How to be a fan of the Premier League in Atlanta
Whether you’re a bandwagon fan who pulls for Chelsea or one of the teams from Manchester, a rabid Spurs supporter who left London for the (college) football-crazy South, or someone who arbitrarily chose to root for Everton despite having never been on Merseyside — there are other people inside the 285 perimeter who share your love for the world’s best and most exciting football league.
If watching the game on your couch with your cup of coffee and your dog via a (usually bad) NBC Live Extra stream isn’t good enough for you, there are a number of options for getting out and enjoying the beautiful game. If you support one of the bigger clubs, there are supporters groups that meet at bars around the city. If you aren’t a fan of one of those teams, but you want to want to go watch the games with other fans — there are places that open up early and show all the games on separate TVs.
First, let’s talk about the main soccer bars in Atlanta, then we’ll go over the fan clubs so you can meet up with your fellow supporters.
Atlanta soccer bars
Fado Irish Pub – Buckhead 273 Buckhead Ave. Atlanta, GA 30305
Fado is the home to Atlanta Evertonians — the supporters club for fans of Everton Football Club. But if you are not an Everton fan they do have all the other games on TV. They open early for the games every weekend and the place gets packed when big games are on.
Brewhouse Cafe – Little Five Points 401 Moreland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
The Brewhouse in the Little Five Points neighborhood is an Arsenal bar. They also show the other EPL games, as well as rugby and cricket. Big crowds for World Cup and qualifying matches.
Ri Ra is the home to the local Chelsea fan club, but they have the full slate of EPL matches and rugby, as well. They run a weekly “pick em” contest to win a trip to England for a Newcastle match.
The Elder Tree – East Atlanta Village 469 Flat Shoals Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30316
The Elder Tree is in the East Atlanta Village. This is the place to catch Atlanta Silverbacks away matches. They also have a “soccer club” that you can join so you can have a pint while you watch the early Sunday matches. Arcane Georgia alcohol laws prohibit restaurants and bars from selling alcohol before 12:30pm on Sundays.
Everton – Atlanta Evertonians
Boasting more than 100 members, the Atlanta Evertonians home bar is Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead, where they dominate the entire left side of the establishment. While the team may not be playing up to fan expectations this season, the Atlanta Evertonians are still there to sing and support for every match.
Chelsea – Georgia Blues
Chelsea supporters meet at RiRa in midtown for all fixtures.
Twitter – @georgia_blues
Arsenal – The Atlanta Arsenal
The local Arsenal supporter’s group meets at the Brewhouse in Little Five Points. Join them for matches and revel in Chelsea hate.
Twitter – @ATLGooner
Tottenham Hotspur – ATL Spurs
Spurs have a big following in Atlanta. They meet at Meehan’s Public House in Atlantic Station on game day.
Southampton – Atlanta Saints
While not much can be found about this fan club, they do have a Twitter account:@ATLSaints
Liverpool – LFC Atlanta
I’d rather walk alone but if you support this team, there are others like you. Slip on down to Meehan’s on Peachtree for all matches.