Best of Atlanta 2018: On the Town

By The Editors | March 27, 2018 | Articles

Best Bar Bites: McCray’s Tavern
Flaunting new digs in the heart of Midtown, McCray’s Tavern is known for its tasty bites (think street-style nachos, Buffalo chicken rolls and soft pretzels) and seemingly endless drink menu. @mccraystavernmidtown

Best Bar Overall: Big Sky Buckhead
From game days to girls’ and guys’ nights out, this rooftop bar boasting bites and beer aplenty consistently snags the No. 1 spot among ATL’s night owls. @bigskybuckhead

Best Bartender: Cam Burke, Foxtrot Liquor Bar
This bartending whiz (and Morehouse College alum) is always at the ready to mix up a stiff cocktail or pour a craft beer for his fellow ATLiens. @foxtrotbaratl

Best Celeb Spotting: STK
The sexy Midtown steakhouse seems to be a popular stop on visiting A-listers’ agendas—Millie Bobby Brown, Selena Gomez and Zac Efron have all swung by for a sip. @eatstk

Best Cocktails: Bon Ton
Blow through for a Bon Ton hurricane or escape with an Extended Vacation under the glow of the iconic “Fancy Service” sign at this Midtown boilhouse. @bontonatlanta

Best Dive Bar: Red Door Tavern
This bustling Buckhead dive bar is a go-to for all things drinking, dancing and mingling on the outdoor deck. @reddoortavern

Best DJ: DJ Eu
Not only is this Puerto Rican music master the official DJ for ATL’s Tongue & Groove, but he’s also in charge of amping up the crowd for Atlanta United FC games. @thedjeu

Best Gay Bar: Swinging Richards
Every night is guys’ night at this local late-night spot with gorgeous male strippers.

Best Girls’ Night Out: Whiskey Blue
With a swanky atmosphere and Sex and the City-esque cocktails, Whiskey Blue is a fave scene for ATL’s well-heeled ladies. @whiskeyblueatl

Best Guys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
A place where beautiful women perform nude? This one doesn’t need much explanation. @thecheetahatl

Best Hangover Cure: Vida Flo
Next time you’re struggling after a wild night out, nix the headache with IV hydration, vitamins, antioxidants and more at this revolutionary recovery center. @govidaflo

Best Happy Hour: Tavern at Phipps
From the suspender-clad bartenders to the high-flying napkins, the only thing that could possibly make this Phipps Plaza mainstay better is a killer happy hour—oh, wait. @tavernatphipps

Best Interactive Experience: Porsche Experience Center
From taking a test drive on the 1.6-mile track to trying innovative fare at Restaurant 365, this new destination is a must for locals who live life in the fast lane. @pecatl

Best Late-Night Nosh: Marcel
With plenty of vintage charm, you’ll want to stay a while at this French-inspired Ford Fry restaurant. Just make sure to do it right by ordering Marcel’s “Stack” and a classic cocktail off the late-night menu. @marcelatlanta

Best Lounge: The Regent Cocktail Club
With 1940s-inspired decor and a menu of classic sips (think martinis, Manhattans and more), it’s no wonder this stylish lounge atop American Cut took home the gold. @regentatl

Best Neighborhood Pub: HobNob
A fave of Midtown and Brookhaven locals, this laid-back tavern has one of the largest selections of bourbon and whiskey in the Southeast, plus a wide selection of refined pub grub. @hobnobatl

Best Nightclub: Tongue & Groove
From party-loving locals to A-listers like Justin Bieber and Brody Jenner, everyone knows T&G is the top choice in ATL for an unforgettable night on the town. @tongueandgrooveatl

Best Nightlife Photographers: Dylan York & Chucky Kahng
These talented photogs for Atlanta’s own Chuckyfoto definitely know their way around a DSLR camera—and the city’s late-night scene. @chuckyfoto

Best Place to Celebrate: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
This resto prides itself on Northern Italian cuisine crafted from the best ingredients and an unparalleled wait staff, making it a fave for bringing the fam to toast to the latest milestone. @daviosrestaurant

Best Place to Go Dancing: Tongue & Groove
There’s no better place to shake it than at this 8,600-square-foot party destination off of Piedmont Road. Not to mention, T&G has some of the best DJ lineups in the city. @tongueandgrooveatl

Best Place to Hang Out: Foxtrot Liquor Bar
Its cozy plaid- and houndstooth-adorned interior makes Foxtrot the ideal low-key spot to sip and socialize. Just ask Daniel Radcliffe, who recently spent a night at the Midtown lounge. @foxtrotbaratl

Best Place to Hear Live Music: City Winery
This intimate concert venue next to Ponce City Market offers fantastic acoustics and an exciting lineup of well-known and rising artists—not to mention wine on tap. Need we say more? @citywineryatl

Best Singles Scene: The Ivy Buckhead
All the single ladies (and fellas) flock to The Ivy for its buzzy atmosphere and bottomless mimosas—and, of course, to scope the crowd for a potential SO. @theivybuckhead

Best Sports Bar: Creatwood Tavern
The industrial interior combined with the bevy of TVs mounted to the walls makes this OTP spot serving upscale pub fare the place to be on game day. @creatwood_tavern

Best Sports Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
As the new home to the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and an array of top-notch restos, this venue scored “best of” bragging rights for obvious reasons. @mercedesbenzstadium

Best Spot to See and Be Seen: The Painted Duck
The multihour waitlist for a duckpin bowling lane and a who’s-who crowd at this Westside haunt show just how popular it’s become since opening a few months ago. @paintedduckatl

Best VIP Section: Gold Room
A call ahead to reserve an exclusive section for you and your squad is definitely worth it once you step inside this glitzy haven of a hangout spot. @atlgoldroom

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