9. Northside Tavern


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Our fervent hope is that present and future owners of Northside Tavern forever resist the urge to cash in by selling the land on which this institution sits, one of the last true dives in Atlanta and home to some of the best live blues. That the neighborhood around it has been buffed to a glossy, industrial sheen makes Northside’s grit and splendid decay only more singular. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Cory the bartender’s increasingly elusive fire-breathing stunt, which involves rubbing alcohol and a match (it’s currently on hiatus after he lit his fingers on fire). 1058 Howell Mill Road, 404-874-8745, northsidetavern.com