***Written by Atlanta Eats guest blogger Henry Moore with FitWellTraveler***
Pubs are the epitome of relaxation after a long day. The cheerful atmosphere, foods from all around the world and array of drinks make a pub a prime destination for the tired or stressed Atlanta resident. Fortunately, the city has no shortage of pubs both European and American. Each has its own unique selection of beers and cocktails, as well as foods from Ireland, England, and a number of other countries famous for their pub culture. With surprising diversity, here are some of our favorite pub destinations around town.
Meehan’s Public House (Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Downtown, Sandy Springs, Vinings)
Meehan’s is a traditional Irish eatery with several locations throughout Atlanta. Authentic Irish foods are prepared with a bit of a gourmet twist. Standard drinks are available, as well as a particularly well-known Bloody Mary. Meehan’s even does catering, so if you are looking for Irish pub food at your next event, this is definitely a spot to try out.
Elliot Street Deli and Pub (Downtown)
Not only is Elliot Street a great destination for a drink and meal, but it also has a concert venue downstairs. Its wide selection of sandwiches are prepared on freshly baked breads, and it offers a few salad options as well. Reasonably priced and fresh, this pub is a great place for a quick bite and boasts a variety of different drinks. Don’t forget the live music!
Bantam Pub (Old Fourth Ward)
Bantam Pub is a very well-known local eatery. It boasts its award-winning “Stewnami” & also offers an eclectic variety of dishes & full bar. Everything from arugula salad to roast duck can be found at this unique pub. If you’re on the lookout for a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure to pair with your favorite drink, this is the place for you.
The Bookhouse Pub (Poncey-Highland)
The Bookhouse Pub is a superb place to go for an evening of lighthearted fun. Between its Twin Peaks theme and famous Tiki Taco Tuesdays, The Bookhouse has made itself a well-loved local establishment. Its rotating menu helps staff serve in-season food, & the roving drink menu changes on a whim, keeping things interesting. The wonderfully bizarre collection of menu items and unique interior theme makes this pub a must-try.
The Wrecking Bar (Little 5 Points)
Situated in a historic, Victorian-style building that was once a Methodist church, The Wrecking Bar provides specialty beers handcrafted on-site, along with a very interesting menu. Beginning with standard bar snacks such as peanuts and fries, the bar also offers more advanced dishes like beef heart and charred octopus. The main menu is a worldly collection of varying cultural delicacies, including North Carolina Trout and chicken dumplings with fermented veggies.
Burkhart’s Pub (Midtown)
If your ideal pub experience is a bit more exciting and entertaining, check out Burkhart’s Pub. One of the best drag shows in the city can be found here alongside a full bar. The building itself is beautiful with a welcoming atmosphere. To add to the allure, Burkhart’s Pub only uses fresh ingredients in its dishes. The meats are never frozen, and market trips for fresh veggies are mandatory several days a week. The fare is standard bar food but with a fresh, high-quality twist.
Finding a good pub in Atlanta is anything but difficult. There are pubs scattered throughout the city, each with its own unique drinks, food, atmosphere and entertainment, so your options are far from limited.
Which of the above pubs are you going to check out? Let us know below in the comments!
Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both. He starts every day by looking at photographs of past travel, making plans for future travel, and committing to one new healthy goal.