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Best place to eat at the bar

The Coronary Bypass Burger (with those beloved tots) at the Vortex. One of the many great things you can grab at the bar at either the Little Five Points or Midtown location, along with the restaurant's signature brew, Laughing Skull.

The Coronary Bypass Burger (with those beloved tots) at the Vortex, along with the restaurant's signature brew, Laughing Skull.


1) The Vortex

You say, “Vortex in Little Five is tops. Can you say tots?”

2) Six Feet Under

3) Brick Store Pub

4) Manuel’s Tavern

5) (tie) 5 Seasons Brewing

(tie) Flip

Bar manager Nick Hearin prepares drinks behind the bar at Restaurant Eugene. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Bar manager Nick Hearin prepares drinks behind the bar at Restaurant Eugene. Photo: Becky Stein / Special


1) Restaurant Eugene

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “Chef-owner Linton Hopkins has turned this lovely Buckhead gem into a four-star destination. And one of the best places to enjoy his offerings is at the bar, where the lively, old-fashioned cocktails pair beautifully with the kitchen’s well-sourced meats and vegetables.”

2) Leon’s Full Service

3) Bacchanalia

4) Bistro VG

5) Cakes & Ale

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April 12th, 2010
1:28 pm

P’cheen International Bistro and Pub, great bar to eat at, the atmosphere is great and you can chat with the friendly bartenders and chefs!


April 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

first, Dantanna’s


April 12th, 2010
1:53 pm


April 12th, 2010
2:57 pm

I’ve never been upstairs at Shout, but the picture accompanying this post makes it look tempting.

When the St. Regis isn’t busy, it’s a very nice place to sit at the bar and have dinner.


April 12th, 2010
3:04 pm

Rosebud, Shula’s at the new Marriott at Lenox has a great bar!


April 12th, 2010
3:06 pm

We are big fans of FLIP! The bar staff is awesome, plus you dont have to wait for a table!!!

Chuck Schroeder

April 12th, 2010
4:12 pm

Joe’s Bar and Grill down the street.


April 12th, 2010
4:35 pm

i don’t like to eat at the bar, but have done so a few times at rathbun’s and have really enjoyed it. the bartenders are class acts.


April 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

Definitely the Rightous Room on Ponce. great all around munchie menu with proper chips and vinegar, and awesome wings

Stephen Burns

April 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

Sage Woodfire tavern in Alpharetta is the best outside the Perimeter!!!


April 12th, 2010
5:11 pm

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Steven Josovitz

April 12th, 2010
8:41 pm

Union Square in NYC is my #1 in the world followed by RAO’s in Vegas. Oh you said Atlanta. Sorry! WOW I just get my brain to work tonight. I was thinking about higher end although I did love my last FLIP bar experience though. I would say also that anywhere Jimmy head Sushi Chef for Here to Serve restaurants is always stellar. He and his Son where manning the Sushi Bar at STRIP at my last visit and I had the best SUSHI dining experience and I has some money left over too boot. Super hi quality product, presentation, and preparation along with Jimmy’s awesome smile and personality.


April 13th, 2010
7:04 am

Leon’s in Decatur


April 13th, 2010
7:14 am

Pink Pony South

Lewis Grizzard's Ghost

April 13th, 2010
7:21 am

Manuel’s Tavern is where I go up here in heaven . . . have the “Dawgzilla”


April 13th, 2010
7:31 am

I enjoy eating at the bar at Ted’s. It’s usually way less crowded, and the service is always good at the bar. Plus you never have to go through the “My name is Gidget and I’ll be taking care of you tonight” routine while they try to recite the specials from memory.


April 13th, 2010
7:49 am


April 13th, 2010
7:58 am

C & S oyster bar in vinings. They have a big bar, friendly staff, fresh oysters, and a great bar menu!

bill lumberg

April 13th, 2010
8:02 am

on the border


April 13th, 2010
8:12 am

Flip Burger Boutique

Larry G

April 13th, 2010
8:19 am

CABERNET in Alpharetta!!! Just doesn’t get any better at the bar than here.

Brian Hunt

April 13th, 2010
8:25 am

Barnacles on Jimmy Carter


April 13th, 2010
8:30 am

Barnacles on Jimmy Carter? You can’t be serious….

John S

April 13th, 2010
8:44 am

5 Seasons Brewing.


April 13th, 2010
8:45 am

Manuel’s. Now THAT’s a bar!

