A taste of the old country 

The Village Corner in Stone Mountain is a throwback to the kind of places where adults used to go to drink -- leisurely conversation, jazz music in the background, a huddle of regulars at the bar. The twist is the German theme. The family-run business was established in 1974 by Hilde and Claus Friese and continues the traditions of their native Munich and Hamburg.

Choosing sides: The entrance is through a bakery that features tempting cookies, cakes, pastries and a rack of fresh baked breads. To the right is a restaurant serving German favorites of schnitzel and sauerbraten, along with American-style steaks, salmon and crab cakes. The tavern to the left is a comfortable lounge decorated with a curious mix of sports and beer paraphernalia and assorted flags, mostly German in origin, hanging from the ceiling. A copper-topped bar ringed with white lights and a plethora of wood properly invokes a Bavarian festhaus.

Certificate of Authenticity: Thankfully, unlike Disney-esque renditions that you might find in Helen, the Village Corner does not have an oompah band or servers in lederhosen bringing you steins of Bud Light. Instead, a friendly staff of bartenders pour a full slate of German beers from a beautiful ceramic tap. Aside from the mega-taphouses, it is the best selection in the city. The nearly perfect Spaten Oktoberfest draft ran out on our visit, but fortunately was also available in a bottle. Hacker-Pschorr lager and dunkleweizen, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Warsteiner lager and Dinkel Acker are all available on draught, along with other interesting German bottled beers and a full bar. We just missed a recent beer tasting, but Claus promises that they will become a monthly feature.

Let's Dance: Piano jazz has been a regular feature at the Village Corner on Fridays, but Claus is upping the ante and has recently removed the large stone fireplace to make room for a small dance floor. In addition, he has a brand new digital piano ready to install behind the bar. The cozy atmosphere is a great place to practice the moves you learned at that dance class your honey made you take.

Conclusory (Deutsch)Marks: Folks outside the Perimeter don't have many options beyond sports bars and corporate feeding troughs. Although there's no singles scene or a bevy of beautiful people at the Village Corner, it is a refreshing alternative for those who like quality libations in a quiet setting or who want to dance on a Friday night to music that is truly "old school."


The Village Corner. Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Monday. 6655 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-0329.

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