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 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 spot 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 the stage here. A well-stocked bar is located in the rear, featuring an array of domestic beers and wines. The limited, yet delectable menu on offer 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 the local talent in the city. Events include 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 among Atlanta’s bevy of nightclubs and party hotspots. This haven for music lovers hosts weekly themed nights where Asian, international, hip-hop, R&B and a lot more plays all night. MB1 is the non-smoking lounge, where one can sit back and enjoy a delicious, chilled cocktail in the company of the beautiful surrounding artwork. On the other hand, the dance floor serves as the grooviest spot of the club, with partygoers flooding its expanse. When in Atlanta, music enthusiasts must consider spending a fun-filled evening in the inviting confines of Compound.
Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located on Peachtree Street. It offers classic Mediterranean delights of wraps, kebobs, soups and salads with influences from Turkish flavors. You can accompany your meal with an international selection of draught beer, wines and other spirits. Hookah smokers can indulge in wide variety of shisha flavors. The cafe has been named as 'Best Hookah Bar' in 2014 by Creative Loafing.
Located in the lively Downtown neighborhood, Sidebar invites patrons to enjoy tantalizing drinks in a boisterous setting. This full of life bar is known for its amazing music, great ambiance, prompt service, and of course, the drinks. Since its inception in August 2003, the bar has been a party hub for the locals and tourists alike. You'll find a lot of students and other professionals coming in here to grab a drink post a hectic day at work. To accompany your tipples, the bar serves a slew of light bites including wings and other snacks, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and delectable entrees. Come in here for a enjoying a good evening without creating a dent in your wallet.
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. Comprising three massive indoor venues, aptly named Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, the expansive venues offers enticing features such as fully-stocked bars and excellent hospitality, making it one of the best places to throw a party in Atlanta.
Thrive is a sophisticated addition to downtown's vibrant dining scene. Conveniently located near Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, the restaurant sees some heavy business traffic. Come nighttime, the atmosphere metamorphoses into a sea of hip city folk who love a good cocktail and great food. Asian flavors dominate the contemporary award-winning menu, in addition to timeless American favorites. Enjoy Soy Braised Beef Wrap, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Santa Fe Salad, Dragon Sushi and Lava Roll, and a host of Nigiri and Sashimi alternatives. The inventive cocktail lists sees The Cure and Pickled Cucumber Martini as popular favorites. Celebrated architect Bill Johnson lends his aesthetic style to the interiors of the space, resulting in an ambiance of understated elegance.
SkyLounge was voted by Forbes Travel Guide as "Five Rooftop Bars to Visit in Atlanta" and by ABC.com as "Top 23 Best Rooftop Lounges in the World". Located on the 11th floor of the Glenn Hotel, the lounge has an eclectic mix of the stunning views of the skyline and glamour of a rooftop lounge. The building itself is marked in the National Register of Historic Places for its contemporary 20th-century design. The lounge is a complete replete of modern Atlanta and its energy. Enjoy signature cocktail - the "Glenntini" amidst the scintillating views.