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norton Jul 8, 2010 09:38 AM

Hi Hounds,
I'm visiting ATL for work next week from NYC, and I could use some help. I need to take a group of 10 colleagues out for drinks before dinner on Saturday night. We need to stay downtown, and it would be nice if it was walking distance from the Hilton/Marriott Marquis/Ritz Carlton. Can you recommend a bar where we can have a nice celebratory drink and be able to hear each other speak? Definitely no sports bars.

Thanks for your help!

  1. biskuit Jul 13, 2010 05:20 PM

    Social. Definitely.

    http://www.socialintown.com/

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    1. re: biskuit
      ted Jul 13, 2010 07:17 PM

      I second that. The bar has a fun vibe. The only time it clanked for us was when the real bartender wasn't there and they couldn't execute their specialty drinks. That was a special circumstance.

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      DeeCee Jul 13, 2010 01:45 PM

      Meehan's is across the street from the Ritz in the old Macy's building. Could be too noisy for your group- it's definitely a pub atmosphere. Ray's in the City, on Peachtree, is also within walking distance. As a restaurant, it's just ok for the price, but the bar area is not bad.

      I haven't been there, but there is a bar in the Ellis Hotel (also across from the Ritz) that looks like it would be quiet and more conducive to conversation.

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      Peachtree Cafe
      99 Jeff Davis Rd, Thomaston, GA 30286

      Ray's in the City
      240 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

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        lbarash Jul 8, 2010 11:33 AM

        What about the W? Drink Shop is pretty cool: http://www.watlantadowntown.com/indulge

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          norton Jul 13, 2010 05:53 AM

          Thanks lbarash. Unfortunately, their site says that they don't open until 7pm. We're planning to meet up at 5pm. Do you have other suggestions?

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            Shaw Oliver Jul 13, 2010 09:02 AM

            Where are you going to dinner?

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