by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
There was no singular drinking trend this year, but Atlanta saw a wide range of bars open in 2010. Hotel bars, rooftop bars, craft beer bars, comfort pubs, secret speakeasies, prohibition-style cocktail bars (Sound Table, pictured) ? even a glammed-out ode to Atlanta's party-heavy culture of the '90s. It was certainly a good year to drink, no matter what your poison. Check out our top 10 Atlanta Bars that opened in 2010.
Updated: December 16, 2010
From the folks who run Top Flr, the Sound Table is a hip, two-story bar in the Old Fourth Ward, which has live DJs downstairs and a better-than-you?d-expect dining room upstairs. With Gatsby-era cocktails and a slogan like ?Sit Down and Listen,? it's obvious this bar has its priorities straight.
There are four bars (including a rooftop) and a drink menu that leaves no one behind, making this self-proclaimed ?cocktail house? an easy choice for the Buckhead social set. Choose from wine by the glass or bottle, specialized martinis, classic on-the-rocks concoctions and a few weird beers scattered among the usual suspects.
Atlanta has recently fallen in love with hotel bars (Drinkshop, the Glenn's rooftop bar and AltoRex). Our newest hotel bar, Eleven, lodged in the Loews Hotel, brings a live music angle. Live jazz fills this lobby bar on the weekends and on-the-rise local bands strip down on Thursday night, free of charge.
Run by Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird, Sauced feels like you just walked into your grandmother's living room? had it been designed by Wes Anderson. As for the drinks, cocktails are the way to go, preferably an Old Fashioned or a gin and lemon cocktail called a Blue Moon.
Someone with a lot of trendy brain power put this together. It's an underground bar with no sign, a long list of craft beers and a basement where you can drunkenly play bocce ball, pool, shuffleboard and Donkey Kong. The menu embraces things you can eat with your hands: corndogs, cotton candy and some 15 charismatic options served between buns.
Taking over the former uber-cozy location of Caribou Coffee, HOBNOB has put beer in nearly every menu item. They boast a walk-up outside bar when the weather is warm and offer one of our favorite drinks of 2010: the chocolate stout milkshake.
When the Standard became Young Augustine, it flipped from a smoking lounge with bar food to a beer-focused pub with comfort staples. It helped lead the way in Atlanta's comfort pub movement with an innovative (but hearty) menu and heady craft beer selection.
Get ready, club-happy party people. Once home to the Gold Club (famous Atlanta strip club that was notorious for its, er, outlandish behavior), the Gold Room emerged as a classed-up super-club complete with signature cocktails, eye candy and, yes, an homage-paying gold pole.
Atlanta has always loved a great rooftop bar, and the 2010 newcomer that pleased yuppies and hipsters alike (yipsters?) was Republic Social House. The massive rooftop deck on Memorial out-blings neighboring rooftops (Six Feet Under, Tin Lizzy's) and it draws a late night crowd that's one part edgy, one part preppy.