Just because the sign outside says “bar” or “tavern” doesn’t mean the food isn’t good. In Atlanta, and other big cities, bars and pubs have upgraded their food in recent years in order to try and be “one-stop” shopping for couples and groups as they head out for a night. Looking at the big picture, there is no reason establishments known mainly as a bar or a place to pop in for drink can’t offer something tasty and unique to their hungry customers. These Atlanta drinking establishments offer unbelievable culinary delights to satisfy your palate.
950 W. Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
If you think Marlow’s Tavern is just a cozy neighborhood bar that’s worth a visit for a late-night beer or glass of wine, think again. Marlow’s is comfortable, but it’s also a place to get a great meal. Think casual, but good enough to be voted “Best of the Best” when it comes to tavern fare. Try any of the sandwiches (they are huge) or even the steak frites. The shrimp is some of the best you will ever have at an establishment not located next to a body of water. Eat and drink at Marlow’s.
2761 Lavista Road
Decatur, GA 30030
There are a plethora of great restaurants in Decatur, but The Grove stands apart. At first glance, it looks like a bar; step inside, and it feels like a sports bar. Take a look at the menu, and you get the feel of an established and popular restaurant. Try the food and you will be amazed. Family owned and operated by restaurant veteran Robert Shellenberger, The Grove offers great food to go along with your favorite craft beer or house wine. Everything here is good. Don’t pass up the cheesecake with raspberry sauce for dessert.
4522 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Clarkston, GA 30021
Great food, a friendly staff and an atmosphere that makes you want to keep coming back is what makes the Brockett Pub a destination bar and restaurant. Enjoy Southern favorites like fried chicken and specials like tapas and beef stroganoff. The variety of food available will make your head spin, and it’s all good. It’s food the way you want it, and stay on the lookout for those special nights when it offers all-you-can-eat crab legs. You’ll be licking your fingers.
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488 Flat Shoals Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
The Earl is a bar, a music venue and also houses a great kitchen. The food here is excellent, as foodies around Atlanta will tell you. Enjoy options like hummus and pita and the Irish nachos. You can also indulge in salads, burgers and dinners like jerk chicken or the shrimp platter. Fajitas are a Monday special that shouldn’t be missed. Come for the music and stay for the food at The Earl in East Atlanta.
621 North Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Located in Atlanta’s trendy and historic Old Fourth Ward, 4th & Swift never disappoints. Whether you are looking for drinks and appetizers, or some of the best food in the city, Chef Jay Swift has taken his 30 years in the restaurant business and has turned 4th & Swift into one of the most talked about establishments in Atlanta. The menu varies from day to day because everything is fresh. One day you might find quail, the next you might be tempted by a red fish or a duck breast. This is a five-star bar with a five-star restaurant. This is a rare gem, set right in Atlanta.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.