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 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 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.
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.
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.
Set in Downtown Atlanta, Red Phone Booth is a fantastic establishment promising a unique party experience to its visitors. This prohibition-era speakeasy is a fun spot to experience the best of 1920s. Specializing in handcrafted cocktails, such as the likes of Macallan Rare Cask, Reflexion and No. 6, this upscale spot is also known for serving a wide array of cigars, which are proudly sourced from various parts of the world. Neapolitan-style pizzas, seafood, carpaccio and more comprise the tantalizing range of pub grubs served here. Red Phone Booth stands out among the mélange of party spots across the city as a chic destination for good times, a must visit.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails offers a menu that is full of dynamic preparations of Southern classics. Try the flounder with a potato crust and braised mushroom farrro or the beef cheeks with bleu cheese grits. The bar here focuses on wine, whiskey and bourbon, with signature cocktails such as The Atlantan with cheery-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon and VSOP Brandy.
The menu at Pacific Rim Bistro features Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese influences. Choose from sushi, curry, noodle bowls, and even Asian-inspired tacos. The dining room is modern and upscale, but the service is friendly and welcoming, making it a great place to go for lunch or dinner any day of the week.
German national Wolfgang Hartert aspires to share the rich culinary heritage of his country with Americans at his co-owned restaurant Der Biergarten. The quintessential Bavarian establishment with an ambiance to match transports you to an outdoor beer garden in Munich. Catch live European football on the flat-screen TVs or enjoy a game of Fussball on the side. The menu features traditional classics like schnitzel, schweinshaxe, bratwurst and an array of sausages. The brews on offer represent drafts from Belgium, Ireland and England, and of course Germany, for an authentic taste of German culture.
This expansive restaurant is perfect for big groups, and is placed right between Downtown and Midtown. A large bar anchors one side of the main floor in this restored warehouse setting, while tables and booths are sectioned off into more intimate dining areas. A billiards room and a smaller bar are upstairs, and a large deck provides outdoor dining opportunities. Ribs, steaks, fish and pasta dishes are featured, as well as wood-fired pizza and some nice vegetarian dishes. Be sure to try one of Max's specialty beers, too, brewed on-site.