You already know a ton about Buckhead: It was named after a giant deer head that some dude hung on Peachtree, Outkast thinks it's a good place to get gold chains off white folks, and it's got a shton of sweet bars. In fact, it's got so many boozers that it can be hard to pick the best place to do your drinking. Now if only someone came up with a list of Buckhead's 13 best bars in a bunch of different categories... oh, wait!

Pool Hall

Best weird dive bar: Pool Hall

Behind this green brick facade are some ratty booths, questionable bathrooms, and some rough pool tables. You’ll also find the coolest bar staff, the weirdest DJs, and a damn good time.

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Best place to make friends: Red Door Tavern

During the day it’s a throwback watering hole where you can grab a few cold ones and talk trash about each other’s favorite team. At night it gets a little friskier with dual poles in the back room for, uh, “dancing”.

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Best-looking people: Dive Bar

Its name has got to be ironic, because the place is clean, the booze is good, and the bartenders and clientele are plenty hot. This is not to say you can't get a cheap beer and a cheap shot, we're just saying that the ambience is excellent.

Buckhead Saloon

Best sports bar: Buckhead Saloon

Any and every college or pro team fan comes here to watch their boys win, lose, triumph, or choke. The massive patio will keep you comfortable in the heat, cold, or massive blowout.

The Ivy Buckhead

Best place to find a date: The Ivy

Young professionals flock here to support their alma maters, and to scope out potential partners. Bottomless Sunday mimosas are a great reason to come back to this mini-mansion and reminisce about the night you had there before.
 

Best place to see Atlanta’s next HousewifeThe Tavern at Phipps

This is where the beautiful people come to have a nip or two. Whether you’re a Buckhead Betty or a Buckhead Beau, you can certainly set up your next booty call, and are all but guaranteed a full meal, flashy cocktails, and flying napkins.

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant Atlanta

Best international sports spot: Fadó Irish Pub

Always the place to wear your club’s colors and grab an imported pint, they’ve been a Buckhead ex-pat outpost through all the renovations. The corned beef, English breakfast, or a thick pile of chips are good backers for an Irish coffee and a rugby match.

The Southern Gentleman

Best cocktails: The Southern Gentleman

This gorgeous new rooftop bar is stacked with every type of liquor you could ever desire, and all the knowledge to prepare it perfectly. Their mule with absinthe and homemade ginger beer leaves you just the right kind of loopy.
 

Best affordable drinks: Hole in the Wall

Dollar (and sometimes free) drafts, three dollar shots, and giant pitchers of mixed drinks are all magnificent reasons to visit this college (and after-college) hangout. A steady stream of working-on-being-famous bands keep it loud and rowdy.

Buckhead Tavern

Best food: Buckhead Tavern

This new venture from Johnny Esposito Jr., heir of the Johnny’s Hideaway bad decision empire, is a decidedly more crafted venture.  Sliders, salmon, steak, and short ribs back a solid bar filled with a nice wine list and equally well-crafted booze.

Elbow Room

Best Bloody Marys: Elbow Room

You’ll find solid Italian food across the menu, as well as on top of one of Atlanta’s best Marys. An impossibly long bar and spunky booze slingers make this your casual place to swig in the heart of the newly swanky Buckhead Atlanta development.

Bourbon Bar

Best place for brown liquor: Bourbon Bar

They select each of their own barrels from Kentucky’s most impressive distilleries because they care about you and your cocktail experience. Enjoy their massive selection of neat, on the rocks, or muddled with love. Any way you take it, they’ll make it.

Bucket Shop Cafe

Best place for a 10-wing & three-beer lunch: Bucket Shop Café

A big patio, big wings, and, yes, buckets of beer give you the midday fuel for whatever your business may be. This of course includes your Sunday brunching needs. Oh, and $4 Bloodys and mimosas go so good with their chicken rolls.

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1. The Pool Hall 30 Irby Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Behind this green brick facade are some ratty booths, questionable bathrooms, and some rough pool tables. You’ll also find the coolest bar staff, the weirdest DJs, and a damn good time.

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2. Red Door Tavern 3180 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

During the day it’s a throwback watering hole where you can grab a few cold ones and talk trash about each other’s favorite team. At night it gets a little friskier with dual poles in the back room for, uh, “dancing."

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3. The Dive Bar 3184 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Its name has got to be ironic, because the place is clean, the booze is good, and the bartenders and clientele are plenty hot. This is not to say you can't get a cheap beer and a cheap shot, we're just saying that the ambience is excellent.

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4. Buckhead Saloon 3227 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 (Buckhead)

Saloon's got a hunting lodge-styled spread with dark leather couches, a mounted deer's head, and a patio periodically filled with plastic swimming pools, serving up tasty bar food like mozz sticks and their signature Saloon nachos.

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5. The Ivy 3717 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

Ivy's provides a guy-livable, tavern-ish environment thanks to clean-lined dark wood walls/floors, and their signature eats like roasted jalapeno honey wings or house-cut fries/chips toppable w/ melted Brie, Applewood bacon, chicken, steak, chili, etc, then 'wiches like the "Moose & Man" (fried/buffalo-tossed chicken hoagie w/ gorgonzola).

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6. The Tavern At Phipps 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This is where the beautiful people come to have a nip or two. Whether you’re a Buckhead Betty or a Buckhead Beau, you can certainly set up your next booty call, and are all but guaranteed a full meal, flashy cocktails, and flying napkins.

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7. Fado Irish Pub 273 Buckhead Ave, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Stop by Fado's Irish Pub and Restaurant for a pint and delicious bar eats like their pork schnitzel sandwich. As far as we are concerned, that are the best and most authentic Irish pub in Atlanta and have the best Guinness in town.

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8. The Southern Gentleman 3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This upscale gastropub on the top of the Buckhead Atlanta development supplies great views, chews, and booze. The bar menu is rich with barrel-aged cocktails, promising the “perfect” mint julep.

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9. Hole in the Wall 3177 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Dollar (and sometimes free) drafts, three dollar shots, and giant pitchers of mixed drinks are all magnificent reasons to visit this college (and after-college) hangout.

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10. Buckhead Tavern 264 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This gourmet neighborhood spot right next to the revitalization of Buckhead is bringing you awesome food and the deepest drink list in the ‘hood.

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11. Elbow Room Bar 248 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Buckhead joint serves up classic American fare in a relaxed setting. We suggest trying their Hail Mary if you're in the mood for a great Bloody.

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12. Southern Art & Bourbon Bar 3315 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

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.

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13. Bucket Shop Café 3475 Lenox Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

A big patio, wings, and, yes, buckets of beer give you the midday fuel for whatever your business may be. This of course includes your Sunday brunching needs. Oh, and $4 Bloodys and mimosas go so good with their chicken rolls.

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