The Best Late-Night Restaurants in Atlanta


The Best Late-Night Restaurants in Atlanta
The Best Late-Night Restaurants in Atlanta

Courtesy of Argosy
Courtesy of Argosy

Waffle House, which recently served its billionth waffle -- and is basically a mobile home that spawned 1,700 country-ass children that all grew up to be 24-hour breakfast cooks -- was started in Metro Atlanta. That’s all the proof you need that we can’t even consume the first meal of the day at a proper time. And though Waffle House is American-Late-Night-Meal Emeritus, it’s 2016, which means it’s time to find the new best places to feed yourself past midnight in our fair city. And don’t worry; we did all the work because we know you’ve had too many waffles to do the Googles.


East Atlanta

With the exception of Sunday, when Argosy closes at midnight, pizza is your go-to until 2am every night. The rest of the menu, which offers trout w/ grits, burgers, asiago mac & cheese, and all types of other eats, is available until 11pm on weeknights, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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West Midtown

The Grand Banquet, as it’s called, may expect you to break yourself during decent hours, but after 11pm, once the freaks come out, it’s a damn-near-free-for-all, with a $10 bill getting you a soft crab omelet, steak frites, a bologna-’n-cheese stack, or a thick-bacon-layered cheeseburger.

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Little Trouble

West Midtown

The eccentric ramen garage is one of ATL’s most rumbling after-hours spots, thanks to its industrious neon illumination, it’s subterranean setting, and the fact that you can get hot noodle soup bowls, meats on sticks, blistered shishitos and strong cocktails like the Improved Whiskey. Until 2am.

The Highlander


It’s not that you wouldn’t be hungry during the daylight hours for ghost pepper wings, banh mi burgers w/ wasabi aioli, bratwurst patty melts or a bacon-wrapped filet steak w/ garlic compound butter. It’s just that they taste better at 1am when nobody else is thinking about devouring them.

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Octopus Bar

East Atlanta

Almost single-handedly redefining late-night eating in ATL just a few years ago, OB is still the standard to beat for its diverse crowd, awesome graffiti, quality oyster program, and fancier-than-most-daytime-restaurants menu, which features a Maine lobster roll, fresh water eel, or even an 48oz porterhouse served family style.

Atkins Park

Virginia Highland

The “Always Available” menu at Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating tavern is historically proven to save you from a hangover or at least pad your stomach for more drinking. Here you can bread yourself with Guinness-dipped pretzels, Big-Green-Egg-smoked wings, fried chicken biscuits, and more.



Buckhead (& other locations)

Both locations of ATL’s upscale-iest sports bar know how to take you to an overtime victory. Until they close at 2:30am (Mon-Sat), you can scoop up chicken & sausage gumbo, Springer Mountain chicken sandwiches, beer-battered shrimp or fish-’n-chips, and other stuffables that will hinder any athletic hopes you had for the next day.

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Victory Sandwich Bar

Inman Park

Sliders! Ping-pong! Gorgeously nerdy, tattooed hipster bartenders! Emergency Drinking Beer too, in case you eat enough Beasts on Yeast pot roast mini-sandwiches that you can go back to the suds! Endless Victory (until 2am)! You’re a maniac.

Harold's Chicken & Ice Bar

Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar

Old 4th Ward

You’ll probably have to wait for a half-hour or so on Friday and Saturday nights after 11pm, but you’ve got time since they’re open until 3am. And once you get a table (and some of the famous Chicago-born fry-house’s bird) you’ll feel a stomach warmth so comforting that you’ll forget to ask why there’s no actual ice bar.

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The Dwarf House


The place that seems like the title of an adult child’s bedtime story (actually, that’s a great idea and the Cathy family should jump on that), is the altar at which the Chick-Fil-A biscuit was born. Go anytime you want, except between 11:45pm on Saturday to Monday morning.


Grant Park

Lamb sausage sliders don’t eat themselves after midnight -- except for the freaky ones that work on Cheshire Bridge. Help them be devoured, or go with a la carte tacos (fried catfish, smoked brisket, etc.), shrimp po’ boys, or a chili cheese Coney.

Meehan's Public House

Meehan’s Public House

Atlantic Station

Pub fare is always a win when you’re up past your curfew, especially when it's getting close to 2am. This is a great place for Guinness-battered fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, or less-Irish/more ‘Merican dishes like organic bison meatloaf.

Courtesy of Ormsby’s


West Midtown

Although entrees come off the menu at 11am, everything else rolls into later hours, from snacks like hand-cut fries w/ pot roast gravy and stout mustard, to bangers & mash or hand-dipped corn dogs. Even if they take a while you can busy yourself on bocce, foosball, or various other games downstairs.

