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The 13 Best ATL Bars & Restaurants to Meet Celebrities

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015
Jason B James
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Kristina Kwan
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Watershed
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
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1. 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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2. Little Italia 1093 Hemphill Ave, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

This conglomerate of cafes really does seem like a slice of Italy in Atlanta. From Antico Pizza serving up great pies to Caffe Antico's gelato and pastries, it's as if a street corner in Italy has been placed, in its entirety, on Ethel St and Hemphill Ave.

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3. South City Kitchen Midtown 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Open for lunch, dinner & brunch, this award-winning Midtown restaurant puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern cooking.

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4. 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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5. Krog Street Market 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

KSM’s vibe can be quickly described as food court-plus-alcohol-minus-mall-lameness. With so many choices, including Gu’s Dumplings and Grand Champion BBQ - plus FREE sparking water?? - there's really something for everyone.

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6. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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7. Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.

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8. Red Pepper Taqueria Buckhead 3133 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Red Pepper's Executive Chef Mimmo Alboumeh's plating ceviche, grilled oysters, and tacos at this Buckhead Mex-taurant that's open 'til 2a... So now you can sate those 2a ceviche cravings (!!).

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9. 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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10. Katana 3345 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

If you have friends who won’t eat real sushi, Katana is the perfect group spot; it has an extensive teppanyaki menu, which is basically a fancy word for hibachi. Think filet mignon, sea bass, and organic chicken cooked tableside.

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11. Watershed on Peachtree 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Love wine? Enjoy no one judging you while you sip varieties from Spanish wine house Ole Imports and pretend to listen to them talking about Spanish grapes and stuff.

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12. Chops Lobster Bar 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Serving authentic Wagyu beef with a BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 12 out of 12, Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead has cornered the surf n turf market. Step into this dark wood dining room, and you won't hesitate at ordering a bone-in filet or something from the fresh seafood menu, like Rockefeller oysters and lobster tails in a savory butter-sage sauce.

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13. 10 Degrees South 4183 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

The retired South African pro soccer player who opened 10 DS back in '98 knew what he was doing when he opened this oasis of food from his homeland. It looks like a corporate office from Roswell Rd, but once you get past the door, and especially when you hit the bungalow-designed back patio, you'll feel transported.

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