Atlanta’s Top Sports Bars for Game DayBy Lia Picard
Atlanta sports bars know how to create an electric game day atmosphere. The Big Peach is home to several college fanbases and one NFL team, so on Saturday and Sunday, the bars are ready.
The recipe for a great sports bar is simple: We’re talking ample televisions, delicious grub and flowing beer (or easy-to-sip cocktails if that’s more your thing). Whether you’re looking for a sports bar that’s rowdy with killer wings or a more refined game-watching experience, Atlanta’s bars inside and outside the perimeter have you covered.
Here are some of Atlanta’s best sports bars.
Black Bear Tavern
A smoky, no-frills, neighborhood bar set in Buckhead, Black Bear Tavern is Peachtree Road’s oldest bar and makes everyone feel like a regular. As an “official Chicago headquarters,” it’s especially homey for Chicago fans throughout the year, and you can expect them to show any and all of Chicago’s sporting events.
Grab a seat at the bar and start with the southwestern egg rolls with salsa ranch followed by an order of the Awesome Burger, loaded with bacon, fried jalapeños, fried pickles, onion straws, pimento cheese and Cajun sauce, all on top of a croissant.
When Atlanta sports fans want to take things to the next level, they head to Dantanna’s. Both locations, one in Buckhead and one Downtown, are upscale and sleek but still offer plenty of fun on game day.
Fans can come here and order a delicious, 28-day aged steak and wash it down with an expertly crafted Old-Fashioned while cheering for their team on one of several big-screen TVs.
Head to the outside lounge and indulge in a cigar, if you’re so inclined (and don’t worry, they have TVs out there, too).
Hampton + Hudson
Inman Park’s gathering spot for game watching may not seem like a sports bar at first glance — here you’ll find polished decor with plush booths and ornate lighting fixtures — but don’t be fooled.
The Hampton + Hudson menu features refined pub fare but still satisfies that need for comfort food (especially when things head south for your team). Standouts here include the pretzel bites with beer mustard cheese dip and the hangover fries topped with black bean and beef chili, queso and a sunny side up egg.
Beer and wine are available, but the cocktails shine here (like the Negroni on draft). There are plenty of televisions inside, but on game days they set up TVs on the patio, too.
The Family Dog
If you want a seat for the game at the popular Morningside watering hole, come early! The Family Dog gets packed, fast. It’s no wonder why, though, with a rowdy atmosphere and delicious munchies like the Nashville hot chicken sandwich.
With local brews available on draft and in cans, you’ll surely want to “sit and stay” a while.
Butcher & Brew
Head just north of the city to Alpharetta for a game-day experience that’s equal parts rowdy and delicious. Butcher & Brew is easy to find on Alpharetta’s Main Street and is open and inviting, with televisions hanging all around the interior. No matter where you look, you’re bound to catch the game.
The food is updated bar fare: Think pigs in a blanket, made with Conecuh sausage, puffed pastry and spicy honey mustard, and truffle Parmesan fries.
The star of the show is the beer, of course. There are more than 19 brews on draft and 30 in bottles. Many of the beers available are local and regional, but don’t worry: If craft beer isn’t your thing, they still have familiar brands like Bud Light and Blue Moon.
The Midway Pub
Midway was once an auto-repair shop, but now it’s one of the city’s best sports bars and has East Atlanta Village’s biggest patio, to boot. At first glance, The Midway Pub may seem like a dive that takes its food for granted, but don’t judge a book by its cover — the food here is perfectly executed pub grub.
Standout items like beer cheese dip, veggie corn dogs and a decadent grilled cheese sandwich will keep you smiling while cheering on your team. There are plenty of events that keep people hanging out at Midway, but game day is where it’s at. Plenty of TVs, more than 100 beers to choose from, and a rowdy atmosphere is a winning combination.