The best sports bars in Atlanta cater to a clientele that visits the Sun Belt on business. At the same time, these establishments must vie to become local watering holes for the employees and workers from Turner Broadcasting, UPS, Delta Air Lines and other major employers. Of course, there are some bars that quickly emerge as the cream of the crop.
A chain establishment with two locations in Atlanta, Marlow’s makes the list of the best sports bars in the area. Walking the tight rope of appealing to locals with events and music, while luring in visitors with pub food that is well above the standard fare, it sets itself apart from the crowd. Clean and well-apportioned, it is a place for a date night, while the multiple screens make it a sports bar haven for the man whose mother-in-law made a surprise appearance. Marlow's Tavern: 950 West Peachtree Street and 2355 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA.
Big on craft beers and pub grub, the venue courts the more mature clientele Ormby's sides on the westside of Atlanta. Pool, darts and bocce—as well as big screen TVs—are just some of the highlights that seasoned sports pub goers enjoy, and Ormsby’s has them all. If the ‘in your face’ types of youth-driven promotions are not to your liking, this is one of the best sports bars in Atlanta to visit. Ormsby’s: 1170 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA.
Owners of Dantanna’s work hard to propel their venues above the run-of-the-mill sports bar. The Buckhead cigar lounge creatively ropes in the aficionado, while the demarcation of “sports restaurant” already creates an understanding of style and quality in the sports fan. The sports experience—courtesy of big screen TVs so huge that you have to see them to believe it—is enhanced with gourmet food without the stuffy setting. Dantanna's: 3400 Around Lenox Road NE or 190 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA.
The Brewhouse Café is an unabashed soccer fan hangout, but you can expect to see more than just football or basketball. FIFA, Tour de France and other events not usually covered are featured front and center. Patio dining and drinking make it a sports bar even women will love. Old-fashioned pub ambiance reels in the guys. What’s not to love? The Brewhouse Café: 401 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA.
This is an American pub, through and through. One of the best sports bars in Atlanta for anyone seeking out brick walls, booths and dark wood. Even so, the food is a cut above the rest. Creativity trumps greasy pub fare and this hang-out is clearly an upper class man cave. Stats: 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA.