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Nov 28 2018, 12:19pm

Atlanta’s Best Bar Started as an Accident

Two brothers bought an old building to house their construction business, but started serving drinks instead.

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The first time I got drunk at Elliott Street Pub, a ragtime band was playing in the street. Not on the sidewalk, or near the street, but out in the honest-to-Christ center of the pavement. It was April, the Atlanta air was already sticky-humid, and sweaty people clutching equally sweaty tallboys were drinking and dancing right on top of the double solid yellow lines. The scene felt a little post-apocalyptic—partly because there appeared to be no one and nothing else around, and partly because certain parts of this area were used as a convincing zombie apocalypse setting for, well, a reason. But mostly because, just yards away, the bridge linking the neighborhood to the rest of downtown Atlanta was gone. 

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If ever there were a quintessential visual representation of the Atlanta cityscape in the year 2018, Elliott Street—a tiny, unassuming, beloved neighborhood dive bar in a modest century-old building, standing in the shadow of the new $1.6 billion home of the Falcons and surrounded by near-constant development—might be it. The area around the bar has seen constant change over recent years, from the gutting and rebuilding of the bridge to the implosion of the nearby Georgia Dome to the construction of its replacement, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, whose futuristic glass panels loom just beyond the walls of the bar, which remain unchanged. 

Maybe it’s the faded dollar bills papering the bar, or the mannequin dressed as a mermaid hanging over the entrance, or the sheer miracle that this hundred-year-old, nondescript building is even still standing in a city where such places are either merrily bulldozed or trussed up with reclaimed wood and a rebrand. But somehow, this is one of those bars that feels like it’s been there for centuries (or at least since the neighborhood’s anarchic Snake Nation days). Even I was initially surprised to learn that brothers Mike and Pete Jakob only opened it 13 years ago. 

At 600 square feet, only about 30 people (including two to four bartenders) can squeeze into the minuscule pub at one time without violating the fire code, and there’s room for exactly 12 people to sit shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar. The bar’s interior is shellacked with a hodgepodge of random decor: an alligator head here, an old MARTA bus stop sign there—all of it miscellaneous detritus that their customers have dragged into the bar and presented to Mike and Pete over the years. One thing the brothers did seek out themselves? The jukebox, a stately 1971 Rock-Ola loaded with Sam Cooke, the Temptations, and the Commodores, situated next to the bar’s nuclear-orange Home Depot water dispenser. A single strand of red Christmas lights twinkles in the small window overhead.

Brothers Pete and Mike Jakob, owners of Elliott Street Pub

The thing is, Mike and Pete, two construction workers who moved to Atlanta during the pre-Olympics building boom more than two decades ago, never set out to actually open a bar at all. The guys were just keeping an eye out for a place they, and their construction business, could call home. Their requirements were modest: a freestanding structure, and one without neighbors, where they could be loud.

In 2004, a late-night joyride on their bikes brought them into Castleberry Hill, and they found themselves in front of an abandoned century-old two-story building that had seen better days but still managed to check all the boxes. The property had once housed a nightclub on the Chitlin Circuit called Dee’s Bird Cage, but those glory days had long since passed: the roof was caving in, and the second floor was pockmarked with holes. “It looked like someone had tied chains around the windows and ripped them out,” Pete says. Fortunately, fixing those kinds of things happened to be the brothers’ shared forte. They bought the building for a song and started the long, hard, dirty work of rehabbing it themselves. 

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Though a bar didn’t figure into the brothers’ plan, that quickly changed, and they have an ancient Budweiser sign unearthed from the building’s nightclub days to blame for it. Pete says that one day, he and Mike were out ripping off the roof; as it happened, the Falcons were playing that afternoon, bringing hoards of Dome-bound pedestrians past the building—and the Budweiser sign. “A thousand people were walking by that sign, like, ‘Hey man, y’all gonna open up that bar?’ And after seeing that, we thought, you know what, maybe we will.” 

Two years later, in 2006, the Jakob brothers did in fact open that bar. “We never planned on being here this long,” says Mike. He says they figured they’d try it for three or four years, then sell it and try something else, maybe move onto a boat. “Then they tore the bridge out,” Pete says of the main artery connecting Castleberry to downtown. “That's when it all changed.” 

