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Best of Atlanta 2018: On the Town

Thousands of ballots were cast, and these are the victors—our readers’ local go-tos for everything from fashion to fitness to food.

Best Patio: Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall
It’s not really the weekend if you don’t spend some time sipping drinks and playing games on Ladybird’s outdoor patio. Directly on the BeltLine, this pup-friendly spot always draws a crowd. @ladybirdatlanta 

 

Best Bar Bites: McCray’s Tavern
Flaunting new digs in the heart of Midtown, McCray’s Tavern is known for its tasty bites (think street-style nachos, Buffalo chicken rolls and soft pretzels) and seemingly endless drink menu. @mccraystavernmidtown

Best Bar Overall: Big Sky Buckhead
From game days to girls’ and guys’ nights out, this rooftop bar boasting bites and beer aplenty consistently snags the No. 1 spot among ATL’s night owls. @bigskybuckhead

Best Bartender: Cam Burke, Foxtrot Liquor Bar
This bartending whiz (and Morehouse College alum) is always at the ready to mix up a stiff cocktail or pour a craft beer for his fellow ATLiens. @foxtrotbaratl

Best Brewery: Scofflaw Brewing
Imbibe refreshing housemade IPAs like Hooligan, Basement and Double Jeopardy at this fast-growing ATL brewery boasting the best beers in town. @scofflawbeer 

Best Celeb Spotting: STK
The sexy Midtown steakhouse seems to be a popular stop on visiting A-listers’ agendas—Millie Bobby Brown, Selena Gomez and Zac Efron have all swung by for a sip. @eatstk

Best Cocktails: Bon Ton
Blow through for a Bon Ton hurricane or escape with an Extended Vacation under the glow of the iconic “Fancy Service” sign at this Midtown boilhouse. @bontonatlanta

Best Dive Bar: Red Door Tavern
This bustling Buckhead dive bar is a go-to for all things drinking, dancing and mingling on the outdoor deck. @reddoortavern

Best DJ: DJ Eu
Not only is this Puerto Rican music master the official DJ for ATL’s Tongue & Groove, but he’s also in charge of amping up the crowd for Atlanta United FC games. @thedjeu

Best Gay Bar: Swinging Richards
Every night is guys’ night at this local late-night spot with gorgeous male strippers. 

Best Girls’ Night Out: Whiskey Blue
With a swanky atmosphere and Sex and the City-esque cocktails, Whiskey Blue is a fave scene for ATL’s well-heeled ladies. @whiskeyblueatl

Best Guys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
A place where beautiful women perform nude? This one doesn’t need much explanation. @thecheetahatl

Best Hangover Cure: Vida Flo
Next time you’re struggling after a wild night out, nix the headache with IV hydration, vitamins, antioxidants and more at this revolutionary recovery center. @govidaflo

Best Happy Hour: Tavern at Phipps
From the suspender-clad bartenders to the high-flying napkins, the only thing that could possibly make this Phipps Plaza mainstay better is a killer happy hour—oh, wait. @tavernatphipps

Best Interactive Experience: Porsche Experience Center
From taking a test drive on the 1.6-mile track to trying innovative fare at Restaurant 365, this new destination is a must for locals who live life in the fast lane. @pecatl

Best Late-Night Nosh: Marcel
With plenty of vintage charm, you’ll want to stay a while at this French-inspired Ford Fry restaurant. Just make sure to do it right by ordering Marcel’s “Stack” and a classic cocktail off the late-night menu. @marcelatlanta

Best Lounge: The Regent Cocktail Club
With 1940s-inspired decor and a menu of classic sips (think martinis, Manhattans and more), it’s no wonder this stylish lounge atop American Cut took home the gold. @regentatl

Best Neighborhood Pub: HobNob
A fave of Midtown and Brookhaven locals, this laid-back tavern has one of the largest selections of bourbon and whiskey in the Southeast, plus a wide selection of refined pub grub. @hobnobatl

Best Nightclub: Tongue & Groove
From party-loving locals to A-listers like Justin Bieber and Brody Jenner, everyone knows T&G is the top choice in ATL for an unforgettable night on the town. @tongueandgrooveatl

Best Nightlife Photographers: Dylan York & Chucky Kahng
These talented photogs for Atlanta’s own Chuckyfoto definitely know their way around a DSLR camera—and the city’s late-night scene. @chuckyfoto

Best Place to Celebrate: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
This resto prides itself on Northern Italian cuisine crafted from the best ingredients and an unparalleled wait staff, making it a fave for bringing the fam to toast to the latest milestone. @daviosrestaurant

Best Place to Go Dancing: Tongue & Groove
There’s no better place to shake it than at this 8,600-square-foot party destination off of Piedmont Road. Not to mention, T&G has some of the best DJ lineups in the city. @tongueandgrooveatl

Best Place to Hang Out: Foxtrot Liquor Bar
Its cozy plaid- and houndstooth-adorned interior makes Foxtrot the ideal low-key spot to sip and socialize. Just ask Daniel Radcliffe, who recently spent a night at the Midtown lounge. @foxtrotbaratl

Best Place to Hear Live Music: City Winery
This intimate concert venue next to Ponce City Market offers fantastic acoustics and an exciting lineup of well-known and rising artists—not to mention wine on tap. Need we say more? @citywineryatl

Best Singles Scene: The Ivy Buckhead
All the single ladies (and fellas) flock to The Ivy for its buzzy atmosphere and bottomless mimosas—and, of course, to scope the crowd for a potential SO. @theivybuckhead

Best Sports Bar: Creatwood Tavern
The industrial interior combined with the bevy of TVs mounted to the walls makes this OTP spot serving upscale pub fare the place to be on game day. @creatwood_tavern

Best Sports Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
As the new home to the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and an array of top-notch restos, this venue scored “best of” bragging rights for obvious reasons. @mercedesbenzstadium

Best Spot to See and Be Seen: The Painted Duck
The multihour waitlist for a duckpin bowling lane and a who’s-who crowd at this Westside haunt show just how popular it’s become since opening a few months ago. @paintedduckatl

Best VIP Section: Gold Room
A call ahead to reserve an exclusive section for you and your squad is definitely worth it once you step inside this glitzy haven of a hangout spot. @atlgoldroom

 

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