1102 1102 Broad St., Augusta 706-364-4075Like the best mullets, this place is business in the front (the restaurant) and a party in the back (the bar). Great place to hang out, drink and people watch, and if they open the garage doors on the side of the building, that means the party has really started.
Club Rehab 913 Broad St., Augusta 706-826-4431
Walk down the long hallway that looks like it could be in a David Lynch movie and you’ll find yourself in Club Rehab, a great place to dance with friends. If you’re with enough of your friends, ask for the special VIP lounge, decked out in sweet red velvet.
Eagle’s Nest 640 Broad St., Augusta 706-722-5541
A forgotten gem sitting atop The Ramada, the Eagle’s Nest is a bit of a throwback to another era when it comes to decor. There is, however, a great jukebox full of R&B classics, and what a view! Definitely a place to experience while in Augusta.
Firehouse 1145 Broad St., Augusta 706-826-9955
Good beer and one of the best jukeboxes in town attracts a very diverse, no-frills crowd. You never know what you might see at the Firehouse.
The First Round 210 11th Street, Augusta 706-364-8278Relatively new bar behind Metro Coffee House and across the street from 1102, which makes bar-hopping pretty easy. Nightly specials, decent location and a diverse lineup of local live music.
The Fox’s Lair 349 Telfair St., Augusta 706-828-5600
Augusta’s best-kept secret, this cozy bar is tucked away in the basement of The Olde Town Inn on Telfair Street but is definitely worth finding. Laid back, comfortable and often has live music on Thursday nights.
The Highlander 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta 803-278-2796
The closest thing to an authentic “pub” in the CSRA, The Highlander (downstairs from Wine World if you’re into multitasking) has a food menu that features a Scotch Egg Plate, Shepherd’s Pie and other traditional English pub foods — all that and a full bar to boot. Just watch the steps on your way out. They can be tricky to navigate after a few pints.
Joe’s Underground 144 8th St., Augusta 706-724-9457
Good food, especially the homemade soups at lunch, and good drinks, with live music by local artists many nights.The Loft 927 Broad St., Augusta 706-828-6600
Good selection of beers, decent dance floor, pool tables and good people watching. Good service and reasonable prices, too.
Metro Pub & Coffeehouse 1054 Broad St., Augusta 706-722-6468
Definitely not your traditional coffee house. More of a bar, really, but a great place to hang out and have a few drinks while playing pool or working on your laptop.The Playground 978 Broad St., Augusta 706-724-2232
Live music venue showcasing mostly punk and rock bands. They also have drink specials and trivia/open mic/karaoke through the week.
Sky City 1157 Broad St., Augusta 706-945-1270
Named after one of Augusta’s former department stores, Sky City has a little bit everything. Hosting a diverse mixture of local and regional acts, it is also home to ’80s Night and a local artist’s exhibition opening on most First Fridays.
Soul Bar 984 Broad St., Augusta
A downtown institution offering good music, an interesting crowd and a great bar. Dance the night away or just hang out and drink. Either way, be sure to pick up a T-shirt.
The Sports Center 594 Broad St., Augusta 706-724-9307
If you can’t get a table at Luigi’s, Sports Center has some of the best burgers in town. Beer, burgers and pool tables. Who says entertainment has to be expensive and high-brow?Stillwater Taproom 974 Broad St., Augusta 706-826-9857 A great place to drink. Happy hour specials every day from 4-6 p.m., drink specials every night, laid back atmosphere, live music on the weekends and rocking chairs out front. And they’ll call in an order for you from Nacho Mama’s. What more can you ask for?
Tipsy McStumbles 214 7th St., Augusta 706-955-8507
Open for lunch on the weekdays and the party doesn’t stop until late in the evening. Check out the waitresses on the bar’s Facebook page, and suddenly it makes sense why none of the guys want to leave. For the girls, this is a surprisingly well-ventilated bar, which means you won’t smell like an ashtray when you leave.Wheels 879 Broad St., Augusta Its façade is almost all black, so most are surprised at how bright, clean and upbeat the interior of this corner bar is. This place specializes in music by local DJs and videos on a big screen, as well as great drink specials almost every night of the week.
