Top Weekend Bars in Athens, GA

This list is for the alumni who plan on visiting their favorite college town, Athens, for a quick weekend trip and do not want to break the bank. After all, not all recent graduates are rolling in dough (hello, Education majors!)

Presenting the top weekend bars


If you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere at a bar, think about visiting The Globe. This bar (or pub) offers a great beer selection as well as hearty meals like meatloaf, fried chicken and mashed potatoes. It opens at 11:30am and does not close until 2am. So stay awhile!

The Globe
199 N. Lumpkin St.
Athens Georgia, 30601
(706) 353-4721


Are you in the mood for 80s music? If so, 8E’s is the bar for you. Known for its lively music selections from that period, it’s the perfect place to get down and have a good time with friends. Grab a beer (or five) and bust your best moves, but leave your shoulder pads at home.

8e’s Bar
120 E. Washington St.
Athens, GA 30601.
(706) 613-1764

If you’re not in the dancing mood, then think about hitting up Normal Bar. This bar is known for its relaxing vibe and its outdoor patio. Cozy, homey and a great family atmosphere. Give it a shot.

Normal Bar
1365 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30601.
(706) 548-6186


Before you head out of town, you must be sure to get to Beef 'O' Brady's. With numerous TVs around to catch sporting events (Olympics, anyone?) to its 11 beers on tap, this is a must to visit. Not to mention ‘O’ Brady’s is known for its sangrias and mojitos. Photo Credit: Beef O'Brady's

Beef 'O' Brady's
1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.
Athens, GA 30605.
(706) 850-1916

If you are not in the mood for a sports bar, then think about going to The Manhattan Café. Unusual art, interesting furniture and a jukebox to boot. Plus, if you are still recovering from the night before, you’ll be glad to discover that this bar serves White Castle burgers and complimentary popcorn. So soak up that alcohol and have a great time drinking their many drink specialties, including (of course) their signature Manhattan.

The Manhattan Café
337 N. Hull St.
Athens, GA 30601.