If a dive bar, a dance hall, and a strip club had a baby, it would be the Clermont Lounge. This local landmark opened more than 50 years ago and it’s one of the first places anyone will mention when you ask what you have to do or see while you’re in Atlanta. The music is loud, the floor is dirty, and the beer is cold, and while some of the dancers are tattooed from head to toe, others are old enough to be your grandma and will show you some creative ways to crush a beer can. It’s an experience no matter when you go, just make sure to bring some cash because, unsurprisingly, they don’t take credit cards.
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Murphy’s in the Virginia Highlands has a long, varied menu and is your answer when your group can’t decide where to go.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
There are lots of biscuits in Atlanta, but Callie’s in the Highlands has some of our favorites, with 7 different flavors and sandwich options.
Majestic Diner is exactly what you picture when you think of a classic diner, from the menu to neon sign to the fact that they’re open 24 hours a day.
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Head to Golden Eagle in Reynoldstown for classic cocktails and shared plates in a space straight out of the art deco era.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is a food hall with over 30 different restaurants, with options ranging from Italian and ramen to Szechuan and Mexican.
The Painted Duck
Head to The Painted Duck in West Midtown for duckpin bowling, shuffleboard, and some surprisingly good food.
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