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Atlanta’s Iconic Dive Bars

Who else is ready to take their Pfizer shots out for a spin at ATL’s various down and dirty dive bars? There’s a lot of change happening in ATL, but one thing that stays the same is our city’s iconic dive bars. Hop on over and visit one of these joints this holiday weekend.

Blind Willie's - Exterior } Photo: blindwillies.com
Blind Willie’s – Exterior } Photo: blindwillies.com

1. Blind Willies’s 

828 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

This is a dive that’s all about the music. Blues and jazz or just music aficionados will find a great time here at this Virginia Highlands establishment that keeps the music cranking and serves up some some pretty fire cajun food, to boot. It makes just about every “best of” Blue’s clubs list in America as well. 

 

2. Chairs

2783 Main St, East Point, GA 30344

No matter who you are, you’ll feel like you belong at hole-in-the-wall spot in East Point Chairs. That’s the beauty of it. It’s what we wish every neighborhood bar would be like. There’s darts, arcade games, pool tables, and drag bingo on Tuesdays. The food is also pretty bomb–burgers, brisket, corndogs, and more. For smokers, you can light up on their patio outside. 

The Earl - Interior
The Earl – Interior

3. The Earl

488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

It’s an East Atlanta staple for live music, but also great at anytime for cheap drinks with a decent patio, as well. Their burgers are some of the best in Atlanta–not just best for a dive bar, but best, straight up! A great place to just be and hang or maybe even meet up for a casual date

Eleventh St Pub - Wings | Photo: eleventhstreetpub.com
Eleventh St Pub – Wings | Photo: eleventhstreetpub.com

4. Eleventh Street Pub

1041 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Your new favorite local spot! This cozy little Midtown staple has great London pub vibes and some awesome tavern/pub food, a great place to get away the craziness of Midtown. Charles Barkley has also often been spotted here!

Jack's Pizza & Wings - Strawberry Lemon Pepper | Photo: Yelp
Jack’s Pizza & Wings – Strawberry Lemon Pepper | Photo: Yelp

5. Jack’s Pizza and Wings

676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Where else can you get a slice of pizza and 40 oz beer for $5? Jack’s Pizza and Wings has also lovingly been description as having “chaotic but one-of-a-kind interiors.” An Inman Park staple and great cheap eat

The Local - Buffalo and Lemon Pepper Wings | Photo: Yelp
The Local – Buffalo and Lemon Pepper Wings | Photo: Yelp

6. The Local 

758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Ask 10 people where the best wings are in Atlanta, and we’ll guarantee you at least 3 of them say The Local. Ponce de Leon is rapidly changing, but the Local continues to serve up comfy dive bar realness. And don’t even get us started on karaoke Mondays–absolutely legendary stuff.  

The exterior of Northside Tavern.
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7. Northside Tavern

1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

West Midtown has undeniably become a pretty bougie side of town, but Northside Tavern is still kicking and adding some dirt and grime to the area. There’s live blues music most nights (check out the house band, Mucat), pool tables, and a fun jukebox so you can play your favorites too. 

Moe's & Joes - PBR Pitcher | Photo: Facebook/moesnjoes
Moe’s & Joes – PBR Pitcher | Photo: Facebook/moesnjoes

8. Moe’s and Joes 

 1033 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Fun fact about this little dive is that they are the #1 seller of PBR in the entire country (and proud of it!) so you can unashamedly indulge in a few cans of these. They’ve got fresh popcorn on deck for a great snack and a fantastic patio, right in the heart of Virginia Highlands. 

The Righteous Room - Exterior | Photo: facebook/therighteousroomatlanta
The Righteous Room – Exterior | Photo: facebook/therighteousroomatlanta

9. The Righteous Room

 2142 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

Cheap food, cheap beer, cheap drinks. What more could you want in a dive? Head to a show at the Plaza Theatre then for a drink after. They’ve also got a second location in Brookhaven. 

