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The River Street Tavern - Ellijay, GA

The River Street Tavern - Ellijay, GA


About Us!

Located in historic down-town Ellijay, The River Street Tavern is open for lunch, dinner and evening get-together's. We are a small, intimate tavern that offers a family-friendly atmosphere which is loved by locals and visitors alike. You will love our staff and our tavern! We may get a little busy during peak times but we work hard to make sure every experience is a positive one. We will always try to not disappoint you!


Award Winning Food & Local Brews!

The River Street Tavern is well known for our award winning burgers and featured local brews but we have something for just about everyone with a large menu selection, kids menu and a large selection of beer, wine, cider and mixed drinks!

River Street Tavern Live Events!

River Street Tavern Live Events!


Live Music...

We search high and low to find you some of the best musicians and singers! Stop by each Friday & Saturday, grab a chair, and order some great food/drinks while you listen to your new or old favorites performed live right here at The River Street Tavern! Never a cover but you may want to get here early because we can fill up fast. Check our event calendar for times and dates! See who will be here next!


Want To Perform?

Are you a talented singer/musician and sing solo or with a two person group? We are always looking for top talent to book here at The River Street Tavern. If you think you have what our customers are looking for, be sure to contact us.

Brad & Heather Simmons

Brad & Heather Simmons


Our History...

Hello! We are Brad and Heather Simmons and are both natives of Gilmer County with family ties going back multiple generations. We met when I, Heather, was the manager of Jilly’s Pub. After three years of being with Jilly’s I left and pursued other ventures but always had the desire to own the Pub. Brad and I were married in December of 2012. Brad was a sergeant with the Gilmer County Fire Department and assisted his dad at Simmons Grading with daily activities as well. Two years after leaving employment at the Pub the opportunity presented itself for us to purchase it, or as Brad refers to it as “buying Heather a job”. I naturally told him he was crazy, but my desire to own the Pub returned and we agreed it would be a good investment for our future and proceeded with the purchase. On May 1, 2014, we became the owners of Jilly’s Pub. On New Year’s Eve 2014 we celebrated out with the old and in with the new and went forward with the name change to what you all know as River Street Tavern today. Brad and I love our hometown of Ellijay and want to be a part of its growth. Nothing makes us happier than to see good things happen with our community. We welcome you to visit our Tavern and hope that you are made to feel at home here.

Come Visit Us!

Come Visit Us!


Meet the Staff!

Come meet the cool people who make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible. We are a team of co-workers who have become good friends. We want you to feel the same way! No one is ever left out at The River Street Tavern. Stop in and see for yourself why so many people call themselves "regulars"!


Only The Best Will Do!

Interested in working at The River Street Tavern? In the event of an open position, we are always on the look-out for highly motivated, friendly people to join our team. Server and bar experience preferred.

Money On The Ceiling Could Equal A Free Beer!

Money On The Ceiling Could Equal A Free Beer!


How Do The Dollar Bills Get On The Ceiling?

You start with a dollar bill, quarter and a thumb tack. The thumb tack is centered into the dollar bill, the quarter is placed on top of the thumb tack and the dollar bill is folded up so that it mimics a dart. Before you fold the dollar bill up your server will mark the quarter for a free beer. You then toss the dollar bill up, the quarter gives it the weight to get to the ceiling and pushes the thumb-tack in. The dollar bill will eventually relax, especially on high humidity days. Once it relaxes the quarter will fall out and whoever retrieves the quarter will receive a free beer.


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