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WINNER: Best dive bar in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

With 1,000 people participating, the top three bars received about half the votes

Dive bars are those neighborhood joints where everyone knows your name, and you can get "cheap beer, standard liquor and mixed drinks whose names are also a list of their own ingredients."

When we asked where Atlantans go to hang out with friends in a low-key environment, we got about 1,000 votes. The top three finishers walked away with about half those votes.

Finishing third was Northside Tavern. The tavern's home was built in the 1940s "as a neighborhood grocery store/gas station and it evolved over the years into a neighborhood blue collar bar called Northside Package," its website states. "A fixture of the area and a stopping place of refreshment for many years, this lively musical gathering spot has been under continuous ownership by the same family since 1975."

Coming in second was the iconic Clermont Lounge.  A hangout for celebrities — Bill Murray, Robert De Niro, Pink, Carey Hart, Kid Rock, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and many others — and locals alike, the Clermont Lounge has been an Atlanta Landmark since the '60s.

» Where to go to plunge into Atlanta's dive bar culture

Our 2019 winner of Best Dive Bar in Atlanta is ...

The Highlander in Midtown takes the prize this year, raking in nearly a third of the total votes. In business since 1992, The Highlander features a "full bar, great food, a fantastic patio, and a full game room with pool tables, air hockey, pinball and video games for your enjoyment," its website states.

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Check out all the Best of Atlanta winners so far at ajc.com.

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