Address: 1058 Howell Mill Rd, NW Atlanta
While the Clermont Lounge is perhaps the best-known strip club dive bar this side of Portland, and Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium has its charms, we have to go with Northside Tavern as the best dive bar in the ATL. The nightly blues acts provide the perfect soundtrack to this venerable and beloved dive. Drinks here are served in plastic cups. The dancing is known to get as dirty as the bathroom. The two pool tables are always crowded. Northside is the dive bar you imagine in your mind—like the dive bars that get their picture under “dive bar” in the dictionary—and the good people of Atlanta get to experience it with musical accompaniment every night of the week.