The Vortex Bar & Grill

Bar, Burgers, American
$ $
878 Peachtree St NE (btw 8th & 9th)
Atlanta, GA 30309
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 3:00am
11:00am - 3:00am
11:00am - 12:00am

The Vortex, which has two Atlanta locations, is a crazy place. First of all, just to enter the restaurant you have to walk through a giant skull with crazy eyes that also happens to be the main entrance. The menu has a full page of rules ("We maintain the right to refuse service to any person that, in our sole opinion, is a great big jerk."). They also don’t allow anyone in who’s under the age of 18 because of smoking laws. And while all of this kitsch and attitude might make for a great distraction from underwhelming food anywhere else, the burgers here are the real deal (and so are the sweet potato tots). The Hell's Fury burger is a gargantuan half-pound patty of Choice sirloin, topped with pepper jack cheese, something called Atomic Death Sauce, habanero relish, and a whole roasted jalapeño. Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re into spicy food, this very well might be the tastiest burger you’ll ever encounter. — Dan Myers



  • Burgers here are to die for! On Man v Food Nation, Adam Richman tries a burger so monstrous that it's held together by 2 grilled cheese sandwiches!
  • Order the Double Coronary like it's your regular burger. Down the entire thing like a pro. Act like you've been there before.
  • I recommend the chili
  • Follow the rules!
  • If you like blue cheese, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not get the blue shroom burger...amazing!
  • The Yokohama Mama is the best!
  • Its the kind of place you want to take out-of-town guests, if only just to shock them with the existence of the Triple Coronary Bypass burger. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Funky atmosphere, loud music, enormous selection of bottled beers and some of the best and biggest burgers in town. Black bean soup and home-style pimento cheese are excellent, too.
  • If you haven't, read the front of the menu.
  • Definitely go for the tots, sweet potatoes or the rings over the regular fries
  • You want to go Hell Burger. Not too hot, not too messy, way too good. R N T.
  • Order an absinthe and some tatter totts, have a smoke at the bar and remember, life is good.
  • Wanna get tipsy? Try the Skull Crusher..its the whole damn bar
  • Crave from the Grave: Like it spicy? The "Hell Burger" is topped w/ habanero relish, jalapenos, & pepperjack cheese. I'm sweatin' just thinking about it! Give the tots a try for your side item too.
  • One of my favorite Atlanta institutions. But it's really time to move into the 21st century and nix the smoking! (And that goes for the rest of GA too.)
  • Get the guacamole burger, it's to die for!
  • The ethos of late-night eating is perfectly summed up in the title of one of their most formidable burgers, the Coronary Bypass.
  • Bad service, ridiculous rules, cocky attitude, but their food is to die for. Avocado burger = heaven
  • It's unfortunate for the servers that the hostess and management are fuckwads !
  • If you like spicy food, try the Hell Burger...

Nearby places

878 Peachtree St NE (at 7th St.)
660 Peachtree St NE (at Ponce de Leon Ave NE)
933 Peachtree St NE (Peachtree Place NE)