From the brilliant minds that earned Decatur’s Kimball House several James Beard nominations for its bar program, this airy restaurant and bar in a corner of Krog Street Market evokes a more youthful but no less impressive vibe.
Arcade-themed bars may have surged in popularity in recent years—but when Joystick opened its doors, and its Mrs. Pac-Man machine, to Edgewood Avenue in 2012, it was a revelation. Joystick is still going strong as a self-identified “nerdy dive bar.”
There probably will be a line to ride the elevator to the top of Atlanta’s best and newest boutique hotel. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll realize why: The stylish design and priceless view are reason enough.
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.