Athens After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

Athens After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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Secret speakeasies, dives and cigar bars make Athens the best place for a night out.

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    This legendary live music venue has been the incubator for every big Athens band including R.E.M., The B-52's, Drive-By Truckers, and too many others to name. Friendly bartenders will be happy to sling you tall boys or local drafts, and they have plenty of stories about the weird stuff that goes on after the amps are turned off.
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    DJs play, you guessed it, only '90s music, which keeps the giant upstairs dance floor jumping until 2am. Oh, you didn’t know there were so many club remixes of The Lion King's theme and “My Heart Will Go On”? Doesn’t matter, you'll get more nostalgic the more vodka you get in your system.
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    Forget drowning your sorrows after losing a close game, we’re sending them 6ft under. Get your fill of cinnamon whiskey, German deer liquor, or Tennessee honey booze. It doesn’t matter if it’s red or black -- it’s all the same on the inside.
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    Sure, you can get solid pub eats (buttermilk fried chicken, stout & molasses BBQ ribs, etc.), but the real reason you're at this beer-slinger is for the tank-to-tap suds like their Columbus IPA or the dry Irish stout made with pale malt, roasted barley, and flaked barley.
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    A jukebox full of real 45s rotates classics, as well as rare tracks that will be your new favorites. Grab some free popcorn out of the machine, one of the cocktails off their deep list, and sidle up next to a weird, old local. Trust us, it will be a much better conversation than the one you will have later with that gaggle of Fireball-fueled sorority sisters on Lumpkin St.
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    The name says it all: there are always five easy choices at this bar. Five standard beers. Five fantastic Southern beers. Five each of red and white wines. Five bar snacks. The number of drinks you should have? Hmmm...
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    First, nab a mint julep and a few alcoholic gummy bears, then head to the back patio where you’re definitely grabbing a pic on the dingy. The rest of the night is yours to enjoy lounging beneath the Athens stars and dreaming about your next trip to the (still pretty far away) Georgia coast.
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    Bizarre (in a good way) hosts, karaoke with “Dr. Fred”, interesting open mics, this tiny place is where you can let your freak flag fly under the disco ball or hang out under the blue lights on the patio while the disco/funk-inspired retro vibe washes over you like their very affordable booze.
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    This triple-decker bar features three floors of drinking possibilities, and to to prove how serious they are about providing said drinking, happy hour runs for a full five hours from 5-10pm. Not enough? How about a daily build-your-own Bloody Mary bar from noon-9pm? Yes, that’ll do nicely.
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    Booze designed for gamers and geeks complements arcade cabinets of Mortal Kombat,Mrs. Pacman, and Galaga. You can slam down shooters based on classic snack foods like Cap'n Crunch or have a pint of the Game of Thrones "Take the Black" Stout. You can play “Beerio Kart” too, but don't finish the final lap of Mario Kart 64 before finishing your beer. 
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