Nightlife: Dive

10 High

This bare-bones club space beneath the Dark Horse Tavern is best known for live-band “Metalsome” hard-rock karaoke. But 10 High also ho

5 Paces Inn

Buckhead gets a bad rep sometimes for being a bit hoity-toity, but this dive bar is more than 50 years old and full of just-out-of-coll


In the central East Atlanta spot formerly occupied by retro soul bar the Village, you'll find 529 — a tiny, smoky space that oozes cool

Blind Willie's

A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its si

The Clermont Lounge

If you haven't witnessed Blondie, the city's most well-embraced stripper (she's appeared in the city's marketing material, for Christ's

The Drunken Unicorn

The literally underground club features plenty of figuratively underground punk, electro, and hip-hop acts. Although connected to MJQ C

The Earl

East Atlanta staple for local and up-and-coming rock bands, as well as nationally established indie acts, and grub for the hipster-PBR

El Myr

This Little Five hangout serves burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican favorites, with a heaping side of atmosphere and character. It'

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

This tiny bar in a lovingly renovated old building in Downtown's Castleberry Hill boasts an authentic neighborhood vibe. Downstairs hos

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Boiled peanuts, chili dogs, and other grubby bar food in a neighborhood pub with lots of beer on tap and a great sense of humor.

The Flat Iron

A scattering of sidewalk tables, draft beer, a stellar jukebox, and your average pub grub.

The Highlander

Cheap beer, pool tables, and fried food are the pillars of this dingy Midtown strip mall dive. Conveniently located next to Landmark Mi

The Independent

A fixture for more than 20 years (much of it under the name DuPree's), the Independent is all about pool. There are eight tables and th

Java Lords

This little spot also serves snacks and drinks during performances at the adjacent 7 Stages Theatre. It's got fair-trade, organic coffe

The Local

This neighborhood bar and restaurant is popular with college students, hipsters, and, yes, locals. Above-average bar food and a cozy pa

Moe's & Joe's Tavern

This neighborhood tavern and grill was opened in 1947, and has been serving Pabst Blue Ribbon since the mid 1950s. It's a great place t

Northside Tavern

This legendary dive bar in West Midtown is Atlanta's home for live blues. The weekly lineup includes a Monday night jam and a regular W

The Righteous Room

This Poncey-Highland institution next to the Plaza Theatre oozes comfortable hole-in-the-wall atmosphere. Its small outdoor patio, sati

The Rusty Nail Pub - Roswell

"The South's version of 'Cheers.'" The Rusty Nail Pub is a casual bar serving burgers, wings, and more. It has many loyal customers and

Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge

Southern Comfort is a little slice of honky-tonk heaven located south of East Atlanta off of Moreland Avenue. The trucker bar most comm

The Star Community Bar

The Star Bar, as it's known, hosts a regular lineup of rockabilly and hard-rockin' acts, as well as the city's best free stand-up on Mo

The Rusty Nail Pub

"The South's version of 'Cheers.'" The Rusty Nail Pub is a casual bar serving burgers, wings, and more. It has many loyal customers and

Trackside Tavern

This agreeable Decatur hangout checks off all the dive-bar basics with high marks. The beers are cheap, the bar food (burgers, wings, t

Tucker Saloon

The Tucker Saloon is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood dive you might first visit on a lark and then end up becoming an unironic r