Partying in Atlanta can get annoying fast thanks to the prevalence of over-the-top club covers, watered-down drinks, and bartenders who wouldn't know a craft beer if it jumped up and awesomely poured itself down their throats. Thankfully, local editor Chris Watkins is here to dish out his personal hooch highlights, so you can keep your night tight no matter what kind of action you're looking for.
An editor's guide to drinking around town
Best Beer Bar: The Porter Beer Bar is a mainstay in Little Five Points and has been honored as one of the top beer bars in the country on more than one occasion. The menu reads like an encyclopedia for hop-heads, they have that many brews.
Easiest Place to Get Laid: Not that I know from experience or anything, but I've heard that Andrews Entertainment District is a prime location for hooking up. Wherever there are six bars huddled together and hot girls looking to party, there's bound to be opportunity.
1. Vanquish1021 Peachtree St, Atlanta
2. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails270 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
3. Opera Nightclub1150B Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4. The Sound Table483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta
5. The Porter Beer Bar1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta
6. The Wine Room88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta
7. Monday Night Brewing670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta
8. SweetWater Brewing Company195 Ottley Dr NE, Atlanta
9. Cypress Street Pint & Plate817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta
10. Park Tavern500 10th St NE, Atlanta
11. Andrews Entertainment District56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta
Vanquish boasts a "safari chic" interior, with sleek leather couches surrounding shiny sculptures of crouching deer, and a bar backed by a wide photo of tigers surrounding a hot chick.
White Oak lives at the intersection of contemporary style and Southern tradition. The menu changes seasonally, but no matter when you stop in, you can expect a Southern infusion in their simple yet elegant dishes. Their bar has firm roots in the South as well, focusing on wine, whiskey, and bourbon. With a refined decor featuring (you guessed it) white oak wood and tasteful chandeliers, WOKC is a fantastic spot for events, offering small and large private dining spaces.
Dance your butt off at Opera Nightclub, where no actual opera singing is required.
Downtown Atlanta's The Sound Table is a bar/restaurant serving French-American cuisine designed to complement its extraordinary bar program. While in its basement lounge, local DJs and musicians chef up the tunes.
Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.
The Wine Room is a chic wine bar tucked inside the St Regis Hotel in Buckhead.
Founded by a group of friends who met in Bible study, Monday Night Brewing's a brewing facility on the Westside complete with a tasting room.
Atlanta's most beloved local brewery, SweetWater Brewing Company offers year-round brews like Georgia Brown, IPA, and Extra Pale Ale, and seasonals include Festive Ale and Motor Boat.
Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.
With a diverse menu and awesome patio, PT's the spot to go when you want to relax, toss back a few drinks -- beer, wine, sake, mojitos, sangria -- and fill up on fresh seafood, sushi, and burgers.
"8 restaurants and bars, one amazing address" boasts AED, and we think they're right: the District is a one-stop shop for dining and drinking in Buckhead, featuring Czar Ice Bar, Cellar 56, East Andrews, Prohibition, and more.