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The best neighborhood bars in Atlanta.

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
The Albert (Featured)

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Elliott Street Deli & Pub (Featured)

2018: Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Smith's Olde Bar (Featured)

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Righteous Room (Featured)
As old Ponce gives way to condos, dental spas, and elective IVs (whatever the hell those are), the Righteous Room is as constant as the North Star. When the jukebox is on, it's pumping the Smiths, Love and Rockets, the Velvet Underground, and more to the tune of clinking beer bottles and friendly banter.more...
As old Ponce gives way to condos, dental spas, and elective IVs (whatever the hell those are), the Righteous Room is as constant as the North Star. When the jukebox is on, it's pumping the Smiths, Love and Rockets, the Velvet Underground, and more to the tune of clinking beer bottles and friendly banter. It's an unpretentious, not-too-hipsterish, relaxed, genuine neighborhood bar, which is in short supply these days. Be it a quick stop for patrons before checking out a movie next door at the Plaza Theatre, or an after- work haunt, the Righteous Room is where the locals go. The outdoor seating offers excellent front- row viewing of Ponce Life. Their veggie burgers (and their burger burgers) are one of a kind, and you can't beat the drink prices. The staff are friendly and easygoing. True school Atlantans wouldn't have it any other way. less...

Best Place to be Saved BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (Featured)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Albert (Featured)

Best no-frills chill BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Burkhart's Pub (Permanently Closed) (Permanently Closed)
BURKHART’S PUB is a no-frills neighborhood hangout. Free from the travails of urban snobbery, everything from the trivia nights to the drag shows such as the Saturday night Synergy with Monica Van Pelt, Angelica D’Paige, and more makes this two-level hot spot a staple of Atlanta’s LGBT scene inmore...
BURKHART’S PUB is a no-frills neighborhood hangout. Free from the travails of urban snobbery, everything from the trivia nights to the drag shows such as the Saturday night Synergy with Monica Van Pelt, Angelica D’Paige, and more makes this two-level hot spot a staple of Atlanta’s LGBT scene in 2016, whether you’re looking for a relaxing dinner on the patio or a raucous show on the main stage. less...

Best bar with best background music BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
Graveyard Tavern (Permanently Closed)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Albert (Featured)

Trophy Case BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Manuel's Tavern (Featured)
The news that MANUEL’S TAVERN would shut its doors to undergo an overhaul didn’t just scare regulars who feared losing that familiar smoky smell. It also meant enduring the 2016 presidential primaries somewhere other than the Poncey-Highland haunt. But when the pub reopened its doors in early August,more...
The news that MANUEL’S TAVERN would shut its doors to undergo an overhaul didn’t just scare regulars who feared losing that familiar smoky smell. It also meant enduring the 2016 presidential primaries somewhere other than the Poncey-Highland haunt. But when the pub reopened its doors in early August, the crowds made clear that old habits die hard. The familiar political operatives, journalists, and politicians can once again be found with beer glasses in hand. The TVs are back up on the walls. Come November, the screens will broadcast election returns to (mostly) Democrats sitting at the same sticky tables surrounded by the same political memorabilia. You can’t renovate the spirit out of the place. less...

Best bar photo booth BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
The Star Community Bar (Featured)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Elliott Street Deli & Pub (Featured)
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Castleberry Hill, ELLIOTT STREET DELI & PUB offers the neighborhood an underground hot spot for creative music. Brothers Mike and Peter Jakob renovated the space in 2006, and in the last decade the unassuming pub has grown into one of Atlanta’s most influential musicmore...
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Castleberry Hill, ELLIOTT STREET DELI & PUB offers the neighborhood an underground hot spot for creative music. Brothers Mike and Peter Jakob renovated the space in 2006, and in the last decade the unassuming pub has grown into one of Atlanta’s most influential music hangouts. Bassist Kevin Scott continues to host Tuesday night jam sessions on the pub’s basement stage, bringing in a rotating cast of jazz heavyweights including saxophonists Kebbi Williams and Eric Fontaine. Elliott Street has participated in art celebrations such as Flux Night and hosted work from local favorites such as Evereman. On April 2, the club celebrated its 10-year anniversary with performances from Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, who found new audiences in its intimate basement venue. City Councilman Kwanza Hall helped commemorate the pub’s contributions to local culture by adopting April 2 as “Elliott Street Pub Day” in Atlanta. The Elliott Street Deli & Pub is a cultural touchstone for rising musical talent, and a refuge for those seeking quality food, drink, and community. less...

