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5 spots to ensure tinnitus is in your future

8 restaurants locals swear by

4 places to get to know Atlanta artists

4 places to fill your growler

Fresh booze for the big bottles

Atlanta according to Dikembe Mutombo

The 7-foot 2-inch, finger waggin' ex-NBA shot blocker says yes, yes, yes to his favorite Atlanta spots. And no to a few questions.

Atlanta according to Michi Meko

The visual artist on finding peace on the 'Hooch, sneaking into local swimming pools, and his favorite must-visit arts venues

5 of ATL’s most turnt monthly dance parties

The city is filled with clubs just waiting for you to come get your swerve on

5 offbeat spots for music on a school night

When you can’t stomach another DJ dropping the bass, go where the locals go

Atlanta according to DJ Princess Cut

She’s so A-Town — from Edgewood to Fulton Industrial

9 Atlanta restaurants with great raw bars

Where to get your oyster fix in Atlanta

Atlanta according to Lauri Stallings

The glo impresario is a serious nature lover

31 Annual Events

How to spend 12 months in Atlanta

Atlanta according to Joe Reynolds

The local food advocate and Love is Love at Gaia Gardens farmer shares a few of his favorite things

5 spots for all that jazz

Bluesy clubs for low-key nights

Atlanta according to Amanda Mills

The maker, curator, and evangelist of zines and DIY art tells us where to find inspiration

Atlanta according to DJ Jelly

The prolific Southern Style tastemaker reveals the best spots for local music

7 music spots to jam with Mother Nature

Music venues that remind you how much you love the great outdoors

20 fun first-date restaurants

Where to get your first-date game on in Atlanta

Atlanta according to Mara Davis

The longtime Atlanta radio personality shares her favorite things about the A

16 patios great for beer-drinking in Atlanta

Where to sip brews and get some fresh air at the same damn time

Atlanta according to Dr. Dax

The Dungeon Family member, muralist, and self-proclaimed social butterfly on the city's good, bad, and ugly

5 music venues with food on the menu

From Eddie’s Attic to Apache Café, here’s where you can nosh before you mosh

Atlanta according to Quianah Upton

A passion for history, culture, design, and decor makes this city perfect for her brand of Arbitrary Living

10 restaurants for laid-back fine dining

Where to eat well while wearing jeans

Atlanta according to Yoyo Ferro

Meet the artist behind the 2015-16 Atlanta City Guide map

10 comedy spots to get your laugh on

Atlanta’s got whatever tickles your pickle

19 restaurants good for going ham

Where to tell swimsuit season to screw off

Atlanta according to Nicholas Tecosky

The writer, performer, and literary viceroy shares a few words

5 late-night Wi-Fi spots

A freelancer’s field guide to remote work sites

Atlanta according to Brian Poust, aka Agent 45

Georgia Soul blogger, DJ, and vinyl collector discusses the finer points of intown living.

11 spots for exploring ATL music’s outer limits

Take an adventurous safari through the nascent and ferocious corners of Atlanta music

Atlanta according to Allie Bashuk

The arts curator and organizer on the city's best ambassadors and all those stray chicken wings

5 bars for a mostly bro-free night

Where the drinks flow and Pitbull doesn’t play

Atlanta according to Ciera Tavana

From nomad to curator of movable feasts, she found her cultural smorgasbord in Atlanta first

12 CL staff-approved spots to pad your bell

Best bets for a crispy-fried quick fix come last call

Atlanta according to Rembert Browne

The Atlanta-raised Grantland staff writer chats about his love for West End's roads, his admiration for Joseph Lowery, and why you shou

10 places to satisfy your sandwich craving in Atla

When only delicious things between two slices of bread will do

Atlanta according to Daren Wang

The Decatur Book Festival's executive director has got your hot tips on secret chicken

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Brockett Pub

This out-of-the-way local hangout is a low-key lunch spot with a bit of a sports bar vibe. When it comes to killer pub grub, this is so

Edgewood Corner Tavern

No. 3 in the series of laid-back poolroom bars with decent pub food.

