Bar Review - Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern

RING THE ALARM: Occupying prime real estate in the 100-year-old Engine 11 firehouse on North Avenue, this laid-back tavern — formerly the Spotted Dog — maintains its antique charm. Grand mahogany accents, dimly lit lamps (made out of copper-plated fire extinguishers) and two large arched windows give the dining room and patio some common ground. Three large plasma TVs broadcasting the latest games give the space a modern touch.

HOSE 'EM DOWN: The fully stocked bar houses 16 beers on draft, with most of the focus on domestic favorites. A few gem craft beers include Kona's Fire Rock Pale Ale from Hawaii. There's a small wine list, but beer and straightforward mixed drinks are the main draw for the after-work crowd.

STOP, DROP AND ONION ROLL: The menu features the usual bar fare as well as a few stand outs, including meatloaf and "Flashing Lights Shrimp" — fried shrimp with a trio of dipping sauces. If you really plan to chow down while throwing back a few, your best bet is to go with the juicy Engine 11 burger.

Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern, 30 North Ave. 404-873-3473. www.engine11atl.com. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., 10:30-midnight.

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