Atlanta >Food & Dining > Sidebar
79 Poplar St, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030333.756688 -84.389894
Sunday 12:00PM - 11:00PM ,Monday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Tuesday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Wednesday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Thursday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Friday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Saturday 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Downtown
Good food, bad service – I guess I neglected to read the word "bar" in the name, "Sidebar". Unless you want to meet friends to drink beer, smoke cigarettes (there seems to always be a cigarette smoker impairing the taste of your spicy mozzarella sticks), and play trivia games, there is really no reason to visit Sidebar.
After leaving a show at the Rialto Center around the corner, my friends and I visited Sidebar for some cheap eats. With so many new & great options within a 2 block radius (Ted's Montana Grill, Landmark Diner, Slice...) I doubt I will ever come back.
I've never had the problem with the food there, but the service....aye-ya-yaye....horrendous. Our server would ignore her tables to chat with bar patrons or text on her cell phone. AND we got incorrect change on our bill ($2.01 short) and were ACCUSED of pocketing the money! Who in the heck would lie about $2.01??? The bartender, FELICIA (avoid her with your life), then yelled and argued with us about how she "trusts" her math but not my friends. Really?? Really.
The only reason I'm not giving it a zero is because the food is good, the other staff members were embarrassed and apologized for FELICIA'S behavior. However, to leave and have to wash the cigarette smoke out of my hair, scarf, coat, gloves, top, and jeans, and be treated like a bike thief is unacceptable and not worth the return visit.
SideBar – This is the place to be! A great meeting and sports game place to go. The food is great.. authentic and original...a must to try!
great for happy hour – We've taken to hitting up SideBar after work some days to play trivia and have a drink. Upstairs is kind of dark and closed-in but downstairs is like a special secret hide out. With pool and basketball and large booths for groups this place is great. And they have electronic trivia that starts every 30 minutes and free consoles so anyone can play. We have a great time having a beer and challenging each other to a rousing game of trivia, or two. Service is a little slow and removed, but since we're not working on a tight schedule it doesn't really matter. And it's only a block or two from the Marta station, so we can still get home at the end of the night/afternoon.
Not much in the area to compete with, but its not bad – A decent hole-in-the-wall with food that is utilitarian, at best. Great for people who are staying at hotels on Marietta street, as there is not much nightlife in this area.
Go to hang out and have a great time... not to get a quick buzz. – The one and only bad thing I can say about this bar is that the service is slow... but that's mostly because there are so many people haning out there... it's a college bar... no, it's a sports bar... no it's a professional's bar... no, it's.... it's... it's... WONDERFUL! The food is worth the wait, better quality than normal bars (although they could pump up the quantity), and the mix of people there is relaxed and fun. I know where to go after the Falcons games!!!
a downtown playground – this place has it all! Pool, air hockey, trivia, video poker, and GALLAGA! 12 dollar buckets of bud and party kegs available. The owner's are really nice guys too. The bartenders are good, just sometimes a little slow. Overall, it's a great place to hang after work or a good destination spot for you and your buddies!
Well-hidden watering hole draws a crowd with its laid-back vibe and tasty pressed sandwiches. – The Scene
This cozy neighborhood hangout is tucked into an alley off Poplar. Inside, a long sticky bar dominates the room; friendly bartenders keep the drinks flowing as the night wanes. A thumping jukebox belts out alterna-pop and old standards as it competes with the club next door for sound domination. Regulars are a mix of off-the-wagon yuppies, students and offbeat characters who have a passion for conversation. Framed photos along the wall highlight Atlanta's history.
This quaint favorite is perfect for a casual dinner followed by multiple drinks. As six large TVs showcase sports over the bar, patrons mix and mingle at wooden tables that double as bar tops. The above-average bar food menu features appetizers, salads and the namesake pressed sandwiches. Good choices include the Cutalian, the Red Falcon and the Downtowner--made with chicken tenders, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese.
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