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This fantastic dive bar has a loyal following. Situated between downtown and Castleberry Hill, Elliott Street Pub features friendly bartenders, live music on most nights, and a much-loved deli that whips up some of the area's best sandwiches. It's a small space with limited seating, so come prepared to make some new friends. All in all it's a good stop for a fun night out.
This newly reincarnated Grant Park pub (formerly The Standard) is named for St. Augustine of Hippo who as a young man once said, God grant me chastity and temperance, but not just yet. In keeping with the happy- go-lucky nature of the famed saint, Young Augustine’s offers 27 beers on tap. Even the most discriminating beer snob will feel right at home here. The eclectic menu offers a variety of snacks, plates and not snacks at all. Favorites include the smoked wings, duck fries, short rib grilled cheese and pork vindaloo. The pub has plenty of outdoor dining space and two bocce ball courts - perfect for late night revelry.
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.
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.
JCT Kitchen & Bar brings a contemporary feel to Southern dining. Although they offer classics like the deviled eggs, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits, the ambiance is more like an upscale eatery than your grandma's kitchen. The bar upstairs plays host to private events, but is sometimes open to the public with live music. The bar serves up delicious cocktails that are too good to pass up.
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.