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The owners decided to open The Vortex back in 1992 because it sounded like more fun than looking for jobs. So, they created a secret hideout for themselves where they could mingle and have a good time, instead of going to work every day. With that being the foundation of our bar, we have never taken ourselves too seriously. The Vortex is just a cool hang-out where people can enjoy themselves with friends and family. Over time, our patrons and staff have all become extended family, even if slightly dysfunctional. It’s a very interesting fellowship. Running this bar is like hosting a never-ending party. We do it because we love our loyal fans. And our loyal fans love us right back. When it comes right down to it, The Vortex is all about the love.


The Vortex is a casual bar and burger joint. We grill up the best damn burgers in Atlanta, offer a huge selection of beer, spirits and specialty cocktails and serve some ridiculously indulgent bar food. All these offerings are brought to you by a staff that is genuine, fun, friendly and knowledgeable. They may even be a little bit irreverent at times. In other words, this is the kind of place your momma warned you about. That’s why it’s so much fun. If you’re looking for fine dining, health food, vegetarian dishes or gluten-free options, this may not be the place for you.


In an attempt to keep the good times rolling, the owners declared The Vortex an “Idiot-Free Zone” when they opened, and have remained committed to this policy ever since. Our goal has always been to foster an atmosphere of fun and mutual respect. There is never any reason for people to be rude to one another, particularly in our bar. You be nice, and we’ll be nice. The concept is so simple, you wouldn’t think any further explanation would be necessary. But here it is: Any customer who acts like an entitled jerk will be asked to leave. And the same goes for bad employees. Common courtesy works both ways.


This is where we attempt to explain what you can expect when visiting The Vortex. If you’ve never been, we suggest you review our company policies prior to making the trip, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. For your convenience, you can CLICK HERE to view and/or print the covers of our food menu, which list our basic company policies. Additional details can also be found throughout this website. We strive to be as transparent as possible. We’re not trying to fool anyone. We understand that some folks will like what we offer, and others will not. And that’s okay. We have never tried to be all things to all people. We just do what we do, for the people that like what we do.


We love seeing our customers having fun and being silly, even if they embarrass themselves. We’ve seen it all. In fact, we’ve done it all, so we can totally relate. Of course, only courteous and considerate people actually worry about behaving themselves. So, if you’re worried, you probably don’t need to worry. Getting a little “loose” will probably not get you thrown out of The Vortex. But being a jackass always will. The truth is, our loyal fans already know how to behave in bars. They have always loved our no-nonsense approach to dealing with idiots. And they appreciate the fact, that on occasion, we might need to throw an idiot out of our bar to protect the experience for everyone else. After all, nobody wants idiots spoiling the fun for the rest of us.


Below are just a few examples of the type of idiots that have a history of prematurely short visits at The Vortex. If you see any similarities to yourself in these descriptions, maybe The Vortex isn’t the place for you. And maybe, it’s time to seek some counseling. For your own good.


We have always been very forthright about what we do at The Vortex. But, certain people think everything in the world should revolve around them. And they love nothing more than to be offended. In their righteous indignation, they will not hesitate to tell us what we should change about our business, including company policies that they just don’t like. Their battle cry is “the customer is always right.” But, that’s where they’re wrong. What they fail to realize, is The Vortex was not designed for tight-asses. We have no reason to engage them, or argue with them, because we do not give a damn what they think. About anything. GTFO


Known to travel in packs, these potential date-rapists invariably mistake any female attention as sexual attraction. Their frail egos often make them big bullies, so don’t step on their shoes or jostle their drink. And for God’s sake, don’t make direct eye contact, because it doesn’t take much to set them off. With more roid-rage than active brain cells, douche bags are one of the main reasons we employ bouncers. GTFO


We will always do whatever it takes to correct any legitimate problem caused by our staff, but some people view even the slightest error as an opportunity to demand something for nothing. They’ll often claim that they’re not going to pay for anything, or threaten to write a bad Yelp review. And they promise to tell all their friends about their “awful” experience. But we don’t mind, because their friends are probably just as horrible as they are. GTFO


These are legal adults who have never learned how to enjoy alcohol responsibly. The more they drink, the bigger knuckle-heads they become. And once they’re adequately primed, they’ll start to annoy other customers. They usually end up crying, fighting and/or puking somewhere unfortunate. While it’s fun to mock these silly fools, someone has to clean up after them, and that’s no fun at all. People who insist on drinking until they’re stupid should really limit themselves to Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve. Those are official “Amateur Nights,” so they’ll have lots of company. GTFO


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