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.
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!
Since its opening, Wrecking Bar Brewpub has never disappointed its beer-loving patrons. Its casual atmosphere and the wide variety of beers has made it the Best Brewpub of Atlanta for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. The warm and knowledgeable staff will help you select the beer to suit your taste buds. You can also opt for a Hot Pastrami Sandwich or a Pan Seared Shrimp to accompany your drink. Every Saturday, the pub hosts brewery tours, in case you wish to watch the making process of your favorite beverage.
The luck of the Irish comes to Atlanta. Swig a pint of ale and scarf a plate of Shepherd's Pie in the cozy, authentic surroundings. The angus beef with mashed potatoes and peas will warm your belly and your soul. While weekdays at the Meehan's is lively with unlimited food, screening of sports matches and band performances, this friendly place doesn't cease to lure guests with its popular brunch fare on the weekend. The tavern also provides catering and banquet room services. See website for menu, events, and other locations.
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.
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.
Located a short distance from major city attractions, this downtown public house is popular among locals and tourists alike. Select from an impressive list of beer and spirits that match unrivaled pub grub. Executive chef Jordan Wakefield’s Southern upbringing reflects in the food menu that includes sweet potato pancakes and shepherd's pie. With entertaining live music on Saturdays, Meehan's is a great place to make a pit stop during your sightseeing excursions.
Located atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, this rotating restaurant provides stunning views of the entire metro area, and a spectacular setting for a business lunch or special occasion. The creative American menu features artfully-prepared favorites, including many beef and poultry selections. A separate rotating bar is located directly below the restaurant for taking in the view without the steep dinner ticket. Live jazz plays in the lounge on weekend nights. Jacket and tie recommended for gentlemen.