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Great Escapes: Trappeze Pub + Highwire Lounge

The absolute best beer selection, the finest cocktails, great food and live music makes for a very rich experience in Downtown Athens.

Where do you go in Athens to enjoy great food, craft beer and specialty drinks, delicious desert, good company and live music? Why, and , of course! The marriage of two great bars has resulted in a place where you can really have it all. Trappeze entered the scene several years ago with the lofty intentions of becoming Athenian's go-to spot for the finest craft beer and has not only accomplished this task, but serves delicious food as well.

The craft beer selection is the real boast of the pub. There are more than 30 beers on tap and over 200 different bottled beers from 15 different categories. Whatever tickles your fancy, be it a light pilsner, rich stout, Belgian blonde, cider or mead, Trappeze has it all, and the bar staff is willing and able to tell you about each beer's unique flavor. The atmosphere of the pub is great for visiting with friends and convenient for either sipping a beer slowly, enjoying a leisurely dinner, or stopping off to have a drink before a show. The absence of a television means that personal conversation will be free of distraction. 

The food menu consists of some staple bar foods, like hamburgers, french fries, pimento cheese sandwiches and the like, while also dazzling our tastebuds with more aspiring dishes. If you want to try something other than the normal bar fare, choose raspberry ketchup for your fries, housemade red pepper jelly with your pimento cheese sandwich, or celery-lime aoili on your braised pork taco. Athens' local fair trade roaster, , is also available. brunch-inspired special" is served every Sat starting at 11am, and a full brunch menu is served on Sundays beginning at 11am.

The Highwire Lounge is a cocktail bar that takes pride in its artful mixology, using only the finest and freshest ingredients in each drink. The lounge is a natural extension of the laid-back, communal atmosphere of Trappeze Pub.

There is something special happening at Highwire almost every night of the week. Mondays you can participate in Trivia, for which sign-up begins at 7pm and first prize is a $100 bar tab. Tuesdays are reserved for Kenosha Kid, a popular local band performing a smooth blend of improvisational, classic-jazz-influenced, instrumental rock and roll. Wednesdays, you can enjoy select wines at half price, and Friday nights feature live jazz music from 8pm-11pm.  

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