Best neighborhood color-bearer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Mary's (Featured)
One thing that surprises and attracts people from across the country to Atlanta is its no-fuss inclusivity. Nowhere is that more apparent than MARY’S in East Atlanta. While the dive bar is by definition a queer space, all races, gender identities, and sexualities are welcome. Mary’s is a safe space,more...
One thing that surprises and attracts people from across the country to Atlanta is its no-fuss inclusivity. Nowhere is that more apparent than MARY’S in East Atlanta. While the dive bar is by definition a queer space, all races, gender identities, and sexualities are welcome. Mary’s is a safe space, but definitely not a bore. It’s known and loved for its delightfully campy, devil-may-care vibe, and, of course, the famous Tuesday and Saturday night Mary-oke. less...

Best breath of fresh air BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Amer (Permanently Closed)
In an era when many new restaurants are taking the bigger is better approach to success, it’s nice to see an intimate establishment like AMER open up in Inman Park. The vibe at this neighborhood cocktail bar is chill, but stylish — ever hear the word sprezzatura? (Google it.) An air of studied nonchalancemore...
In an era when many new restaurants are taking the bigger is better approach to success, it’s nice to see an intimate establishment like AMER open up in Inman Park. The vibe at this neighborhood cocktail bar is chill, but stylish — ever hear the word sprezzatura? (Google it.) An air of studied nonchalance is what Amer is all about. Savoring an interesting craft cocktail at the modest bar or lounging around a low table from a cushy banquette feels effortless. Try one of the elaborate technicolor drinks in the Built section of cocktails, like the Bling Machine or the Smoke & Chill. Then, chill. Pair the drinks with a bowl of marinated olives, paprika-smoked cashews, or another light bite from Amer’s simple menu of bar snacks. Once you’ve got the adequate booze padding in place, stick around to enjoy another drink. 299 N. Highland Ave. 404-600-5895. www.ameratlanta.com. less...

Best bar photo booth BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
The Star Community Bar (Featured)

Democratic Lore: Best cornerstone for East Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Earl (Featured)
Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made itmore...
Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made it the go-to for locals and out-of-towners alike. This place has character in spades, from the walls lined with old-school clutter to the hardworking staff. less...

Democratic Lore: Best L5P bar to avoid the tourists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Manuel's Tavern (Featured)

Young and restless: Best gathering spot for Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
97 Estoria (Featured)

Democratic Lore: Best Bar to belly up and hear some local Democratic lore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Manuel's Tavern (Featured)

Young and restless: Best leisure institution on Ponce BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Local

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Bookhouse Pub (Featured)

Best places to wet your whistle: Boozing in a dark corner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Paper Plane (Permanently Closed)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (Featured)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Edgewood Corner Tavern (Permanently Closed)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
529 Bar (Featured)

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brick Store Pub

Runner-up: Flatiron Restaurant & Bar


520 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., 404-688-8864

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brick Store Pub

Runner-up
97 Estoria
727 Wylie St., 404-522-0966, www.97estoria.com

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Flatiron Bar and Restaurant

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Straight Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Local

Best New Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
P'cheen (Permanently Closed)
“Here you are, two Hoes and a Hummer,” a waiter is overheard telling a trio of ladies. He’s talking about beer: two Hoegaarten and one Sweetwater Summer Hummer. That kind of yak could lead to a quick eviction from the slickest ultralounge, but not from your casual crossroadsmore...
“Here you are, two Hoes and a Hummer,” a waiter is overheard telling a trio of ladies. He’s talking about beer: two Hoegaarten and one Sweetwater Summer Hummer. That kind of yak could lead to a quick eviction from the slickest ultralounge, but not from your casual crossroads pub, and that’s what P’CHEEN is for the “new” Old Fourth Ward. The convivial international bistro fare is not to be ignored. Neither are the kick-ass onion rings. But, at night, neighborly wayfarers congregate at P’Cheen for $2 PBR, Belgian brews, artfully balanced Guinness drafts and eclectic DJs. It’s become a beacon for booze at the boundary of a burgeoning ’hood. less...

