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The 43 Best Boozy Brunches in Atlanta Right Now: A Hood-by-Hood Guide

Published On 06/22/2015 Published On 06/22/2015
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1. Jack's Pizza & Wings 676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

The folks at Jack's fashion the place as a dive bar and they aren't wrong. But with some of the cheapest beer and tastiest pizza and wings around the Old Fourth Ward, labels don't matter much in this joint.

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2. Front Page News 351 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Bringing some NOLA flavor to the ATL, FPN's cooking up good eats like gumbo, po' boys, Cajun Cuban sammies & jambalaya.

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3. The Elder Tree Public House 469 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This Irish public house offers up traditional pub fare utilizing items like house-cured bacon, fresh salmon, and more. Their crowning achievement is perhaps their Spur burger, which comes with blue cheese, portobella mushrooms, and onion.

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4. The Shed at Glenwood 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Grant Park)

An American resto cooking up tasty eats -- like mascarpone ravioli, roasted Peking duck, smoked pork belly hash -- that also hosts wine classes and events like a speakeasy wine dinner.

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5. Tomatillos 1242 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This counter-service spot serves up Mexican food like tacos plates and fajitas in a flash. Tame the heat with their refreshing cocktails including 8 different types of margaritas.

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6. Midway Pub 552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This East Atlanta Village hot spot has a game room, over 130 brews, signature cocktails (along with frequent drink specials!) and a spacious patio to enjoy all of the above. Enjoy cripsy pimiento cheese fritters and jalapeño bacon jam while sampling a flight of beer.

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7. Edgewood Corner Tavern 464 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

This spacious, retro spot entertains with bar games like pool, darts and shuffleboard while dishing up comfort food along microbrews and wine. Be sure to stop by for brunch with bottomless mimosas.

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8. Poor Calvin's 510 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

Poor Calvin's serves Asian fusion food with Thai and American influences. Check 'em out for their killer brunch, and some of the best chicken and waffles Atlanta has to offer.

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9. Padriac's 2460 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

This is a casual pub where you can eat classic American fare and watch sports on television. The dark-wood space has brick walls and 39 beers on draught. On weekends, get pitchers of beer for $7 or $4 specialty shots like the Angry Ball, a combination of Angry Orchard Cider and Fireball.

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10. Bantam & Biddy 1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30325 (Morningside)

At its core, Bantam & Biddy is a Southern diner: affordable comfort food is king. Its flagship location, on a corner of Ansley Mall, sports a hickory bar with craft cocktails, and orange banquettes with rooster-embellished cushion pins, as you'd expect from a Southern diner. At all of its locations across Atlanta, Bantam & Biddy gives high-quality, regionally-sourced proteins (poultry and seafood alike) and seasonal vegetables the Southern treatment, resulting in dishes like buttermilk-fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, Creole shrimp po-boys, and braised collards.

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11. HOBNOB Tavern 1551 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, 30324 (Atlanta)

Hobnob's a modestly sized neighborhood tavern with orange/yellow walls, candelabra chandeliers, a stone-ringed fireplace, and a heated patio, founded by the bros who gave you Gilbert's in Midtown, and offering blessedly inexpensive comfort food, craft beers, and even alcoholic milkshakes -- made with the real stuff, as they firmly refuse to bring all the soys to the yard.

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12. Smith's Olde Bar 1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Smith's has a grip of Steelers memorabilia donated by the owner of McTighe's (who hosted the Steel City Mafia for 20yrs before moving), and offers a complimentary "Steelers Buffet" with wings, boiled peanuts, and kettle chips with Big Mom's Dip, something you wish she wouldn't do whenever they play Freak Nasty at the club.

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13. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar 381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Located in Davis Square, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers roadhouse regional comfort food from Chef/Partner John Delpha and Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli, known for his nearby Davis Square faves Posto and The Painted Burro. There are traditional plates like fried green tomatoes and the fried chicken thigh platter, as well as distinctive must-try dishes like dry fried green beans (with smoked pork shoulder) and the "BBQ Baconator Meatloaf Fatty" (poblano-onion gravy).

