Atlanta pub crawl
By Gregg Smith
Start on the Northeast side of town at Dante's Down the Hatch 3380 Peachtree Rd NE (just
past the Art Institute near Lenox) (404) 266-1600 Any tour through a city's bars should
begin with something to eat as a matter of self-preservation. Dante's does not have the
largest selection of beers in the world (there are 8) but it is included on this list of bars by
virtue of its unusual nature. The outside appears to be a group of shanty's along a wharf
and once in the door you find yourself on a pier. Below you is water filled with snapping
turtles and alligators and directly in front is a pirate ship with full rigging. In the hold of the
ship is a jazz combo which you can enjoy while munching on any number of Dante's well
handled specialties - fondue. There's also a small bar which seats twelve.
Second stop is The Tavern at Phipps 3500 Peachtree Rd. (404) 814-9640 (Phipps plaza) a
short but comprehensive beer list is available at this somewhat upscale tavern which prides
itself on its kitchen. Out front there's an area for patio dining while inside there's a
comfortable area of warm brick walls and cherry wood decor. Thursday thru Sunday you
can sip your beer while enjoying live music which encompasses jazz to blues.
Next head south to County Cork Pub 56 E. Andrews Dr. NW (404) 262-2227 The
atmosphere of the pub seems a little contrived with a few too many cheesy Irish souvenirs,
but their heart is in the right place, back in County Cork. This might be the best pint of
Guiness in the city but they also serve from a varied list of bottled beers.
Catch another ride to the area known as the highlands where the next several
recommendations can be visited on foot. Taco Mac at 1006 N. Highland Ave. NE
(404) 873-6529 is one of the original beer bars n Atlanta, it got its name when the owners
took over and didn't feel like buying a new sign. There are nine beers on tap and 300 bottles
at this, the original location. If you want to be overwhelmed ask for directions to their
Sandy Springs bar which boasts 116 taps, 500 bottles, 75 single malts and 100 vodkas, it's
at 5830 Roswell Rd. (404) 257-0735
You can walk down the street to the next stop Limerick Junction 822 N. Highland Ave.
(404) 874-7147 Another Irish Bar in Atlanta that successfully replicates a pub feel. There
are 10 taps and a variety of bottles. Menu items include traditional Irish dishes such as
meat pies and fish and chips but they also serve americanized pub grub. There's often live
music favoring folk and Irish styles.
Walk down the street again to Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N.Highland (404) 876-7249
This is the oldest state licensed bar in Atlanta, dating back to 1927. Actually, this is two
places in one. A full service restaurant is part of the establishment, but through the door is a
dark wood bar and the cherished mementos of a classic pub. There are 9 taps and 20
bottles on the beer list, music and a dart board for diversion. This is a classic bar
Another short walk brings you to Manuels Tavern 602 N.Highland, NE (404) 525-3447
which holds claim as the bar in Atlanta owned longest by a single family. Old wood
paneling walls are covered with sports and political pictures and you just might spot
Jimmy Carter stepping up to the 100 year old bar. There you will also find 14 taps and
more than 30 bottles.
It's another ride to the last stop, the Vortex 1041 West Peachtree (404) 875-1667 There are
seven taps adequately backed up by a respectable choice of 105 bottles. Just as tempting is
the impressive array of more than 40 single malt scotch's. From the food list burgers get
© Gregg Smith