Mike W

April 13th, 2010
8:48 am

Righteous Room or FLIP. Either are great!


April 13th, 2010
8:51 am


April 13th, 2010
8:54 am

SideBar downtown – great food

Love The Feast

April 13th, 2010
8:55 am

Feast in Decatur. I have gone there by myself a number of times when I just wanted a good meal and sat at the bar. All the servers are friendly, the chef making food in the brick oven is fun to watch (there’s also a TV), and you can usually start up a conversation with the person sitting next to you very easily. Great place.


April 13th, 2010
8:57 am

Dillon’s in Snellville / Great wings………and other stuff


April 13th, 2010
8:57 am

The Place in Woodstock – awesome food, great people watching. Their rib specials and crab leg specials are awesome.


April 13th, 2010
9:02 am

Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst!


April 13th, 2010
9:03 am

Kirkwood Ace’s – good food, fair prices, great bar atmosphere


April 13th, 2010
9:04 am

The Salt Factory in Roswell, use to be named Red Salt. Excellent food and a almost English pub feel to the bar.


April 13th, 2010
9:12 am

Before its demise, Capo’s in VaHi had the best bar at which to eat a meal. You could watch the chef create your delicious fettucini in the(fine) diner decor before it became a stylish trend. It was one of the very first neighborhood bistros in town. The space is now ocupied by LaTavola, decidedly un-bar-worthy.


April 13th, 2010
9:13 am

South City Vinings!


April 13th, 2010
9:17 am


April 13th, 2010
9:18 am

harry and sons


April 13th, 2010
9:31 am

The Shed at Glenwood is a grest place to eat at the bar.


April 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

Susan Moore

April 13th, 2010
1:08 pm


April 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Definitely The Vortex.

Second place is the bar upstairs at JCT Kitchen.


April 13th, 2010
1:50 pm


April 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

Upstairs bar at the Brick Store Pub. Bar at the Prado Five Seasons gets high marks from me, too.

In terms of everyday service (i.e. lunchtime), I gotta give props to my man Keenan at Rocky Mountain Pizza. Yeah, the place is a serious dive, but where else can you get cheap beer, edible food (perhaps the best muffaletta in ATL), and good service (at the bar, at least).


April 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta. Great wrap-around bar, gastro-pub food at bar prices, super friendly staff — plus all that high gravity beer –did I mention the high gravity beer?


April 13th, 2010
2:47 pm

My friends and I are avid bar diners. Among the best are Ecco, JCT Upstairs, Chops (they treat you like royalty), Highland Tap, Tap in Midtown, Miller Union, Bocado, Antica Posta, Silk. Ecco is probably my fave for bar dining. The bartenders are all very smart, knowledgeable about the wines, chatty, but never smarmy or condescending. Great people watching. Good lighting.


April 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

Manuel’s. 5 Seasons Roswell Rd. Doc’s Smyrna. Twain’s Decatur. Brick Store Decatur. Rusan’s anywhere. Six Feet Under. North Highland Pub. James Joyce Irish Pub Avondale Estates. Smith’s Olde Bar. Ideal Sports Bar Lakewood.


April 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

Manuel’s . . . none better.


April 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

Amen to Manuel’s.

The Sarge

April 13th, 2010
3:12 pm


The last few posts got it right. Great food, great service. Family owned and a GREAT portrait across from the bar. Get the bartender to tell the story of how Manuel (God rest his soul) came to acquire it.


April 13th, 2010
3:13 pm

Manuel’s is great. Lot’s of character. Thanks for the reminder about that one.

Honky Talkin'

April 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

Steven Josovitz is an idiot.

Atlanta Freaknic

April 13th, 2010
3:24 pm



April 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

The Nook across from Piedmont Park, Rosebud, Murphy’s in VA Highlands, and Six Feet Under Memorial Drive.


April 13th, 2010
3:54 pm

I want to know when Atlanta is going to get an original slogan or nickname.

Dallas – The Big D (The Big A is used in Atlanta, obviously)
Las Vegas – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas (I have seen this used for Atlanta in gift stores)
NYC – I heart NYC (I have seen I heart ATL shirts in ATL)


April 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Roxx in Mornigside, great burgers and wings!!!


April 13th, 2010
4:48 pm

The belgian bar upstairs at the Brick Store in Decatur; not only great beer, nice plce, but sitting at the bar is often the only option.


