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Downtown Atlanta Bars (a little divey okay)?

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Downtown Atlanta Bars (a little divey okay)?

EarlyBird | Nov 29, 2011 04:57 PM

All,

I will be visiting Atlanta for the first time in mid-January, at a conference for four days and three nights, staying downtown. No car, but am willing to walk, taxi or take a short bus trip.

Thanks to Chowhound I've got a handful of local, old school Southern and soul food restaurants to check out.

Now I need to find a real, down to earth, old school Atlanta bar. Any recommendations?

I like quality beer and whisky and a properly executed martini, but I am more interested in ambience than great drink. I am imagining some old Southern place with yellowing Dixie Beer posters circa '62, a Confederate flag that hangs dustily on a wall, good ol' boys wearing Caterpillar hats with no irony. A comfortable place but not fancy, maybe working class, maybe a bit divey, not unwelcoming to Yankees. I don't know if such a place even exists in a modern metropolis like Atlanta any more, or if I've just seen too many movies.

And I apologize in advance if all this sounds condescending and stereotyping. I mean it romantically, not negatively. I in fact love the South and Southerners, and that's why I'm excited to visit Atlanta for the first time.

Thank you!

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