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Top 7 bars and clubs in Atlanta

Published October 12th, 2015

When you find yourself in Atlanta there's little between you and the next watering hole. The city is diverse and innovative, providing an abundance of unique bars and clubs that leave a lasting impression.

Check out our favourites for when it's time to drink and party in this boozy American city.

The Argosy

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The fortunes of East Atlanta Village have waxed and waned in recent years, from fairy tale of urban renewal to dark fable of sputtering gentrification.

The Argosy, a bold and appealing gastropub that premiered last February in a former flea market, experienced its own fits and starts before conjuring some of the neighbourhood's old mojo.

Named after a merchant ship, the massive den swims in dark-wood everything. It's become an amusing, casual hangout for the neighbourhood, known for the extensive beer selection, and a perfect spot for killing a pint or two while observing hipster mating rituals.

The Sound Table

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Serving as a counterbalance to Sister Louisa's tacky exuberance across the street, the Sound Table takes understated sophistication to extremes.

The Scandinavian minimalism of the interior (blond-wood banquettes, clutter-free walls) suggests a chilled, worldly vibe that might border on cold, were it not for the gracious staff – or the dance floor that's dependably packed neck-to-elbow.

Before the midnight revelry, the Sound Table serves stylish cocktails and small plates inspired by "international street food". A rotating cast of DJs keep the beats fresh and unpredictable, ranging from soulful funk 45s and Afro house to experimental electronic dance music – an aural feast for Table dancers.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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Cocktail connoisseurs can be a fickle lot, stampeding a new hotspot then vanishing into the night. Beer drinkers tend to be more loyal, as evidenced by the steady popularity of Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

Owners Bob and Kristine Sandage unveiled their much-anticipated Little Five Points taproom three years ago in the basement of a renovated Victorian mansion. Its original pub grub and mile-long whiskey list deserve credit, but the craft beers remain the real draw.

The cavernous space fills up even on random weeknights, the thick granite walls echoing like a medieval fortress.

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West Midtown may be a wonderland for gourmands, but the bar options remain underwhelming. One exception is Ormsby's, a two-storey gastropub nearly hidden beneath the White Provision building (a 1910 meat-packing plant, recently refurbished as a posh urban market).

The enormous tavern doubles as a lively adult playground, with two bocce ball courts, pool tables, skee ball, shuffleboard and darts. The bar is famous as a getaway for Georgia Tech students, though the age range can span from millennials to soccer mums (who, no doubt, are loudly hogging the shuffle board).

Joystick Gamebar

A bratty new kid in an up-and-coming nightlife strip, Joystick Gamebar delivers something different from ATL's many meat markets: an escape hatch into the pixelated bliss of yesteryear.

For only a quarter, unleash your inner nerd on the addictive collection of vintage arcade games. Look for old-school favourites such as Ms Pac Man and Galaga, along with a few oddball artefacts (Turtles in Time, anyone?).

Gameplay gets extra challenging after a couple of the speciality cocktails. The names may be jokey – Decisions Before Dawn, A Desperate Venture – but the potency isn't child's play.

El Bar

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Almost nothing about this no-frills Poncey-Highlands dive bar makes sense: the incomprehensible location beneath a Mexican restaurant (El Azteca), the melting-pot crowd (twerking party princesses, aspiring record producers, reformed frat bros) that varies nightly, or its solid reputation as a late-night dance club: despite the microscopic dance floor.

Such objections have a way of dissolving as the night wears on, when El Bar's elite begin to surface and the featured DJ starts spinning anything from ghetto hip-hop to 80s funk. Who needs a dance floor?


Buckhead Village, once a notorious nightlife district, was mercilessly bulldozed in 2007 but its indulgent spirit only went underground. The old hood's curious mixture of playfulness and tenacity lives on in Prohibition, a cigar bar that bills itself as a 1920s speakeasy.

Guests enter a British red telephone box, dial a "secret" number, then push a hidden door to find a well-appointed throwback to classic jazz cabarets.

With the stricter-than-usual dress code (blazers and skirts, no jeans or trainers) and $13 cocktails, it may feel like a production. Still, Prohibition makes for a charming place and a bit of a novelty.

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