The Atlanta traffic struggle is real, the immense growth of the city expressed through an all-hours, all-encompassing rat nest of gridlock. But amid all of that expletive-laden transit is a patchwork of neighborhoods evolving in step with the city. And where there are historical neighborhoods, there are dive bars waiting to be discovered, hopefully not ruined, by those flocking to new areas of the city.
When it comes to dive bar credentials, serving as home to the bar that sells the most PBR by volume in the United States is a pretty good feather in Atlanta’s cap. Moe’s & Joe’s
earns that distinction through its timeless devotion to PBR…as well as Tuesday $3.50 PBR pitcher night. The dive bar’s continued relevance is a perfect example for the Atlanta-style dive, usually hiding in plain sight, anchor to a neighborhood revived or in the process of revival.
A cursory glance at dive bar sources outside of this one (but why would you do that) will reveal Clermont Lounge to be the king of Atlanta dive bars. The sorta kinda strip club doubles as an Anthony Bourdain-endorsed dive bar that happens to have a pretty specific type of entertainment. But there is more to the Atlanta dive bar scene than just the worthy Clermont, the patchwork of potential drinking options overlaid on top of Atlanta’s ever-expanding reach.