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50 Best Bars in Atlanta

49. Joystick Gamebar

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.”
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8. Hotel Clermont

The stylish design and priceless view are reason enough for the insane popularity of this cabana-style rooftop scene teeming with millennials.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

10. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

Opened by brothers Mike and Pete Jakob in 2006, this 600-square-foot bar 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.

20. Argosy

The fellas who brought us Bookhouse Pub and underground dance dive MJQ get a bit more upscale without losing their grit in this warm, vintage-inspired space.

22. Mac McGee

On most nights with no soccer games, this cozy pub on the Decatur Square is the perfect place for drinks and quiet conversation.

24. Ormsby’s

Remember when people went to bars to have drinks and talk? Neither do we. And so there is Ormsby’s, a playground for quasi-grownups.

25. Blake’s

Atlanta’s quintessential gay bar is as much a club as it is a bar.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

27. Bookhouse Pub

Come for the chill vibe and creative cocktails; stay for the covert Twin Peaks references and serious bar food (think bone marrow).
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

31. 57th Fighter Group

Founded in 1981 and modeled after a bombed-out European farmhouse, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s signature restaurant houses one of the most underrated patios in the city, with fire pits and a runway view.

37. Pinewood Tippling Room

This hip, minimalist Decatur drinks haven may be the only place around that offers a flight of hard-to-find (and pricey) Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, as well as barrel-aged cocktails made in-house.

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