No drinking and driving just got better with this guide to bars near MARTA. The Atlanta bars and pubs on the list are a 10-minute walk or less from a rail station.
The Glenn Hotel has a rooftop bar with a stunning view or head to the neighborhood watering hole Park Bar next to Centennial Olympic Park. Follow the signs to Philips Arena after exiting the train and at street level veer right and walk up the stars to reach Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Walk straight ahead and turn right on Marietta Street for the Glenn Hotel or cross over Marietta Street to reach Park Bar.
For a classy evening out or date night, the Sun Dial and Polaris both have rotating bars/lounges on upper floors of hotels. For casual drinking, Hard Rock Cafe and Meehan’s Public House are both next to the station, and if you want to hang with the locals, head to Sidebar. Take the Ellis Street exit off the train platform and keep right after exiting the fare gate to the Public Library/Peachtree Street West exit. Walk about a block to Poplar Street and turn right.
One of the few bars/restaurants with an outdoor patio in downtown Atlanta, Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery is in an old brick building across from the SunTrust Plaza. Head south on West Peachtree Street toward the skyscrapers after exiting the MARTA station and turn left when you reach the small park.
Next to the Fox Theatre, Publik Draft House has plenty of beer and live music. Or duck into the basement of the Georgian Terrace Hotel across the street for a swanky cocktail and light bites at Proof and Provision. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn right on West Peachtree Street and right again at the first intersection on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Publik is on the first corner, and Proof and Provision just beyond in a side basement door into the hotel.
There are too many bars and lounges to name around the Midtown MARTA station, but some highlights include the classic neighborhood bar Charlie G’s Pub and two sports bars: Taco Mac and Hudson Grille. The closest LGBT-friendly hang out near the station is Henry’s Midtown Tavern, which has a large patio on 10th Street. Use the 10th Street exit for Charlie G’s (turn left on 10th and right on West Peachtree Street) and for Henry’s (turn right on 10th). For the sports bars, exit via Peachtree Place and turn left and walk less than a block.
For a high-end cocktail, grab a drink at Table 1280 inside the Woodruff Arts Center next to the Arts Center MARTA station. There’s also a bar and courtyard lounge at the Artmore Hotel across the street from the West Peachtree Street station exit.
Taco Maco is next to the Lindbergh Center station off Main Street. Wet Willie’s is next door if frozen cocktails are more your style.
For a killer view of the city from a rooftop bar, go to Whiskey Blue at the top of the W Hotel. Use the pedestrian tunnel underneath Peachtree Road when exiting the station and turn right at street level and walk about a block.
Brick Store Pub and its sister restaurant Leon’s Full Service are popular spots with huge beer list and food up a notch from your typical bar. Take the Church Street exit out of the station and turn left and immediately turn left again to walk on the plaza above the station for Brick Store. Turn right when you reach the first row of buildings alongside a U-shaped parking lot. Leon’s is on Church. For a hipper spot, turn right on Church instead for Victory Sandwich Bar. It has a large outdoor patio and a ping pong table inside. There are also more than 30 other restaurants/bars in walking distance, so you can’t go wrong with a stop at the Decatur MARTA station.