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50 Best Bars in Atlanta

6. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Grant Henry is many things—former seminary student, proud father, civic developer, folk artist, muse for Hollis Gillespie—yet somehow all of these roles coalesce magically at his bar.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

45. Johnny’s Hideaway

More than thirty-five years ago, Johnny Esposito opened a bar where the Rat Pack would feel welcome.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

48. The Earl

Its many regulars will be appalled to know we almost left the Earl, one of the best music venues in town, off our list.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

50. The Bar at the Colonnade

Whippersnappers may scoff at a joint that closes at 9 on weeknights and 10 on weekends, but the clientele of this restaurant, founded in 1927, could hold their own with any millennial.

Ode to the dive bar

The Austin Avenue Buffet, which legend has it was once Atlanta’s oldest drinking establishment, closed around the millennium with a tearful auction of its artifacts.

Rideshare Showdown

After a bill to regulate them died in the state House, private rideshare vehicles have multiplied on Atlanta streets like ants in spilled Coke. We wanted to know: Who’s quickest? So on a Tuesday in June, Atlanta magazine staffers revved up our smartphones at 8 p.m. sharp in a race from Sister Louisa’s Church on Edgewood Avenue to Ormsby’s on the Westside.

Three things about Atlanta bars we wish would go away

Visiting a few dozen bars over the course of a month gives a person some perspective. Here are some trends we spotted far too often, and that we fervently wish would go away forever.
 

April 2014

Not long ago, I went out in East Atlanta for the first time in . . . well, too long. When I first moved to Georgia in 2000, I spent a lot of my evenings there—more hours than I can reasonably recollect.

The benefits (and drawbacks) of nocturnal weight-lifting

I arrived at Workout Anytime, a gym in a Buckhead strip mall, near Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, at 3:14 this morning. A normal-ish kind of person works out as late as midnight and as early as 5:30 a.m., I figured, having done so a few times myself. But who works out in the vampirish hours between?

Lena Lust answers our questions

Drag queen Lena Lust (nee Lester West) has worked in more than seventy Atlanta clubs since gradually moving down South from Chicago during the seventies.

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