Coyote’s 2512 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta 706-560-9215
Augusta’s answer to the huge honky tonks in larger cities. Big acts, lots of bars and always packed.Laura’s Backyard Tavern 218 S. Belair Rd., Martinez 706-869-8695 For local flavor, there’s no better spot that Laura’s. It may take some work to find it, but, when you do, you’ll find a bar in what looks like a house… a house that serves up drinks, food, live music, games and more.
The Tavern at the Bean 4414 Evans to Locks Rd., Evans 706-447-2006
This spot has a bit of a split personality: by day, it’s a coffee, dessert and sandwich shop. By night, however, it turns into a restaurant and bar that offers theme nights (Taco Night!) and specialty drinks like their Key Lime Martini.
Helga’s 2015 Central Ave., Augusta 706-737-5591
A dive bar on Central Ave, popular with just about everyone from college students to neighborhood regulars. Great selection of beer on tap. Hungry? If you can eat it, they can fry it. Trivia on Thursday and Saturday nights. Always entertaining.
The P.I. Bar & Grill at the Partridge Inn 2110 Walton Way, Augusta 706-737-8888This isn’t just any hotel bar… locals hang out here year-round just to grab a spot on the verandah and watch the world go by. Many dishes from the restaurant are available at the bar to snack on while enjoying wine, beer or cocktails, and there’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t miss Wine Down Wednesday, which features half off select bottles of wine.
Surrey Tavern 471 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-736-1221
A favorite hangout, both for the live local music and the laid-back vibe. If you’re eating dinner at one of Surrey Center’s many dining establishments, this is the perfect spot for an after-dinner cocktail.
Bar West 3631 Walton Way Ext., Augusta 706-736-0021
An upscale martini bar and lounge with a great covered patio. That patio is a great place to spend happy hour, which is daily from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and includes specials such as two for one house wines and sangria.Buffalo Wild Wing 120 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Pkwy., Augusta 706-736-1778 So many TVs you won’t know which one to look at, it’s worth it to tear your eyes away for a few seconds to contemplate the menu. Actually, with appetizers, wings, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more, it’ll take more than a few seconds. Once you taste the Asian Zing sauce, though, you’ll be glad you did.
Carolina Ale House 203 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Pkwy., Augusta 762-333-0019
Always crowded, this popular sports bar has a great outdoor patio that still includes access to multiple televisions. The menu is what you’d expect from a sports bar, but is updated seasonally. Right now, check out the pork carnitas tacos or the aloha burger.
2910 Washington Road., Augusta
Popular with everyone from local motorcycle enthusiasts to families, this relatively new spot serves up Greek and Italian specialties, but even throws things like Jamaican beef patties on the menu.
Cue n’ Brew 2852 Washington Rd., Augusta 706-737-6008Located behind the Taco Bell on Washington Rd., this is a laid-back spot where visitors can drink beer and play pool in peace.
Hooter’s 2834 Washington Rd., Augusta 706-736-8454
Beer, chicken wings and hot girls. What more could you ask for in a sports bar?.
Limelite Café 1137 Agerton Lane, Augusta 706-731-0220
Many of those who go to movies across the street start their night here with mild-yaki wings (a mixture of mild and teriyaki) or another bar snack and one (or two) of the many, many beers they offer on tap or by the bottle. We suggest you do the same.
Robbie’s Sports Bar 2834 Washington Rd., Augusta 706-738-0866
A true old school pool hall popular with the locals. Good bar food and a dance floor, plus a sea of dimly lit pool tables.
Shannon’s 300 Shartom Dr., Augusta 706-814-7760
Tucked just off Washington Road, this neighborhood bar has been around for longer than most can remember. Intimate, with a fun, cozy feel — It will make you think you’ve stepped into your local pub.
Somewhere in Augusta 2820 Washington Rd., Augusta 706-739-0002
A bizarre name for a sports bar to be sure. This booming spot started out as a small pub in a crack across from the National. It moved a few years ago and grew up. Big time. Walls of TVs, a great menu and sweet location make this a favorite stop for just about everybody in the CSRA.Wild Wing Café 3035 Washington Rd., Augusta 706-364-9453 Just on the other side of I-20 on Washington Road, this mega mega bar restaurant is built for crowds. The parking lot alone is big enough to park all the patrons from Rhode Island. Big is the key word here, with live music just about every night.