1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-1916 View Map
File Under: American, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-friendly pub franchise with a sports emphasis. Menu: Sports bar fare: burgers and sliders, sandwiches, wraps, salads, tasty wings, fried shrimp and fish and chips. Drinks: 22 beers on tap, 44 in the bottle. Try the signature sangria, mint mojito or spiked frozen lemonade.
312 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-3442
2440 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-7979 View Map
2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4919
File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Three locations of a longtime Athens sports bar, including the new downtown one (moved from Baldwin Street); the place for Signing Day. Menu: Bar food rules the day at Blind Pig, with burgers, wings, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, fried pickles and chili cheese fries, but you can find some other options, too. The Hot Healthy Mama plate includes blackened fish, spinach and black beans. Drinks: Beer on tap, more in the bottle, plus standard cocktails.
480 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8511 View Map
File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Full bar, live music, catering, trivia, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Casual, as you'd think. Menu: Giggle about the name, but the pulled pork is excellent, even sans sauce. Ribs are on point. A great salty, creamy potato salad incorporates bacon, and the chicken mull is wonderful. Drinks: Beer, liquor, frozen drinks.
140 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-1102 View Map
File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Catering, trivia, delivery. Hours: Dinner and late night, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: Brewpub with a dark, quiet environment. Menu: Pub stuff with some international accents and American standards. Brunch includes hot wings alongside omelets and amaretto French toast. Drinks: Housemade beers may be Belgian, English, German, Scottish or American in style, and the long list of options changes constantly. Guest beers, too.
1354 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8561
File Under: American, Bars. Features: Full bar, vegetarian friendly, counter service, live music, trivia. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sun. Lunch, Fri and Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Normaltown neighborhood bar attracts families early in the day but plenty of locals too. Menu: Hot dogs with lots of toppings and lots of veggie and vegan sandwiches. Sunday brunch features dishes such as a pierogi scramble, tempeh hash and the Guten Morgen (an open-faced reuben topped with a sunny side up egg). Drinks: Full bar with 14 draft beers (with one rotating nitro line) and a well-curated selection of bottles and cans. Classic cocktails.
320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-0892 View Map
File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, delivery, outside seating, trivia, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Big airy space filled with psychedelic decorations. TVs for sports. Menu: This Atlanta-based chain founded in 1974 has been in Athens a long time. Lots of toppings and specialty pies, plus pretzels made with the same dough, salads, subs, calzones and munchies. Drinks: More than 40 beers on tap, including regional, craft and high-gravity brews; bottled/canned beers, too, as well wine and liquor.
830 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-363-3351 View Map
File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Bars/Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, outside seating, take-out, trivia. Hours: Breakfast, Tue–Sun. Lunch, dinner and late night, Wed–Sun. The Look: A wooden water tower bearing the name of the restaurant marks the spot. Parking in the back, with a big dining room, a great patio and a bar that serves a different menu. Menu: Chicken, pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, heftily topped baked potatoes; classic sides like mac and cheese, slaw and baked beans, of which you get an extra scoop when it's raining; a ton of different kinds of sauce, from white to mustard to Georgia red. Breakfast brings eggs, gravy, meats and grits. The bar has snacks like pork nachos and fried mac and cheese balls. Drinks: The bar is housed in a separate building and is open seven nights a week serving local beers, cocktails and wine with plenty of weekly specials.