Manuel’s Tavern reopened on August 6 following a long renovation project, and the Poncey-Highland bar is already drawing some big-name patrons. President Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail for his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary, popped in for a quick visit on Wednesday afternoon, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
America’s 42nd president reportedly paid Manuel’s a visit before attending a fundraiser hosted by local R&B legend Usher. Apparently Clinton didn’t have anything to drink, but he did attempt to make an impression on potential Democratic voters of the future.
Clinton is far from the first left-leaning politician to have his name connected with the beloved watering hole. President Jimmy Carter launched his Georgia gubernatorial campaign at Manuel’s in 1970. More recently, President Barack Obama visited in March 2015 and played a round of darts.
Manuel’s shuttered last December 27 to undergo major construction that restored the guts of the building. The project came in the wake of owner Brian Maloof selling the structure to Green Street Properties, which plans to make the bar the centerpiece of a new mixed-use development.
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