The Atlanta Bars Providing An Authentic Turn Up

If you’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for at least a decade, you’re probably well aware of the swift changes being made to the city. New buildings are finding their place within the Atlanta skyline, every weekend seems to be met with a restaurant opening, and Murder Kroger is now long gone.

I’m not against finding new and exciting places to get my drink on, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to find an authentically Atlantan, good time. So, if you’re struggling to find a bar with a true Atlanta turn up, I’ve compiled a list of my personal, favorites.

The list is lit to say the least.

Jack’s Pizza & Wings – I absolutely LOVE Jack’s. They have some of the cheapest drinks in all of The A. The wings are bomb and I’ve met so many cool/fun/crazy people while late night drinking. Speaking of which, shout out to the random at Jack’s who gave my best friend and I life while snap-dancing to D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Jack’s is one of those places where you’ll be met with random shenanigans nearly any night, and for that I love it. 

El Bar – What El Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in pure turn up. Seriously this place is small AF, but also lit AF. It’s almost magical. I take that back, it is magical. With the gentrification of Ponce running rampant, places like El Bar and MJQ have become treasured jewels of turn up. 

SLICE – The pizza at SLICE is on point, and you’re likely to get your ass whooped by some regulars during Hip Hop Trivia Night, but it’s all in good fun. SLICE provides more of a chill turn up, making it perfect for the older millennial eager to enjoy some throwback tunes while noshing on lasagna classico. 

Mother – From the line of eager twenty-somethings that streams its way outside of Mother every weekend, it’s clear that this place is jumpin’, jumpin’ like a 1999 Destiny’s Child song. The cool thing about Mother is that when you’ve had your fill of Crime Mob and Kilo upstairs, you can make your way downstairs for a more chill (literally and figuratively) environment.

Honorable Mention – Soundtable, MJQ

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