Can’t score a ticket to the big game or just want a cozy spot to cheer on your favorite team? Head to one of these popular sports bars and restaurants in Downtown Atlanta.
Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Enjoy home field advantage and huddle downtown at Georgia’s oldest brewpub – Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery. Ideal for watching the game and for pre- and post-game activities, Max Lager’s has a menu of award-winning beers and wood-fired cuisine including burgers, pizzas, steaks and chops. Upstairs, Brewery Tavern offers the best seats in the house with TVs for viewing all the action and 30 beer taps. In spring 2018, look for the opening of parent company Brewed to Serve’s newest concept -- The Bold Monk Brewing Co. – a brewery, restaurant and beer garden in West Midtown.
Address: 320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Even when it’s off season for the Atlanta Braves, Terrapin Taproom at The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park is a home run for sports viewing of all kinds. Beer, barbecue and sports are staples of the South, and Terrapin Taproom delivers with Terrapin beer (some brewed onsite at the adjacent Terrapin ATL Brew Lab) and plenty of televisions strategically positioned for game day viewing. Try out the hearty menu from local barbecue institution Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q with favorite dishes including beef brisket, pulled pork and the signature Frito Pie.
Within walking distance of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, STATS is the ultimate destination for sports viewing. The expansive restaurant and brewpub offers private suites and is one of the only bars in the United States boasting a beer tap system on select tables allowing guests to pour their own beer. A menu of classic American cuisine features starters of Brewer’s nachos and crispy pork ribs; salads; sandwiches including the Dirty Bird and IPA pastrami dip; and entrees of brick chicken and pub steak and fries. Get in the zone with 70 high-definition TVs and a stellar lineup of draft and bottled beers, wines and sports themed cocktails.
Address: 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Braves All Star Grill
Braves All Star Grill in downtown Atlanta loads the bases with a chef-inspired menu, signature house cocktails and massive video screens for game day viewing. Order your choice of sandwiches, flatbreads, tacos, burgers and Winning Streak Wings that will more than satisfy during game day madness. More than a sports bar, Braves All Star Grill lets guests get in on the action with a rea-life pitching cage and unique Braves memorabilia. A second location at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport delivers sports viewing to fans on the fly.
Address: 200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Meehan’s Public House
When your team needs the luck of the Irish, belly up at Meehan’s Public House in downtown Atlanta. Promising to keep your pints and stomach filled, Meehan’s boasts a menu of classic Irish dishes and game watching snacks including Reuben egg rolls, fried pickles, pub nachos and H&F pretzels. One of five Meehan’s in metro Atlanta, Meehan’s Downtown offers 12 televisions for sports viewing, and, come summer, Meehan’s will be one of Atlanta’s go-to spots to catch 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer action.
Address: 200 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is known throughout the Southeast for its FlexMex menu of gourmet soft tacos, quesadillas and skillets, and it’s also a popular destination for cheering on your favorite sports teams. Taco flavors range from Korean BBQ to bacon cheeseburger, Baja fish, fajita steak and chicken con queso, and can be ordered along with a plate of buffalo chicken nachos or The Hot Mess: tater tots layered with queso blanco, pulled pork, bacon-cilantro slaw and honey chipotle barbecue sauce. With locations throughout metro Atlanta and the Southeast, Tin Lizzy’s flagship location in Buckhead is always busy, and its downtown establishment near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena gets fans close to local sports action without the cost of a ticket. Guests can celebrate a win or drown sorrows with a wide selection of house and signature margaritas and beer, including $5.50 TLC margaritas and $3.75 Bud Light pints every day.
Address: 26 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café has been wowing music fans in downtown Atlanta since 1992, but did you know it’s also an excellent location for sports viewing? With a prime Peachtree Street location in proximity to downtown hotels, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena, Hard Rock Café presents a robust menu of starters, salads, burgers, entrées and more along with creative cocktails, beer and wine. Order the Jumbo Combo, arriving to the table with heaping helpings of Tupelo chicken tenders, wings, onion rings, Southwest egg rolls and potato skins, then order off the menu of Legendary burgers where choices include hickory barbecue bacon cheeseburger and atomic, containing spicy fried onions, fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and arugula. Add a side of artisan fries and indulge in a gooey hot fudge brownie with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Numerous televisions ensure guests are close to all the sports action of the day.
Address: 215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Explore a complete list of bars and restaurants in Downtown Atlanta near State Farm Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park.
Karen Lopez writes for Atlanta Now magazine.