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Locos Deli & Pub

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The Local
About every bar in the world has a team trivia night, but THE LOCAL's events are legendary. On Wednesday nights, the bar overflows with intensely loyal, and intensely competitive, trivia fans. "The Guys at the Bar" team usually places in the top three. They're pretty good at bragging, too. But the atmospheremore...
About every bar in the world has a team trivia night, but THE LOCAL's events are legendary. On Wednesday nights, the bar overflows with intensely loyal, and intensely competitive, trivia fans. "The Guys at the Bar" team usually places in the top three. They're pretty good at bragging, too. But the atmosphere is always light because - as the regulars at The Local know - it's more fun to talk shit to the team at the neighboring table if you're friends with them. Karaoke on Monday nights brings out as many regulars as trivia does. Also, The Local serves 24-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon for less than $4 - that's two whole beers in one mighty can! "758 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-5002." less...

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Universal Joint

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Charlie G's 11Th Street Pub
At CHARLIE G'S 11TH STREET PUB, you'll find friendly bartenders, a comfortable atmosphere and a mix of clientele - gay, straight, young, old, black, white, Hispanic, cops, soccer players. This corner bar in Midtown has a fine selection of beers, liquor and food, without the pretentious atmosphere ofmore...
At CHARLIE G'S 11TH STREET PUB, you'll find friendly bartenders, a comfortable atmosphere and a mix of clientele - gay, straight, young, old, black, white, Hispanic, cops, soccer players. This corner bar in Midtown has a fine selection of beers, liquor and food, without the pretentious atmosphere of most Crescent Avenue clubs. The menu includes bar grub (burgers) and comfort food (blackened chicken fettuccini). Not everyone is from the neighborhood, so don't worry - you won't get called on it. As the barkeep has been known to say, "You're not from the neighborhood? Then move!" "1041 W. Peachtree St., 404-724-9060." less...

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Manuel's Tavern
602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447 www.manuelstavern.com Though everyone may not know your name, Manuel's is about as close to Cheers as Atlanta's bars get when it comes to the comfort of familiar faces. Anyway, if you aren't known by name, you're probably known by what you drink. Manuel's is familymore...
602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447 www.manuelstavern.com Though everyone may not know your name, Manuel's is about as close to Cheers as Atlanta's bars get when it comes to the comfort of familiar faces. Anyway, if you aren't known by name, you're probably known by what you drink. Manuel's is family owned and operated, with third- and fourth-generation Maloofs continuing the tradition Manuel started. With three terms as DeKalb County CEO under his belt, in addition to years of liberal advocacy, Manuel Maloof has been called "The Godfather of Georgia Democratic politics. Manuel created a bar in his image, one that has attracted a diverse, liberal crowd for decades. Upon taking a seat at the bar, you're equally likely to bump elbows or clink mugs with a doctor, a construction worker, a journalist, a student, a good ol' boy or a politician. The people truly are the lifeblood of this place, and it shows. less...

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Universal Joint
906 Oakview Road, Decatur 404-373-6260 Located in a tiny former service station at the crossroads of Decatur's thriving Oakhurst district, Universal Joint is just enough off the beaten path to make it a favorite destination for locals - Oakhurst, East Lake, Kirkwood and beyond - looking for a placemore...
906 Oakview Road, Decatur 404-373-6260 Located in a tiny former service station at the crossroads of Decatur's thriving Oakhurst district, Universal Joint is just enough off the beaten path to make it a favorite destination for locals - Oakhurst, East Lake, Kirkwood and beyond - looking for a place to hang out rather than to see and be seen. With its comfy bar, spacious outdoor patio and menu of first-rate bar food (burgers, fries, quesadillas), it's as inviting to drinking buddies as to folks with infants and pets in tow. less...

Best Neighborhood Bars BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Poncey-Highland
This may be the toughest call to make. As the experienced barfly will attest, one's selection of "best" neighborhood bar relies upon a number of variables. In addition to the customary considerations — friendly service, well-mixed cocktails, cold beer — there are issues of atmosphere to be considered.more...

This may be the toughest call to make. As the experienced barfly will attest, one's selection of "best" neighborhood bar relies upon a number of variables. In addition to the customary considerations — friendly service, well-mixed cocktails, cold beer — there are issues of atmosphere to be considered. To expand on the old "Cheers" theme lauding an elbow-bending emporium "where everybody knows your name," it also needs to be a place where you want everybody to know your name.

After careful consideration, here are a few that we think definitely meet those criteria.

In the Poncey-Highland/Va-Hi area, tipplers have long favored a handful of stalwarts. There's the venerable Atkins Park (794 N. Highland, 404-876-7249), with 78 years of history behind its ornate wooden bar. There's Manuel's Tavern (602 N. Highland, 404-525-3447), where politicians, cops, journalists and assorted characters rub elbows. And, for the alternative set, there's The Highlander (931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-0060), with its lengthy menu and always-colorful clientele.

In Little Five Points, the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (1136 Euclid Ave., 404-688-2582) reigns supreme, with friendly bikers, hippies, head-bangers and multi-pierced goths sampling the suds.

In Buckhead, regulars flock to Mike N' Angelo's (312 E. Paces Ferry Road, 404-237-0949), the long-lived, laid-back refuge for those fleeing the meat-market outside.

In south Atlanta, Spondivits (1219 Virginia Ave., East Point, 404-767-1569) still lures the masses with enormous tubs of frosty beer, ass-kicking drinks and fresh seafood, while the East Atlanta crowd leans toward the funky storefront ambience of The Earl (488 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-3950).

It's an embarrassment of riches — what can we say?

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Best Neighborhood Bars BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » After Dark » Readers Pick
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