It’s football season once again, and a championship-caliber squad of Atlanta’s best neighborhood bars and restaurants is lined up and ready for kickoff with a top-notch roster of food and drink specials. From festive neighborhood tavern fare to first-class barbecue, seafood and Mexican cuisine, these winning spots have got you covered with everything you need for a fan-friendly experience.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is offering a special pitcher and platter menu every Saturday during college football season and a NFL Pick ’Em challenge for games each week. During Monday Night Football, football fans can watch the game on an inflatable big screen out back while playing cornhole and drinking pitchers from Monday Night Brewing. Atkins Park also offers carry out platters for fans who prefer to enjoy its famous tavern fare from the comfort of their couch. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
In addition to being Atlanta’s home for the tastes of the Baja Peninsula, Chido & Padre’s boasts a unique celebratory atmosphere for cheering on your favorite team. An open-air patio and two full bars offer the perfect spot to enjoy a diverse menu that celebrates the best of Mexico’s fresh, coastal cuisine—including an unmatched weekend brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 404-848-9100; chidoandpadres.com.
All three locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offer plenty of HDTVs, a great beer selection and one of the biggest selections of bourbon, whiskey and scotch in Atlanta, making them ideal for an afternoon or evening rooting for the Falcons, Bulldogs or Yellow Jackets. Football season specials include house lager for $2.75/pint and $9.95/pitcher, and a $14.95 pitcher and plate special with a warm pretzel served with HOBNOB beer cheese dip and a pitcher of house lager. Brookhaven: 404-464-8971. Perimeter: 470-395-7904. Midtown: 404-968-2288. hobnobatlanta.com.
Every weekend throughout the season, Irby’s Tavern is serving up $12.50 pitchers of Coors Light and Dos Equis and $15 pitchers of Bud Light, in addition to $15 buckets of domestic (Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Yuengling) and $17.50 buckets of Mexican beer (Corona, Corona Premier and Pacifico). But that’s not all—buckets of hard seltzer from High Noon (black cherry and grapefruit) are $17.50, while a bucket of White Claw is $20. 404-254-1333; irbystavern.com.
Jai means “victory” making Jai Ho - Indian Kitchen & Bar a winning spot to watch the big games. Connected to the Atlanta BeltLine and with sweeping views of Piedmont Park, the restaurant boasts televisions tuned to NFL Sunday Ticket and other games along with a beverage menu with many craft brews to complement its New American cuisine fused with Indian flavors. 404-458-6888; jaihoatlanta.com.
Loyal Q and Brew in Alpharetta fields a mouthwatering roster of “smOAKed” barbecue favorites like wings, brisket, pork and ribs, along with wood-grilled burgers and an outstanding beer selection. A football season beer special also is on tap: 22-ounce pours of Terrapin Golden, Miller Lite and Coors Light are $5.25. Hosting a viewing party? Treat your fellow fanatics to the best catering they’ll ever taste. 470-359-9947; loyalq.com.
Loyal Tavern in Roswell has amassed a loyal following with a menu of fan favorites like jumbo wings, BBQ nachos, meatloaf and beer-battered fish and chips, not to mention craveable bar bites like pork cracklins and beer-battered cheese curds. Throw in 24 beer taps, more than 80 different types of bourbon and HDTVs everywhere you look, and you’ve got your new game-day spot. During football season, fans can toss back 22-ounce pours of Terrapin Golden, Miller Lite and Coors Light for $5.25. 678-659-9412; loyaltavern.com.
Your friendly neighborhood Taco Mac features 100 of the best craft beers on tap and a top-notch menu of tavern favorites, from its award-winning Buffalo wings to excellent burgers, nachos, Southern-fried catfish and its new street tacos. Oh, and did we mention multiple large-screen TVs to guarantee you don’t miss a second of the action? tacomac.com.
If you love pairing your sacks and safeties with tasty seafood, sail on over to The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. Both locations of Atlanta’s favorite beach house serve up favorites like Southern-fried catfish, shrimp and grits, fish and chips, and the best East Coast oysters on the half shell available anywhere. Buckhead: 404-474-9508. Canton Street: 770-993-5749. thebigketch.com.
Tin Lizzy’s is a great destination for football lovers, with multiple TVs and a menu of soft tacos, quesadillas, specialty skillets and more. And with a newly improved lineup of delicious, health-conscious offerings like the kale and mushroom quesadilla, the lobster roll, and Beyond Meat™ and local grass-fed burger tacos, Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood cantina now offers something for every fan. tinlizzyscantina.com.
The Southern Gentleman is the ideal haunt for gentlemen and ladies who enjoy their gridiron games in a refined, comfortable environment. Guests can watch the festivities on multiple TVs while savoring a menu of chef-driven, locally sourced gastropub fare, accompanied by expertly mixed classic Southern cocktails. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.