Visiting Atlanta for UFC 145? Welcome to FIGHT!’s home base. If you want to see where Coca-Cola is made, take in some art at the High Museum, or go fishing at the Aquarium, we’re pretty sure you won’t need our help, but we wouldn’t be proper hosts without showing you around, so here are some of our staff’s favorite spots to eat, drink, and be merry.
Originally a deli when it opened in 1922, this restaurant and bar also happens to serve up some of the best food in Atlanta. Located in the heart of the Virginia Highlands, you can go here for dinner, then bar hop the nightlife rich area afterwards, or just stay put and have some drinks on the patio.
The Vortex Bar & Grill
This family-owned bar is home to a diverse crowd—students, tatted bikers, cops, grungeheads, and regular folk, too—melded into a backdrop of bizarro decor. If you want to dodge the bouginess of Midtown and gorge on an award-winning burger, then this is your spot.
You’ll need your hand-held GPS to locate this underground tavern, but it’s well worth the venture. Lodged in the basement of White Provisions, this gathering spot features a full bar that would make Ernest Hemingway tip his cap, with traditional games, including Backgammon, bocce, darts, pool, and shuffleboard.
ONLY THE BRAVE
The Clermont Lounge
Fair Warning. This Atlanta staple isn’t for everyone. Nestled in the basement of the Clermont Hotel, this famous club boasts a smoky atmosphere, stiff drinks, and strippers who are, let’s just say, experienced. Think of it not so much as the place to be, but the place you can say you’ve been.
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Leon’s Filling Station
If you favor a good draught beer, head over to Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. This reformed filling station has massive garage doors opening up to an outdoor shaded patio where you can fill up on gourmet pub grub or sip a beer while you handle your friends in an outdoor bocce match.
*Ranked in Food & Wine’s 50 Best Bars in America.
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It’s a little off the beaten path, but Inman Perk is a great family owned spot for those looking for quality caffeine outside of the mainstream. A local favorite, Inman Perk serves up fast wi-fi, engaging artwork, desserts, and, according to FIGHT! photographer Paul Thatcher, the best espresso in Atlanta.
Fado’s Irish Pub
This three-story bar boasts a rooftop patio complete with stone walls and large murals depicting Ireland’s rugged landscape, with a heated floor for a modern day touch. Come drink like a leprechaun and enjoy exclusive live coverage of Irish and European sporting events.
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RThomas Deluxe Grille
Food after a late night of drinking is always a win. The problem is finding someplace that’s open at 4am. You could visit Waffle House and we wouldn’t blame you, but for healthier fare, check out RThomas. With around-the-clock service and organic foods, this whimsical restaurant is a favorite for those looking for quality late-night eats.
Come party with us!
Need something to do before and after the fights? We’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out these two awesome events being hosted by FIGHT! Magazine and friends.
Friday Night (April 20)
Pre-Fight Party at:
From the contemporary bar to the rich botanical atmosphere on its outdoor terrace, Whiskey Park features a unique style all over.
Presented by :
Gerber Group / W Atlanta / Jim Beam / Roots of Fight / FIGHT!
A188 14th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
Saturday Night (April 21)
After-Fight Party at:
Located in the heart of mid-town, Atlanta’s largest nightclub is built around a historical theater and mansion from the early 1900s.
Opera Nightclub / FIGHT!
1150 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
PRESENT YOUR UFC TICKET
STUB FOR FREE ADMISSION
TO THE AFTER PARTY AT
OPERA ON APRIL 21st