If you're riding MARTA, you've either already had a couple drinks, or you really need a few. Luckily, your second-favorite men's lifestyle site is here to help you with the latter, by replacing each stop with a watering hole that's within easy walking distance. Of course, just like MARTA actually getting you where you want to go, that wasn't really possible, but we did our best, even though we had to skip a couple of stops. See the whole map here, and get the deets for every stop below.
Red Line/Gold Line
North Springs: O’Charley’s
Sandy Springs: The Royal Oak Pub
Dunwoody: Uncle Julio’s
Medical Center: Jasmine's Lounge
Buckhead: Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Doraville: Hangbok Happy Karaoke
Chamblee: Downwind Restaurant and Lounge
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe: Pub 71
Lenox: The Bucket Shop Cafe
Lindbergh Center: Wet Willie's
Arts Center: TAP
Midtown: Eleventh Street Pub
North Avenue: Publik Draft House
Civic Center: DRINKSHOP
Peachtree Center: Meehan’s Public House
Five Points: Elliott Street Deli & Pub
Garnett: Magic City
West End: Rain Nightclub & Lounge
Oakland City: Um, maybe BYOB?
Lakewood/Ft. McPherson: Yup, definitely BYOB.
East Point: East Point Corner Tavern
College Park: J Mac's Sports Bar & Grill
Airport: Atlanta Chophouse
Blue Line/Green Line
Hamilton E. Holmes: Aquarius Lounge
West Lake: Deja Vu Sports Bar & Lounge
Bankhead: Sanabella Restaurant & Lounge
Ashby: GME Sports Lounge & Grill
Vine City: Mardi Gras Cafe
Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center: Park Bar
Five Points: Elliott Street Deli & Pub
Georgia State: Kenny's Alley
King Memorial: Bada Bings!
Inman Park/Reynoldstown: The Albert
Edgewood/Candler Park: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
East Lake: The Imperial
Decatur: Mac McGee
Avondale: The Corner Pub
Kensington: Cave Restaurant & Lounge
Indian Creek: CalaBar & Grill
1. Royal Oak Pub1155 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs
2. Southern Art & Bourbon Bar3315 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta
3. Hangbok Happy Karaoke5425 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta
4. Pub 714058 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
5. TAP: A Gastropub1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
6. Publik Draft House654 Peachtree St, Atlanta
7. Drinkshop45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta
8. Meehan's Public House232 19th St NW, Ste 7165, Atlanta
9. Elliott Street Deli & Pub51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta
10. Magic City241 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta
11. East Point Corner Tavern2783 Main St, East Point
12. Deja Vu Sports Bar & Lounge1575 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW, Atlanta
13. GME Sports Lounge & Grill899 Martin Luther King Dr, Atlanta
14. Park Bar150 Walton St, Atlanta
15. The Albert918 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta
16. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta
17. The Imperial726 W College Ave, Decatur
18. Mac McGee111 Sycamore St, Decatur
The inspirations for the menu at this neighborhood pub come from across the pond. Ireland, to be exact, with offerings like the Irish spring roll and Irish stew taking center stage. Don't be fooled by their strip mall locale, 'cause the friendly atmosphere and its lobster grilled cheese make this spot a must-hit.
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar is a down-South dinner destination helmed by Art Smith, who use to be Oprah's personal chef, which, really, is all you need to know. But I'll continue: it's situated inside the InterContinental with an artistic interior highlighted by vibrant ceiling-hung paintings, plus a spacious, Peachtree-facing patio and three bourbon-focused bars. When it comes to the food, be sure to try the Addie Mae's chicken-and-dumplings soup (named after Smith’s mother) or the braised pork belly with yams and sorghum syrup.
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.
Helmed by a dude who was born in 1971 (get it?)... and who wanted to open a place where his friends and family could hang/ booze, this Irish-style drink spot's got more than just the usual taps (Sweetwater Red Hot Mama), and home-style eats like a Jack Daniel’s Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, and Shepherd’s Pie.
With an intimate patio space and personable staff, TAP's where to go when you're looking for something a bit more low key but's still got a solid selection of brews and vittles of the gastropub variety.
With head-on-the-table 11% “Blithering Idiot Barley Wine” and many other unique libations, it's easy to see how Publik Draft House has poured its way into the Atlanta craft beer scene.
One of Downtown Atlanta's hippest bars and all-around chill spots, Drinkshop takes your idea of a lounge and gives it the modern-day 007 treatment, complete with bottles coming encased in solid ice to your bourbon being chilled by cubes chiseled from an in-house made iceberg. Including their many hand-crafted cocktails, this sleek hang-out is pure class.
Meehan's is your one stop shop for true Irish pubbiness, boasting knockout burgers and pints, right in the heart of Midtown. Check out their patio'd outdoor space for a brew and a bite. We think that Meehan's is the best Irish pub in Atlanta, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
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.
Of Waka Flocka Flame fame, (he named a song after this place) it's the go-to strip spot for rappers, from Lil' Wayne to T.I.
This neighborhood boozer loooooves their happy hour specials, as evidenced by a slew of theme nights like "tapas and taps", all at a bargain. With outposts all across Atlanta, you'll be sure to get your fix, whether you're craving crab legs, pool, poker nights, or karaoke.
This late-night, after-hours sports hang dishes up a variety of eats, like halal offerings, subs, and BBQ, all to be washed down with a slew of suds, of course.
For honestly no good reason, Knicks dunkaholic JR Smith will be in town for a weekend of pre-opening NCAA Tournament action at this new Westside sports bar, which’s trotting out 30 TVs and brown leather booths w/ screens & wireless keyboards for Google TV and net usage. Track your fantasy team/watch videos of fainting goats while you pound Angus burgers, cheese-inside-beef dogs, and double shots of Patron, or go VIP to enjoy a private bar and backlit photos of Spud, 'Nique, Deion, Hank Aaron, and JR Smith... oh wait, that's really him!
Park Bar's a pre- and post-concert/Hawks game spot from the Sidebar/Engine 11 guys, which's welcoming you with 12 drafts, 40 bourbons, 'tails on tap, and bar eats like a 14oz Buckhead Beef NY strip.
The Inman Park comfort pub is a neighborhood institution serving up chef-driven bar food with a wildly extensive beer list.
An Atlanta institution serving up solid BBQ fare like pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Frito pie, and burnt ends. We think that Fox Bros Bar-B-Q serves up some of the best BBQ in town, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
The Imperial's an oasis where you can get great pub fare with an intense beer selection. Their must-try is the pimento cheese and bacon “Southern Living Burger”.
With a fire engine-red front entrance and gold lettering spelling out its name, Mac's a cozy, condensed Irish pub with a healthy selection of beers and 100+ whiskeys, with a wall shrine to its namesake, natural wood floors, brick walls, stained glass. Don't miss out on eats like their Dublin burger w/ Cashel Blue Irish cheese & house-made "rashers" aka strips of bacon.