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14. Red Pepper Taqueria 2149 Briarcliff Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329 (Brookhaven)

Alcohol flows freely at Red Pepper Taqueria - there are hand-crafted margaritas, more than 100 tequilas, and draft tables where you can pour your own beer. And if you're in the mood for some food with your drinks, get a taco or other Mexican fare.

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15. 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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16. 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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17. Eclipse di Luna 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Buckhead)

With tapas that run the gamut from vegan to gluten-free to Sunday brunch, plus live Latin music, Eclipse di Luna is a go-to for groups and dates. A trip to this Mexican eatery is an energizing experience -- even the colorful decor, with pops of red in the curtains, napkins, and wall art add to the vibrancy. With a cocktail in your hand (maybe a tangerine margarita or a Spanish-style gin & tonic?), Eclipse di Luna will keep your foot tapping for hours.

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18. Dantanna's 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Atlanta)

With plenty of flat screens, all-American beers, and locally sourced dishes that, while upscale, are reminiscent of tailgating eats, Dantanna's has you covered for the big game. A couple house specialities: beer-battered shrimp and heirloom Berkshire pork rib chop. If the game's got you fired up and you're feeling a bit more adventurous, go for the Heart Attack burger (ground beef topped with a sunny-side-up egg, a double order of thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon & fried onions, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches).

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19. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Located inside the Ritz Carlton, this restaurant offers an exceptional and upscale dining experience. They feature classic American cuisine colored with the flavors of coastal Italy, France and Spain. Stop by for the city's most renowned Sunday brunch, complete with a $15 endless build-your-own champagne bar with bellinis, mimosas and more.

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20. Escorpión 800 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

This upscale Mexican eatery, colored by Day of the Dead decor, features tacos, tequila and an outdoor patio. Chef-owner Riccardo Ullio captures the authentic tastes and ingredients indigenous of Mexico.

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21. Einstein's 1077 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

This eatery offers unique takes on Southern comfort classics. They have a patio and a very popular weekend brunch featuring $7.50 Bloody Marys as well as $2 Jim Beam, Jager, Cuervo Silver and Junior Johnson apple pie shorties.

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22. 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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23. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant 848 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Unique architecture and modern day decor make for a cool and comfortable space at this 450-seat restaurant. There's an outdoor patio, billiard room and brewery, and their brunch features delicious (and cheap!) $5 Bloody Marys and $3 mimosas.

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24. Las Margaritas Latin Restaurant Tequila & Rum Bar 1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

The newly renovated Las Margaritas combinedsthe best of Spanish, Colombian, Argentinean, Cuban and Mexican food and hospitality. It is a lively, casual space for live music, authentic food and delicious margaritas.

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25. Article 14 1180 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

A restaurant and lounge, Article 14 is sleekly designed with an old-school finish. Named for its 14 items that rotate daily on its menu, pairing its indulgent dishes with a large glass of wine makes for a fine evening.

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26. The Lawrence 905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

The gang behind Sound Table and Top Flr has taken over the old Lupe space to open a minimalist, subway-tiled, primer-painted supper-house-meets-train-station. At The Lawrence, you'll find several creations made with house infusions (lavender mint tea vodka, cinnamon-chipotle-infused añejo tequila, lemongrass-infused rye) and other ass-kicking drinks like the Armagnac-mixed Brooklyn Social Scene.

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27. Bone Lick BBQ 1133 Huff Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Bone Lick's a saucy meat mecca with a recycled wood bar and skee-ball pointed out by a gigantic lit-up carnival arrow.

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28. The Pullman 1992 Hosea Williams Dr, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Atlanta)

Although it’s often confused with The Paxton, The Pullman is actually a new community-centric gastropub taking its name from Kirkwood's historic rail yards, and opening Friday with an almost jailhouse-y vibe, plus a seating area with a free lending library of books and board games hidden in a chest, which means this Operation's sure to gain some buzz.

