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17 Essential Atlanta Bars, Mapped

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| Matthew Wong/Eater Atlanta

Need a drink? Atlanta has plenty of plenty of options to remedy that issue, and this west-to-east map highlights the best of the best. From dives, to upscale lounges, to haunts where you can catch some live music, these are the places where Atlantans go when they're thirsty.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Trouble

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1170 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 404-8008
Though only open for a few weeks, Little Trouble has quickly become a Westside staple with its already-iconic neon lights, stiff drinks, and Japanese whisky selection.

2. Northside Tavern

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1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 874-8745
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It's dirty. It's dive-y. But it also has some of the best music in town. This is the essence of the Westside’s gritty, industrial roots.

3. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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While it’s undergone management and staff changes over the past few years, Holeman & Finch is still essential drinking territory, given its role as the birthplace of the city’s cocktail revival.

4. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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817 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-9243
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Midtown’s answer to Cheers has 14 craft beers on tap, more than 40 bottled brews, Beer Geek Tuesdays, and a burger made with Sublime Doughnuts. What’s not to love?

5. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium

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466 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-8275
While it's only been open for a few years, Sister Louisa’s Church is already an Atlanta institution. Where else can you down cocktails or beer while singing karaoke in a choir robe with live organ accompaniment?

6. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 835-2534
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One of the first bars on the now-packed Edgewood Avenue corridor, The Sound Table has one of the best cocktail menus in town, plus a range of top-notch food pop-ups like Mihoko Obunai's Ramen Freak, cool DJs, and dance party that doesn’t even get started until nearly midnight on school nights.

7. Clermont Lounge

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789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-4783
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This iconic bar celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — well below the average age of the strippers. You can't go wrong with cheap PBR and Blondie. A must-visit in Atlanta.

8. Atkins Park Tavern

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794 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 876-7249
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No list would be complete without Atkins Park, Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern. This place manages to simultaneously cater to brunching families during the day and 20-somethings on the prowl at night, all while serving up great beer and a decent variety of pub fare.

9. Manuel's Tavern

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602 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-3447
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Manuel's closed for renovations in December 2015, but it should be back in business soon. You won’t find trendy decor or fancy cocktails with clever names here. What you will find is a cross-section of neighborhood folk, political junkies, and local bigwigs swigging beer and talking about everything from sports to politics. There’s a reason it’s an Atlanta institution.

10. The Vortex Bar & Grill

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438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-1828
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Smoky, old school, great burgers, addictive tots, no frills. All the makings of a great bar.

11. The Porter Beer Bar

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1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 223-0393
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With more than 400 beers on the menu, you'll want to sit and stay awhile. Don't miss chef Nick Rutherford's daily specials, perfect for washing down a pint or five, and don't overlook the impressive selection of whiskeys.

12. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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Chef Terry Koval’s fare is some of the best, most creative food in the city, plus the brewpub brews most of its selections on site.

13. The Earl

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488 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 522-3950
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Go for the music. Stay for the hedonistic burgers, the addictive shoestring fries, and the distinctive East Atlanta vibe.

14. The Pinewood

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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Another Decatur staple in a crowded bar neighborhood, The Pinewood keeps packing them in with some of the most inventive cocktails in town plus the popular Whiskey Wednesdays, when the bar offers $5 whiskey cocktails.

15. Brick Store Pub

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125 E Court Sq
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0990
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Before there was Leon's or Kimball House in Decatur, there was Brick Store Pub. The ultimate of neighborhood bars, don't miss the Belgian Beer Bar, featuring eight rotating draughts and more than 120 Belgian/Belgian-style bottled beers.

16. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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The first of many craft cocktail-focused watering holes to pop up in Decatur, which paved the way for Kimball House and the other neighborhood’s essential bars. The patio is packed year-round, and Leon’s still boasts an impressive cocktail and local beer list. Plus, pub frites.

17. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Housed in an old Train Depot in a neighborhood cluttered with bars, Kimball House stands out for its exceptional cocktails, absinthe service, and half-price oyster happy hour. You had us at absinthe.
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1. Little Trouble

1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Though only open for a few weeks, Little Trouble has quickly become a Westside staple with its already-iconic neon lights, stiff drinks, and Japanese whisky selection.
1170 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Northside Tavern

1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
It's dirty. It's dive-y. But it also has some of the best music in town. This is the essence of the Westside’s gritty, industrial roots.
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
While it’s undergone management and staff changes over the past few years, Holeman & Finch is still essential drinking territory, given its role as the birthplace of the city’s cocktail revival.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Midtown’s answer to Cheers has 14 craft beers on tap, more than 40 bottled brews, Beer Geek Tuesdays, and a burger made with Sublime Doughnuts. What’s not to love?
817 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
While it's only been open for a few years, Sister Louisa’s Church is already an Atlanta institution. Where else can you down cocktails or beer while singing karaoke in a choir robe with live organ accompaniment?
466 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
One of the first bars on the now-packed Edgewood Avenue corridor, The Sound Table has one of the best cocktail menus in town, plus a range of top-notch food pop-ups like Mihoko Obunai's Ramen Freak, cool DJs, and dance party that doesn’t even get started until nearly midnight on school nights.
483 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
This iconic bar celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — well below the average age of the strippers. You can't go wrong with cheap PBR and Blondie. A must-visit in Atlanta.
789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8. Atkins Park Tavern

794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
No list would be complete without Atkins Park, Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern. This place manages to simultaneously cater to brunching families during the day and 20-somethings on the prowl at night, all while serving up great beer and a decent variety of pub fare.
794 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Manuel's Tavern

602 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Manuel's closed for renovations in December 2015, but it should be back in business soon. You won’t find trendy decor or fancy cocktails with clever names here. What you will find is a cross-section of neighborhood folk, political junkies, and local bigwigs swigging beer and talking about everything from sports to politics. There’s a reason it’s an Atlanta institution.
602 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. The Vortex Bar & Grill

438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Smoky, old school, great burgers, addictive tots, no frills. All the makings of a great bar.
438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. The Porter Beer Bar

1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
With more than 400 beers on the menu, you'll want to sit and stay awhile. Don't miss chef Nick Rutherford's daily specials, perfect for washing down a pint or five, and don't overlook the impressive selection of whiskeys.
1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Chef Terry Koval’s fare is some of the best, most creative food in the city, plus the brewpub brews most of its selections on site.
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. The Earl

488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Go for the music. Stay for the hedonistic burgers, the addictive shoestring fries, and the distinctive East Atlanta vibe.
488 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

14. The Pinewood

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Another Decatur staple in a crowded bar neighborhood, The Pinewood keeps packing them in with some of the most inventive cocktails in town plus the popular Whiskey Wednesdays, when the bar offers $5 whiskey cocktails.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

15. Brick Store Pub

125 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030
Before there was Leon's or Kimball House in Decatur, there was Brick Store Pub. The ultimate of neighborhood bars, don't miss the Belgian Beer Bar, featuring eight rotating draughts and more than 120 Belgian/Belgian-style bottled beers.
125 E Court Sq
Decatur, GA 30030

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16. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
The first of many craft cocktail-focused watering holes to pop up in Decatur, which paved the way for Kimball House and the other neighborhood’s essential bars. The patio is packed year-round, and Leon’s still boasts an impressive cocktail and local beer list. Plus, pub frites.
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

17. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Matthew Wong/Eater Atlanta
Housed in an old Train Depot in a neighborhood cluttered with bars, Kimball House stands out for its exceptional cocktails, absinthe service, and half-price oyster happy hour. You had us at absinthe.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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