Food & Drink

Outdoor oasis atop Hotel Palomar with sprawling views and cocktails

You don't have to mimic dad's accomplishments to honor him: despite some early misunderstandings, Derek Zoolander ultimately did his coal-mining pops proud by becoming a Merman. Merman. Honoring the patriarch through elevated cocktails, AltoRex

Latin for "high king", AltoRex is roundaboutly named for investor Beau King's legendary father Kim, who broke 13 school records while playing QB at GA Tech; the place is no sports bar though, but rather an outdoor oasis atop Hotel Palomar, offering city vistas via three separate enviros: Earth, Air, and Fire (Wind's off pursuing a solo career). The layout: step up an enclosed spiral staircase to "Air", with white low-slung tables, pillow-strewn deck chairs, a black marble fountain, and sweet West Peachtree views; walk left to "Fire", dominated by an elevated copper fire pit surrounded by stones, metal sculptures of burning twigs, and half-circled by a cream couch; then keep walking to "Earth", with white-tented cabanas, green & white cushioned couches, and a crisscrossed floor of cement and faux grass, saving them $15 a week in neighbor-kid mowing fees. The liquid diet's highlighted by the Cafe ATL (shaken Ketel, Kahlua, espresso), the Peach Julep (Bulleit, peach purée, mint), the Ocean Breeze (Absolut Citron, chamomile citrus berry, AperiTea, St. Germain), and the Belvedere Pomarancza/passion fruit/pineapple/tawny port Forbidden Fruit -- too many, and you'll find you've got problems with your snake

Southern-inspired grub ranges from tuna tartare & avocado tacos to braised pork belly sliders, all served in $5-$15 small bites that, though tasty, you'll look at with disgust and say, "What is this? A dinner for ants?".