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Best of MARTA: Irish pubs

There's plenty of beer on tap at Mac McGee's in Decatur.
There's plenty of beer on tap at Mac McGee's in Decatur.
Photo courtesy Jack Kennard (jackkennard.com) via Flickr.com

It's St. Patrick's Day (or you're just in the mood for culturally-themed beer), so where do you go? Atlanta has more than one pub to keep you in the Irish spirit, and many also feature sporting events from around the world as a bonus. See below for the most MARTA-accessible spots to enjoy a Guinness or two. Keep in mind that MARTA trains stop service around 1 a.m. so plan your fun accordingly.

Meehan's Irish Pub (Peachtree Center)
For a little bit o' Ireland, head to the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Located on Peachtree Street, the same street as the station, Meehan's is a great spot for a drink and a bite to eat while you catch all the soccer games. Take the Ellis Street exit off the train platform then follow the signs to Peachtree Street West. At street level, turn left. There's also a Meehan's in Atlantic Station -- take the free shuttle from the Arts Center MARTA station.

Mac McGee (Decatur)
Right above the Decatur MARTA station is Mac McGee, a small Irish pub with big style and Irish cuisine with a twist. Take the Church Street exit out of the station and walk up to the plaza directly above the station. The pub is on the south side of the square in a row of buildings.

Pub 71 (Brookhaven)
Across from the Brookhaven MARTA station is Pub 71, an authentic Irish pub with traditional Irish food, a patio, trivia night and a variety of beer. Be sure to use the crosswalk and pedestrian signals when walking across busy Peachtree Road to reach the pub.

Gibney's Pub (Peachtree Center)
Gibney's Pub is on the back side of Peachtree Center near several hotels. There's a large beer list, pool tables and a jukebox. Take the Harris Street/Peachtree Street East exit out of the station. You can enter the Peachtree Center Mall from the station and walk to the opposite side of the building for the pub. Or from street level, turn right on Peachtree Street, right on John Portman Blvd./Harris Street and right on Peachtree Center Avenue.

Ri Ra (Midtown)
This Irish pub doubles as nightlife venue with plenty of live music and DJs after hours. From the main Midtown MARTA station concourse, exit the station on 10th Street and use the crosswalk immediately in front of the station to cross the street. Walk straight ahead to 11th Street via the pedestrian plaza and turn right. Walk about a block to Crescent Avenue and turn left. You can also exit the station via the Federal Reserve exit to avoid crossing over 10th Street.

The Marlay House (Decatur)
For some great pub food, large patio and live traditional Irish music on Tuesdays, head to the Marlay House near the Decatur MARTA station. Take the Swanton Way exit out of the MARTA station and walk through the bus bay to Commerce Drive. Turn right on Commerce then left on W. Ponce de Leon Avenue and walk about two blocks.

Fado Irish Pub (Buckhead)
Three levels of pub fun, Fado is Buckhead's Irish watering hole. Bus 110 stops near the bar at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Buckhead Avenue (board the bus at the Arts Center, Buckhead or Lenox MARTA stations). Or can walk the entire way from the Buckhead station. Exit the station via Peachtree Road pedestrian tunnel. At street level, turn left and walk about 15 minutes to Grandview Avenue and turn left again. Walk about a block and turn right on Buckhead Avenue. Total walking time is just over 20 minutes.

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