Opened in 1910 as The Broughton Tabernacle, it served as a Baptist church until the mid 1980's. It was converted into a convert venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Tabernacle is currently operated by Live Nation and hosts a variety of performers.
CAFE TU TU TANGO is a cool restaurant with a good bar area upstairs. The place is located in the heart of Buckhead. The walls are adorned with artwork of local artists. Artists are creating ART around you as you order and eat your meal!
A good place to have a drink and scope the scene after work and a nice start to the evening events.
Dress Code: Cool as you want to be...
A run-down of (non-chain) places in the city to drink house-made or, at the least, excellent, beer.
- The Porter (beer bar): This cute, little bar, right in the heart of Little Five Points, is probably one of the best beer bars I've ever seen. A wide selection of interesting draft selections are priced mostly around the $4 range, going even cheaper for some items. The bottle menu is comprehensive and encompassing of every imaginable style, features several high-end reserve beers, beers straight from Belgium and there's almost certainly at least one on there that you've never seen before. They also serve food and the staff is great. Come for beer. They have liquor but, if you want that, you can go anywhere else, so don't take any seats up because it's a small place.
- 5 Seasons (brewpub): This is my favorite brewpub in the Atlanta region. The northern location in Alpharetta features a constantly rotating tap of excellent house-brewed beers, with normally at least one light or wheat style, one dark beer, one IPA and one Belgian style. Everything I've had there has been excellent. Prices range $5-8 depending mainly on alcohol percentage. They also have strange stuff like candy corn vodka. The food menu is pricey, but features some interesting items with a focus on local ingredients, and the "small plates" go half off during happy hour, Monday thru Friday 4-6pm. They do fun stuff too like have a cask ale tapping party every Thursday (i.e. - fifth day of the week) at 5:55pm.
They have another location in Atlanta, just west of Georgia Tech, but I haven't been. That's their flagship though, so I would imagine it's just as good, if not better.
- Lucky Devil (brewpub): Up until very, very recently, this was a 5 Seasons location but they've split and this is now called Lucky Devil. They usually have about six beers on tap, all house-brewed. Everything I've had is very good. The food is pricey and not quite as interesting as the food at 5 Seasons. This is also more family-oriented and screaming kids are common. It is located in Prado shopping center on Roswell Road, just south of I-285.
- Max Lager's (brewpub): In Atlanta's Midtown, this right out of the MARTA station and somewhat difficult to find parking at. It's a brewpub that's more focused on food with beer as somewhat of an afterthought. The beer is decent, but you can do better elsewhere. Six on tap. Somewhat pricey.
- Twain's (brewpub): On the edge of Downtown Decatur, Twain's is actually a billiards bar, and that's why most people come here. It's got a great atmosphere but has only four beers on tap, none of them that good. The food is also not good and the place is noisy.
- Park Tavern (brewpub): Still need to get down here. Update coming soon enough.
- Sweetwater (brewery): Make sure you write down the directions or bring a GPS because it's difficult to reach from all sides and not well signed. It is also not accessible by public transit. $8 gets you a glass and entrance into their "tour," which gives you a number of tastings of their beer. What you get here is mostly available in stores around Atlanta. "Tours" are Wednesday thru Saturday. Check the web site for specific times and events.
Dress Code: Beer bars aren't pretentious. Bring us your awkward, bring us your fashionably inept, bring us your 80's haircuts.
Happy Karaoke is a Korean owned/run karaoke bar on Buford Highway in Atlanta. You rent rooms per person by the hour (ex $3/hr per person). They serve you small appetizers as part of the experience (celery sticks, carrots, etc). Drinks come with a bag of SunChips or Fritos or Cheetos usually. The selection is somewhat limited, but reasonably priced as long as you avoid the Asian wines which have an INSANE markup ($15 for a $7 single serving of pear wine).
Their clientele is more Asian-based so if you're not Asian, you might feel a bit out of place but still welcomed.
Dress Code: Honestly, it doesn't matter since you're in a private room.
johnny's hideway is my favorite nightclub in atlanta. johnny's caters to mature crowd with music from the 1950's to the 1970's. for the older visitor to atlanta who likes to dance johnny's hideaway is the best venue in atlanta. see their web site for more information.
Dress Code: business casual.
cafe tu tu tango is a chain restaurant/nightclub located in the buckhead area of atlanta. this interesting restaurant serves tapas. at night they offer live music and becomes more of a dance club. if you have never been to a tu tu tangos it is an interesting night spot to visit.
Dress Code: business casual.
havana club is considered one of the best latin music venues in the atlanta area. what attracted me to the havana club was their cigar bar. a nice place to enjoy a good cigar, a cognac and listen to latin music.
Dress Code: business casual.
the lodge is a nice sports bar located in the heart of the buckhead entertainment district. they have a porch which is a nice place to drink and people watch. the lodge gets a little older crowd than most of it's more trendy neighbors. for the older visitor to buckhead it is a nice place to eat and drink.
Dress Code: casual.
fados is a very nice replica irish pub located in the buckhead area of atlanta. fados is a national chain with locations in a number of large cities. great beer selection and good pub food. when in the buckhead part of atlanta fados is worth checking out.
Dress Code: casual.
This great theater serves up Shakespeare the way Shakespeare would have wanted it. Don't expect Hamlet to wield a lightsaber or MacBeth to arrive via jetpack here. The words are the thing.
We saw King John, a play not often performed, and enjoyed it immensely.
Arrive early so you can avail yourself of the pub style food they serve.
Dress Code: We were dressed business casual and other patrons seemed to run the gamut from dressy to jeans and T-Shirts.
The Clermont is legendary. Everyone should go here once. Words cannot describe this place, but I'll try. This is a strip club with 'alternative' strippers. That means anything goes. 60 year old women, bodies covered in tattoo's, and the famous Blondie who is a old, chubby black woman with blonde hair who will take your empty can of PBR and crush it between her boobs.
They only serve canned beer, and there is a $6 cover. The good news is the crowd is 75% women and everyone has a great time here.
Dress Code: no code
A great place for the sports fanatic or those in need of visual stimulation, for there are plenty of TVs and video games here to keep you going.
The food is pretty good, I had a steak when I was here. They have a good beer selection as well.
Dress Code: Whose you favorite team?
Fado is a great place to find your inner Celtic vibes. Fado's in Atlanta is located in Buckhead, the cultural as well as posh area of Atlanta.
I've also been to the Fado in Austin they are equally fun. The drink of choice here is Guiness, so seat yourself at the bar and people watch. Some evenings there are Irish musicians that play Irish melodies that are nearly irresistible foot-tapping good.
Dress Code: Do what you like...
If you are into an urban nightclub, VISION was the place to be. The place was so HUUUUUUUGE!!!!!. When my bf and I went, we were like the first ones there (but we were on the guestlists and didn't want to pay to get in so get there early) By the time twelve or one o clock hit, the place got so packed, we couldn't even move. VISION had four huge rooms, each section with their own deejay. A great way to meet new people and cool spot for singles. I think its pretty diverse and not even near ghetto at all. I mean, I would definitely say its a tourist and celebrity spot but unfortunately its closed. I know it sucks writing a review about a place that is now closed. But I had reminisce, lol....
Dress Code: Classy!
WONDERFUL JAZZ SPOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have an OUTSTANDING show on Sunday if you can make it to see Julie Dexter. The other nights are great too. Monday was nice, relaxed as well. Nice upscale spot.
They also do blues
Go to the website to get a listing of everything poppin' R&B or Jazz-like in the city. The great thing about ATL is that you dont have to do everything downtown.
Also check out Cafe 290 on Hildebrand
Dress Code: Whatever
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