Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a busy place with Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons making their homes there and with many big concert acts and special events taking the stage. Atlanta is also host to MLS Cup in 2018, home of Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the home of 2020 NCAA Final Four, all at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. With thousands of sports fans converging on Atlanta, we have identified the go-to bars and restaurants within walking distance of the new stadium.
DOWNTOWN BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Northeast of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, these Downtown restaurants are traditional go-tos for fans to hit before heading to the game. These great options are within walking distance of the stadium.
STATS is all about serious food and serious sports. Featuring a classic American menu, this downtown sports bar has five bars and 70 high-definition televisions. STATS recently added a brewery that features six of its own craft beers as well as an expansive list of other beers. At select tables, you can even have your own beer tap, meaning you may pour your own.
This intimate, exposed-brick neighborhood hangout is known by locals for its great food, fine bourbon and craft beer selection. Located right next to Centennial Olympic Park, this spot has become a favorite destination before and after Downtown happenings. It is an official U.S. Soccer Bar.
Hudson Grille features a huge selection of draft beers, an enormous patio for outdoor dining and every game on its many televisions. With a diverse menu that delivers everything from game-day classics to all-natural selections like chicken breast or fully loaded burgers, sausages and dogs, Hudson Grille is the perfect place for a pre-game stop Downtown before heading to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
CASTLEBERRY HILL BARS AND RESTAURANTS
South of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Castleberry Hill is a historic neighborhood filled with trendy brick buildings, a budding arts scene and excellent eateries. More accessible than before, this neighborhood is an easy 10-minute walk from the stadium.
No Mas! Cantina
Not in the mood for the traditional sports bar setting? Located just four blocks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, No Mas! is the place to enjoy delicious Mexican fare in a delightful atmosphere created with artisan-crafted décor. With a 50-foot travertine stone bar, expansive outdoor patio and hand-blown glass light fixtures, No Mas! is a great choice for enjoying a margarita or two before heading to the game.
Elliot Street Deli & Pub
A neighborhood pub located in the shadow of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, this dive bar is known for its friendly indoor setting in a restored turn-of-the-century building. Elliot Street Pub creates hot and cold sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats served on fresh-baked bread delivered daily. After the game, be sure to return to the pub for live music at The 51, the music venue located in the basement.
An innovative restaurant located blocks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Smoke Ring is an upscale interpretation of the classic Georgia roadside barbecue shack. With signature dishes like BBQ Deviled Eggs, Ultimate Smoked Meatloaf and the Smoked Brisket Burrito, executive chef Jordan Wakefield has created a menu that pays tribute to the best of Southern traditions. Wash down your meal with Smoke Ring’s extensive beer, wine, cocktail or moonshine listings.
Born and reared in the shadow of the Midtown skyline, Cameron Haldin moved back to Atlanta after graduating from college. You can follow him on twitter @Cameron_Haldin for the city's latest happenings.