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.
Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located on Peachtree Street. It offers classic Mediterranean delights of wraps, kebobs, soups and salads with influences from Turkish flavors. You can accompany your meal with an international selection of draught beer, wines and other spirits. Hookah smokers can indulge in wide variety of shisha flavors. The cafe has been named as 'Best Hookah Bar' in 2014 by Creative Loafing.
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. With a holding capacity of upto 1850 people, two fully-stocked bars, and excellent hospitality, this venue is one of the best places to throw a party in Atlanta.
Thrive is a sophisticated addition to downtown's vibrant dining scene. Conveniently located near Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, the restaurant sees some heavy business traffic. Come nighttime, the atmosphere metamorphoses into a sea of hip city folk who love a good cocktail and great food. Asian flavors dominate the contemporary award-winning menu, in addition to timeless American favorites. Enjoy Soy Braised Beef Wrap, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Santa Fe Salad, Dragon Sushi and Lava Roll, and a host of Nigiri and Sashimi alternatives. The inventive cocktail lists sees The Cure and Pickled Cucumber Martini as popular favorites. Celebrated architect Bill Johnson lends his aesthetic style to the interiors of the space, resulting in an ambiance of understated elegance.
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.