After the bridge was gutted, the brothers knew they wouldn’t be able to sell the property any time soon. “We just had to adapt and overcome,” Mike tells me with a shrug. The brothers distributed flyers with printed directions to the bar. While waiting out the four-year project, they made the most of it, hosting block parties and bands in the middle of a road no one had any good reason to drive down anymore. Pete helmed the kitchen, and Elliott Street soon became known not only as a place to slug back a shot and a beer—it attracted a devout following for their sandwiches, piled high with deli meats and sent out of the kitchen wrapped carefully in brown waxed paper. 

The bar took on a life of its own in the local arts community, too. The Jakob brothers hadn’t necessarily envisioned it as that kind of place, but when artists and musicians started hitting them up to host their projects at the space, they said yes to pretty much anything that seemed interesting. “It all happened organically,” Pete says. “Cool people found us, and then those people invited their people.” Suddenly, vats of molten iron were being poured outside every month, and the basement was hosting a roster of burlesque performers and jazz musicians. (It’s worth noting, prior to running the bar, neither Mike nor Pete ever listened to jazz—they’re more into hip-hop and reggae, says Pete.) 

Throughout this, Atlanta’s cityscape continued shifting like sand dunes around them. Once the bridge was finally finished, then came the fall of the Dome and the rise of a new stadium. Recent years brought a steady cavalcade of construction workers into the bar; hardhats and neon vests became as much an Elliott Street fixture as High Life cans and shots of well whiskey. The ones working on the Benz became such loyal regulars that, when Mike’s dog Dutch passed away, they offered to bury him underneath the stadium’s 50-yard line. “Like Jimmy Hoffa,” Mike says, snickering. (He declined their offer.) 

Yet, for all the bar’s weird decorative knick-knacks, cheap booze, and genuine cross-section of humanity assembling regularly in those dark, tight quarters, Mike and Pete don’t necessarily think of their place as a dive. “We think of it as a well-lit saloon,” Mike says with a gruff laugh. “Everybody calls it a dive bar, and they don’t mean that in a bad way… I think they just mean that anybody's allowed here.” And by that measure, yes, Elliott Street most definitely checks out. “You can see guys here in a suit or a tennis dress,” Mike adds. He’s right: even on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, when much of nearby downtown is tethered to cubicles, the people straddling Elliott Street’s barstools include a grizzled biker in a weathered Harley-Davidson t-shirt, a woman in smart business-casual, leather-skinned men in highlighter-yellow safety vests, and a raspy-voiced little old lady, all huddled around the cramped bar over cheap drinks and deli sandwiches. 

In the decade after that night I spent dancing in the street, practically everything surrounding Elliott Street either changed, or will soon—except the bar itself. Below that new bridge is The Gulch, a barren wasteland of asphalt beneath downtown’s elevated street system, from which a massive, multi-billion dollar development could potentially emerge. Nearby, a Hard Rock Hotel is in the works. Driving through Castleberry on my way home from the bar, I notice that an old fenced-in grassy lot alongside the railroad tracks where I used to let my dog run around is now a construction site. Yup: 115 new condos and townhomes, coming mid-2019. 

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As parts of Atlanta change almost beyond recognition, and as glass and steel fleck the city like a flesh-eating pox, and as more scrappy and beloved institutions are being priced out, places like Elliott Street have become even more of a rarity. The cache of trendy new bars and restaurants often look eerily similar, as though someone typed “what do urban millennials like to Instagram?” into an algorithm and brought the answer to life. Even the beloved Clermont Lounge, long touted as Atlanta’s preeminent seedy shithole, is now surrounded by the trappings of this New Atlanta, after a Nashville-based company bought the hotel above it and gave it a massive, Instagram-ready refurbishment. While the original basement strip club remains unchanged (and under separate ownership), there’s something a little less gritty about the experience knowing that just upstairs, people are eating foie gras and beef tartare. 

And then there’s Elliott Street: a tiny, gritty, blue collar stronghold, stubbornly sticking it out as all that glass and steel encroaches, holding tight as though someone cast a forcefield around it long before “mixed-use” entered our collective vernacular. The kind of place that, if it came down to it, some people might lay down in front of a bulldozer for. Billions of dollars are getting pumped into the chase for all things shiny and new throughout the city. Hopefully the tattered dollar bills taped up inside Elliott Street will weather the storm. 

