Scout Notes: What’s in a name? Well, that question doesn’t really take that much digging. Moe and Joe Krinsky really liked Pabst Blue Ribbon. The End.
Okay, okay, there’s a little more history to the place than that. In 1947, a couple years after the brothers returned from World War II, they decided to open a spot in Virginia-Highland where they specialized in cold beer, hot dogs, hamburgers and all-around good times. Given their location was close to the then-dry Dekalb County, early success came quickly. So in 1949, they hired their very first employee, the legendary Mr. Horace McKinnie, who served his patrons until his retirement in 2001. It wasn’t until the mid-1950s that their infamous Pabst Blue Ribbon was put on tap and, millions of pints later, people still come to the bar to savor “The Finest.” Moe and Joe sold their interest in the ‘60s, but today’s owners have done well continuing the proud traditions and service the brothers started out with. Because, let’s face it, there’s just too much rich history in here to go changing things. They sell more Pabst Blue Ribbon than any BAR in the SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. . .
It seems everyone who lives in this city for any amount of time has some fond association with Moe’s and Joe’s. As does this Scout. I spent many a Thursday nights here with school friends when we were all broke (and very, very thirsty). Those ice-cold, dirt-cheap pitchers of PBR fit our lifestyle quite perfectly. The jukebox always played our requests. The bartenders became good friends who just happened to know our usual orders. There were many a successful night that started (or ended) at Moe’s and Joe’s. But it isn’t just my creative school crew that still frequents this corner tavern, Georgia Tech and Emory crowds have their regular Tuesday nights here, a custom that holds true from back in the day. According to my own grandfather who attended Emory, he used to head to Moe’s and Joe’s for the same kind of traditions.
And even after all those nights of swilling beer in these graffiti-covered booths, there’s still good reason to head down and make new memories. This most recent evening, with a slightly parched throat and perfect 75 degree weather, Moe’s and Joe’s seemed like the perfect equation. Immediately, I was greeted by the infamous “Hollywood Don” who frequents Moe’s and Joe’s for, as he said, “one thing and one thing only… I just don’t know what that thing is.”
I’m with ya Don. And whatever that thing is… or has been for some time, it’s made him quite the legend on the scene here. So keep an eye out for Hollywood.
As for actual celeb sightings? They have those, too: Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, and Ty Pennington have recently been spotted here. Yep, Moe’s and Joe’s is as tempting to grizzled regulars as it is to Hollywood stars. And it’ll lure in just about any fan of good times with its patio full of beer-happy people, dogs patiently waiting for owners to finish their Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers… and a good old-fashioned Atlanta spirit that will never go out of style.
Recommended Food for Beer-Drinkers:
Buffalo Wings (dubbed “Best in the Southeast”)
Famous MoJo Burger, $2.75
PABST BLUE RIBBON
Monday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 12 midnight
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.