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.
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.
One of the better nightclubs in Midtown, Halo offers a sleek, upscale atmosphere to its young and influential clientele. The interior focuses on psychedelic lights and clever designs for a glamorous yet intimate feeling. The bartenders mix up a mean martini, among other house specials and offer a wide variety of premium liquors. So head downstairs the historic Biltmore Hotel to maximize your Atlanta nightlife experience.
Compound is one of the most happening places around Atlanta offering a wide array of bars and lounges and surreal interiors. It is a haven for music lovers - through the themed nights, the club covers Asian as well as international music including hip-hop, R&B, and a lot more. MB1 is the non-smoking lounge which lets you sip chilled drinks and relax amidst the beautiful artwork surrounding you. On the other hand, for the grooviest parties in town, let yourself loose on the dance floor at Ride or Rail. Visit Tenshi Gardens to relax amongst a lavish garden, a fog pond, and a pool while watching live performances by famous bands!
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.