Atlanta Magazine ranked the city’s top 50 bars in their August 2014 issue. From dives to craft cocktails, each establishment was ranked on a 100-point system. Ten points each for food, atmosphere, service and activities. The bar could earn up to 30 points for variety and quality. The final 20 points were for what Atlanta Magazine calls “The X-Factor”. The X-Factor is that special vibe a bar has that can’t be duplicated or pinpointed. And from the looks of the Top 10, Atlanta’s DeKalb is no lightweight.
With the growing cocktail culture happening east of the city, it is no surprise that Atlanta’s DeKalb took a large portion of the top 10, as well as several more spots in the Top 50. While Wrecking Bar Brewpub takes, located right outside of Druid Hills on Moreland Ave. Kimble House, Brick Store Pub and Paper Plane take places 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Leon’s Full Service ranks in at number 10. Downtown Decatur takes pride in their food and cocktail culture, and rightfully so with the area is constantly racking up awards and recognition from local and national publications.
Don’t be fooled thinking that Decatur is the only place doing it right. East Atlanta Village’s Argosy, Midway Pub and The Earl, as well as Chamblee’s 57th Fighter Group also take spots in the Top 50 Best Bars. Each one of these top 50 bars has it’s own unique atmosphere and crafted approach that is changing the definition traditional bar scene.
Atlanta’s food and cocktail scene is still in its infancy, with the hub of the movement happening east of the city. This culture is young and is only going to continue to grow as new chefs, bartenders, brew masters and barkeeps continue to push the envelope.