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EllioTt Street Deli and Pub goes the distance

Castleberry Hill’s beacon of nightlife turns 10

CREATIVE LOAFING - Omar Khalid - March 30, 2016

GOOD FUNK: Kevin Scott (left) and the Atlanta Funk Society headline Elliott Street’s 10-year anniversary party.Gemini and Bear

GOOD FUNK: Kevin Scott (left) and the Atlanta Funk Society headline Elliott Street’s 10-year anniversary party.Gemini and Bear

On Sat., April 2, Castleberry Hill's Elliott Street Deli and Pub turns 10. The enduring local music hangout, owned and operated by brothers Mike and Peter Jakob, has played a key role in developing Atlanta's creative jazz scene. Even politicians mingle among the pub's regulars. "[Mike and Peter] create one of those authentic, neighborhood-friendly places where everyone feels welcome," says Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents the area. "It's Atlanta at its best."

Hall says he's proposed the City of Atlanta recognize the date as "Elliott Street Pub Day" in 2016.

For the April 2 anniversary bash, bassist Kevin Scott and Atlanta Funk Society perform, alongside MC Devon Licker and Talloolah Love's Burlesque. Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack also bring the power of Atlanta's premier large jazz ensemble to the mix. And true to form, fires will roar as a tower created by local artist Evereman burns throughout the night.

The beacon at 51 Elliott St. wasn't always the nightlife hub it is today. "We found this abandoned, burned-out crack house in the spring of 2004, while riding bicycles through our deserted city at 2 a.m.," Mike says. "The first thing we noticed was the view of the city — and it had no neighbors to complain about noise. We were only looking at it as a place to live and a yard for Jakob Brothers Construction. We had no idea that we would be opening a pub and a music venue two years later."

The Jakob's have since hosted countless festivals and parties, including early Flux-related blowouts — the annual art installation street party moved to Old Fourth Ward in 2015. On one memorable night in 2013, a pack of musicians took to the street outside the pub to play a beaten-down Range Rover as a percussive instrument. On another occasion last year, Charlie Smith's fire-coughing metal rooster sculpture entertained people for a "Burning Man decompression party."

The Pub started hosting regular jazz nights at "The 51" space downstairs, when Elliott Street employee and saxophonist Jordan Shalhoup suggested booking music on Wednesday nights. "Jordan brought a bunch of really talented local musicians to play, and we started meeting all these badass players looking for a place to play," Mike says.

Local heavyweights including Akeem Marble, Justin Chesarek, Eric Fontaine, Colin Agnew, and Kebbi Williams became regulars. Soon, guitarist Jacob Deaton introduced the Sounds from the Underground series, and prolific bass player Kevin Scott moved his Tuesday night jams there in 2013. "The 51 is home base for the most progressive musicians and artists in Atlanta," Scott says. "Elliott Street provides a safe and supportive home for forward-minded musicians, where they can all try new things out collectively."

Elliott Street Pub may only be 10 years old, but it has witnessed a world of growth in that time. And just as vibrantly as the molten iron flows during one of their many iron pour parties, the pub's spirit remains a beacon of nightlife for South Downtown.

HGTV's `You Live In What' featured the Jakob Brothers and their stunning home and building makeover in Season Two of their eponymous series of pioneers living in extraordinary locations!

Five reasons to love Castleberry Hill

The historic warehouse district is home to art galleries, lofts, soul food, and craft classes

Atlanta Magazine - May 2016, Tess Malone

Elliott Street Deli & Pub - (Photograph by Rawan Althomali, Atlanta Magazine)   From soul food to sushi -  Owens recommends the Santos Classic margarita at Mexican restaurant  No Mas Cantina  or the supercrunch roll at sushi-and-burger joint  Bottle Rocket . Looking for a more low-key scene? Stop by  Elliott Street Deli & Pub , a dive bar known for its sandwiches and weekend live music. But the area’s most notable restaurant is soul food mainstay  Paschal’s , whose original location was an important meeting place for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.