Twain's Brewpub & Billiards


The full menu is yours until 1am on the weekends, including Brasstown beef burgers, smoked pork trotter (pig’s feet, yum!), mac & cheese fritters, and more from Chef Savannah Haseler's locally sourced and Southern-inspired lineup.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

South Buckhead

There’s no making a late-night list for ATL without including what’s probably the most eccentric place for either vegetarian or carnivorous late dining in town. Not only do you get the vibes from the blueish hues inside the enclosed patio, but you talk to an Amazonian parrot outside, and it never closes. Hopefully it never will.

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1. Argosy 470 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This massive bar in East Atlanta Village is a local late-night watering hole. Until 2am every night, this restaurant dishes out funky craft brews and everything from mini hot dogs, to gourmet pizzas, to seasonal entrees. Always bustling, this a great place to bring a group for drinks in the spacious beer garden.

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2. Marcel 1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Settle into one of the deep booths in Marcel's dark and spacious dining room and prepare for some serious bliss in the form of a couple of courses, including the foie gras with fig terrine, escargot, and the L’Entrecôte steak with frites and insanely flavorful sauce verte. The Grand Banquet, as it’s called, may expect you to break the bank during decent hours, but after 11pm, it’s a damn-near-free-for-all, with an abbreviated menu granting diner deals on soft crab omelets, steak frites, a bologna-’n-cheese stack, or a thick-bacon-layered cheeseburger.

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3. Little Trouble 1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Asian street food (think steamed buns, fried crab dumplings, and ramen) and inventive cocktails such as the T.R.L (vodka, raspberry, cucumber soda, and mint), and King Werewolf (white brandy, plum, lemon, and soda) come together at this retro joint.

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4. The Highlander 931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking for late-night eats or a late-night party, head to The Highlander in Midtown where they've got a patio, full game room (pool tables, air hockey, pinball, and more), delicious bar eats, and, of course, a full bar to keep you well hydrated.

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5. The Octopus Bar 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Featuring a menu that changes daily, Octopus Bar is a quality spot for late-night eats. But keeping in tune with their name, yes, you'll be able to order octopus on pretty much any day you're there.

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6. Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

Atkins Park is Atlanta's oldest continually-running restaurant (it began as a deli in 1922) and the figurative cornerstone of Virginia-Highland. It remained relevant and beloved by Atlantans, with solid burgers, sandwiches, and entrees like short rib pot roast. Its beer selection beats a lot of newer and trendier places in the beloved Va-Hi district--there's a wide assortment of canned, bottled, and draft beer available, as well as a varied selection of wines. AK offers late-night drinking and family-friendly dining under the same roof.

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7. 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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8. Victory Sandwich Bar 913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

This sandwich-slinging joint's got a hell of a lot more going for it than its smoky and spicy Italian-inspired creations (like the sassy Cowabunga Dude that packs pepperoni, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella, and tomato all into one sandwich). Victory also boasts a ping-pong table -- complete with an electronic scoreboard akin to those found in high school gyms -- and its self-proclaimed "world-famous" Jack Coke slushie that makes the Tennessee whiskey taste more refreshing than you'd ever imagine.

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9. Harold's Chicken & Ice Bar 349 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

A Chicago transplant resto cooking up delicious fried chicken.

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10. Dwarf House 461 N Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354

The original Chick-fil-A, a.k.a. The Dwarf House, is a pint sized eatery that's open late serving all your favorite fried chicken faves. There are several locations, but the Tri-Cities spot was the springboard from which the Cathy family made billions by throwing billions of nuggets and chicken sandwiches into your mouth. There’s nothing else to say here, other than a reminder that a 24-hour Chick-Fil-A that operates like a Waffle House is where you want to always be... unless it’s Sunday.

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11. Augustine's 327 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Atlanta)

Sitting in what used to be The Standard and before that a gas station, Augustine's filling your tank with an eclectic menu of snacks, dinners, and craft suds in a space with a central birch communal table, black banquettes, and a large exterior painting o

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12. 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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13. Ormsby's 170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

Ormsby's is a bi-level tavern serving craft beers and cocktails, plus elevated dishes in an expansive upstairs dining area featuring a small couch lounge and booths, and a sprawling bottom level with games like backgammon, pinball, billiards, and a large indoor bocce ball court.

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14. Twain's Brewpub & Billiards 211 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030

This gastropub has house-brewed tap beers, pool, darts and shuffleboard. Count on live jazz on Tuesdays and food sourced fresh from local and organic farms.

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15. R. Thomas Deluxe Grill 1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

This is the best 24-hour place in Buckhead. It's got all your classic American fare, but the stand-out is the the signature R. Thomas quesadilla with a perfect combo of eggs, bacon, cheese, and greens. It's delicious, yet somehow ridiculously healthy. Food's made of organic, free-range, gluten-free and raw food options. At any time of day, it's got fluorescent lighting and colorful talking parrots. Eat here to know Atlanta, and know yourself. Or, you know, just to get full and feel refreshingly weird all at the same time.