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Opening a bar in Atlanta? Skip the expensive dining chairs (and other tips from bar owners).

Opening a bar—and keeping it in business—takes a lot more than you think. We spoke with proprietors of Porter Beer Bar, Georgia Beer Garden, and Lean Draft House about what it takes to not lose your sanity and shirt in the process.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

37. Cardinal

Cardinal is not your typical bar. Two friends have created a free-spirited space in south Grant Park’s Beacon development—hidden behind their small food market, Third Street Goods.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

41. Golden Eagle

If your ideal night out channels the glamour of the early 1960s (minus the misogyny), might we suggest Golden Eagle?

First-Date Bar: Skylounge at the Glenn Hotel

Drinks are stiff, and the crowd at the bar is usually pretty sparse until after 10.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Karaoke Night: Clermont Lounge

The Clermont Lounge is certainly known for worse sins than crooning off-key, and that’s what makes this karaoke night (Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.) the perfect place to find your inner rock star.
Cole Younger Just

Bartender of the Year: Cole Younger Just, Last Word

No other cocktail list this year felt as intentional yet whimsical as the one that Just built at this late-night Lebanese restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward.
Best of Atlanta 2015

New Bar Crawl Destination: Westside

We’re loving the mix of bars now rounding out the galleries, lofts, and designer retailers along Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road. Keep it classy at Cooks & Soldiers or Bocado, serving Basque hard cider and craft cocktails, respectively.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Dive Bar: Northside Tavern

Sparkly new buildings are going up on all sides of the iconic Northside Tavern, a grungy box serving up PBR and live blues music nightly—now smack-dab in the middle of the burgeoning Westside.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Late-Night Dance Party: Queen of Sheba

While at other clubs bartenders are going on about last calls and dance floors are beginning to thin out, the party is just getting started at this Ethiopian restaurant-slash-lounge off North Druid Hills Road.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Reason to Visit the Bathroom: The Painted Pin

At first glance, you might think the trippy bathrooms at this preppy Buckhead bowling boutique are some sort of illusion. But then you realize that the only thing separating the men’s and women’s restrooms is the line of mirrors suspended above the sinks.

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