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by Austin Holt | Jezebel magazine | June 4, 2014

Happy-hour patrons and night owls of Buckhead, rejoice. There’s a cozy new nook on the ground floor at Terminus that serves lobster nachos and awesome pizza well into the wee hours. And not having to wrestle with parking in the triangle? Oh, do go on...

The rough-hewn interior of Industry Tavern has the feel of a decades-established neighborhood pub—wood trim, exposed lighting and wrought iron line the space, and quirky touches, like the mammoth Coca-Cola logo emblazoning the south wall, bring the idea home. But one look out the ceiling-to-floor retractable garage doors that line the front wall will confirm that, yes, you are in fact still in the middle of Buckhead. Speaking of which, we predict that this fresh-air touch will make Industry a favorite happy-hour spot during the summer months.

The bar does a nice job too. Some clever craft cocktails pepper the menu: The blackberry mint julep, with its bourbon-forward fruitiness, is a great transition for those looking to escape the froufrou. A brief but manicured draft beer list will do the trick most days, and a down-to-earth wine selection has just enough for everyone’s palate.

But we’re forgetting something. … Oh, yes. Those lobster nachos. Served with lobster knuckles and claws, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, black beans and queso, this shareable star of the menu is one of those “don’t leave without ordering one” items about which folks will be raving. Same deal with the pizzas—we had the R&F, with fig jam, ricotta, garlic and arugula—packed with flavor, with some great texture on the crust, but just light enough to feel like you’re not cheating. Overall, the menu is a clever interpretation of classic bar fare—comfort food with enough personality to raise an eyebrow (pork wings on fried grits and candied red onions? Mmm-kay!)

And here’s the thing. The place has crazy hours, with a kitchen that’s almost always hopping: 7am till 3am on Friday, and noon to 3am on Saturday, with more reasonable morning-to-late night hours during the week (7:30am-1am) and Sunday brunch coming soon. (Did we mention they serve breakfast—try the cold-pressed juice of the day!—and serve up lunch to a packed house each afternoon?)

We just thought we’d mention it because, you know, we don’t want you to have to endure another Landmark Diner late night. You can thank us later.

Industry Tavern
3280 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 185