The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Hudson Grille

    Do you hear the ref’s whistle blowing? It’s officially football season! You could stay at home, or you could indulge in some good eats and drinks at one of Atlanta’s fine watering holes, complete with big screen TV’s, classic gameday eats and plenty of team spirit.

    College football reigns supreme here—come on, Falcons, we’re ready for a winning season!—and Atlanta is home to several alumni groups. Fans of the Seminoles can catch FSU games at Taco Mac in Sandy Springs or Dive Bar in Buckhead; LSU alumni can cheer for the Tigers at Tin Can Fish House and Clemson fans can cheer on their team at Whitehall Tavern – to name a few. Of course, Georgia Bulldog and Tech fans will find themselves at home at nearly all of the city’s sports bars.

    So grab your lucky jersey and catch the game at one of these local sports bars.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Stats

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Stats
    ••• Stats


    300 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30313

    For the ultimate sports bar experience head Downtown to Stats, aptly named thanks to the ticker that runs over the bar with the current scores across all sports. There are TV’s galore, perfect if you find yourself wanting to watch more than one game at once. It’s also conveniently situated in close walking distance to Philip’s Arena and the Georgia Dome, in case you need a place to kill some time before catching the action in person. The menu is decked out with cleverly titled menu items like the Hail Mary Hummus and the Namath’s Wrap with artichokes, goat cheese and quinoa. The restaurant also features five bars in its multi-level building. Don’t feel like standing around at the bar? Seven of their tables have beer taps at the table – bonus points for convenience.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Hudson Grille

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Hudson Grille
    ••• Hudson Grille

    Hudson Grille

    Various locations

    Seven—the number of points your team goes up after a touchdown and extra point, and also how many Hudson Grille locations there are throughout Atlanta, making it one of the city’s most popular sports bars. Each location has dozens of TV’s scattered throughout the restaurant ensuring proper viewing from every angle. Every day you can partake in enticing drink specials, like $3.25 Pints, $11.95 Pitchers of Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra and $7 Deep Eddy Martinis. Expect to find classic sports bar offerings on the menu – nachos, sliders, chicken tenders, etc. If you’re feeling frisky, order a round of the ghost pepper insanity wings—not for fair-weather fans. 

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Hampton + Hudson

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Hampton + Hudson
    ••• Tomas Espinoza

    Hampton + Hudson

    299 N. Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307

    Hampton + Hudson isn’t just one of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurants, it’s also a game watching hotspot in the center of Inman Park. The spacious restaurant offers a huge bar and plenty of tables, each with a great view of the big screen TV’s. While you’re cheering for your team, order a few snacks off the pub-inspired menu – we recommend the Cool Ranch Chicharrones and the Steak Tartare Tacos with homemade potato chip “shells.” Libations include beer, wine and cocktails. On Thursdays they offer their “Holla for Five Dollars” special which includes a five dollar burger, featured cocktail and beer; Monday’s guests can order the burger and beer of the day for $10.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: The Vortex Bar and Grill

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: The Vortex Bar and Grill
    ••• Wikipedia Commons

    The Vortex Bar and Grill

    Various Locations

    The Vortex is an Atlanta staple and was made even more famous when it appeared on Man V. Food for its Double Coronary Bypass burger (with two patty melts as the buns and 12 slices of American cheese, this burger is not for the faint of heart). Besides life-threatening burgers, the Vortex has ample seating and a large bar with plenty of TV’s to catch the game. The restaurant is 21-and-up only, so have no fear of offending the kiddos. Everything at the Vortex is over the top, from the eclectic décor (i.e. skeletons on motorcycles) to the gluttonous bar food and cocktails. Popular eats include the Cheese Ball O’ Glory, fried balls of cheese curds and jalapeños; and the Hot Southern Mess, a fried chicken sandwich topped with an egg, bacon and gravy. There’s an extensive beer list, but you may need to order the Skull Crusher – a dangerous blend of tequila, vodka, rum, bourbon, liqueurs and sparkling peach wine—depending on how your team is faring.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Cypress Street Pint and Plate

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Cypress Street Pint and Plate

    Cypress Street Pint and Plate

    817 W. Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308

    With its central, Midtown location Cypress Street is easily accessible and a great spot to meet up with friends to watch the game. There are TV’s inside, but when the temperatures drop you’ll want to post up on their patio. Don’t worry, the patio has TV’s, too! So you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds. While you’re cheering for your team, munch on the sweet potato nachos loaded with blue cheese, bacon and sriracha sauce and wash it down with one of the over 40 beers on draft or in a bottle. Specials that fall on game day include the $6 Chuck, a double stack burger with fries all day on Monday, and half-off wine bottles from 7 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Take note, though, they don’t accept reservations so plan on getting there early if you want to sit while watching your team play.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Tavernpointe

