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.