5 Virginia Highland Bars for a Night Out in Atlanta

Virginia Highland Bars

For a night out in the Highlands, check out these bars:

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand is your traditional neighborhood pub with a huge wooden bar in the center of the building. There are booths and tables to sit at if you can score one and room for standing and milling about. Outside is a patio with plenty of seating perfect for warm summer nights. This is the place you’d go to share a pint with a bunch of friends.

Hours: M-Th 11:30 am – 1 am; F-Sat 11:30 am – 3 am; Sun 12 pm – 12 am

752 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

J&J’s Bourbon Bar

J&J’s Bourbon Bar is on the smaller side. There’s a long bar that extends for half the room on the right side, and to the left is space for tables, dancing, and a DJ. It has an upscale-rustic feel with sleek wooden floors and sliding garage door windows. Their liquor is displayed and lite from behind by wall lighting. Overall the atmosphere is cozy and inviting.

Hours: M-Th 10 am – Close; F-Sun: 10 am – 3 am

772 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306


Diesel is Virginia Highlands’ go-to sports bar. Inside is a horseshoe-shaped bar, outside is patio seating where pets are allowed, and inside and out are TV screens for your sports-viewing pleasure. They host events almost every night of the week, and on Sundays they have a huge gathering of The Walking Dead fans. Be aware that smoking is allowed indoors.

Hours: M-Th 4 pm – 3 am; F 12 pm – 3 am; Sat 11 am – 3 pm; Sun 12 pm – 12 am

870 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Highland Tap

Located below street level, Highland Tap feels like a speakeasy straight out of the 1920s. The wood-lined stairwell opens up into the stonewall, dimly lit cellar with a cozy atmosphere. The bar is acclaimed for its martini’s, winning plenty of awards from Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.

Hours: M 4 pm – 1 am; T-Th 11 am – 1 am; F-Sat 11 am – 2:30 am; Sun 11 am – 12 am

1026 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Fontaine’s Oyster House

Fontaine’s Oyster House occupies an old-fashioned pub space with a long bar, cozy booth seating, and a large outdoor patio space. This is a laid-back spot with plenty of happy hour specials and the kitchen open until 11pm Sunday through Tuesday and midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

Hours: M 11:30 am – 1 am; T 4 pm – 2:30 am; W-Sat 11:30 am – 2:30 am; Sun 12 pm – 12 am

1026 1/2 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306



What’s your favorite bar? Let me know in the comments!


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