Grown-Up Bars in Downtown Auburn (in order of distance from AU Hotel):
Note: almost all bars in Auburn have TVs for sporting events. Depot is the only one totally devoid of TV screens -- Acre, Avondale, and Piccolo patrons tend to be more low-key in their reactions to screens.
Hamilton's On Magnolia · $$ · American
174 E Magnolia Ave
Modern American restaurant with wraparound bar. Good for smaller groups.
Auburn Draft House · $$ · American
161 E Magnolia Ave
As suggested by the name, they're all about craft beers. Table seating.
Piccolo · $$ · Bar
241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830 (in the AU Hotel)
Cozy, and its flexible upholstered seating makes it good for flexible-sized groups. Small bites and cocktails. Periodically features live music.
Avondale Bar & Tap Room · $$ · Bar
106 N College St
A second-story hideout with great views of Auburn, lots of space for larger/flexible groups. Owned by an Auburn English alum, features excellent craft cocktails.
Tacorita · $$ · Tacos
138 N College St
If you need a margarita, this is your place. Bustling, table seating.
LiveOaks · $$ · Restaurant
201 N College St
Rustic-modern spot featuring elevated American fare, draft beer & a roomy patio with a covered bar.
Just off College:
The Hound · $$ · American
124 Tichenor Ave
Rustic-chic bar-restaurant with a simple New American menu, an extensive bourbon selection & many craft beers. Noise levels high. There are smaller side rooms that are good for congregating, though they fill quickly.
Acre · $$$ ($$ for lunch) · New Southern
210 E Glenn Ave
James Beard Award nominee, locally-sourced Southern-inspired fare, charcuterie & cocktails served in chic, rustic environs. Wraparound bar as well as table service.
Driving Distance Options:
The Depot · $$$ ($$ at lunch)· Seafood restaurant
124 Mitcham Ave
Small but lovely bar area, with one of the best bartenders and selections in town.
Ampersand Wine Bar
817 S Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
Red Clay Brewing Company
704 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
Lots of events
Zazu Gastropub · $$ · American
112 S 8th St
Low-key, rustic-chic tavern featuring 20+ craft brews on tap, plus New American eats & wine. Table service.