Everyone loves to go where everybody knows your name, but sometimes you want to try out new places, too. Atlanta has so many bars and restaurants to choose from that it can be daunting to pick a new place to meet up with friends. Here are some of our favorite new spots in the city this year.
470 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Argosy opened in the East Atlanta Village neighborhood in February of 2013 and it has quickly developed an avid fan base. Regulars love the above-average bar food as well as the extensive beer selection. Occasional specials include a free pizza after 11 p.m. with beer purchase. It’s a popular spot for weekend brunches, too.
447 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312
For an inexpensive party on Tuesday nights, it is hard to beat new local star Mother in the Old Fourth Ward. The $2 tacos, tequilas and cans of Tecate will ease you on to hump day. The bar is a collaboration between the local Beep Beep Gallery and New York’s Woods bar, and it offers a festive experience any night of the week. Thursdays are karaoke nights, so that’s the time to take the stage!
Villians Wicked Heroes
903 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Villains is known for its tasty sandwiches, but the bar is where it’s at in this Midtown eatery. Half of the bar is located inside the restaurant and the other half is outside on Peachtree Street, making it a great place to people watch. Fans of the spot cite the beer selection as one of the highlights, with plenty of choices on draft. It’s also known for having a friendly, cheery staff.
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737 Ralph McGill Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30312
The Bantam Pub was highly anticipated by locals in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood who wanted their own pub within walking distance, so expect to meet some regulars if you are popping in for the first time. It’s a tiny space with indoor and outdoor seating that gets the job done. It’s pretty much what you want in a cozy, homey bar. It might not be worth going out of the way to visit, but if you live in the area, you’ll likely be very happy about the new arrival.
Ink & Elm
1577 N. Decatur Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Ink & Elm most likely won’t become your new regular spot, but if you’re looking for a different experience and you’re in the Emory area, it’s an interesting night out. With drinks at around $15, it’s not a cheap evening, but the tavern is spacious and much more sophisticated than one would expect from the exterior and surrounding buildings. It’s not a bad place to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in awhile or out-of-towners you would like to impress.
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