Welcome to the ultimate guide on Atlanta’s hidden gems – the best cheap bars in Atlanta! If you’re on the hunt for a budget-friendly night out without compromising on fun and quality, look no further. From quirky dives to trendy spots, we’ve scoured the city to bring you a handpicked selection of affordable watering holes. So, get ready to savor fantastic drinks, delightful company, and unforgettable memories, all without breaking the bank. Let’s embark on this budget-friendly adventure together.
1136 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (678) 973-0427
While not a “yacht club” in the traditional sense, Euclid has a nautical kitschiness and laid-back atmosphere that feels right at home in the heart of the Little Five Points Neighborhood. It’s also less than two minutes down the road from Variety Playhouse, so you can take in a show and then head northeast up Euclid for your evening libations. They have over a dozen beers on draft, including two rotating taps. Their local selections are always stellar; the best might just be Cherry St. Coconut Porter. If you’re feeling cocktails instead, they also have two rotating slushie taps, one featuring Lunazul tequila and the other Pink Whitney vodka.
758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: (404) 873-5002
The Local lets you live your dream of karaoke stardom while enjoying a full bar in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood, right across the street from the historic Clermont lounge and a short jaunt from the Ponce City Market. Among the best cheap bars in Atlanta, this dive bar will win you over because the vibes are just genuinely unbeatable. Every Monday Night, you can experience “the best karaoke in Atlanta” and some of the most immaculate chicken wings this side of Georgia. They’re so delicious that The Local might be more famous for running out of them than for serving them.
1033 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: (404) 873-6090
Moe’s and Joe’s set up shop in 1947, and they’ve been offering affordable drinks and killer burgers at a great price ever since. It’s the nostalgic neighborhood tavern you’d take your dad to after a movie at the historic Plaza Theater, Atlanta’s oldest independent cinema. The draft list has a nice balance of staple domestics, rotating ciders, and craft brews. They also rotate in taps and bottles, so be sure to ask what they have on offer when you stop by. If you’re not feeling a beer, go for the 1947 Mimosa.
437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 390-3062
The Star Community Bar is also located in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood, near the iconic skull entrance to the Vortex Bar & Grill. It’s a quirky little dive bar housed in an old bank. Rather than keeping cash in their vault, the founders transformed it into a shrine to The King, complete with a portrait of Elvis hanging above a golden toilet. Star Bar, as it’s known to the locals, is even better known for hosting some of the most incredible live music performances, featuring local and national touring acts five nights a week. You won’t find a more fun place to drink in the city.
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 525-3447
When your friends ask you about fun places to get a drink after hiking the Freedom Park Trail, you can now recommend Manuel’s Tavern. Not only can you get one of their dozens of draft beers – including the locally brewed Tropicalia from Creature Comforts Brewing – for next-to-nothing, but it is drenched in Atlanta’s history. It’s been around since the “Godfather” of the Georgia Democratic party, Manuel Maloof, opened its doors in 1956. Since then, it has become a gathering place for every Atlantian, from the plumbers to the politicians.
1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (404) 875-1522
When looking for affordable fun in the ATL, Smith’s Olde Bar in the Morningside neighborhood tops our list because it’s close to the Botanical Garden. Spend your morning wandering through the lush oasis, then settle in for an intimate show in the Music Room in the evening. We recommend trying the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, a brown ale hailing from the PNW. They, of course, have all the classics from Blue Moon to Lagunitas, but it’s the rare finds like Hazelnut Brown that we love to see.
3179 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 231-4201
Moondogs is a beacon for anyone who hates those awkward disagreements amongst friends about where to get a drink because it’s four different bars in one building. That’s four cheap bars in Atlanta for the price of one. There’s a sports bar for watching the game, a karaoke bar for the wannabe pop stars, an EDM bar for the ravers, and a traditional pub for playing pool or darts. Each bar has a different menu of cocktails, bombs, mixed shots, frozen shots, and brews, but they’re all equally generous in variety. Finally, you can stop fussing about fun places to get a drink and just get down to business living it up in the ATL.