9. Northside Tavern


Our fervent hope is that present and future owners of Northside Tavern forever resist the urge to cash in on 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. On a recent night, the lead guitarist’s solo took him literally out the front door, where he played for the BMWs making their way to Star Provisions.

Don’t miss Cory the bartender’s fire-breathing, which involves rubbing alcohol and a match
Good to know Female and anywhere near cute? You may be spared the cover.
The scene Blues fans are every color and stripe, and you’ll meet them all here.

1058 Howell Mill Road
Designated parking
Gotta pay a cover

Back to the 50 Best Bars list

This article originally appeared in our August 2014 issue.