Atlanta's Best New Bars 2010

There was no singular drinking trend this year, but Atlanta saw a wide range of bars open in 2010. Hotel bars, rooftop bars, craft beer bars, comfort pubs, secret speakeasies, prohibition-style cocktail bars (Sound Table, pictured) ? even a glammed-out ode to Atlanta's party-heavy culture of the '90s. It was certainly a good year to drink, no matter what your poison. Check out our top 10 Atlanta Bars that opened in 2010.

Updated: December 16, 2010

Atlanta's Best Bars 2010


56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Channeling the trend born in New York City, this speakeasy bar in the basement of East Andrews boasts dapper bartenders, cigar chambers and prohibition-style cocktails. And did we mention you enter through an English telephone booth?

The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

From the folks who run Top Flr, the Sound Table is a hip, two-story bar in the Old Fourth Ward, which has live DJs downstairs and a better-than-you?d-expect dining room upstairs. With Gatsby-era cocktails and a slogan like ?Sit Down and Listen,? it's obvious this bar has its priorities straight.

Buckhead Bottle Bar

268 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

There are four bars (including a rooftop) and a drink menu that leaves no one behind, making this self-proclaimed ?cocktail house? an easy choice for the Buckhead social set. Choose from wine by the glass or bottle, specialized martinis, classic on-the-rocks concoctions and a few weird beers scattered among the usual suspects.


1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Atlanta has recently fallen in love with hotel bars (Drinkshop, the Glenn's rooftop bar and AltoRex). Our newest hotel bar, Eleven, lodged in the Loews Hotel, brings a live music angle. Live jazz fills this lobby bar on the weekends and on-the-rise local bands strip down on Thursday night, free of charge.

Sauced Restaurant & Lounge

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Run by Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird, Sauced feels like you just walked into your grandmother's living room? had it been designed by Wes Anderson. As for the drinks, cocktails are the way to go, preferably an Old Fashioned or a gin and lemon cocktail called a Blue Moon.


1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Someone with a lot of trendy brain power put this together. It's an underground bar with no sign, a long list of craft beers and a basement where you can drunkenly play bocce ball, pool, shuffleboard and Donkey Kong. The menu embraces things you can eat with your hands: corndogs, cotton candy and some 15 charismatic options served between buns.


1551 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Taking over the former uber-cozy location of Caribou Coffee, HOBNOB has put beer in nearly every menu item. They boast a walk-up outside bar when the weather is warm and offer one of our favorite drinks of 2010: the chocolate stout milkshake.


327 Memorial Dr Se, Atlanta, GA 30312

When the Standard became Young Augustine, it flipped from a smoking lounge with bar food to a beer-focused pub with comfort staples. It helped lead the way in Atlanta's comfort pub movement with an innovative (but hearty) menu and heady craft beer selection.

The Gold Room

2416 Piedmont Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30324

Get ready, club-happy party people. Once home to the Gold Club (famous Atlanta strip club that was notorious for its, er, outlandish behavior), the Gold Room emerged as a classed-up super-club complete with signature cocktails, eye candy and, yes, an homage-paying gold pole.

Republic Social House

437 Memorial Dr SE # C, Atlanta, GA 30312

Atlanta has always loved a great rooftop bar, and the 2010 newcomer that pleased yuppies and hipsters alike (yipsters?) was Republic Social House. The massive rooftop deck on Memorial out-blings neighboring rooftops (Six Feet Under, Tin Lizzy's) and it draws a late night crowd that's one part edgy, one part preppy.