4th and Swift

Located in the Southern Dairies' former engine room, 4th and Swift epitomizes industrial elegance. The Swift in the name refers to chef

Bottle Rocket

Sushi, burgers, and comfort cocktails.

Compound

This mega-nightclub feels kind of like a resort, with several indoor and outdoor environments, including a pool area (swimming, not bil

Craft Izakaya

It’s not a traditional red lantern that marks this “place of sake” (a loose definition of “izakaya”), but rather Craft’s lively, walk-u

Center Stage

Center Stage is the largest of the three venues that make up the Atlanta CW Midtown Music Complex. But this 1,050-capacity theater neve

The Loft

One of three music venues at the Center Stage Theater. The Loft is located on the second floor. It offers full bar service and a view o

Dark Horse Tavern

A handsome, horseshoe-shaped bar anchors the dimly lit space, which is populated by a rowdy, barely post-college clientele.

Chastain Park Amphitheater

This picturesque outdoor venue features acts from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to pop tours. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics

97 Estoria

Once a grocery store for cotton mill workers in the historic Cabbagetown neighborhood, 97 Estoria is a restaurant and "hangout for all

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Located right next to the Fox Theatre, this place sports a late-'40s, New York jazz club vibe. There's live music five to six nights a

Urban Grind

Urban Grind's a bit less crowded than Octane, which is just a couple of blocks up Marietta Street. The small shop hosts art shows, musi

The Atlanta CW Midtown Music Complex

Features the Loft, Vinyl, and the Center Stage theater. The best thing about Center Stage is the sight lines. There's hardly a bad seat

W Atlanta Downtown

One of three of the chic chain hotel’s locations in Atlanta, the W Downtown straddles the Downtown Connector for a fabulous north-facin

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Heavy stone and wood decor anchor this Crabapple jewel that regularly hosts local Irish and Scottish musicians. As you'd expect from an

Sweetwater Bar and Grill

Darts, billiards, cheap drinks, and live music is what you'll find in this hole-in-the-wall spot.

Sidebar

This downtown spot is a sturdy after-work or pre-game hangout. The agreeable menu features such offerings as Cuban sandwiches, black an

Pal's Lounge

Located in Sweet Auburn, the resurrected lounge is a landmark of the district with a look and vibe that's authentic as it gets. Regula

Morris Restaurant and Lounge

A friendly dive bar and Kirkwood's oldest black-owned business, the Morris has been open for nearly 40 years. No one under 25 is allowe

Edgewood Speakeasy at Pizzeria Vesuvius

Hidden behind a secret bookshelf door inside Pizzeria Vesuvius, Edgewood Speakeasy is a secret den of drinks and is one of Old Fourth W

Trader Vic's

Feeling the need to escape to a tropical island? Trader Vic's, located in the Hilton Downtown Atlanta, is the next best thing, with its

Tongue & Groove

One of Atlanta's longest-running nightclubs and lounges.

W Atlanta Midtown

W Atlanta Midtown features the farm-to-table restaurant TRACE, the Living Room lobby bar with both indoor and patio space, the swankier

Bulldogs Bar

You'll have to pay a cover to enter this Midtown gay bar — which, unlike most of its peers, has thrived since the late 1970s. If you're

The Vortex Bar and Grill - Midtown

Popular Atlanta institution for serious slacking, burger eating, and drinking. Home to the Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club.

Vinyl

One of three music venues that make up Center Stage Theater that opened in 2003. Offers an intimate setting with 300 capacity and billi

The Basement

This (literally) underground club, located below the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta, hosts local and touring indie-rock and hip-hop s

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping

Owner Grant Henry, aka Sister Louisa, has built a national reputation for his pub's kooky religious knickknacks, late-night ping-pong t

Steinbeck's Ale House

Upon first glance, you might dismiss this Irish-style pub in Oakhurst, just minutes from downtown Decatur, as nothing more than a small

Neighbor's Pub

This Highland Avenue spot caters to the young and heavy-drinking types. The massive patio is the major draw; there's also an event spac

Pour Bistro and Wine Market

This New American bistro has some vegetarian and gluten-free options and, true to its name, lots of wine. Each of Pour's menu items com

Universal Joint

Great neighborhood meeting place with a pleasant patio in the heart of Oakhurst.

Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern

The oldest pub in Dunwoody, and one of the oldest in Atlanta serves 16 different British and European beers in a classic pub atmosphere

Iron Horse Tavern

Located in the heart of historic downtown Norcross, the Iron Horse Tavern is a British-style pub serving up generous helpings of banger

Hand in Hand

This British-style watering hole is the perfect place to stop for a pint and a plate of fish and chips or bangers and mash. The roomy p

Limerick Junction

Irish pub with an impressive selection of scotch and whiskey. Live music nightly and comedy night on Tuesdays.

Bev's Place

Neighborhood dive bar serves American pub and barbecue fare like nachos, wings, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Rocco's Pub

Although it moved a few dozen yards from its original location, this long-running bar and restaurant is beloved by locals for its welco

Six Feet Under - Grant Park

The paneled Southern seafood shack decor works (think wooden booths, long tables, a horseshoe bar). And so does the food. Shrimp, crab

The Local No. 7

Restaurant and bar serving burgers and pub favorites such as wings and fish and chips.

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Pints of Guinness flow, cover bands rock out, and soccer hooligans park their butts at the bar on game days.

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

Après Diem

Cozy bistro with eclectic menu. Nice stop before or after a film at Midtown Art Cinema.

SkyLounge

Sitting in a cushy chair atop downtown's trendiest boutique hotel on a clear, warm night, it's easy to pretend you're in South Beach. O

Thinking Man Tavern

Decorated with posters of the periodic table, planet factoids, and musculoskeletal charts, Thinking Man Tavern feeds the mind as well a

The Vortex - Little Five Points

You can't miss the big skull with psychedelic eyes on Moreland Avenue. Walk through the gaping mouth, and you'll find some of the city'

Red Light Café

The bohemian living room serves as the city's center of bluegrass and Americana. The venue hosts a variety of other musical performers

Tap

Atlanta gastropub in the heart of Midtown, across from Colony Square and near the Woodruff Arts Center. Its patio overlooks the bustlin

Victory Sandwich Bar - Decatur

Victory Sandwich is a hip bar known for its Jack and Coke slushies, ping-pong table, and a selection of cheap-but-tasty little sandwich

Milltown Arms Tavern

An Irish-themed pub with full menu.

Six Feet Under - Westside

The paneled Southern seafood shack decor works (think wooden booths, long tables, a horseshoe bar). And so does the food. Shrimp, crab

Midtown Bowl

Playing these lanes has been an Atlanta tradition since 1960. The recently renovated venue offers 32 state-of-the-art lanes, complete f

JavaVino

Small, light-filled coffee shop brews with shade-grown beans from the owner's family's plantation in Nicaragua. Good food and teas. Dou

Noni's Bar and Deli

Though Noni's is a decent place for Italian food during the week, it transforms into Edgewood Avenue's de facto dance party on the week

Wild Bill's

Wild Bill’s is a sanctuary for suburban cowpokes in search of line-dancing, fight nights, and concerts from such country and western st

Halo Lounge

Industrial space with ultramodern furniture underneath the Biltmore that pulls an equally cool metrosexual set.

Uptown Comedy Corner

The longest-running African-American comedy club in Atlanta, Uptown Comedy Corner has featured Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve H

JR Crickets

One of eight locations in metro Atlanta since the original opened in 1982 on Spring St., Crickets was banking on chicken wings long bef

Mac McGee's Irish Pub

Pub on Decatur Square with an Irish bent, offering savory pies, whiskey, beer, and daily specials.

Laughing Skull Lounge

Atlanta's best full-time option for seeing stand-up is an intimate venue tucked away in the back of Midtown's Vortex Bar & Grill. The L

Kimball House

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone’s favorite cocktail bar. Head

El Bar

Located under the El Ponce on Ponce de Leon Avenue, this sleek lounge draws a young, hip crowd.

Funtime Bowl

Cosmic bowling at its best, Funtime blasts high-energy dance music and offers 24 lanes of bowling fun.

Opera

This nightclub, music venue and event space recalls the opulence of a European opera house. But the goings-on are decidedly modern -- d

MOTHER

Beep Beep Gallery's Mark Basehore and James McConnell joined forces with two Brooklynites to open this gastropub. The back patio is an

Bocado

Bocado has tone, taste, and talent locked down, and the Westside and Atlanta are even more delicious as a result. Sandwiches take the l

H. Harper Station

H. Harper Station bills itself as a “modern watering hole.” The cocktail menu is divided by liquor choice, and with more than 40 select

C & S Seafood & Oyster Bar

Expect an astute mix of old-school New York and Paris brasserie. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar, and classic pri

Tattletale Lounge

Name-checked by Mötley Crüe, this venerable strip club just keeps shakin’ its thang.

MJQ Concourse

The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-h

Joystick Gamebar

An arcade for grown-ups in Old Fourth Ward. Joystick Gamebar features lively bar bites (via its innovative Kitchen Incubation Program),

Smith's Olde Bar

One could make a strong argument that Smith's is the best small-venue music room in the city. An intimate space that lets fans get righ

Holeman and Finch Public House

Holeman and Finch Public House has changed the face of Atlanta's dining scene since opening in 2008. From the outset, H&F's cocktail p

Darwin's Burgers and Blues

The legendary bar attracts patrons with live music coming from fresh talent in the blues community. Chef Akin heads the kitchen, which

Prohibition

Shhh. Prohibition is Atlanta's first speakeasy-style bar, offering select customers vintage cocktails, fine cigars, and the feeling tha

Johnny's Hideaway

This dark, wood-paneled lounge enjoys a reputation as a pick-up spot for cougars, but most patrons come to dance to music from an array

Dixie Tavern

The "Home of the Zac Brown Band" features great live music, happy hour specials, an outdoor patio, pool tables, video games, and a menu

Brewhouse Cafe

This Moreland Avenue spot in Little Five Points is a prime hangout thanks to its expansive patio and menu of English-style pub food. It

Maggie's Neighborhood Bar & Grill

A prototypical college bar for Emory students, with an easygoing atmosphere, pool, drink specials and trivia. The bar offers serviceabl

Miso Izakaya

The menu of small plates at this Japanese pub, almost all $5-$10, begs exploration and encourages sharing among friends. Miso's menu sp

Living Room at W Atlanta Buckhead

Features live DJ mixes and a list of variegated W signature cocktails.

The IRIS aka Rush Lounge

A staple of Atlanta's EDM nightlife scene. Seating is at a premium, but then again, you come here to dance -- to trap, drum and bass, d

El Myr

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

Seven Lamps

Chef Drew Van Leuvan and staff present "craft food and drink" at this bar/restaurant near Lenox Square mall.

Ink & Elm

Rooted in the Druid Hills neighborhood, Ink & Elm features classic Southern cuisine in an open environment with three dining options: t

Whiskey Park

This glam bar and lounge on third floor of the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel attracts a well-dressed crowd. It's a good place to enjoy specia

The Iberian Pig

Perched on the edge of Decatur Square and swimming in Spanish romanticism — dark wood, twinkling lights, and wine bottles as decor — th

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

Miller Union

Longtime Watershed sous chef Steven Satterfield and Sotto Sotto manager Neal McCarthy have come together to deliver a personal-feeling,

Karaoke Melody

Although the façade seems glum, this Buford Highway karaoke bar is a great entertainment deal. Hefty multilanguage songbooks are update

Andrew's Upstairs

A dance club inside a party compound at the heart of Buckhead. The music room offers a selection of Top 40 hits from DJs. Outdoor court

Atkins Park - Virginia-Highland

College hangout with adjacent restaurant and, supposedly, the oldest continuously licensed bar in the city.

