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Cocktail Confidential: Nine Under-the-Radar Bars

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It's Eater Cocktail Week, and we've already covered such topics as the hottest bars in town at this very moment. Now, we move on to the very first Atlanta Cocktail Confidential, a map of bartenders' favorite under-the-radar spots to frequent when they're not slinging drinks at their own establishments. Read on, drink up, and do leave other worthy lesser-known bars in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge

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1383 Cedar Grove Rd
Atlanta, GA
(404) 361-5675
Jason Kemp, The Family Dog, TImone's: "Being from the south-side of Atlanta, I find great enjoyment frequenting bars within the nitty gritty underbelly of our fair city. If we are feeling adventurous after work, its always decent to travel way down Moreland to the Southern Comfort. This place is a bona fide trucker bar and one of the perks of drinking there is that when here, I don't feel the pressure to imbibe crafted cocktails, just a shot of whisky and a domestic beer will suffice for me. The barkeeps are always pleasant and down to earth." [Photo]

2. Mr. C's

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1983 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 605-0888
Arianne Fielder, Article 14: "My favorite bar to go to after work happens to be the same dive bar I've been going to since I was in college at Georgia Tech. I love this little dive off of Howell Mill Rd called Mr. C's. It's smoky and seedy with a lot of fun regular characters that you share a brew with every night. In addition to the usual PBR or champagne of beers, they also carry my favorite local brew— Monday Night's Fu Manbrew— just for me! The bartenders are really friendly and I always feel at home there." [Photo]

3. Bottle Rocket

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180 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 574-5680
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Julian Goglia, The Pinewood Tippling Room: "I absolutely love Bottle Rocket. It’s a little neighborhood bar & sushi spot downtown. The bartenders have huge personalities and will refuse to let anyone leave without having a great time. You’d be a fool to not try a Cold Toddy with a Bubblegum Roll." [Photo]

4. Hangbok - Happy Karaoke

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5425 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 458-8661
Bradford Tolleson, Restaurant Eugene: "One place that has become infamous in certain circles is Hangbok Happy Karaoke. They place fruit platters and kettles of Yogurt Soju inconspicuously in your private karaoke room that is lit up with disco lights and cheesy images flashing across a big screen television. The kettles of Yogurt Soju will ruin your morning, but that doesn’t stop anyone." [Photo]
529 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 228-6769
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Navarro Carr, The Sound Table: "I really enjoy going to 529 in East Atlanta because they have really great shows within an intimate environment." [Photo]

6. Joystick Gamebar

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427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-3002
Navarro Carr, The Sound Table (again): "Not sure if you consider Joystick a dive bar, but I have a good time there, too. Good beer, cocktails and back bar in general; plus Ms. Pac-Man is all a man could possible want from a dive bar." [Photo]

7. The BookHouse Pub

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736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 254-1176
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Lara Creasy, beverage consultant and designer the cocktail menu at King + Duke and the forthcoming St. Cecilia: "At Bookhouse Pub, I always run into either Greg Best or Paul Calvert every time I'm here. They have a good beer selection, make a proper cocktail and show great movies too." [Photo]

8. The BookHouse Pub

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736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 254-1176
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Michael Searles, bar manager at Cibo e Beve, also likes The Bookhouse Pub: "I don't know how well it's known, but I'm a huge fan of the Bookhouse. It's the comfortable lair I feel we all deserve. Great booze food, the occasional Tiki night, an awesome-yet-careful beer selection, and the greatest patio in the city. I've put a bunch of books on the shelves here, because it feels like a shared living room." [Photo]

9. Candler Park Market

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1642 McLendon Ave
Atlanta, GA
(404) 373-9787
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Paul Calvert, Paper Plane: " I love biking over to see Jarret at Candler Park Market and David Sweeney on Sundays at Octane, Grant Park." Candler Park's got a speakeasy situation happening every Thursday. [Photo]

1. Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge

1383 Cedar Grove Rd, Atlanta, GA
Jason Kemp, The Family Dog, TImone's: "Being from the south-side of Atlanta, I find great enjoyment frequenting bars within the nitty gritty underbelly of our fair city. If we are feeling adventurous after work, its always decent to travel way down Moreland to the Southern Comfort. This place is a bona fide trucker bar and one of the perks of drinking there is that when here, I don't feel the pressure to imbibe crafted cocktails, just a shot of whisky and a domestic beer will suffice for me. The barkeeps are always pleasant and down to earth." [Photo]
1383 Cedar Grove Rd
Atlanta, GA

2. Mr. C's

1983 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Arianne Fielder, Article 14: "My favorite bar to go to after work happens to be the same dive bar I've been going to since I was in college at Georgia Tech. I love this little dive off of Howell Mill Rd called Mr. C's. It's smoky and seedy with a lot of fun regular characters that you share a brew with every night. In addition to the usual PBR or champagne of beers, they also carry my favorite local brew— Monday Night's Fu Manbrew— just for me! The bartenders are really friendly and I always feel at home there." [Photo]
1983 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Bottle Rocket

180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Julian Goglia, The Pinewood Tippling Room: "I absolutely love Bottle Rocket. It’s a little neighborhood bar & sushi spot downtown. The bartenders have huge personalities and will refuse to let anyone leave without having a great time. You’d be a fool to not try a Cold Toddy with a Bubblegum Roll." [Photo]
180 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

4. Hangbok - Happy Karaoke

5425 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340
Bradford Tolleson, Restaurant Eugene: "One place that has become infamous in certain circles is Hangbok Happy Karaoke. They place fruit platters and kettles of Yogurt Soju inconspicuously in your private karaoke room that is lit up with disco lights and cheesy images flashing across a big screen television. The kettles of Yogurt Soju will ruin your morning, but that doesn’t stop anyone." [Photo]
5425 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

5. 529

529 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Navarro Carr, The Sound Table: "I really enjoy going to 529 in East Atlanta because they have really great shows within an intimate environment." [Photo]
529 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. Joystick Gamebar

427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Navarro Carr, The Sound Table (again): "Not sure if you consider Joystick a dive bar, but I have a good time there, too. Good beer, cocktails and back bar in general; plus Ms. Pac-Man is all a man could possible want from a dive bar." [Photo]
427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. The BookHouse Pub

736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Lara Creasy, beverage consultant and designer the cocktail menu at King + Duke and the forthcoming St. Cecilia: "At Bookhouse Pub, I always run into either Greg Best or Paul Calvert every time I'm here. They have a good beer selection, make a proper cocktail and show great movies too." [Photo]
736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8. The BookHouse Pub

736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Michael Searles, bar manager at Cibo e Beve, also likes The Bookhouse Pub: "I don't know how well it's known, but I'm a huge fan of the Bookhouse. It's the comfortable lair I feel we all deserve. Great booze food, the occasional Tiki night, an awesome-yet-careful beer selection, and the greatest patio in the city. I've put a bunch of books on the shelves here, because it feels like a shared living room." [Photo]
736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Candler Park Market

1642 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA
Paul Calvert, Paper Plane: " I love biking over to see Jarret at Candler Park Market and David Sweeney on Sundays at Octane, Grant Park." Candler Park's got a speakeasy situation happening every Thursday. [Photo]
1642 McLendon Ave
Atlanta, GA

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