I recently photographed Manuel’s Tavern in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta for a restaurant review for the Virginia Highland Patch. I got to sit down with the general manager Steven Pitts and learn about some of the history of the tavern. Manuel’s Tavern has been a Virginia Highland icon for over 50 years. Started by Manuel Maloof on August 6, 1956, the original bar was a delicatessen with fluorescent lights and linoleum tops. With a vision of recreating an English pub after serving in World War II, Maloof started to refurbish the building which eventually took over an entire city block. It was an instant hit. Throughout the years, Manuel’s Tavern has been a meeting place to talk about politics and policy. Manuel himself started his political career after an Atlanta columnist kept writing about a political barkeep who knew more about policy than most of the local politicians. To this day the employees at Manuel’s keep the tradition alive with being well versed in today’s local politics. Here are my favorite images from Manuel’s.