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Manuel's Tavern

Not Rated.
Manuel's TavernManuel's Tavern

Taps: 29 / Bottles: 58
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
89
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

602 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1433
United States
phone: (404) 525-3447

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(Place added by: Cyberkedi on 04-15-2007)
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TastyMcBeerson

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$

This is a no-frills neighborhood bar, and somewhat of a landmark in the area. The place is pretty huge, and I've never been to any of the upstairs rooms.
Smoking in the bar area was recently banned per the owner/manager's decision, which is a good thing IMO...
I go here fairly regularly when I'm out with some friends after a show or something, and sometimes I just walk there on a Sunday for breakfast... The food is well executed though nothing much out of the ordinary. The wings are great, the burgers are good, as is the Reuben...
The beer selection is pretty extensive, but I tend to regularly get their house beer - the 602 - a beer/ale I'm trying to wrap my head around. Who brews it? What exactly is the style? All I know is it is slightly malty, less hoppy, on the dark side, and it's a satisfying brew. Does anyone have more info on Manuel Tavern's house beer, or is it some carefully guarded secret?

04-05-2014 14:36:38 | More by TastyMcBeerson
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bakerbill

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-18-2014 13:29:19 | More by bakerbill
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joeysmac

Georgia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-29-2013 02:54:19 | More by joeysmac
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doublewide

Georgia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

10-18-2013 23:22:34 | More by doublewide
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asabreed

New York

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

A cool little place located near Beep Beep Gallery, where I ready with a friend a couple weeks ago on a book tour.

Cool atmosphere. Seemed like there were two sides to the place, the bar side to the right, and the tables and seats to the left. We had 4 or 5 people, so we got a table.

A lot of these places touting the fact that they have a great selection of beer don't come through for me anymore. A lot of it can be purchased in six-packs much cheaper, for one, and most of them include all the macro stuff in the mix of the many taps and bottles. The selection's fairly good, yes, but a lot of it was ho-hum for me, and I found very few, if any, beers I hadn't tried before. But for many they'll like the selection. I got a Terrapin Rye, which is a brew I like, and which was great on tap.

The service was good and the server was attentive. Some may say the prices are reasonable, but for what they were offering, many of them were a bit overblown, especially, like I said, when you can go down the street and get a six-pack for a few dollars over what you're paying just for the pint.

I'd go back again if I were in the area, but I wouldn't make this a must-stop place in Atlanta in the future.

08-04-2010 18:48:25 | More by asabreed
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $

Given that a trip to Manuel's is usually a weekly event for me, I figured it was about time to review.

The beer selection is decent. They carry a small offering of craft bottles from some of the bigger breweries such as DFH, Stone and SN along with the full macro spectrum. There are usually 4-5 craft options on tap as well, which typically include a couple of Terrapin options. Once and awhile there will be a special keg (or cask even).

The food is good. Pretty standard bar food, but well done. Especially the wings. Awesome. Service is good more often than not.

The old neighborhood bar atmosphere, with the booth seating and all the old memorabilia on the walls is one of the best things about Manuel's. However, like a lot of these types of places, it can get pretty smoky which is usually when I decide it's time to head elsewhere.

05-07-2010 18:10:56 | More by GeezLynn
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glid02

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I've been here quite a few times and it never gets old.

Atmosphere is great. It's everything a neighborhood pub should be. A portrait of JFK and various old-school Atlanta sports team pennants are some of the paraphernalia dotting the walls. As a few people of mentioned be forewarned that smoking is allowed.

Quality is OK. It seems as though they have a 10 oz. tulip and a 12 oz. pint glass for all of their beers. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but I would like to see a bit more options. The pours were all done properly and none of the glassware was chilled.

Service is good. The folks behind the bar were aware of everything on-tap and I never had to wait long to get my beer.

Selection is alright. They have a good amount of BMC on-tap along with a few local selections (Sweetwater and Terrapin). They do have about six taps that they rotate a decent amount which is nice, but nothing exceedingly special.

The prices are reasonable although I can't go as far as to say they're cheap.

Overall this is an institution, not for beer but for other reasons. As long as you know what to expect you won't be disappointed. Worth a stop if you have an extended stay in the area.

04-08-2010 04:55:38 | More by glid02
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bwb0402

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $

Manuel's is the quintessential Atlanta hang-out. It exudes that all-school Atlanta feel, but not in a ghetto way. This place oozes character; from the JFK portrait behind the bar, to Manuel's ashes, to well-worn wooden booths. (A personal favorite of mine is the portrait of the young, nude, southern belle.) Ask the bar tender about the story behind it. The beer selection usually has a few high grav offerings as well as some local brews. The Terrapin Rye Squared and the DFH 90 minute are usually on tap. The bottle selection is decent. However, the beer selection isn't why you should go to Manuel's. The atmosphere, the value, and the perfectly delicious pub food (the nachos are awesome, veggies are fresh) are what draws the crowd. The beer is merely something tasty to wash it all down with. One of my absolute favorite spots after catching a Braves game.

***NOTE*** I recently heard from a fellow BA that Manuel's nachos are using cheese goo instead of real cheddar. I can't confirm this but my recommendation is based on the nachos containing real cheese, not some processed concoction

05-22-2009 00:59:43 | More by bwb0402
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I went to Manuel's Tavern for the office Christmas Party recently. It had been a long time since I'd been to Manuel's Tavern. I'm surprised I had not reviewed it earlier. It really is a cool place, not to mention an Atlanta Icon. The bar area is one of the coolest in the Atlanta area, with lots of wood and comforting yet kitschy artwork and knick-knacks. Dusty with history and yellow with 52+ years of tobacco immersion the bar area exudes character. Labeled by many as a Democratic bar, the political climate is not in your face but subtle. This place is usually populated by a wide demographic in all sense of the word. If there is one bar that gives the whole scope of the city of Atlanta, this would be it. There are other areas other than the bar and several overflow areas as well. Most of the areas sport some wood and lots of beer décor. The food is pretty good and the portions are large. Service is generally attentive and fairly prompt. The beer list is fairly long with the majority being in bottles. Macros, American Micros/Craft, Belgian, German, and other imports. The tap list isn't as exciting as the bottle list but the selection is OK for this area. The draw here is the feel of the place (atmosphere).

01-08-2009 15:40:31 | More by TheEclecticGent
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gabeerfan

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Went on a Friday night with a group of about 10-12. The group showed up at different times and we were nicely accomodated by our server. This building takes up a whole block. Several rooms off the main bar to the right and left of the entrance. 2nd bar in the room to the right of the main bar. Lots of historic photos on all the walls. Makes sense since this place has been around so long.
Good draft list: DFH 90 min, Sweetwater 420, Sierra Nevada, their "house" beer 602 N. Highland Lager, etc. Everything on draft is availble in pitchers too. Pitcher of 90 min? Sign me up, even at $21. Pretty extensive bottle list with some really quality beers. All the locals, Anchor, Victory, Piraat, Duvel, etc.
Good service. Food service can be a little slow, but beers are usually brought out pretty timely. They don't split checks, but will take multiple cards for one check.
Very good bar food. I like the wings, the Brunswick stew and the Loaded Dogzilla. Our friends really like the pork chop sandwich. I don't think I've had a bad thing to eat here.
Prices are reasonable. Only 3 food items are over $10 and beer prices are reasonable. Maybe a little lower than some other places, but nothing seems overpriced.
A solid choice if in the area and a great piece of Atlanta history. Everytime I go there, I'm reminded how much I like this place.

09-12-2008 15:08:35 | More by gabeerfan
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Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, GA
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.