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29. elmyriachi 1950 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

From the geniuses that created Elmyr, this Kirkwood location knows it's burritos. We suggest the Jimmy Mucho -- s meat-laden giant that comes with your choice of meat (we recommend going with the brisket) and is topped in BBQ sauce and curtido.

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30. Cafe Lily 308 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

This cozy Mediterranean bistro cranks out creative and delicious food from gyros to puttanesca. Stop by for brunch and tip back a couple $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas.

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31. Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub 1410 Dresden Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

With a great beer selection, global eats offerings, and a killer brunch menu, Kaleidoscope is definitely worth a trip.

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32. There 305 Brookhaven Ave NE #1200, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Consistently topping the list of Atlanta’s best, Executive Chef Brian Traudt knows how to create killer dishes and cocktails. Try the Bloody Mary with bacon, pickled okra, and a savory house mix that goes great with a heaping pile of fried avocados. The space is dressed up with shark-fin blue walls (it's a real color), an original painting by Herbert Creecy (a Jackson Pollock student), and a J-shaped bar made from recycled hardwood floors.

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33. 57th Fighter Group Restaurant 3829 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

This eatery has a WWII-themed decor and a view of the runway serving American dishes such as beer cheese soup. Be sure to come by for brunch where you can hit up the various meat-carving stations and get a bang for your buck with $2 champagne and $1 mimosas.

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34. Ziba's Bistro 560 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (East Atlanta)

Set in the former Solstice Cafe, Ziba's is a rustic bistro of Mediterranean meals, vinos, and hookahs, with casual hallway seating enclosed by brick and red stucco walls, plus a main dining area with a dark wood communal table.

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35. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Westside 685 11th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

The Westside outpost of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House is home to exactly what it boasts in its name: beer and seafood. The Southern-inflected menu features a bivalve heavy raw bar, a variety of seafood soups -- like fish stew, chowder, and gumbo -- seafood-centric sandwiches and platters, as well as cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried shrimp, catfish, or oyster baskets, all served with chips, jalapeño tartar sauce, and jalapeño hush puppies. Enjoy the bounty of the sea with any of two dozen rotating draft beers, and take in the unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline from the outdoor rooftop bar.

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36. Republic Social House 437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

Enjoy food (think creative sandwiches, appetizers, and classic brunch options ) and drinks alongside carnival-style games. Grab a pint and play ring toss, Jenga, and beer pong at this Grant Park favorite, which also boasts weekly menu specials and relaxing rooftop patio.

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37. Meehan's Public House 232 19th St NW, Ste 7165, Atlanta, GA 30363 (Midtown)

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.

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38. Food 101 4969 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Sandy Springs)

Food 101's got a casual Southern feel accented by butcher block tables. More importantly, it added the Barrel Bar, which complements the resto with its own selection of plates like duck fat fries, plus a cocktail menu built on the framework of two dozen bourbons.

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39. Noche. Tequila & Tapas Bar 1000 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Margaritas and tapas like blackened shrimp with tomatoes and onions in a lemon-cream sauce abound in this Spanish-themed tequilaria.

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40. Hand in Hand 752 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

With black and gold trim and a Victorian-style interior, Atkins Park's Hand In Hand is the closest thing you'll find to an actual English pub in Atlanta. Daily specials send prices through the floor so you won't break the bank if you venture outside the fried mushroom and deviled egg snacks and head straight for the classic bangers and mash or a New York strip. There's usually a few tables available on the wrap-around patio, and they've got plenty of space for your whole group, their plates, and their frosty imported pints.

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41. The Warren City Club 818 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This sprawling 3-floor restaurant is surprisingly homey with multiple fireplaces, a garden terrace and a skyline view. Be sure to wake up for brunch where you can sling back $4 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys while trying to remember exactly what it is you did last night.

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42. Pallookaville Fine Foods 17N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

For all of those times you're craving a ginormous corn dog, head to this retro spot that also slings boozy milkshakes. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the $6 Sea Witch, an awesome twist on a Bloody Mary made with local Batdorf & Bronson coffee and Guinness and rimmed with Old Bay seasoning.

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