Atlanta is like any other big city in that bars and restaurants come and go, but the memories remain for the loyal patrons that enjoy good food and drink. 2015 saw a couple dozen new bars open in the metro area to varying degrees of fanfare and success. From dive bars to sports bars and even upscale cocktail clubs, the area around Atlanta really has it all when talking about bars. So when a new bar opens in the area, it must be pretty special to survive. These new bars are doing more that just surviving; they are thriving and are highly recommended.
Burn Social Club
56 E. Andrews Drive N.W., Suite 17
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 467-1600

The Burn Social Club on East Andrews is redefining nightlife in North Atlanta with a great dance floor and a supper-club menu that is a kind of throwback to Atlanta in the roaring 70s. Don’t forget about the bar and talented and creative bartenders. Patrons say that “Burn” is a fantastic new addition to the eclectic night scene in Atlanta. This place is friendly and fun and is evolving into one of the great new bars and fun places to be seen in and around Atlanta.

Burn Social Club; Photo courtesy of Rick Limpert

Ray’s Rio Bravo
6450 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
(770) 612-2829

Ray’s Rio Bravo is back in the metro area with a beautiful new location right on the river off of Powers Ferry Road. The great Mexican entrees, addictive chips and flour tortillas are back. Those that frequented Rio Bravo back in the 90s will love to hear that their bar area is hopping again with all your favorite hand-made drinks and choice of cold beers. The servers and bartenders will take care of all your needs. For many, 2015 will be known as the year when Rio Bravo came back to Atlanta to make “happy hours” fun again; yes that is possible.

Ray’s Rio Bravo; Photo courtesy of Rick Limpert

1920 Tavern
948 Canton St.
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-3114

1920 Tavern may be the newest and most trendy place in cozy Historic Downtown Roswell, but don’t be intimidated. Sophisticated, but playful, 1920 Tavern is a definite throwback to another year. But with a menu consisting of fresh items and sea food, how could one go wrong? The bar is comfortable and has suspended lighting to set the mood. Order a martini and pretend you are back in the roaring 20s, and prepare for a fun night out.

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1170 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 665-4555

Marcel is a classic European steakhouse dropped right in the middle of Atlanta. That means the restaurant boasts of Southern influences and a great wine list. On Friday and Saturday night after 10 p.m., there is a smaller and somewhat inexpensive version of Marcel’s dinner menu for those bellying up to the bar.

The Southern Gentleman
3035 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 939-9845

When The Southern Gentleman opened in April, it immediately filled a void for a great and modern new gastropub that is a celebration of the South. From the traditional dishes made with local ingredients to the wine list and even the decor, The Southern Gentleman stands apart from the rest. Drinks like the Scarlett Belle, Pack of Mules and Grit and Grace make for a great way to kick back and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The South Gentleman is definitely one of the best new bars of 2015.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at