Atlanta >Food & Dining > Kirkwood Aces Bar & Grille
1992 Hosea L Williams Dr Se, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031733.751366 -84.322531
Sun, 12:30pm -midnight; Mon - Fri, 3:30pm - 3am; Sat, 12:30pm - 3am
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Eastside, Kirkwood
Headed Downhill – This used to be my neighborhood favorite - great folks, great service, good deals.
However, all of that is changing. The owner recently fired the best bartender because she couldn't handle the "gangsters" that allegedly kept coming in to play pool. So they fired her and hired a bunch of muscle dudes who take forever to get you a drink even when we are the only customers. They also took away the pool table. Now the owner is there all the time, and the new bartenders suck, and the place is empty.
Not to mention, the owner's dog seems to be in the bar all the time, and on my most recent visit, he begged at my table while I was eating. It doesn't end there! The dog topped it all off by jumped up INTO my booth to try and steal my food off my plate. The owner saw this and grabbed the dog, but didn't apologize or offer any kind of compensation.
I used to meet friends here all the time for beers and food, but we are looking for a new bar now. I thought things would improve, so I kept going to Ace's, but it just keeps declining. I figured I would let others know because I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone anymore.
My favorite bar in Atlanta – I'd say that most of the negative reviewers of this bar are bland, pretentious people who come from sheltered beginnings. ATL is chock full of these people and you shouldn't listen to their whining. One reviewer suggested the owner put in HD flat screens and try to keep up with trends...redesign. For shame! This is the best kept secret in Atlanta. This isn't Buckhead, people. Stop trying to ruin everything by expecting it to be PC and sterile and clean.
Great clientele, excellent service. David the bartender gives some of the fastest and best quality service I have ever had in a bar. Is it smoky and a little dingy? You bet, and that's the idea folks. If you want fancy schmansy, please direct your attention to Vinocity across the street. This is Kirkwood and if it weren't a little grimy, we wouldn't want to live here. Aces isn't a dive bar by any means, but it has that worn-in feel, like a great old Guns n Roses t-shirt or a best friend you've had all your life. If you live in Kirkwood and go there even semi-regularly, you're going to see someone you know. Smoking allowed, dogs allowed, punk rockers, bums, comedians, rabble rousers, practical jokers, artists, businesspeople, accountants, carnies allowed. If Kirkwood ever decides to invade Reynoldstown or Candler Park or Decatur (and given the rivalry between certain softball teams, it's a possibility) Aces is where they'd assemble the troops. At which point they'd all down a bunch of tall boys and forget why they showed up in the first place.
And lastly, there's lots to do. You can watch the game, play pinball, pool, listen to the kick butt jukebox by the door or talk up the kooky chicks that frequent the place. They have regular theme nights and drink specials as well.
At Aces, the saying might as well be, "It's all good in the 'Wood."
Blah – Aces has no atmosphere, overpriced mediocre food, and drinks. Its definitely not a place I would recommend.
not THAT badd guys! – Been twice since I moved to the 'hood. It's nowhere near as bad as some of these folks suggest. I went in solo, in a suit dammit, and was surrounded by black tees and tatt's. But every one of those folk got chatting with me. Very friendly indeed. Very neighborly. Food ordinary, but beer selection pretty dang good guys! It's good for a drop in, not necessarily a night out. Agreed on the need for some flat-screens and sports. But overall, jeez, I've seen much much worse! I enjoyed it!
5 stars for this place is a crock – I don't know who would review this place with 5 stars, oh wait, yes I do, the owner. ACE's is a dark, dreary, smoke-filled bar with hardly any ambience and decor. The food is average at best, the service is mediocre and the drinks are weak. I live down the street from ACE's and I wish it could be turned into a great neighborhood bar. You can't watch sports in there, it's way too smoky to enjoy your time there unless you're a smoker, maybe a new ventilation system would help? Or better yet, ban smoking in there all together, and watch the clientele increase! It's obvious the owner has no desire to keep up with trends or increase his foot traffic. If he's going to compete with the resurgence of Kirkwood, he is going to have to change it up a bit, so here are a few suggestions: Brighten the place up a bit, get rid of the black walls. Install some flat screen HD TV's. GET RID OF SMOKING, there are a lot more non-smokers than smokers in the "hood". Change those three things, I bet your wallet would get a bit fatter, I know I'd give you more money.
And to the person who reviewed that Kirkwood is a dangerous neighborhood, go back to Alpharetta if you don't like a bit of color in your surroundings. Most people are very nice and pleasant if you give them a chance.
Good neighborhood bar, eclectic crowd, no yuppies – Ace's sits right in the heart of the (still) transitioning Kirkwood Village. It's a dark, sometimes smoky place with a too small bar with too few draft beers. That being said, it's a good local bar for the people in Kirkwood, a fun place for those who live in Decatur, Candler, East Atlanta, Inman Park and VaHi to venture to for a night. Parking is easy up and down the street, and with Vinocity now moved in across the street you have a couple of options. There are some sketchy characters about, but they are harmless unlike the crackies you see closer to downtown.
Highly recommend the Big J sandwich and curly fries. Good eats.
Needs more TVs for sports watching, needs a longer bar and fewer booths, needs stiffer drinks (I mean come on - pour 'em heavy and we'll come back more often!)
Bueller...Bueller...? – We met some friends here for Johnny Cash night, with the promise that this place had cheap eats and great music. I ordered the club sandwich and my boyfriend ordered a salad. There were two other tables that arrived shortly before us, and I SWEAR TO GOD that it took an HOUR for our food to arrive. The only thing on our plates that required cooking was the toasted bread for my sandwich, and my french fries. I have absolutely NO IDEA what took so long.
The worst part is that the server kept telling us our food would be right up; just be honest and tell us the cook is stoned and he's moving in s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n.
A free Crown and Coke wasn't worth the hour wait. Plus, the whole time I was in there I was worried that someone might steal the wheels off my car!
Good neighborhood bar but? – Good neighborhood bar but it is in a rough neighborhood. I think this area will improve in a few years but things are little bit sketchy.
If I lived in the area, this would be a nice hangout place for a quiet beer or two with the friends but rating on Citysearch is way over rated. I know that this bar is a sponsor of the site but I do not think rating reflect the user rating. The average of all user rating is around 3, not 4.5/5. My rating is not good reflection of what I thought but a vote in hope of balancing the current rating.
Food is very good and reasonably priced. Beer selection is not bad either. However, it is not a happening place on the weekend. There are friendly regulars, bartender and the owner knowledgeable about beer but if you are looking for an action packed fun, this is not the place.
great food and beer selection – Old reviews should be ignored. The food is always excellent. The staff that may have been lacking to some are no longer there. Servers are attentive, never let you thirst, so if you want to have a good time, meet some nice folks and eat good food, visit Ace's. The place Rocks and brings a nice diversity to the neighborhood. Go to Midtown or Buckhead if you want molly sunshine, overpriced crappy food and dull people around you. I love Ace's!!! If there is something you don't like tell your server, don't write crappy reviews haters!
Can we go already – the food, the atmosphere and the service are all lousey. not a very memorable experience at all. definitely this place can be skipped.
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