A bar stroll along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Seven spots worth checking out along the way—plus what to order at each one

The Eastside Trail closes at 11 p.m., so start early if you’re planning on drinking your way along its two-mile route.

Photographs by Allyson Busch
Photographs by Allyson Busch

Park Tavern
500 10th Street
Get dropped off; you can’t leave a vehicle here overnight.
Order: A brewed-on-site Eastside Trail Pale Ale, of course. The hummus platter will prep you for the drinking ahead.

931 Monroe Drive
Dash across Monroe Drive to this airy Tex-Mex spot.
Order: The signature Thuy Skinny margarita and a taco. Bonus: Discounts for BeltLine members!

Model T
699 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Walk a mile along the trail, then take the new Kroger ramp to reach this smoky gay bar, which opens at 9 a.m. It’s in the former Ford Factory and is decorated with its remnants.
Order: A beer followed by bartender Michael’s “mystery shot” (we detected Amaretto).

Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Boulevard
Reservations are suggested for the patio, but there’s plenty of open seating at the bar inside.
Order: A Campari and soda and pimento cheese hush puppies.

240 North Highland Avenue
If it’s pleasant, grab a trailside picnic table for people-watching. From the bar inside, watch oyster shucking.
Order: The Parish Cup (Pimm’s and bubbly). Toss down a few oysters or pommes frites.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
684 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue
This latest trail addition is a cross between a scout camp and a Wes Anderson movie.
Order: A Tropicalia, the IPA from Creature Comforts, and housemade Cracker Jack.

Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog Street
Make a dinner reservation for the patio.
Order: Bourbon, neat. Or the Revenuer’s Consolation, a moonshine-pear concoction. And a platter of ribs.

Arrange for a pickup at the trail end, near the corner of Irwin and Krog streets.

Check out more of the year’s best dining picks in our annual Best of Atlanta list

This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.