Elliott Street Deli & Pub - (Photograph by Rawan Althomali, Atlanta Magazine)

From soul food to sushi - Owens recommends the Santos Classic margarita at Mexican restaurant No Mas Cantina or the supercrunch roll at sushi-and-burger joint Bottle Rocket. Looking for a more low-key scene? Stop by Elliott Street Deli & Pub, a dive bar known for its sandwiches and weekend live music. But the area’s most notable restaurant is soul food mainstay Paschal’s, whose original location was an important meeting place for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.

10 Atlanta Dive Bars for All Your Valentine's Day Needs - Because not everyone wants roses, chocolate, and champagne

Eater Atlanta, February 2016

by Chris Fuhrmeister @ccfuhr

Elliott Street Deli and Pub

Elliott Street Deli and Pub

Located in Castleberry Hill, Elliott Street offers a nice view of the Downtown skyline from its front door. Don't ask for PBR; the bar serves Miller High Life instead, and the portrait of Frank Zappa will judge you for placing the wrong order.  51 Elliott St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313 - (404) 523-2174

"I've Found It. The Best Bar in Town!"

*We welcome everyone at ESP. Tourists and neighbors alike!'

*We welcome everyone at ESP. Tourists and neighbors alike!'

Elliott Street: Shaking Things Up in the ATL Since 1865

'In 1916, an illegal liquor still operating from the basement of the Elliott Street Pub was raided by federal agents. Always infamous, always fun!'

'In 1916, an illegal liquor still operating from the basement of the Elliott Street Pub was raided by federal agents. Always infamous, always fun!'

12 Iconic Atlanta Dive Bars to Escape to on Valentine’s Day: No reservations, no pricey prix fixe menu, no dressing up, no problem

Eater Atlanta, February 9, 2018  Hordes of starry-eyed Atlantans will be heading out to the city’s restaurants on  Valentine’s Day  for a romantic (and likely pricey) meal. If this doesn’t sound appealing, there are alternatives to the day’s festivities which don’t include dressing up, prix fixe menus, and chocolate covered anything paired with champagne.  Whether looking to relax with that special someone over cheap drinks and no frills or simply escape from the kissy-face crowds, these  12 iconic Atlanta dive bars  are solid options no matter the day of the week.  For more than 11 years, Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena.

Eater Atlanta, February 9, 2018

Hordes of starry-eyed Atlantans will be heading out to the city’s restaurants on Valentine’s Day for a romantic (and likely pricey) meal. If this doesn’t sound appealing, there are alternatives to the day’s festivities which don’t include dressing up, prix fixe menus, and chocolate covered anything paired with champagne.

Whether looking to relax with that special someone over cheap drinks and no frills or simply escape from the kissy-face crowds, these 12 iconic Atlanta dive bars are solid options no matter the day of the week.

For more than 11 years, Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena.

 

 

Atlanta Magazine, Christiane Lauterbach, 2013

Atlanta Magazine, Christiane Lauterbach, 2013

6 delicious deli sandwiches in Atlanta

Krista Miller - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 5, 2016

Bread. Meat. Cheese. It seems so simple, the deli sandwich. Yet, when you find a truly great one, there is bound to be a happy dance involved. What makes a great deli sandwich? It all starts with great bread. From there, fresh produce, rich cheese and sliced meats are all bound together with mustard, oil or mayonnaise. So, where can you find one? Here are a few of the best around town.   Elliot Street Deli and Pub - 51 Elliott St SW, Atlanta;    www.elliottstreet.com    If you like your sandwiches with a side of Newcastle and a shot of Fireball, this is your spot. Located in the shadows of the Georgia Dome in Castleberry Hill, there are no frills about this place. Just good times and great food. Try the mad Italian for a sandwich that’s overflowing with greatness. Sliced bread is piled with two kinds of ham, honey-glazed and spicy, Mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and pesto mayonnaise. Lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and oil and vinegar round it out.

Bread. Meat. Cheese. It seems so simple, the deli sandwich. Yet, when you find a truly great one, there is bound to be a happy dance involved. What makes a great deli sandwich? It all starts with great bread. From there, fresh produce, rich cheese and sliced meats are all bound together with mustard, oil or mayonnaise. So, where can you find one? Here are a few of the best around town.

