“despite its reputation as the capital of the South, there are surprisingly few places left in Atlanta that evoke something of that region’s rich and sometimes eccentric character.”1 Schmidt’s assessment of our city is perhaps even more accurate today than it was back then, yet Manuel’s Tavern, widely known as “Atlanta’s quintessential neighborhood bar,” has remained a notable exception to the metropolitan area’s continued veneration of the new.2 Over the past sixty-plus years since the tavern opened, its walls have even become an organic archive of the many notable communities that have called Manny’s “their” bar at various points, from cops and college professors to journalists and politicians – and even a Shakespearean troupe for a while. The histories of these groups might not be preserved in formal archives, but they are haphazardly recorded on the tavern’s walls.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the new Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern website next Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm at Manuel’s Tavern itself. All are welcome, whether you are a new Atlantan interested in learning more about the rich history of the city that has gathered in places like Manny’s, or you are an old regular curious what this digital “unpacking” has all been about (and maybe even contribute a story or two for posterity). Your drinks are on you, but light appetizers will be provided by the Unpacking team.