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Best Bars in Atlanta

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Joystick Gamebar

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 "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 make up for any wait.

427 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30312
The Local

An aptly named bar, The Local is your quintessential neighborhood dive. Located in Poncey-Highlands, this non-smoking bar has been a gathering spot for the community for years. Enjoy a chilled pint or premium spirits while sitting out on their patio or the occasional karaoke night indoors. Smoked wings, pulled pork sandwiches, a basket of fries, and cheese pretzels are some delicious fare offered here. Great prices, hands-on service, a laid-back vibe, and affordable prices make it a local favorite.

758 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30306
The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Popular among avid bikers, music enthusiasts, and regular locals, The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club is a lively pub that's always bustling with activity. The bar area is a deliberate dive decorated with biker paraphernalia, road signs, and other whimsical decor. The dining room is tavern-like, with long tables frequented by groups. Barbecue features large on the menu and is reinforced by an admirable listing of sandwiches, burgers, and daily blue plate specials.

1136 Euclid Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30307
Manuel's Tavern

This traditional corner bar opened its doors in 1956 and has been a local favorite ever since. Known to be frequented by political stalwarts, blue-collar workers, and artists alike, Manuel's Tavern exudes a lively aura, maintaining its yesteryear charm. A family-owned bar, it features a row of barstools along the elaborate bar, where you can enjoy your favorite beer along with the latest game and some pub grub. You can also drop by for a weekend brunch and try their famous fish fry.

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30307
The Vortex

Don't let the 20-foot (six-meter) skull that serves as an entryway deter you from enjoying the best burgers and pub food in the city. When club-hopping in Atlanta, a visit to this late-night spot is a must. This fun restaurant offers big portions, good service, and good food. The award-winning Vortex Burger is a half-pound (0.22 kilograms) burger with all the trimmings, and there is also a selection of pub-style sandwiches and salads on the menu. Vegetarian alternatives and non-beef sandwiches are available, while beers from all around the world serve as the popular foundation for most guests' evenings.

438 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30307
Limerick Junction Pub

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.

822 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30306
Brick Store Pub

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.

125 East Court Square, Decatur, GA, United States, 30030
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