Elliot Street Deli and Pub - 51 Elliott St SW, Atlanta; www.elliottstreet.com

If you like your sandwiches with a side of Newcastle and a shot of Fireball, this is your spot. Located in the shadows of the Georgia Dome in Castleberry Hill, there are no frills about this place. Just good times and great food. Try the mad Italian for a sandwich that’s overflowing with greatness. Sliced bread is piled with two kinds of ham, honey-glazed and spicy, Mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and pesto mayonnaise. Lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and oil and vinegar round it out.

Best of Atlanta, Creative Loafing, 2016 

Best neighbo   rhood bar -    Elliott Street Deli & Pub    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Castleberry Hill, ELLIOTT STREET DELI & PUB offers the neighborhood an underground hot spot for creative music. Brothers Mike and Peter Jakob renovated the space in 2006, and in the last decade the unassuming pub has grown into one of Atlanta’s most influential music hangouts. Bassist Kevin Scott continues to host Tuesday night jam sessions on the pub’s basement stage, bringing in a rotating cast of jazz heavyweights including saxophonists Kebbi Williams and Eric Fontaine. Elliott Street has participated in art celebrations such as Flux Night and hosted work from local favorites such as Evereman. On April 2, the club celebrated its 10-year anniversary with performances from Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, who found new audiences in its intimate basement venue. City Councilman Kwanza Hall helped commemorate the pub’s contributions to local culture by adopting April 2 as “Elliott Street Pub Day” in Atlanta. The Elliott Street Deli & Pub is a cultural touchstone for rising musical talent, and a refuge for those seeking quality food, drink, and community.

Best neighborhood bar - Elliott Street Deli & Pub

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Castleberry Hill, ELLIOTT STREET DELI & PUB offers the neighborhood an underground hot spot for creative music. Brothers Mike and Peter Jakob renovated the space in 2006, and in the last decade the unassuming pub has grown into one of Atlanta’s most influential music hangouts. Bassist Kevin Scott continues to host Tuesday night jam sessions on the pub’s basement stage, bringing in a rotating cast of jazz heavyweights including saxophonists Kebbi Williams and Eric Fontaine. Elliott Street has participated in art celebrations such as Flux Night and hosted work from local favorites such as Evereman. On April 2, the club celebrated its 10-year anniversary with performances from Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, who found new audiences in its intimate basement venue. City Councilman Kwanza Hall helped commemorate the pub’s contributions to local culture by adopting April 2 as “Elliott Street Pub Day” in Atlanta. The Elliott Street Deli & Pub is a cultural touchstone for rising musical talent, and a refuge for those seeking quality food, drink, and community.

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`Awarded to the most highly rated and best reviewed businesses on Yelp.'

`On April 2, 2016, the Atlanta City Council unanimously voted to declare April 2 `Elliott Street Deli & Pub' day in the city of Atlanta.with an official Proclamation.'

`On April 2, 2016, the Atlanta City Council unanimously voted to declare April 2 `Elliott Street Deli & Pub' day in the city of Atlanta.with an official Proclamation.'

EATER ATLANTA: Where to Eat Around the Mercedes Benz Stadium

September 18, 2018

The historic neighborhood of Castleberry Hill lies west of downtown Atlanta and directly in the shadows of the  Mercedes-Benz Stadium  and newly-renamed  State Farm Arena  (née Philips Arena) where the Atlanta Hawks basketball team plays. Just south of the Benz, Castleberry Hill turned its many industrial warehouses and buildings into art galleries, loft spaces, restaurants, and music venues. This hip and trendy neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of musicians, creatives, and young families, and often sees its restaurants hosting Falcons, Hawks, and Atlanta United soccer fans on game days. For more than a decade, Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena.

The historic neighborhood of Castleberry Hill lies west of downtown Atlanta and directly in the shadows of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and newly-renamed State Farm Arena (née Philips Arena) where the Atlanta Hawks basketball team plays. Just south of the Benz, Castleberry Hill turned its many industrial warehouses and buildings into art galleries, loft spaces, restaurants, and music venues. This hip and trendy neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of musicians, creatives, and young families, and often sees its restaurants hosting Falcons, Hawks, and Atlanta United soccer fans on game days. For more than a decade, Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena.

