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Bar suggestions for Downtown Atlanta?

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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!

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    1. re: lbarash

      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?

    2. 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

        1. re: biskuit

          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.