Sitting in the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic on interstates 75/85, or the 285 (OMG Spaghetti Junction, you suck!), is enough to drive anyone to drink... except you can't get to a bar 'cause you're stuck in traffic! So, why not take advantage of Atlanta's admittedly kinda-sucky public transportation and spend an evening hitting these sweet spots on Thrillist's bar crawl along MARTA's Red Line?
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PEACHTREE CENTER STATION Stop #1: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails 270 Peachtree St NW; Downtown; 404.524.7200 Craveable bar bites like fried oysters, a Southern hooch list with 80+ whiskeys and bourbons, and the must-have Atlantan w/ cherry-infused Woodford Reserve, Kirsch brandy & chocolate bitters, all make this the perfect first stop.
Stop #2: Alma Cocina 191 Peachtree St NE; Downtown; 404.968.9662 You're here for tequila-laden margs, and definitely some crispy pork belly with roasted corn guac. Plus, they do Tamale Tuesday every... um, Tuesday, which means they serve the wrapped Mexican eats from a food cart 'til they run out.
MIDTOWN STATION Stop #3: Empire State South 999 Peachtree St NE; Midtown; 404.541.1105 This Midtown heavy-hitter's Larceny Bourbon-heavy Street Legal cocktails are so good they probably shouldn't be... so down a couple while playing bocce ball under the stars before someone bans the things.
Stop #4: Lure 1106 Crescent Ave NE; Midtown; 404.817.3650 You're here for the oversized punch bowl cocktails that're meant to be enjoyed with friends... who are presumably all still stuck in traffic, so just down the whole thing yourself.
Stop #5: Article 14 1180 Peachtree St; Midtown; 404.443.8432 This spot's named for the Constitutional Amendment that gives you the right to... build your own Manhattans!
Stop #6: Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125; Midtown; 404.815.9243 Grab a spot on the patio at this craft-suds destination, then grab a handful of the $5 beer/shorty combos they're slinging all day everyday, or a $5 Philly sandwich if it's Monday.
LENOX SQUARE STATION Stop #7: Cook Hall 3377 Peachtree Rd NE; Buckhead; 404.523.3600 This Buckhead gastropub encourages punching out at 5p with daily $5 glasses of specialty punch 'til 7p, plus they've got DIY cocktail kits, so you can make your own boozy concoction tableside.
Stop #8: Seven Lamps 3400 Around Lenox Rd; Buckhead; 404.467.8950 Ordering the off-menu 50/50 burger at this, the last stop of your night, will show how cool you are metaphorically, and ordering the Fernet & Mexican Coke slushie will make you that way, literally.