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Ten Bars Likely to Be Overrun with Chefs

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Leon's Full Service.
| Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee/Bearings Guide

There are plenty of Atlanta bars and restaurants to choose, so how's a thirsty civilian to decide where to spend a night out on the town? Certainly, many factors should be taken into consideration, like proximity to other watering holes or level of pretentiousness, but maybe it's time to try a new approach. Maybe this weekend, the bars you end up frequenting should also be the bars at which people like Kevin Gillespie or Paul Calvert are seated when they aren't working. If so, you're in luck, because here's a guide to the ten bars most likely to be overrun with chefs and bartenders in the city.


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1. Leon's Full Service

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131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Everyone from Paul Calvert to Greg Best thinks that Leon's Full Service is the place to go for a drink. Order off the menu or ask bartender Miles Macquarrie to pick something himself— there's no way to make the wrong choice.

2. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Greg Best's cocktail creations at Holeman & Finch are another popular option. Chef Linda Harrell recommends the off-menu Southern Cola, made with Mexican coke.

3. Octopus Bar

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560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316
People in the know head to Octopus Bar for late-night dining and drinks. The restaurant doesn't open until 10:30 p.m., making it a post-shift favorite.

4. Victory Sandwich Bar

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280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307
(770) 676-7287
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Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Villains says "I'm good friends with Ian and Caleb from Victory Sandwich Bar, so that's where I spend most of my drinking hours. They have good cheap beer, and they serve great cocktails. My go-to is a Bulleit Horse's neck (Bulleit Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Dash of Bitters). Simple and delicious."

5. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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Kevin Gillespie and Zeb Stevenson both like to spend their nights at H. Harper Station. Stevenson says he gets the Devil in a Woodpile cocktail.

6. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Hector Santiago and other chefs love to spend their weekends at the Sound Table, which sometimes resembles a bar and sometimes a club, making it the best of both worlds.

7. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

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51 Elliott St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 523-2174
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Looking for a divey atmosphere? Angus Brown of Octopus Bar and DBA Barbecue's Matt Coggin suggest bourbon-based drinks at Elliott Street.

8. 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
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Church is one of Mike LaSage of P'cheen and Bone Lick BBQ's favorite bars, possibly because of the location (he lives in Old Fourth Ward) but also because of the vibe. And how can you go wrong with ping pong?

9. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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Need a night out but can't stay at the bars too late? Try Bocado, recommended as a great dinner drink spot by Leslie Santiago of Pura Vida.

10. The Book House Pub

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736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 254-1176
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Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina and Kysha Cyrus of Joystick Gamebar like the Book House Pub. Cyrus likes to check out Tiki Tuesday when her schedule allows.

1. Leon's Full Service

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
Everyone from Paul Calvert to Greg Best thinks that Leon's Full Service is the place to go for a drink. Order off the menu or ask bartender Miles Macquarrie to pick something himself— there's no way to make the wrong choice.
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Greg Best's cocktail creations at Holeman & Finch are another popular option. Chef Linda Harrell recommends the off-menu Southern Cola, made with Mexican coke.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
People in the know head to Octopus Bar for late-night dining and drinks. The restaurant doesn't open until 10:30 p.m., making it a post-shift favorite.
560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

4. Victory Sandwich Bar

280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III, Atlanta, GA 30307
Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Villains says "I'm good friends with Ian and Caleb from Victory Sandwich Bar, so that's where I spend most of my drinking hours. They have good cheap beer, and they serve great cocktails. My go-to is a Bulleit Horse's neck (Bulleit Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Dash of Bitters). Simple and delicious."
280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307

5. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr., Atlanta, GA 30316
Kevin Gillespie and Zeb Stevenson both like to spend their nights at H. Harper Station. Stevenson says he gets the Devil in a Woodpile cocktail.
904 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Hector Santiago and other chefs love to spend their weekends at the Sound Table, which sometimes resembles a bar and sometimes a club, making it the best of both worlds.
483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Looking for a divey atmosphere? Angus Brown of Octopus Bar and DBA Barbecue's Matt Coggin suggest bourbon-based drinks at Elliott Street.
51 Elliott St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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

466 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Church is one of Mike LaSage of P'cheen and Bone Lick BBQ's favorite bars, possibly because of the location (he lives in Old Fourth Ward) but also because of the vibe. And how can you go wrong with ping pong?
466 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
Need a night out but can't stay at the bars too late? Try Bocado, recommended as a great dinner drink spot by Leslie Santiago of Pura Vida.
887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

10. The Book House Pub

736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina and Kysha Cyrus of Joystick Gamebar like the Book House Pub. Cyrus likes to check out Tiki Tuesday when her schedule allows.
736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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