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.
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.
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.
Iron Horse Tavern is located in a century-old building in Historic Norcross. The place retains it original brick walls and old-world charm, and its menu features Black Bean Burger, Bangers and Mash, and Fish Sandwich.
Travel back to the corn fields of Guadalajara with a stop at Zapata Tacos and Tequila Bar, a chilled-out spot for staple Mexican eats and specialty cocktails. The menu here is a celebration of the cuisine of Guadalajara as well as its neighboring regions and combines the zesty traditional flavors and aromas native to the Mexican land. A Norcross favorite for scrumptious Latin American grub, Zapata effervescently blends authentic Mexican cooking methods with New American culinary styles. Do sample the Molcajete, the huge crocks stuffed with nopal (cactus variety), tomato and green onions, while it comes garnished with queso fresco. Served up with rice, black beans and tortillas, it is a local favorite at Zapata.
Known for its casual atmosphere and friendly service, Three Dollar Cafe serves delicious food to go with their draft beer while customers watch their favorite sports on TV. Chicken wings and grilled shrimp are the most popular items ordered by patrons. Part of a chain of restaurants, this cafe at Peachtree Corners offers take out and delivery too.
Tavern at Medlock is one of the best places to catch live sports. This bar features 20 television sets as well as a big screen, and organizes Happy Hours, live music, karaoke and game nights. On their menu are draft beer and spirits and American pub grub.