48. The Earl


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Its many regulars will be appalled to know we almost left the Earl, one of the best music venues in town, off our list. But look, this is a list of bars. And if we’re being honest, the bar portion of the Earl (the mess of tables, the odious bathrooms, the relentless smoke) isn’t the most inviting. But in East Atlanta, the Earl is a stalwart, a survivor, a steady and reliable presence. It also serves awesome shoestring fries. We can’t stay away. 488 Flat Shoals Avenue, 404-522-3950, badearl.com