This list first appeared in our August 2014 issue. We updated in February 2017.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta
There are something like 4.7 bazillion establishments in metro Atlanta that serve booze. If you think picking the top fifty and then ranking them seems like a fool's errand, you would not be alone. And indeed, we never intended to rank them—just list our favorite fifty bars alphabetically. But then someone (okay, it may have been the editor) said, "Shouldn't we say who's best?" Then someone else said, "Rank them all!" So this is how we did it: Each bar could score a maximum of 100 points—up to ten each for setting, food, activities, the mix of people, and service. Up to thirty points for quality and depth of drinks (this is a bars package after all). And finally, up to twenty points for the "X factor"—that ineffable quality that may defy easy description but nevertheless makes the place special. (Clermont, we're looking at you.)
Grant Henry is many things—former seminary student, proud father, civic developer, folk artist, muse for Hollis Gillespie—yet somehow all of these roles coalesce magically at his bar.
Let CC’s Rooftop, Cafe Circa’s bar with a view, elevate you above the Edgewood Avenue bar scene both physically and literally—up here you’ll find a smoother, laid-back vibe thanks to lounge seating (and, soon, cabanas); a bar and menu that evoke Caribbean flavors without feeling like a theme park; and a DJ spinning R&B, old-school hip-hop, and sultry jazz.