Local readers have chimed in via comments, Twitter, Facebook, and email to talk up their favorite dive bars in Atlanta. With a long list of nominees, this map includes the 10 most popular choices. There might be some omissions — Sister Louisa's Church isn't included because Grant Henry himself says it doesn't qualify — but the options here do a nice job of representing the city's dive scene. Don't see your favorite? Give it a shoutout in the comments.Read More
Readers' Picks for the Best Dive Bars in Atlanta
Nothing fancy at these local favorites.
Does not having a website add to a bar's dive reputation? If so, Red's is doing things right. This place claims to be the oldest bar in Smyrna.
Located on Buford Highway, a large smoker that takes the shape of a revolver scares off the faint of heart. [Photo]
Smith's Olde Bar
The Fox Bros. stopped serving their barbecue at Smith's a long time ago, but the bar is still a good spot to catch a rock show. [Photo]
This Westside hole in the wall likes to proclaim itself "Atlanta's home to the blues." It's hard to think of a better pairing for a gritty bar than gritty guitar licks. [Photo]
Moe's and Joe's Tavern
Look at the signage and much of the decor inside, and you'll deduce that the folks behind Moe's and Joe's are big fans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Cheap beer is a dive bar classic. [Photo]
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In addition to the laid-back weekdays and metal shows on weekends, The Highlander proudly boasts its lack of wi-fi.
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club
No, the Yacht Club isn't anywhere near water, but it attracts an eclectic crowd in Little Five Points. [Photo]
Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina
Another favorite in Little Five, Elmyr fits into the rare "burrito dive" genre. The beer is cheap, the air is smoky, and the burritos and quesadillas are as big as your head. [Photo]
Jack's Pizza & Wings
Another place the might be more known for food than beverage, but another place that offers cheap beer. And heavy metal. Lots of heavy metal. [Photo]
Elliott Street Deli & Pub
Don't ask for PBR here; they serve High Life instead. Do grab a surprisingly tasty Rachel sandwich and check out the regular iron pours. [Photo]