The 2023-2024 Flagpole Guide To Athens, GA


  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    Price: $$$


    • 150 Crane Dr. Bogart, GA 30622. 678-726-2288

    File Under: American, Breweries. Features: Full bar, live music, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Brunch. • Unlike most breweries, this one has a full restaurant of its own as well as a really wide variety of brews that is always changing (more than two dozen on tap at any given time). Beer features in many dishes, like ale-battered fried fish. Also: flatbreads, burgers, salads, biscuits + beer at brunch. Cocktails, wine, shots and cider, too.

  • Athentic Brewing Company

    Price: $


    • 108 Park Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-206-2074

    File Under: Breweries. Features: Beer, live music, comedy, trivia. • Small brewery with lots of offerings in the historic Boulevard neighborhood. Sixteen different taps, changing often, with sours, pilsners, wheat beers, ales, stouts, hard seltzer and more, plus a big patio that hosts events and food pop-ups (including by Homero Elizalde, yum!).

  • Figment Kombucha and People's Pantry

    Price: $


    • 1085 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30677. 706-850-3339

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. • The tasting room for Figment Kombucha features its small-batch drinks made with high-quality local ingredients, available on tap, canned or by the growler (half or full), plus a rotating selection of fermented goods, like ketchup, giardiniera and various krauts. Specific flavors change regularly. Get a kombucha float with housemade sorbet for a grown-up treat.

  • South Main Brewing

    Price: $$


    • 1725 Electric Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6067

    File Under: Breweries. Features: Beer, comedy, live music, outside seating, trivia. • New brewery in Watkinsville's Wire Park is dog- and family-friendly, with about 20 beers on tap, emphasizing IPAs. Plenty of events and a polished inside as well as outdoor seating. Feel free to BYO food, including from the numerous eateries right next door, but also food trucks sometimes.