5 must-visit dive bars across the Southeast

No-frills institutions that set the bar high for cheap beer and good times

Craft beer compromise kicks the can on direct sales

Meanwhile, wholesalers were quick to express their enthusiasm, in part because craft brewers promised to stop pushing for direct sales until 2017.

Porter Beer Bar

The Little Five Points digs may be funky, but husband-and-wife owners Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn preside over a refined, comprehensive beer program of 500 brews.

The Beer Growler

The Athens original opened in late 2010 and pioneered growler availability in Georgia.

The Fred Bar

On game nights, the noise at the 11,000-square-foot Taco Mac at the Prado, with its eighty-plus TVs, could puncture eardrums.

The Midway Pub

The Midway is quintessential East Atlanta: a converted car repair shop that retains its industrial edge, crowded by tattooed regulars who spill from the brick interior onto a tempting patio when the building’s garage doors are open.

Thinking Man Tavern

Name it and they will come: Emory grad students, Agnes Scott faculty, and other scholarly types claim this dim, scruffy bar on the east edge of downtown Decatur as their watering hole.

Trappeze Pub

Beer lovers devoted to the Brick Store’s reverent approach often mention Athens’s Trappeze in the same breath.

Twain’s Billiards and Tap

In 2006, after ten years in business, this family-friendly pub and pool hall added a microbrewery to its operations.

5 Seasons Brewing

Before the craft beer craze ignited, the original Prado location of 5 Seasons Brewing (which opened in 2001) reigned as leader of the local cult of hops.

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