These 15 Georgia Bars Will Make You Want To Stay Until Last CallSecret speakeasies, dives and cigar bars make Georgia the best place to get your drink on.
1. Gather And Worship At Sister Louisa’s Church In Atlanta
466 Edgewood Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 161 Reviews
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea with all of the religious satire everywhere, but it’s definitely everyone’s cup of beer. Upstairs has a living room feel, while downstairs is pure dive (in a glorious way). There’s no better place for people-watching, ping pong while dressed in a choir robe, and singing to a church organ while sipping PBR.
2. Go Retro At Go Bar In Athens
195 Prince Ave
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 14 Reviews
Go Bar in Athens is equal parts fun and absurd, with its walls of silver shimmering Christmas icicles, disco ball and retro vibes. It gets rowdy in here (the good kind) and the atmosphere is always bordering surreal. Come for indie rock karaoke with Dr. Fred, the garage sale open mic, drag shows, live bands, or to watch a handful of DJs perform mash-ups to live animations.
3. Brick Store Pub In Decatur Is A Delicious Beer Mecca
125 E Court Sq
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 795 Reviews
This place is a must-visit for any true blue beer fan. With an insanely extensive selection of English, German, American, and Belgian beers, you can try a new brew every trip for maybe one million years. They also have awesome farmstead cheeses to pair with your bee and some of the best fish and chips this side of the pond.
4. Dive Into Local Color At Pinkie Master’s In Savannah
218 Drayton St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 76 Reviews
Pinkie Master’s is one of Savannah’s oldest downtown bars and juke joints, where you can mingle and play darts with locals young and old while throwing back some ice cold brews. This place is old-school, with walls lined in photos of Southern politicians and it will forever go down in history as the place that Jimmy Carter stood on the bar and announced that he was going to run for presidency.
5. Everybody Knows Your Name At Doc’s Bar On Tybee
10 16th St
Tybee Island, GA
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 9 Reviews
Folks come to Doc’s Bar for the cheap, stiff drinks in plastic red cups. Why red cups? Because they give it a family reunion feel and how else are you going to take your drink down the street? Yes, you can get beer to-go and walk down the street drinking it, legally. It’s like Cheers, but way more gritty and real. This local hangout offers a fine game of bumper pool and a high host of characters that will regale you with stories of how they had their first beer here in the 60’s.
6. Enjoy Fine Spirits And Cigars At Belloo’s In Columbus
900 Front Ave, Ste 210
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 26 Reviews
There’s only one place to go in Columbus when you’re looking for a dark, nightclub environment to watch killer live bands and smoke your cigar: Belloo’s. Dark wood, comfy couches and leather seats await you at this classy (but not too classy) cigar bar. They have a great menu of solid martini’s, well made cocktails and a bourbon list that will impress the best.
7. Meet Your Friends For A Clandestine Night Out At Prohibition In Atlanta
56 E Andrews Dr NW
Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
Yelp: 3.5 Stars - 173 Reviews
This swanky speakeasy lounge has a secret entrance through an antique phone booth and requires a password. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time and increased your social standing with all the polished wood and period-dressed bartenders. The cocktails are top-notch, poured over ice chipped from a 300 lb. block. Make sure to dress to impress (and to get in, because there’s a dress code).
8. Get Crafty In Athens At Trappeze Pub
269 N Hull St, Ste 6
Yelp: 4 Stars - 142 Reviews
Trappeze pub serves up some delicious food, but let’s talk about their stellar craft beer selection. There’s at least 32 beers on draft at any time. The bar area fills up fast, but they also have intimate booths and plenty of outdoor seating on their patio. You’re going to be in company of some truly great beer geeks as bartenders to help you navigate the extensive menu.
9. Down Creative Cocktails At Highwire Bar In Athens
269 N Hull St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 16 Reviews
Highwire Lounge is connected to and shares a kitchen with Trappeze Pub, but while Trappeze is all about beer, Highwire is all about the signature cocktails made with premium liquor and fresh ingredients. Try the Choco Taco with house-infused chili tequila or The Adirondack with house-infused bacon bourbon. Drink up!
10. Jam Out And Be Entertained In Macon At The Hummingbird
430 Cherry St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 14 Reviews
The folks at The Hummingbird are the perfect party hosts. You’ll find an impressive variety in live music, dart tournaments, and all-day Tuesday happy hour. One word of warning: smoking is allowed inside. If you’re a smoker you’ll be thrilled, if not you might be turned off. No matter what though, this place has Southern charm for days.
11. Specialty Drinks And Live Jazz Rule At The Loft In Columbus
Yelp: 4 Stars - 25 Reviews
The Loft is one of the original live music venues of the South with a calendar filled to the brim with incredible live jazz. It’s also a comedy club, a restaurant and the one of the best bars in Columbus. They have a great menu of fresh, tasty eats that you don’t want to miss. Try the cheese grits for sure. Don’t miss the Georgia peach and key lime martinis or the cucumber herbed lemonade.
12. Your Inner Beer Snob Will Be Thrilled At Wrecking Bar In Atlanta
292 Moreland Ave NE
Five Little Points, Atlanta, GA
Yelp: 4 Stars - 295 Reviews
Let’s start with their location. Located in the Victor H. Kriegshaber House, it’s like stepping into a private, Victorian home where you are the guest of honor. Head downstairs where they have wood-aged and sour beers for every palette, with up to 15 taps and 2 casks going at all times. It’s not only the spot for incredible craft beer like their Gingerbread Imperial Brown, Husker Red Rye or Kentucky Common, but also the place to head when you’re seeking a well crafted cocktail and an impeccable wine list. The food here is great, so grab a menu and sit on the patio so you can have your day in the sun.
13. Devour Delicious Grub And Bier At Bigg Daddy’s In Helen
807 Edelweiss Strauss
Yelp: 3.5 Stars - 30 Reviews
Bigg Daddy’s Restaurant and Tavern is the place to go for unbeatable vibes and great food and bier. Sure, they have some American beer, but the majority of their 18 brews on tap are German. The huge beer list and knowledgeable bartenders are the best in the area, and no matter where you are in the state it’s worth the drive for Oktoberfest. They have specials every night and a rotation of live bands to keep the place hopping with energy.
14. Get Cozy And Intimate At The Indian Queen In Augusta
2502 Wrightsboro Rd
Yelp: 4 Stars - 24 Reviews
With an upscale ‘log cabin in the woods’ feel and a roaring fireplace in the winter, you’re going to wish you had brought your favorite blanket with you to The Indian Queen to snuggle up by the fire. This place has a warm, rustic yet modern ambiance, unique craft cocktails with fresh ingredients, comfy couches and heaters on the patio to keep your warm.
15. The Last Word In Atlanta Is Here To Stay
701 Highland Ave NE
Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, GA
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 21 Reviews
The Last Word just opened a couple of months ago in Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, but it’s already a huge hit. They have incredible local food and an extensive drink menu with everything from beer, wine, bubbly and signature cocktails to non-alcoholic items like Mexican coke and house ginger beer. The long, wrap-around bar with attentive bartenders and large, communal tables make it fun to come in groups or mingle with new friends. This spot is going to be around for a long, long time.
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