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Best Bars For Networking In Atlanta

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What better place to do some networking and get some business done than at your friendly neighborhood watering hole? Grab a beer, order some food and hang out with dozens of your colleagues or potential clients at after-hours social media and industry gatherings. This is a favorite pastime of Atlantans, and bar owners around the city have taken notice by upgrading their establishments with Wi-Fi and tables you can actually work at. Here are some perfect places for business networking in and around Atlanta.

The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 223-0393

Centrally located on Euclid Avenue, The Porter Beer Bar is ground zero for networking in the heart of Atlanta. With over 400 different beers for you to choose from and some of the best bar food in Atlanta, this bar is known for its great staff and willingness to make your meeting, briefing or benefit an event to remember. At night, it's a who's who of Atlanta's marketing and financial community bellying up to the bar. Come to impress and bring a business card or two to The Porter Beer Bar.

Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro
268 E Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 474-9892

Energy and a great atmosphere makes the Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro one of the best networking spots in Buckhead and north Atlanta. There is always something going on at this place. It recently hosted The Summer Style Suite by HPNOTIQ and a couple times a year, it plays host to "The Business of Sports" Atlanta networking event. Sports types from all over the south invade the Bottle Bar for that event, but it doesn't stop there. Buckhead continues to have a great location, a great bar and a great menu throughout the year. Click here for calendar of events.

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The Vortex - Midtown
878 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-1667

You know The Vortex in Midtown as a place where you can get one of the best burgers in the city, but it is much more than that. It bills itself as Atlanta's first official "Idiot-Free Zone." That should tell you that this place is packed with business professionals and a young diverse customer base that "get" what The Vortex is all about. The Vortex is definitely about food and drink, however great emphasis it put on your business meeting or lunch with a potential client. The staff here loves its work and since you don't have to dress to impress at The Vortex, you can be yourself and get some work done.

Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-3447

Every city has that special place that stands the test of time. Even though the building might be old and the inside a bit dated, Manuel's is still that place in Atlanta where locals congregate to talk politics, rehash the news of the day and of course, talk business. The locals still turn out in droves for "Debate Night" and when a place is needed on short notice for a gathering. Manuel's is home of "Laughing Matters" and the Atlanta Open Orthographic Meet every Saturday. A great bar and huge menu are waiting for you. And if you need privacy, the Eagle's Nest and the North Avenue Room are great options for your meetup.

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Park Tavern
500 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-0001

Hosting your event or meeting is a piece of cake for the staff at the Park Tavern. Overlooking Piedmont Park, the Park Tavern hosts everything from weddings to small and large corporate events. It is also home to weekly and monthly events like the Atlanta Blogger's Meetup. Sometimes as many as 50 bloggers show up on the second Wednesday of each month to talk and express their concerns and excitements about what they do for a living. With a great bar and an extensive menu, the Park Tavern is a great place to be seen and to network in Midtown.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at

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