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Landmark Athens Bar The Globe Has Reopened

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It’s been two years and almost two months since The Globe shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, but the Athens institution, which first opened in 1989 and was once named the best bar in America by Esquire magazine, is back as of today.

After a lot of stop-and-start and a full renovation of the interior that should give patrons more elbow room, The Globe is returning to regular bar operations, as well as lunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and dinner (5-10 p.m.) every day but Monday. Live music is returning, too, as will soccer upstairs once that reno is both started and completed.

Garrett MacFalda is handling the kitchen, which has streamlined its menu to focus on English pub standards made with good ingredients: bangers and mash, ploughman’s lunch (bread, cheese, apples, pickles, mustard), sausage roll, Irish stew, a classic corned beef Reuben, fish and chips, a barley bowl that can be made non-vegetarian, spiral-cut potato chips with a blue cheese béchamel, and Guinness crème brûlée. Also, the diner burger is back. Yay! The menu is still a work in flux, so expect regular changes for the near future.

On draft you’ll find Delirium Tremens, Old Rasputin, Chimay (red, white and blue), Warsteiner, Pauline, Reissdorf Kolsch, Weihenstephaner Dunkel and other deliciousness, including the requisite Tropicalia. There are cocktails and fancy nonalcoholic options, as well as sodas, Topo Chico and hot tea, because of course.

Brunch isn’t back yet but may yet be coming. MacFalda said, “We’re all extremely grateful to the city of Athens for their patience, and we’re very happy to be back.” We’re happy, too!