April 13th, 2010
5:33 pm

To the guy that said Sage Woodfire grill is the best: Maybe, The best pretentious bar outside that perimeter.
Brewhouse Cafe in Lil 5 is best bar to eat at, hands down!


April 13th, 2010
5:43 pm

Smith’s Olde Bar — you can’t go wrong.


April 13th, 2010
5:59 pm

Social Resto, downtown. There’s a select wine list, daily dinner specials, and the owner Ray is a great host. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with the bartenders as well.


April 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

THE ARIZONA PUB. Yea, it’s more of a bar, but the wings are the best that I have had in Atlanta. Be careful though, they get pretty hot. They have tons of patio space, and the upstairs bar is dope. Chill atmosphere and table tops. It doesn’t feel like Atlanta (in a good way). The staff is great too. It’s a new place that has finally worked out a lot of their initial kinks (food included). Check it out.


April 13th, 2010
8:11 pm

Vortex in little five is tops. can you say tots?
The Cheetah Lounge with the best dang bartender in town, Paul Ross. You have to go before eight to catch him. the chicken tenders are to die for and the ladies aint bad either.
FLIP and their milkshakes make me smile, however, i don’t know any of their staff by name.
the club at chops is great, but you have to be a member. these bartenders serve a great meal to a predominately male clientele, which means they witness plenty of men behaving badly. fortunately, they can keep a secret or two…


April 13th, 2010
9:11 pm


i’ve got a good slogan for Atlanta



April 13th, 2010
9:41 pm

Follies on Buford Hwy. Great international ladies! Manuels and Steamhouse also rock!

Big Jon

April 13th, 2010
11:09 pm

Manuel’s Tavern – The Tavern is Hands Down the Greatest Meeting Place in Atlanta. It is the Mecca of the Working Class Bar – Where Kings and paulpers mix and mingle. No other Meeting Place comes close. Manuel and Robert Maloof started a good thing and it is still going strong.


April 13th, 2010
11:24 pm

Hobnob and Flip!


April 13th, 2010
11:31 pm

Six Feet Under Grant Park is a great place to go! They have free Wi-fi, there is usually never a wait for the bar and Monday-Friday customers get 10% off their meal if they sit at the bar during lunch time. A great deal if you need to eat quickly!


April 13th, 2010
11:38 pm

Manuel’s Tavern

Capt. Lefty

April 14th, 2010
12:25 am

1. Taqueria del Sol Westside
2. Six Feet Under
3. Steamhouse Buckhead (ah the good old days)
4. Hal’s in Buckhead


April 14th, 2010
10:48 am

Pin Up’s Decatur….great service , awesome wings and things

Johnny B

April 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Manny’s or The Porter are tied at the top for me. Love both of them. EAYC is up there too.


April 14th, 2010
2:26 pm

Highland Tap.


April 14th, 2010
2:43 pm

Noni’s Bar and Deli, hands down. The bar is huge, and the staff are friendly. The food is amazing, and the price is right.


April 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

my choice is Kevin Ratbuns Steak—great service, great food, knowledgeable bartenders, TV’s, good clientle and great atmosphere


April 15th, 2010
10:19 am

Graveyard Tavern has the most comfortable bar and best gastro-pub food, plus a great beer selection and super knowledgeable bartenders.


April 16th, 2010
7:28 am

Ixtlan has some tastee tapas and ice cold drinks, try the shrimp tacos…


April 16th, 2010
8:29 am

5 Season’s Westside


April 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

Einstein’s in Midtown
The Marlay House in Decatur


April 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

woodfire grill!!! the bartenders are amazing and will do great wine pairings for you. we did the 7 course chef’s tasting while sitting at the bar and were completely blown away.


April 17th, 2010
11:52 am

I usually won’t eat at the bar, but I will at Manual’s Tavern. Great burgers!

ATL dawg, ya dig?

April 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

HF. The Albert. Shed at Glenwood. The bar’s a cheap(er) way to do Bacchanalia. Taqueria Del Sol – Cheshire Bridge – avoid the line!


April 17th, 2010
12:24 pm

Yo T……Its A TOWN baby…..


April 17th, 2010
12:39 pm

The Five Seasons Prado without a doubt – best beer (Hopgasm) & best quality food


April 17th, 2010
1:09 pm

Rocco’s in Mayretta.