It’s a question that comes up a lot. Where can we get something to eat after a concert or a Braves game that isn’t fast food or Waffle House? Most restaurants around Atlanta close by 10 p.m. But there are some good places to settle in for food after hours.
Octopus Bar, East Atlanta
Made famous most recently by Anthony Bourdain on the “ATL” episode of “The Layover,” this may be the only chef-driven restaurant in Atlanta specifically designed for late dining. Opening after 10:30 p.m. in a far-out patio space beside So Ba Vietnamese restaurant, Nhan Le and Angus Brown serve up the kind of stuff fellow chefs and servers savor after a long night. Look for oysters on the half shell, hamachi kama, Maine lobster rolls, and family style bulgogi, along with bubbles, cocktails and craft beer. 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 560 Gresham Ave. SE, 404-627-9911, www.octopusbaratl.com.
Holeman & Finch Public House, Brookwood Hills
You know that 10 p.m. is H&F burger time. But long after that, this convivial, intimate food and drink emporium from chef Linton Hopkins and barman Greg Best still offers creative fare until at least midnight. The meaty menu features an array of housemade charcuterie, farmstead cheese, and local vegetables. Larger plates include the likes of tri tip with Swiss chard, and farm egg and pancetta carbonara. Of course, the cocktail program is celebrated for its sophisticated takes on classic libations. 5 p.m.-midnight Mondays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, 404-948-1175, www.holeman-finch.com.
Marietta Diner, Marietta
A classic do-it-all diner where it’s never too early or too late for breakfast. The sleek chrome exterior and colorful neon trim leave the impression of either 1950 Americana or a hipster’s loft decor, and the clientele reflects every class, time, race and place from metro Atlanta. The menu matches the clientele’s variety, lobster to manicotti parmigiana, three eggs sunnyside up to moussaka, roast turkey to seafood kabob. The wine and beer list are comfortable, with bottles that you see on the shelf of your local grocery. 24 hours, seven days a week. 306 Cobb Parkway S Marietta, 770-423-9390, www.mariettadiner.net.
Top Flr, Midtown
A hip, industry destination since day one, this cool two story, two bar “house” can be deserted early in the evening and packed out to the sidewalk tables later on. Like its Old Fourth Ward sister spot, the Sound Table, it’s as much urban lounge as restaurant, with DJs many nights. But food is central to the concept, with a menu that ranges from nibbles and salads to flatbread pizzas, pastas and entrees like peppercorn-marinated hanger steak and hickory-smoked duck breast. There are solid wine and cocktail lists, too. 5:30 p.m.-midnight Sundays; 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 674 Myrtle St. NE, 404-685-3110, www.topflr.com.
Olde Blind Dog Pub, Brookhaven and Milton
This Irish pub with imported decor and perfectly poured Guiness, kept in its own cooler. The menu ranges from across Ireland and Scotland to American pub food such as burgers piled with so many toppings they look like one of the hills of County Cork brought to you on a plate. If you want to finish your night with a nip of whiskey, be prepared to order Irish, Scotch or American Bourbon. An admirable beer list. Celtic bands perform several times a month. Milton, Sundays-Mondays 11 a.m-11 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-midnight; Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 12650 Crabapple Road, 678-624-1090. Brookhaven, Sundays-Wednesdays 11 a.m.-midnight; Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 705 Town Blvd, Suite Q380. 404-816-5739. www.oldeblinddog.com.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Midtown
Home to a rotating, well curated beer list, this lively neighborhood bar nestled between West Peachtree and Peachtree is also a late night destination for pub grub that’s a cut above. The friendly scene centers around the sprawling three-sided bar and spills out to the cozy patio and fire pit. Favorites on the after midnight menu include saucy meatball sliders, and Southern fried chicken tenders with hand cut fries. The draft list not only notes what’s on tap but what’s “on deck” when that beer’s gone. 10 a.m.-midnight Sundays; 11 a.m.-2:45 a.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-2:45 a.m. Saturdays. 817 West Peachtree St. NE Suite E125, 404-815-9243, www.cypressbar.com.
Ammazza, Old Fourth Ward
This stylish new Italian place, open until midnight during the week and later on weekends, already has a strong neighborhood presence and a lively bar scene. The draw is a menu of hefty wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, plus a few starters, salads and desserts. The fast casual concept calls for ordering at the counter in front and following a long hallway to find a table in back. But you can sit and order at the bar, where there’s a good selection of beer, wine and cocktails. 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 591 Edgewood Avenue, 404-314-7300, www.ammazza.com.
Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
This upscale spin-off of the ever popular Brick Store Pub, is another place where you’re likely to find chefs and servers hanging out for a menu served until midnight weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. Like H&F, it’s a cocktail hotspot, with a strong beer list. Food ranges from bar snacks and small plates to entrees like Arctic char with shrimp and mushrooms. After 10 p.m., look for the likes of poutine topped with a farm egg, a hot brown sandwich, and a “PBJB” with cherry jam and bacon. 5 p.m.-midnight Mondays; 11:30 a.m. -midnight Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 131 East Ponce De Leon Ave., 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com.
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