Atlanta >Bars & Clubs > Dark Horse Tavern
816 N Highland Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.776857 -84.352550
Mon-Sat: 4pm-3am, Sun: 4pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Northeast, St. Charles/ Greenwood, Northeast
Good Food, Hot Staff, New Look – I have been out of town for a few years and upon my return I thought I would try some of my old haunts. To my dismay most were the same old places, but Dark Horse had a fresh new look , I later found out they are in the middle of a big renovation with big changes coming in the next few months. Along with the new renovations are alot of new staff (friendly and cute), good food and as in the past and the buzz of the place, it still seems the place to go. Good job to the staff, keep up the good work.
1995 Called And It Wants It's Buckhead Bar Back – This place is like Buckhead was 10 years ago. The service is surprisingly fast and efficient these days, if not always super-friendly, the food is good and the juke box is normally ok. If you sit near the back or out on the deck, your chances of a good experience improve dramatically.
Great bartenders! – I always enjoy my experience at the Dark Horse. I usually stand by the dry bar with a girlfriend and strike up conversations with people--very easy to do here. I'm not trying to hook up, but if you are, this is the place to come--it's full of guys.
The bartenders are always friendly, and remember what I like to drink. It's crowded on the weekends, which isn't a bad thing when it comes to bars. The 10-High downstairs is basically a dark, dank basement with musicians and drinks, but it's fun!
Great New Menu – I went in to have the typical bar food and WOW!!!! what a surprise, they have a new menu and what a Great menu it is. The server gave Great!!! srevice and was very friendly (Julie), the manager came to our table and for a bar I was surprised. I have not been there for a while and what a nice change KUDO's to the management and staff. The only down side was the music was loud (it was 10 pm though) but the manager did turn it down.
Singles scene – Darkhorse has one of the better singles scenes in Atlanta. The only downside is how crowded the place gets, making it difficult to get around and easy to get bumped.
You can find better bars in the Highlands – I've been here several times over the years and there are definitely better bars in the Highlands. As one reviewer stated 3 years ago, the crowd is "yuppie". The last time I went I got the opportunity to meet a young woman who instead of asking me politely to move so she could get by me, tried to push her way by me. Pretty classy. But it does describe a lot of the crowd here on a Friday...pretty full of themselves for no reason. So if you like those types of people, I'd recommend this place. Not quite sure why its saying my overall user rating is saying "recommend" though as I rated this place below average. Maybe someone at Citysearch will fix that.
SERVICE IS HORRIBLE! – Me and a girlfriend stopped by to get a beer and somethimg to eat. It was late on a Tuesday night, there were about 5 other people there, sat at a table for atleast 20 mins and rec'd no service. So we went to the bar and ordered. The bartender told us that serving food was not her priority ( we were ordering nachos for crying out loud.) Well, then after we got our food I told her tipping was not mine!!!
The stallion of Virginia-Highland's bar scene wins with a choice location and notorious singles scene. – In Short
Phone numbers, pick-ups and pass-outs: Everyone seems to have a story about the Dark Horse. Often the last stop on a North Highland bar crawl, it's the avenue's most unabashed meat market. The bar area gets gridlocked with bodies late at night on weekends, but that's exactly the point here. Expect to see straight-out-of-college fraternity types and dolled up gals who just figured out this is one-dial hipper than Buckhead. With a music venue downstairs and a multi-storied back deck, it's like the Va-Hi version of East Andrews. A clubby blend of hunter green, dark wood and brass fixtures begs you to order a Guinness--if you can be heard over deafening music. There is a menu, but forget about it, you aren't here for the food.
Out of Control Waitress – This bar employs rude waitresses who bump in to patrons, yell at them to watch out, and then have their bouncers kick them out. My good friend (a girl) was a victim of this out of control waitress. My friend was not intoxicated. This happened purely because the waitress was having a bad night. We will never return to this crowded, smokey, rude bar.
Nothing but trouble – This place is fun, but if I have ever gotten into trouble, or trouble found me, I was usually here at this place. Prepare to get wasted. You have not choice.
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