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Readers' Picks for the Best Dive Bars in Atlanta

Nothing fancy at these local favorites.

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Red's Timbers

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730 Concord Road Southeast
Smyrna, GA 30082
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.

2. Rusty Nail

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2900 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 634-6306
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Located on Buford Highway, a large smoker that takes the shape of a revolver scares off the faint of heart. [Photo]

3. Smith's Olde Bar

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1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-1522
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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]

4. Northside Tavern

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1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 874-8745
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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]

5. Moe's and Joe's Tavern

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1033 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 873-6090
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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]

6. The Highlander

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931 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0060
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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.

7. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

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1136 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-2582
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No, the Yacht Club isn't anywhere near water, but it attracts an eclectic crowd in Little Five Points. [Photo]

8. Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina

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1091 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 588-0250
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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]

9. Jack's Pizza & Wings

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676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-4444
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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]

10. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

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51 Elliott St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 523-2174
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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]

1. Red's Timbers

730 Concord Road Southeast, Smyrna, GA 30082
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.
730 Concord Road Southeast
Smyrna, GA 30082

2. Rusty Nail

2900 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Located on Buford Highway, a large smoker that takes the shape of a revolver scares off the faint of heart. [Photo]
2900 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

3. Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
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]
1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

4. Northside Tavern

1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
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]
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Moe's and Joe's Tavern

1033 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
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]
1033 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

6. The Highlander

931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
In addition to the laid-back weekdays and metal shows on weekends, The Highlander proudly boasts its lack of wi-fi.
931 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

1136 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
No, the Yacht Club isn't anywhere near water, but it attracts an eclectic crowd in Little Five Points. [Photo]
1136 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina

1091 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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]
1091 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Jack's Pizza & Wings

676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
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]
676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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]
51 Elliott St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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