Atlanta Dive Bar Guide

An Expanding Neighborhood Dive Bar Network

The Atlanta traffic struggle is real, the immense growth of the city expressed through an all-hours, all-encompassing rat nest of gridlock. But amid all of that expletive-laden transit is a patchwork of neighborhoods evolving in step with the city. And where there are historical neighborhoods, there are dive bars waiting to be discovered, hopefully not ruined, by those flocking to new areas of the city.

When it comes to dive bar credentials, serving as home to the bar that sells the most PBR by volume in the United States is a pretty good feather in Atlanta’s cap. Moe’s & Joe’s earns that distinction through its timeless devotion to PBR…as well as Tuesday $3.50 PBR pitcher night. The dive bar’s continued relevance is a perfect example for the Atlanta-style dive, usually hiding in plain sight, anchor to a neighborhood revived or in the process of revival.

A cursory glance at dive bar sources outside of this one (but why would you do that) will reveal Clermont Lounge to be the king of Atlanta dive bars. The sorta kinda strip club doubles as an Anthony Bourdain-endorsed dive bar that happens to have a pretty specific type of entertainment. But there is more to the Atlanta dive bar scene than just the worthy Clermont, the patchwork of potential drinking options overlaid on top of Atlanta’s ever-expanding reach.

Atlanta Dive Bar Reviews

Ranked Order

Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

The Rusty Nail

Atlanta's Buford Highway doesn't have many giant smokers in the shape of a gun, but it does have one. And it serves as signal to the city's purest dive bar.
Review Rating: 9 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Moe's & Joe's

The headline is Moe's & Joe's stature as number one PBR seller in the US, but this is a delicatessen turned dive bar that dates back to 1947.
Review Rating: 8 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Jack's Pizza & Wings

The rehab pizza. The hangover pizza. The giant pizza mouth front door. The $2 High Life on draft. Reasons abound to visit.
Review Rating: 8 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Northside Tavern

There might not be a more dive bar exterior than Northside Tavern's dive bar exterior, an explosion of paint, neon and rebar.
Review Rating: 7 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Elliot Street Deli & Pub

The contrast between Mercedes Benz Stadium and this corner dive bar across the street could not be more compelling.
Review Rating: 7 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Five Paces Inn

There's something about a shotgun-style dive bar that really packs in the drunkenness in a very pleasing way.
Review Rating: 7 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Little Five Points has enough cool factor to vouch for this dive bar, but a little faux nautical naming doesn't hurt.
Review Rating: 7 of 10

Atlanta Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Poncey-Highland

Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Other Dive Bar Options

97 Estoria

727 Wylie St SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
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Bradley's Bar & Grill

4961 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Elbow Room

248 Pharr Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
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Friends on Ponce

736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Hammer's Goodtime Emporium

898 Virginia Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
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Laseter's Tavern

4355 Cobb Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
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Manuel's Tavern

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
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Moon Shadow Tavern

3976 Lawrenceville Hwy
Tucker, GA 30084
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Mr C's Bar & Grill

1983 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
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Red Door Tavern

3180 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305
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Sister Louisa's

466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
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Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
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The EARL

488 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
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The Highlander

931 Monroe Dr NE ste c-101
Atlanta, GA 30308
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The Independent

931 Monroe Dr NE suite c-205
Atlanta, GA 30308
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The Local

758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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The Righteous Room

1051 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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The Star Community Bar

437 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
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Trackside Tavern

313 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
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