beautiful surrounding artwork. On the other hand, the dance floor serves as the grooviest spot of the club, with partygoers flooding its expanse. When in Atlanta, music enthusiasts must consider spending a fun-filled evening in the inviting confines of Compound.
Since its opening, Wrecking Bar Brewpub has never disappointed its beer-loving patrons. Its casual atmosphere and wide variety of beers have made it the Best Brewpub in Atlanta for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. The warm and knowledgeable staff will help you select the beer to suit your taste buds. You can also opt for a Hot Pastrami Sandwich or a Pan Seared Shrimp to accompany your drink. Every Saturday, the pub hosts brewery tours in case you wish to watch the making process of your favorite beverage.
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.
If you consider yourself to be a music lover, a visit to The Masquerade is a must. An electric underground music venue, the Masquerade hosts some of the most happening live music performances in the city. The likes of Green Day, Nirvana, Panic at the Disco have graced their stage in the past. Whether you are a fan of pop, jazz, rock, country, gospel or R & B, there is something for every music lover here. Apart from hosting concerts, it can also be rented for private events. Comprising three massive indoor venues, aptly named Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, the expansive venues offers enticing features such as fully-stocked bars and excellent hospitality, making it one of the best places to throw a party in Atlanta.
With two private dining rooms, an outdoor veranda and a draped "cheater's booth" for ultimate privacy, your dining options are plentiful in this elegant, intimate setting. The grand bar is open late for quiet drinks and good conversation. No Southern menu would be complete without fried green tomatoes, a regional delicacy done to perfection at Atlanta Grill. Other winners include the crab cakes in southern flair, yellow grouper and garlic mashed potatoes. From 2:30p-5:30p, only appetizers are served, as the restaurant prepares for the dinner hour during this time. Full bar service.
A decor of dark wood and deep brown hues invites diners to Park Bar. This downtown destination is a fun place to enjoy bourbons and beer after work. Join a few friends or make new ones while you relish the tasty food and the chilled drinks. TV screens broadcast the latest games and live music entertains all. The Happy Hour timings are well suited for a pre or post-movie stop.
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta's lobby bar, Lumen is known for its elegant ambiance and signature cocktails. When at this bar, you absolutely must try the Lumen, made from gin, passion fruit and orange juices combined with fig preserves and ginger. The Evening Bonfire, named after one of the art works to be admired in the lobby, is another fabulous cocktail. They also have a list of seasonal and classic cocktails. The drinks are not restricted to cocktails, and there is a full wine list for you to choose from. You can also enjoy continental breakfast daily, as well as small plates like shrimp cocktail, crispy calamari with hot and sour sauce and steak fries. Live jazz, Modern Latin and soft rock music by the in-house guitarist adds an extra touch of elegance to Lumen - Lobby Bar.
Located a short distance from major city attractions, this downtown public house is popular among locals and tourists alike. Select from an impressive list of beer and spirits that match unrivaled pub grub. Executive chef Jordan Wakefield’s Southern upbringing reflects in the food menu that includes sweet potato pancakes and shepherd's pie. With entertaining live music on Saturdays, Meehan's is a great place to make a pit stop during your sightseeing excursions.
Located atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, this rotating restaurant provides stunning views of the entire metro area, and a spectacular setting for a business lunch or special occasion. The creative American menu features artfully-prepared favorites, including many beef and poultry selections. A separate rotating bar is located directly below the restaurant for taking in the view without the steep dinner ticket. Live jazz plays in the lounge on weekend nights. Jacket and tie recommended for gentlemen.