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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Porter Beer Bar

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Smith's Olde Bar (Featured)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Featured)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup andmore...
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup and grilled cheese with bacon and smoked tomato, too. (Courtesy of Morgan Lanier). less...

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Albert (Featured)

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Featured)

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Runner-up: The Porter


1156 Euclid Ave., 404-223-0309, www.theporterbeerbar.com


Best bar snacks BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Sound Table (Featured)

Best restaurant with a bar scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Noni's Bar & Deli
"Bar" comes before "deli" in the name of this brave little establishment, and for good reason. A charming Italian restaurant in the respectable hours, a boisterous beatnik headquarters when the lights dim, NONI'S BAR & DELI has administered new life to a storied street. After two years, its hipster hangoutmore...
"Bar" comes before "deli" in the name of this brave little establishment, and for good reason. A charming Italian restaurant in the respectable hours, a boisterous beatnik headquarters when the lights dim, NONI'S BAR & DELI has administered new life to a storied street. After two years, its hipster hangout status is no longer top secret. Without TVs or video games, it's sleek and sophisticated, all while keeping a Sicilian grandmother's touch. And the Saturday night dance parties have become the sweatiest and most talked about in the city. If only grandma's cookbook called for all those PBRs and shots of Jameson. 357 Edgewood Ave. 404-343-1808 www.nonisdeli.com. less...

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Porter Beer Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Runner-up
Brick Store Pub
125 E. Court Square, Decatur, 404-687-0990, www.brickstorepub.com

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Glenwood

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Local
It’s not the overly familiar watering hole of TV’s “Cheers,” but the atmosphere at THE LOCAL makes it a comfortable destination. The place is usually peopled with a relaxed mix of Atlanta’s party people, busy local scenesters and a measure of the appropriatelymore...
It’s not the overly familiar watering hole of TV’s “Cheers,” but the atmosphere at THE LOCAL makes it a comfortable destination. The place is usually peopled with a relaxed mix of Atlanta’s party people, busy local scenesters and a measure of the appropriately wacky Ponce characters. The huddled masses rub elbows here with a small-town ease and big-city bustle. It’s a hipster cocktail haven and functioning no-frills restaurant, depending on your needs. Reliable bar food and those oft-cited fries are the way to go, especially in the later hours of operation. Mixed drinks are available, but go for a beer from the well-stocked and pleasantly affordable bar. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Tap : A Gastropub
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast withmore...
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast with chocolate and chorizo. If you want more than grazing fare, there are six entrees, such as roasted scallops with minestrone, and organic chicken and artichoke stew. The decor - yet another Johnson Studio project - highlights brewery hardware, and features a red deer that demonically overlooks the scene. Good beer selection, too. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Tap : A Gastropub
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick’s Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, andmore...
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick’s Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast with chocolate and chorizo. If you want more than grazing fare, there are six entrees, such as roasted scallops with minestrone, and organic chicken and artichoke stew. The decor — yet another Johnson Studio project — highlights brewery hardware, and features a red deer that demonically overlooks the scene. Good beer selection, too. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Bar Food and Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Brick Store Pub
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl burstingmore...
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl bursting with Brunswick stew. You’ll need the sustenance to look over a beer selection so large that it’s housed in a binder. Forget about Buds or Millers — the downstairs bar stocks 17 international, regional and local drafts, plus more than 60 bottled varieties, including English ales, pale ales and German hefeweizens. There’s also a Belgian bar upstairs with eight rotating drafts and more than 100 options. On the rare occasion your table may agree on a single beer, the reserve list offers a few 5-liter personal kegs. What a centerpiece. less...

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 www.badearl.com

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Earl (Featured)
Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion themore...

Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion the belly for a long evening out, but their rockin’ brunch is heaven-sent if your Saturday night lasted well into Sunday morning. The steak sandwich loaded with peppers, onions, provolone and mushrooms is as much sloppy fun as making out in one of the bar’s dark booths.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Earl (Featured)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Halo Lounge.
We have seen (and tasted) the future of bar food, and it's being served at HALO LOUNGE. Chef Stephan Leed's outre creations outdo any other offerings being served in a dark, smoky room in town. Just the descriptions alone are enough to pique interest: truffled mac and cheese, collard greens with vanillamore...
We have seen (and tasted) the future of bar food, and it's being served at HALO LOUNGE. Chef Stephan Leed's outre creations outdo any other offerings being served in a dark, smoky room in town. Just the descriptions alone are enough to pique interest: truffled mac and cheese, collard greens with vanilla vinegar and the Bad Ass cheese plate are just a few. Food is served 5-10 p.m., before the swank crowds start to fill the even swankier space. Come early one night and check it out. One question, though: Do we really have to pay $4 to taste "Stephan's salty nuts"? "817 W. Peachtree St., Suite E-100, 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com" less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Highlander (Featured)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Taco Mac Virginia Highlands

Best Pub Food BOA Award Winner

Universal Joint
906 Oakview Road, Decatur 404-373-6260 Sometimes Oakhurst's "U-Joint can subject you to the kind of wait that can make you wonder, "Am I going to spend the rest of my life here? Should that occur, you won't starve to death, as the former gas station serves all manner of pub grub, including an elegantmore...
906 Oakview Road, Decatur 404-373-6260 Sometimes Oakhurst's "U-Joint can subject you to the kind of wait that can make you wonder, "Am I going to spend the rest of my life here? Should that occur, you won't starve to death, as the former gas station serves all manner of pub grub, including an elegant tortilla soup and quesadillas and the fragrant Blue Cheese Burger and such finger foods as Buffalo wings, Buffalo "shrimp", and their cholesterol-boosting Universal Fries, which come with white cheddar and applewood bacon and are not for the faint (or weak) of heart. less...

Best Pub Food BOA Award Winner

The Brick Store Pub

Best Pub Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (Chain) (Permanently Closed)
For carbo-carnivores, Rock Bottom — just a stumble away from Buckhead — is an excellent spot to soak up your souse, get your drink on or wake up with the hair of the dog that bit you. Witness the goat cheese ravioli with bacon, the hazelnut crusted chicken or the chargrilled meatloaf. The servicemore...
For carbo-carnivores, Rock Bottom — just a stumble away from Buckhead — is an excellent spot to soak up your souse, get your drink on or wake up with the hair of the dog that bit you. Witness the goat cheese ravioli with bacon, the hazelnut crusted chicken or the chargrilled meatloaf. The service is prompt and attentive, if a little bleary-eyed. Which, after sampling the best of the brewery, may be more than you can say for yourself. less...

Best Pub Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
The Earl (Featured)
From its fat bleu cheese and bacon burger to its crispy brown onion rings and skinny fries, the Earl lends a good name to pub food. One great feature to this menu, too, is its wide variety of vegetarian selections, including a mouthwatering black bean burger and a vegetarian pita pocket. Lovers of brunchmore...
From its fat bleu cheese and bacon burger to its crispy brown onion rings and skinny fries, the Earl lends a good name to pub food. One great feature to this menu, too, is its wide variety of vegetarian selections, including a mouthwatering black bean burger and a vegetarian pita pocket. Lovers of brunch may also want to check out the Sunday "dunch," which is really just a good simple breakfast with a silly name. less...

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