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Manuel’s Tavern, Hallowed Hangout, to Reopen Next Month

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Poncey-Highland institution will be reportedly be reborn in time to celebrate its 60th

For anyone who's been longing for a drink at one of Atlanta’s — and, indeed, America's — most storied watering holes, the wait is almost over.

The renovation of Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland is on track and should be complete in just a month, owner Brian Maloof tells WABE.

Long a bastion for journalists and Atlanta democrats — and anyone else thirsty for a frosty — the bar at the intersection of North and Highland avenues has been closed since December, displacing loyal regulars who packed the dark rooms of the old retail building-turned-watering-hole.

Work has taken the building down to the studs and removed the less-than-welcoming facade, in favor of a better connection between the street and the rooms of the bar. For purists concerned about the sanctity of "Manny’s," the interior was meticulously documented and will be returned to its former glory.

Once the renovation wraps on the bar next month, Green Street properties will get to work constructing a mixed-use development on the former parking lots around the bar. And the bar will be ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary in style.

Like the 675 N. Highland development a couple of blocks up the street, the ventures should help inject this already lively stretch of the avenue with more life.

Manuel's Tavern

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 525-3447 Visit Website