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Tavernpointe


    1545 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309

    Tucked between Midtown and Buckhead, Tavernpointe may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to watching the game – which is exactly why you should go there. The restaurant has a couple of big screen TV’s over the bar in an otherwise low key setting. Grab a seat at the bar, order yourself a draught cocktail (like the mango and pepper sangria), and enjoy the game without hundreds of other people. The menu offers contemporary American dishes with Latin flavors. Standouts on the menu include the Peruvian chicken with aji amarillo salsa and fried jalapenos; the Mexican street corn and the guajillo chicken tacos. If you’re not feeling a cocktail on tap, they also have a full bar with other cocktail options, beer and wine.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Smokebelly BBQ

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Smokebelly BBQ
    ••• Sara Hanna

     Smokebelly BBQ

    128 E. Andrews Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30305

    For a swanky barbecue restaurant in Buckhead that can satisfy your game day cravings, head to Smokebelly. Besides ample TV’s, there are delicious meat offerings straight from the smoker, including turkey, pork and brisket. Wash it all down with one of their mule cocktails (like the Peach Mule), or beer and wine is available if that’s more your speed. To sweeten the deal there are game day specials on both Saturday and Sunday including $3 Bud Light drafts, $10 Bud Light pitchers, $15 Bud and Bud Light buckets and $5 Tito’s Vodka drinks.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Ration & Dram

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Ration & Dram
    ••• Chris Davisson

    Ration & Dram

    130 Arizona Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307

    Known as a hipster hotspot in Inman Park, Ration & Dram allows the foodies among the fan crowd to watch a game in a laid back atmosphere. Here, the attention is on the food and drink with high end offerings at affordable prices. Treat yourself to a The Rachel with pastrami pork belly on rye bread or keep it light with the smoked tofu salad. Cocktails, beer and wine are available, but if you’re in it for the long haul spring for one of the communal cocktails, like the Punch Seventy-Five with gin, sparkling wine and lemon juice.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Pauley’s Crepe Bar

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Pauley’s Crepe Bar

    Pauley’s Crepe Bar

    935 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318

    UGA grads may recall Pauley’s in Athens as a hole in the wall crepe joint. The Atlanta location has the same crepes, but way more space. Not only is there a huge bar and ample seating, there are also several large screen TV’s – 11 to be exact. Combine this with their 40 beers on tap and a special game day menu and you have a winner. Pauley’s is also a great spot to stop in before or after a Georgia Tech game (it’s just down the street) and isn’t too far from the Falcon’s stadium, either.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: The Nook On Piedmont Park

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: The Nook On Piedmont Park

    The Nook On Piedmont Park

    1144 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA

    As the name suggests, the Nook sits just across the street from Piedmont Park in the heart of Midtown. Here you’ll find cozy confines, and plenty of TV’s to take care of your football needs. Since 2009 the Nook has established itself as the place to go for two things: their Totchos—tater tots piled high with toppings like cheese, meats and veggies—and fish bowls, gallon-sized fishbowls filled to the brim with boozy concoctions (they’re meant to be shared). They even offer The Giving Totchos which benefits local nonprofit the Giving Kitchen

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Smoke Ring

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Smoke Ring

    Smoke Ring

    309 Nelson St. Atlanta, GA 30313

    With its close proximity to the Georgia Dome, and televisions galore, Smoke Ring is an ideal spot to pop in before going to a game. A husband and wife team, Jordan and Erin Wakefield helm the kitchen and the bar. Jordan turns out his takes on southern classics like the BBQ deviled eggs with bacon and bourbon marmalade and classic barbecue offerings. Erin slings cocktails to wet your whistle with popular go-to’s like the Frozen Mule and Bootlegger’s Companion (mmm…moonshine). On game days you can eat there, or grab some of their housemade beef jerky to go.

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    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Dantanna’s

    The Best Sports Bars in Atlanta: Dantanna’s


    Various Locations

    Not your typical dive sports bar, Dantanna’s prides itself on its upscale atmosphere, making for a more refined game watching spot. More like a steakhouse and sports bar hybrid with plush seating, there are TVs all throughout the restaurant, even on the spacious patio. With locally sourced beef, chicken and pork, expect tasty bar food like Cajun chicken rolls, spicy blue crab fingers and, if you’re feeling fancy, several aged steaks. Belly up to the bar for Monday Night Football to take advantage of half priced appetizers. Wash them down with beer, wine or cocktails.