The Super Bowl may be over, but if you are a true sports fanatic then you know that there is always a game on at any time and when you love everything sports, beer and food-related, what do you do? Why head out to your local sports bar to view your favorite team on huge plasma screens while the beer and hot wings flow endlessly. Aside from the obvious, one of the best things about going to a sports bar is the energy that you get from the patrons, whether you are cheering for the same team or an opposing one, the energy of the crowd makes the experience addictive. Here in Atlanta, we have more than our fair share of great sports bars and I have narrowed down the best ones to make sure that when the next big game arrives you are at the prime location to watch all the excitement. Go team!
1 The Vortex Bar & Grill
With two locations in Midtown and Little Five Points respectively, it’s not hard to see why The Vortex is one of the best places to watch the game and have a cold one. The Midtown location makes our list because it has a slightly better bar and the crowd is absolutely the best when you want the adrenaline-filled opinions of Atlanta’s sports fiends. Once voted “Best Overall Liquor Selection in Atlanta,” their comprehensive beer list includes hundreds of brews from all around the world. Some menu standouts include the burgers, chicken tenders and the fabulous hot wings. The spirits menu is also pretty good, so you are bound to find something to quench your thirst. Take time to enjoy the highly entertaining bartenders that are always amusing and good for a laugh between plays.
878 Peachtree St.
2 Fox Sports Grill
Located within the Midtown oasis known as Atlantic Station, Fox Sports Grill has everything required to have the ultimate sports bar experience that is guaranteed to keep you coming back whenever your favorite team is playing. Sports aficionados and the casual fans alike will enjoy the state-of-the-art viewing environment, where multiple plasma and large-scale projection screens broadcast a range of sports programming daily. Surrounded by leather furniture and a massive bar, Fox Sports Grill is paradise to those the crave sports constantly. As for the other important component essential to any sports bar experience, the food is absolutely delicious. Standouts include: Fried Pickles, Kobe Burger Sliders, Blue Cheese Chips, BBQ Ribs, The Fox Burger and the Thai BBQ Chicken Pizza. Game on!
261 19th St. NW Suite 1180
3 Barley’s Sports Bar & Lounge
For those who like their sports viewing experience with a lot of energy, great food, prime location and live entertainment, then there is no better place to visit than Barley’s Sports Bar & Lounge. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, it seems like sports of all types are represented here; billiards tables, dart boards and more are just waiting for customers to enjoy themselves fully. As if you need any more reasons to head down to this hotspot, the food is an experience in and of itself. The Barley’s Sampler, Quesadillas, Crab Cakes, White Steak & Cheese, Texas Chicken Grill and the Shrimp Po Boy are definite menu highlights.
338 Peachtree St.
4 Taco Mac
Taco Mac is as essential to Atlanta sports as the Georgia Dome or Turner Field, with several locations around the city it is the go-to place for all sports-related activities and more importantly, to have an all around good time. Known for their exceptional service and friendly and engaging staff, you are guaranteed to have a good time when you visit this Atlanta institution. The Virginia Highland location makes our list because no matter what day of the week you go, there is always a crowd lined up outside. The ultimate sports bar experience in Atlanta is easily found here. Don’t forget the food! Try the Burrito Mac, Santa Cruz Flautas, Rocky Mountain Chicken Sandwich and the Buffalo Chicken Tacos.
1006 North Highland Ave.
5 Dave & Buster’s
You know the name, you know the history and you definitely know that Dave & Buster’s is a place where playtime and sports are welcome. From the massive layout to the many areas of entertainment, this a sports bar that is also very family friendly; while the kids are enjoying the numerous games and attractions, the adults can enjoy the number of bars strategically located throughout that feature huge TV screens and sound systems to enhance the sports viewing experience. Of all the places on this list, Dave & Buster’s has it all, if you can’t enjoy your sports here, you can’t enjoy it anywhere.
2215 D&B Dr.