Trackside Tavern | Photo: Yelp
Trackside Tavern | Photo: Yelp

10. Trackside Tavern

313 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

The food is where it’s at! it will have you coming back. Their house smoked wings and pulled pork are their speciality. The vibes are immaculate with darts, pool and bingo. Get ready to get weird and grimey at this delightfully divey Decatur mainstay. 

Smith's Olde Bar | Photo: Facebook/SmithsOldeBar
Smith’s Olde Bar | Photo: Facebook/SmithsOldeBar

11. Smith’s Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

One of the oldest building in Atlanta and a totally iconic live music venue! They’ve hosted some legendary musicians like David Bowie, Janelle Monae and John Mayer. Smith’s Olde Bar also has an underrated food scene with amazing wings. A great place to just sit at a booth and split some food and beer with friends or play some pool and catch a show. 

 

Blind Willie's
Chairs
The Earl
Eleventh Street Pub
Jack's Pizza and Wings
The Local
Northside Tavern
Moe's and Joes
The Righteous Room
Smith's Olde Bar
Trackside Tavern
Blind Willie's

This is a dive that’s all about the music. Blues and jazz or just music aficionados will find a great time here at this Virginia Highlands establishment that keeps the music cranking and serves up some some pretty fire cajun food, to boot. It makes just about every “best of” Blue’s clubs list in America as well.

Chairs

No matter who you are, you’ll feel like you belong at hole-in-the-wall spot in East Point Chairs. That’s the beauty of it. It’s what we wish every neighborhood bar would be like. There’s darts, arcade games, pool tables, and drag bingo on Tuesdays. The food is also pretty bomb–burgers, brisket, corndogs, and more. For smokers, you can light up on their patio outside.

The Earl

It’s an East Atlanta staple for live music, but also great at anytime for cheap drinks with a decent patio, as well. Their burgers are some of the best in Atlanta–not just best for a dive bar, but best, straight up! A great place to just be and hang or maybe even meet up for a casual date.

Eleventh Street Pub

Your new favorite local spot! This cozy little Midtown staple has great London pub vibes and some awesome tavern/pub food, a great place to get away the craziness of Midtown. Charles Barkley has also often been spotted here!

Jack's Pizza and Wings

Where else can you get a slice of pizza and 40 oz beer for $5? Jack’s Pizza and Wings has also lovingly been description as having “chaotic but one-of-a-kind interiors.” An Inman Park staple and great cheap eat.

The Local

Ask 10 people where the best wings are in Atlanta, and we’ll guarantee you at least 3 of them say The Local. Ponce de Leon is rapidly changing, but the Local continues to serve up comfy dive bar realness. And don’t even get us started on karaoke Mondays–absolutely legendary stuff.

Northside Tavern

West Midtown has undeniably become a pretty bougie side of town, but Northside Tavern is still kicking and adding some dirt and grime to the area. There’s live blues music most nights (check out the house band, Mucat), pool tables, and a fun jukebox so you can play your favorites too.

Moe's and Joes

Fun fact about this little dive is that they are the #1 seller of PBR in the entire country (and proud of it!) so you can unashamedly indulge in a few cans of these. They’ve got fresh popcorn on deck for a great snack and a fantastic patio, right in the heart of Virginia Highlands.

The Righteous Room

Cheap food, cheap beer, cheap drinks. What more could you want in a dive? Head to a show at the Plaza Theatre then for a drink after. They’ve also got a second location in Brookhaven.

Smith's Olde Bar

One of the oldest building in Atlanta and a totally iconic live music venue! They’ve hosted some legendary musicians like David Bowie, Janelle Monae and John Mayer. Smith’s Olde Bar also has an underrated food scene with amazing wings. A great place to just sit at a booth and split some food and beer with friends or play some pool and catch a show.

Trackside Tavern

The food is where its at that will have you coming back. Their house smoked wings and pulled pork are their speciality. The vibes are immaculate with darts, pool and bingo.

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