Empire State South

This outpost of Hugh Acheson's restaurant empire delivers the best spin on New Southern dining in Atlanta. Familiar dishes like pimento

The Bookhouse Pub

This literary-themed pub channels Twin Peaks and is a popular stop on the way to or from clubbing. Expect seasonal beers, quality cockt

Graveyard Tavern

This East Atlanta hangout looks better than you’d expect (soaring ceilings, a handsome bar), and attracts a young crowd that parties in

Cakes and Ale

Run by chef Billy Allin and his wife, Kristin, this smart, casual restaurant knows how to bring farm ingredients to the table with flai

Jekyll Brewing

One of the state's newest — and smallest — microbreweries, Jekyll Brewing is named after the Georgia island where the first Southern br

Krog Bar

The folks behind Rathbun's opened Krog Bar in a tiny building in the parking lot of the Stove Works complex. It's the closest thing to

The Cheetah

The city's top high-end strip club stresses the "gentleman" part of "gentleman's club" more than most local clubs. It's handsomely appo

Burnt Hickory Brewery

What began as a self-funded nano brewery in 2011 has become an OTP destination for craft beer connoisseurs. Kennesaw’s Burnt Hickory Br

STATS

Concentrics Restaurants' answer to the sports bar, Stats has five bars, including one on the rooftop deck. The food runs the gamut from

Ormsby's

Located on the ever-expanding Westside, Ormsby's is a favorite of locals looking for an extensive craft beer list and a unique gastropu

Lips Atlanta

A new drag dinner theater on Buford Highway. The place, one of four in the country (New York, San Diego, and Fort Lauderdale), is ripe

The Elder Tree

An Irish pub located at the heart of East Atlanta Village.

Martin's

Martin's is known for its biscuits, which come in small or large (opt for large) and are served every day until 3 p.m. A favorite break

255 Tapas Lounge

The baby sliders run the gamut (veggie, turkey, chicken, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, crab, Angus) at this tapas spot. After dark, it trans

North Highland Pub

If you're looking for a classic neighborhood bar, this is it. There's a modest selection of imported and domestic brews on tap and a wh

Apache Cafe

Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live b

The Glenn Hotel

Rooms at the Glenn Hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ample working space, and warm ambiance. The rooftop SkyLounge

Highland Tap

Looking to drink yourself under the table under the city? Since the late 1980s, this subterranean restaurant billing itself as Virginia

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

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

With 14 beers on tap, 40 bottled selections, and a fully stocked selection of wine and spirits, Cypress has become a local favorite nei

Atkins Park - Smyrna

The Cobb County cousin of the Virginia-Highland watering hole and restaurant is located in the increasingly hip Market Village.

Highland Cigar Co.

Highland Cigar Co. has an impressive selection of more than 40 scotches and the "state-of-the-art ventilation system" does an amazing j

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Take in a classic movie or concert at the beautiful 1930s art deco Strand Theatre.

JCT. Kitchen

Decent modern Southern fare. Your best bet is the upstairs bar with its outdoor patio overlooking train tracks that stretch straight to

5 Seasons Brewing Company - Sandy Springs

With a beer selection wide enough to please anyone from a keg-standing frat boy to a true connoisseur, Five Seasons Brewing Company ser

The Buckhead Theatre

After a two-year restoration project, this longtime landmark (originally opened in 1931) reopened its doors as the Buckhead Theatre in

Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

Restaurant and brewery in downtown.

Condesa Coffee - Downtown

Condesa Coffee features Counter Culture coffee, hot tea, and a menu of light bites including bagels, quiche, lunchtime sandwiches, and

The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton

A genteel playground for movers, shakers, high rollers, trophy spice, and gold diggers, set to live piano.

Hop Alley Brew Pub

Craft beers brewed on the premises take center stage at Hop Alley. To sample guilt-free, get a flight and soak it up with some addictin

Leon's Full Service

The menu excels at nibbly bits to go with drinks. There can be great meals here made up entirely of selections from the "snacks," "side

5 Seasons Brewing Company - Alpharetta

Local brewpub with three locations featuring farm-focused all-American brewery menus.

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

Club Eros

New and improved men-only club with renovations involving additional floors and private rooms. Must be 18 older and have password for e

Four Seasons Hotel

Situated in the heart of Midtown, the Four Seasons' 244 luxury rooms and suites boast views of the city skyline. The hotel offers Ameri

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