10. Elliott Street Deli & Pub


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Opened by brothers Mike and Pete Jakob in 2006, this 600-square-foot gem wasn’t even meant to be a bar: Originally, the siblings purchased the building, behind which the Mercedes-Benz Stadium now looms, to house their construction business. These days, the tiny spot has become a gathering place for artists, musicians, bikers, and downtown business–types alike, who crowd shoulder-to-shoulder in the bar’s cozy confines (it only fits 35 people at a time). Head here for cheap beer, live jazz sets in the almost-as-tiny downstairs venue, and some of the best deli sandwiches in town. 51 Elliott Street, 404-523-2174, elliottstreet.com