I'd say that most of the negative reviewers of this bar are bland, pretentious people who come from sheltered beginnings. ATL is chock full of these people and you shouldn't listen to their whining. One reviewer suggested the owner put in HD flat screens and try to keep up with trends...redesign. For shame! This is the best kept secret in Atlanta. This isn't Buckhead, people. Stop trying to ruin everything by expecting it to be PC and sterile and clean. \r
Great clientele, excellent service. David the bartender gives some of the fastest and best quality service I have ever had in a bar. Is it smoky and a little dingy? You bet, and that's the idea folks. If you want fancy schmansy, please direct your attention to Vinocity across the street. This is Kirkwood and if it weren't a little grimy, we wouldn't want to live here. Aces isn't a dive bar by any means, but it has that worn-in feel, like a great old Guns n Roses t-shirt or a best friend you've had all your life. If you live in Kirkwood and go there even semi-regularly, you're going to see someone you know. Smoking allowed, dogs allowed, punk rockers, bums, comedians, rabble rousers, practical jokers, artists, businesspeople, accountants, carnies allowed. If Kirkwood ever decides to invade Reynoldstown or Candler Park or Decatur (and given the rivalry between certain softball teams, it's a possibility) Aces is where they'd assemble the troops. At which point they'd all down a bunch of tall boys and forget why they showed up in the first place. \r
And lastly, there's lots to do. You can watch the game, play pinball, pool, listen to the kick butt jukebox by the door or talk up the kooky chicks that frequent the place. They have regular theme nights and drink specials as well.\r
At Aces, the saying might as well be, ""It's all good in the 'Wood.""
Pros: Great ""Cheers-like"" bar. Good people. Good food.
Cons: Bar area is a little small on some nights when it gets busy but that's really not a big deal.