In 67 years, not much has changed at Moe’s & Joe’s Tavern in Virginia Highland.
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More historic Highland bars
Atkins Park. The Virginia Highland bar and restaurant claims to be Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern. It opened as a deli in 1922 and celebrated its 92nd anniversary in February 2014. The current incarnation was founded by the late Warren Bruno, who took over in 1983 and created a place where you can kick back with a pint and a snack at the bar or enjoy a meal in the dining room next door. 749 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-7249, atkinspark.com.
George’s Bar & Restaurant. In 1961, George Najour, a former baseball player and WWII vet, opened George’s Delicatessen, with a Middle Eastern grocery in the Virginia Highland storefront, and a bar with beer and sandwiches in back. In 1983, a new kitchen and a new menu that included the beloved George’s burger ushered in a new era and a new name. Najour passed away in 2002, but his son G.G. still owns and runs the 53-year-old bar. 1041 N. Highland Ave., 404-892-3648, georgesbarandrestaurant.com.
Manuel’s Tavern. Politicos, journalists and sports fans have called the sprawling Poncey Highland neighborhood spot a home-away-from-home for generations. In 1956, Manuel Maloof bought Harry’s Delicatessen and turned it into his eponymous bar. Maloof died in August 2004, but his son Brian Maloof carries on the 58-year-old tradition with a cast of loyal employees, many of whom have been there more than 30 years. 602 N. Highland Ave., 404-525-3447, manuelstavern.com.
Moe’s and Joe’s Tavern. 1033 N. Highland Ave., 404-873-6090, www.moesandjoes.com.