Open since 1956, Manuel’s Tavern closes after Dec. 27 for renovations. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: Hyosub Shin
Photo: Hyosub Shin

Manuel's Tavern closing: A timeline of the 59-year-old bar

Manuel’s Tavern, opened nearly 60 years ago by its namesake and the DeKalb County political heavyweight, has long been favored watering hole not only for legions of faithful nearby residents, but for journalists, state and local politicians — most often Democrats. It’s a raucous place to be on any election night.

Manuel's plans to close for extensive renovations that will coincide with construction of a large mixed-use development. The new building will include parking, retail space and 71 multi-family rental units. 

Below you can scroll thru the decades of history that have played out live with the back drop of Manuel's Tavern. 


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