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.
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: Longtime Athens sports bar. Menu: Tasty bar food: burgers, wings, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, fried pickles and chili cheese fries. Tuesdays bring po'boys, Cajun burgers and more. Downtown is popular with the courthouse crowd. Drinks: Beer on tap and in bottles, including local brews. Standard cocktails plus a Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday.
1354 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8561
File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, counter service, trivia. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sun. Lunch, Mon–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Family-friendly neighborhood bar with eats. TVs for sporting events. Menu: Hot dogs with an array of toppings, fried cheese galore, plus tons of veggie and vegan choices that work for meat-eaters. Broiled grapefruit with gin, Cointreau and Lillet for brunch, plus biscuits and gravy. Drinks: Full bar with 15 draft beers plus a well-curated selection of bottles and cans; half pours; whiskeys; classic cocktails.
269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map
File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music, trivia, outside seating, art. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sat. The Look: Upscale cocktail bar with soft lighting, reclaimed wood walls and live music. Menu: Snacks and heavier options from Trappeze, its sister bar, to which it connects. Drinks: High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small-batch liquors and fresh ingredients.
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: Psychedelia meets 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.
135 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-5898
File Under: American. Features: Full bar, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. Sunday brunch. The Look: TVs for sports, but swankier surroundings than most places of its type. Menu: Big menu, with standards like wings and burgers (the latter are $5 on Tuesdays), but also grilled chicken with various sauces, pork chops, steakhouse sides and large desserts. Breakfast burger at brunch. Drinks: Domestic and craft beer, cocktails with 9–5-inspired names.
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, Sat and Sun. Lunch, dinner and late night, Wed–Sun. The Look: Big complex with a great patio (with porch swing and cornhole) and a bar that serves a different menu from the restaurant proper. Menu: Chicken, pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, heftily topped baked potatoes; classic sides like mac and cheese, slaw and baked beans; a ton of different kinds of sauce. 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.