Food & Drink

These are Atlanta's 11 best Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/08/2014 Published On 01/08/2014
Bad Decision Bars
The Clermont Lounge
Dixie Tavern
Mr. C's
Johnny's Hideaway
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1. Dixie Tavern 2319 Windy Hill Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067 (Marietta)

Serving up tasty bar eats like buffalo shrimp and fried pickles, Dixie Tavern boasts a slew of rotating local bands in their Marietta digs.

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2. Clermont Lounge 789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Poncey Highland)

Virginia Highland's Clermont Lounge is oh-so many things: a dive bar, a live music venue, a frequent karaoke spot, and, perhaps most notably, Atlanta’s oldest strip club. What more could you ask for?

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3. Star Community Bar 437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Star Community Bar hosts local stand-up comedians, music acts, and more out of their Little Five Points joint.

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4. Southern Comfort Bar & Lounge 1383 Cedar Grove Rd, Conley, GA 30288

Live music and cheap drinks are the order of the day at this self-described honky tonk boozer in Conley.

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5. Elliott Street Deli & Pub 51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

Elliott Street Deli & Pub is as authentic as the centuries-old building in which it lives. The tiny -- so tiny, you may not even know it existed -- neighborhood pub is known for its deli sandwiches upstairs, and live music venue, The 51, downstairs. The sandwiches are exactly what you’d expect of your butcher paper-packaged meal: quality meat topped with the proper accoutrement and served fresh-baked bread at an affordable price. There are classics like the French Dip, Reuben, and all-beef hot dogs, and specialties like the Elliott Street Ultimate which features three types of meat, two cheeses, and a whole host of toppings and spreads. Stop in, grab a sandwich, and head downstairs for cheap beer, live jazz, and burlesque.

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6. 97 Estoria 727 Wylie St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Cabbagetown)

At this dinky, dive-y bar on a quiet residential corner in Cabbagetown, the quirky, pop-culture-fueled events like movie nights, DJ sets, spelling bees, and costume contests draw an even quirkier crowd, just like the cheap bar bites like tender brisket tacos, reuben sandwiches, and turkey burgers. The dark lighting and minimal table space doesn't make for an ideal dining setting, but you'll scarf them down with your draft quick before the fun stuff starts anyway.

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7. Mr. C's 1983 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

They call themselves the best dive bar in Atlanta, and with uber-cheap pitchers of beer, who can argue?

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8. Northside Tavern 1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Since 1972, Northside Tavern has been plying the ATL with blues and booze. Inside the dive’s brick- and neon-adorned walls, this one-time gas station in Home Park offers nightly live music -- regional blues, jazz and roots genres included -- drink specials, and a convivial atmosphere. Play pool, eat wings, chicken tender boxes, hot dogs, burgers, or gyros, and drink cheap beers, any night of the week. And catch a round of tunes with Mudcat, the house band, always there to satisfy your blues-loving soul.

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9. Johnny's Hideaway 3771 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

Disco balls and DJs spinning the tunes of old Blue Eyes himself ensure Johnny's Hideaway will take you back in time and straight to an Old Fashioned a la Don Draper.

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10. Hangbok Happy Karaoke 5425 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340 (Doraville)

Where do shouting '80s power ballads and downing shots of sake meet? Yes. Here. Alcohol, karaoke, and Korean bar bites will ensure you make absolutely no bad decisions at this South Atlanta boozer. None whatsoever.

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11. Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina 1091 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Serving up truly epicly sized burritos and all the 'ritas you can drink, Elmyr is your go-to for all things Mex in Little Five Points.

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