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.

Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub

Marietta scores the metro area’s most spirited Celtic pub, a smoky, gritty hideout that serves righteous plates of bangers and mash along with fifty beers on tap and 125 more by the bottle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Beer Growler

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

Trappeze Pub

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

Eagle & Lion Brew Pub

Oi, Anglophiles! An English-style brewpub specializing in cask-conditioned ale—also known as “real ale”—just opened in March in Griffin, a forty-minute drive south of Downtown.

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