Best Straight Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Andrew's Upstairs (Permanently Closed)
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons makemore...
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons make this a hot spot when that spot is hot, if ya know what we’re saying. The 400-capacity love nest, which is perched above the East Andrews Cafe, also is an upscale music and entertainment venue with a fertile schedule of local, regional and national acts, DJs, movie nights and theme events. Although original music is presented, quite often the featured act is one of those crazy tribute bands that seem to breed like rabbits somewhere. It’s not uncommon to find a Bon Jovi or Led Zeppelin cover band on stage here, reproducing the hits that spawned a generation or two. less...

Best Local Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Local

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Manuel's Tavern

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there’s no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Fivemore...
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there’s no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Five Points’ finest freaks and geeks, the place is a true melting pot. The ironic nautical decor is a visual treat with a collection of interesting knickknacks and general oddities on view behind the bar. On most nights, the intimate institution is buzzing with enough real-life entertainment to warrant a cover charge. Don’t worry, there’s never an admission fee, so come on in and be a part of the show. less...

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Dunwoody Tavern
5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody 770-394-4164 www.dunwoodytavern.com

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Dunwoody Tavern
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin’ the suds since opening in ’96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game,more...
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin’ the suds since opening in ’96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game, the Tavern is a comfy and occasionally jumpin’ little hot spot. In addition to a wide selection of liquid refreshments, a number of annual events are on tap, including golf tournaments, St. Patty’s parties and the Dunwoody Beer Festival. The above-average menu is a tasty treat, and other perks include free high-speed wireless, pool tables and organized soccer parties. less...

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club.
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there's no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Five Points' finestmore...
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there's no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Five Points' finest freaks and geeks, the place is a true melting pot. The ironic nautical decor is a visual treat with a collection of interesting knickknacks and general oddities on view behind the bar. On most nights, the intimate institution is buzzing with enough real-life entertainment to warrant a cover charge. Don't worry, there's never an admission fee, so come on in and be a part of the show. less...

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Dunwoody Tavern
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin' the suds since opening in '96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game, the Tavern is amore...
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin' the suds since opening in '96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game, the Tavern is a comfy and occasionally jumpin' little hot spot. In addition to a wide selection of liquid refreshments, a number of annual events are on tap, including golf tournaments, St. Patty's parties and the Dunwoody Beer Festival. The above-average menu is a tasty treat, and other perks include free high-speed wireless, pool tables and organized soccer parties. less...

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Manuel's Tavern/The Local/Universal Joint

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Universal Joint

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Highlander (Featured)
Its Midtown neighborhood is pretty decent, but what makes THE HIGHLANDER such a great hangout is the "ideal" vision of a neighborhood it projects: One in which ink-drenched guys of menacing demeanor, looking like they were just thrown out of hell, cheerfully intermingle with (and serve drinks to) comparativelymore...
Its Midtown neighborhood is pretty decent, but what makes THE HIGHLANDER such a great hangout is the "ideal" vision of a neighborhood it projects: One in which ink-drenched guys of menacing demeanor, looking like they were just thrown out of hell, cheerfully intermingle with (and serve drinks to) comparatively normal professionals, Christina Aguilera look-alikes, strippers, ultra-goths and open-minded couples fresh from the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. The kitschy knickknacks, sturdy bar food and erratic air hockey table - who "wouldn't" want to live in a neighborhood with a watering hole like this around the corner? "931 Monroe Drive. 404-872-0060." less...

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Manuel's Tavern

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Rocco's Pub
Tucked into the corner of Marietta's Town and Country shopping center, ROCCO'S PUB is just about the coziest, friendliest, most lived-in beer joint imaginable. Decorated with such archetypal straight-guy paraphernalia as dead animals - bear's head, boar's head, barracuda - and sports memorabilia - Ali-autographedmore...
Tucked into the corner of Marietta's Town and Country shopping center, ROCCO'S PUB is just about the coziest, friendliest, most lived-in beer joint imaginable. Decorated with such archetypal straight-guy paraphernalia as dead animals - bear's head, boar's head, barracuda - and sports memorabilia - Ali-autographed boxing gloves, Mantle-signed bat - Rocco's is a second home to an amiable collection of Chicago Bears-lovers and barstool regulars who'll be glad to debate with you any issue relating to professional athletics, past or present. Besides being an easygoing place to grab a brew, Rocco's offers a better-than-average menu of bar chow, featuring salmon, a 10-ounce sirloin and the pub's signature chili, the winner of several national chili cook-off competitions. "Rocco's Pub, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-971-8806." less...

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Locos Deli & Pub

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Locos Deli & Pub
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