Hipster's guide to Atlanta's Westside

Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal Constitution - Oct 4, 2017

The word  hipster  can be a loaded one, but most will agree the term exudes distinct qualities, namely independence, appreciation for the arts and counter-cultural ideals.  All those characteristics happen to describe many of the dwellers of Westside Atlanta, which includes West Midtown and areas near the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail.  For those who like to think of themselves as hipsters, there are places just as cool and counter-culture as you are.  Take a look at these select spots on Atlanta’s Westside that are tailor-made for the consummate hipster.    Elliott Street Deli & Pub    51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta. 404-523-2174.  Tiny and eccentric Elliott Street Deli & Pub has existed long before it fell in the shadows of Mercedes-Benz Stadium —since 2006 to be exact. This blue-collar dive was formerly a jazz club known as Dee's Bird Cage, but is now known for its friendly and outdoor setting, hot and cold sandwiches and live music down in the basement. Come for a date or after a game at the stadium, and you're sure to have an amazing time.

The word hipster can be a loaded one, but most will agree the term exudes distinct qualities, namely independence, appreciation for the arts and counter-cultural ideals.

All those characteristics happen to describe many of the dwellers of Westside Atlanta, which includes West Midtown and areas near the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail.

For those who like to think of themselves as hipsters, there are places just as cool and counter-culture as you are.

Take a look at these select spots on Atlanta’s Westside that are tailor-made for the consummate hipster.

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta. 404-523-2174.

Tiny and eccentric Elliott Street Deli & Pub has existed long before it fell in the shadows of Mercedes-Benz Stadium —since 2006 to be exact. This blue-collar dive was formerly a jazz club known as Dee's Bird Cage, but is now known for its friendly and outdoor setting, hot and cold sandwiches and live music down in the basement. Come for a date or after a game at the stadium, and you're sure to have an amazing time.

Atlanta

USA TODAY - September 15, 2013

For Atlanta Falcons fans Elliott Street Pub (51 Elliott Street SW) draws local fans and visiting team travellers for the best pre-and post-game drinks and sandwiches in the neighborhood, just steps from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Thrillist - Elliott Street Deli & Pub is as authentic as the centuries-old building in which it lives.

By   Lisa Elbert @4lease   The tiny -- so tiny, you may not even know it existed -- neighborhood pub is known for its deli sandwiches upstairs, and live music venue, The 51, downstairs. The sandwiches are exactly what you’d expect of your butcher paper-packaged meal: quality meat topped with the proper accouttrement and served fresh-baked bread at an affordable price. There are classics like the French Dip, Reuben, and all-beef hot dogs, and specialties like the Elliott Street Ultimate which features three types of meat, two cheeses, and a whole host of toppings and spreads. Stop in, grab a sandwich, and head downstairs for cheap beer, live jazz, and burlesque.

By Lisa Elbert @4lease

The tiny -- so tiny, you may not even know it existed -- neighborhood pub is known for its deli sandwiches upstairs, and live music venue, The 51, downstairs. The sandwiches are exactly what you’d expect of your butcher paper-packaged meal: quality meat topped with the proper accouttrement and served fresh-baked bread at an affordable price. There are classics like the French Dip, Reuben, and all-beef hot dogs, and specialties like the Elliott Street Ultimate which features three types of meat, two cheeses, and a whole host of toppings and spreads. Stop in, grab a sandwich, and head downstairs for cheap beer, live jazz, and burlesque.

Meet Michael and Peter Jakob of Elliott Street Deli & Pub (Voyage ATL, 2/14/18)

(Michael & Peter Jakob With Their City of Atlanta Proclamation)

(Michael & Peter Jakob With Their City of Atlanta Proclamation)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael and Peter Jakob.

In 2003 while riding bicycles through Downtown Atlanta at 1 am (cause that’s what you do when you want to see a city), me and my brother Peter noticed an abandoned, burnt out, stand-alone building in the middle of a sea of parking lots. With this amazing unobstructed view of the city skyline. Pretty much exactly what we were looking for, and almost calling out to us.....READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:  http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-michael-jakob-peter-jakob-elliott-street-deli-pub-castleberry-hill/