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Bar Review

Wednesday May 22, 2002 12:04 am EDT

First of all, it's pronounced "Joe El." It's a restaurant. It's named after its owner and chef, Joel Antunes. He's French.

Second, it's in a complex called Piazza At Paces. Piazza is Italian for plaza. Don't confuse it with pizza, which is Italian for pizza.

Walk inside Joel (the restaurant, not the owner) and you will see an elegantly curved, long bar lit from within. Don't be alarmed if...

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Bar Review

Wednesday May 15, 2002 12:04 am EDT

Clear, crisp gin and a little vermouth to round the flavor are chilled on ice and strained into a martini glass. An optional olive adds a salty counterpoint. That's a martini, and that's what you get at Highland Tap.

The revival of the cocktail culture has led to a profusion of new bars boasting a lengthy menu of martini concoctions in various colors and flavors. However, long after the trendy...

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Bar Review

Wednesday May 8, 2002 12:04 am EDT

Small, stylish and necessary.

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If The Righteous Room was a handbag, it'd be a Fendi or a Kate Spade. Well, possibly not — those handbags are overpriced and quickly go out of style. Maybe a better comparison is the VW Beetle. It's hip, but reasonably priced and timeless.

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So what's so righteous about The Righteous Room? Everything really. The food is delicious and inexpensive....

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Bar Review

Wednesday May 1, 2002 12:04 am EDT
It's hard to imagine East Atlanta Village without Mary's. In less than four years, the cluttered den of all things campy has emerged as a destination not just for newcomers to the neighborhood; it also draws an eclectic crowd of intowners looking for something a little quirky. The bar's mostly gay but often mixed clientele helps explain its dime-store discotheque decor. From the beaming... | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday April 24, 2002 12:04 am EDT
Fly your freak flag high, man. Put on some comfortable shoes, let down those dreads, pull on your favorite jeans, T-shirt and beat-up cap, and head for Jake's Roadhouse. This friendly bar, about a mile-and-a-half inside the Perimeter on Lawrenceville Highway, recently snatched the jam band headquarters rights from the Brandyhouse when the Dunhams moved their live Sunday night show there. The... | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday April 17, 2002 12:04 am EDT

What's your favorite place to go drinking?

Christian: Burkhart's. There's not that much attitude. The beverage menu is not all that different but it is relatively inexpensive. There's diversity — it's not all just S&M or "standing model." People don't care as much about appearance or the type of clothes you wear or how much money you make. They're real people. You can actually strike up...

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Bar Review

Wednesday April 10, 2002 12:04 am EDT



When it looked like Dottie's would close for good due to the death of its namesake and the legal troubles of her heir, the city almost lost one of its true treasures. Although no civic group started a fund-raising campaign, survive it did, like a mangy street dog, resurrected after a brief closure and a very modest remodeling as Lenny's, still one of the city's only real bars. Changing...

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Bar Review

Wednesday April 3, 2002 12:04 am EST

Two summers ago, the East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge, better known as The Earl, was a place to go if you didn't want to be seen. More times than I can count, I both said and heard some variation of "I'm not really in the mood to go out, let's go to The Earl."

But times have changed.

As word spread that The Earl had the charm and unpretentiousness of a neighborhood dive bar without actually...

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Bar Review

Wednesday March 27, 2002 12:04 am EST
Gecko tickles tequila fancies | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday March 20, 2002 12:04 am EST

In the past, bars in fine restaurants were where you sat while waiting for a dining table. You'd sit down and order a drink, but before you could finish it, your table would be ready, leaving you to figure out whether to pay for the drink at the bar or if it would be added to your bill.

But more and more, the bars in fine restaurants are destinations in their own right. The bar at Buckhead's...

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Bar Review

Wednesday March 13, 2002 12:04 am EST

What to some is an authentic Irish haven is also an unusual microcosm in the Buckhead bar scene: an unpretentious, dimly lit bar filled not with pickup artists but actual drinkers. McDuff's, which boasts being "the only 100 percent Irish-owned pub in Atlanta," is also the official headquarters of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, which takes place in Buckhead Saturday at 1 p.m.

Evidence of...

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Bar Review

Wednesday March 6, 2002 12:04 am EST



I like to hang out at neighborhood bars that are not in my neighborhood. Nobody "knows my name" and I don't talk to anyone but the bartender. I watch everyone else and eavesdrop 'til I feel like I'm part of the crowd. To enjoy this kind of interloping, you have to sit at the bar, and the bar has to be a comfortable one because you may have to stay a while before things get interesting. So...

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Bar Review

Wednesday February 27, 2002 12:04 am EST
First of all, hats off to Gladys Parada for actually giving her new bar a name that is both descriptive and accurate. The bar is called red and that's exactly what it is. The fiery Latin-themed club is hot-blooded and filled with all things red. (Of course, if all other bars followed the "descriptive and accurate" naming model, the metro Atlanta area would be dotted with dozens of bars called... | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday February 20, 2002 12:04 am EST

Henry: I'm going to ask you what everyone seems to ask me. Like, what do you do? ?
?Wanda: I drink.?
?        — Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway in Barfly

Drinking is about a feeling.

The right drink in the right glass in the right room at the right time is a goal worth pursuing.

I was feeling pretty contrary Super Bowl weekend. So while everyone headed for parties and sports bars, the...

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Bar Review

Wednesday February 13, 2002 12:04 am EST
Fadó is all about 25- to 50-year-old professionals in casual dress, crammed into a tight space, beered-up and looking for love. It's authentic all right — authentic Buckhead. Even so, it's the least posey and Buckhead of the Buckhead bars. Maybe it's authentically Irish too. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't say for sure. But I can't imagine that any pub in Ireland would install a... | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday March 14, 2001 12:04 am EST
Traditional and not-so Irish libations on tap at local pubs | more...

Bar Review

Saturday January 27, 2001 12:04 am EST
With top-notch sips and smokes, you'll be happy to pay your dues at the Clubhouse | more...

Bar Review

Saturday December 2, 2000 12:04 am EST

An amber-lit oyster bar, Fontaine's is an elegant and trendy hotspot for twenty- and thirtysomethings to gather in Louisiana ambience. The cozy hardwoods and stone surroundings make for a laid-back meeting place nestled in the decidedly quaint Virginia-Highland neighborhood.
Sip your favorite poison at the friendly bar up front or dine on the L-shaped patio with a menu ranging from anything...

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