Atlanta We've already told you about the 12 things you absolutely must do in Atlanta this Summer (we're nice like that!), but that doesn't really help you decide where to drink right now, does it? No. So we've rounded up the ATL's five best new spots to engage in one of Summer's all-time greatest activities: outdoor drinking.
Atlanta's 5 best new outdoor drinking destinations
The Imperial, Decatur
The biggest patio in Oakhurst kindly invites you to its first Summer on the Decatur landscape. Grab a table, a pitcher of your favorite local brew, and some “La Poutine de Georgia”, which is fancy-talk for gravy, pimento cheese, and bacon all over fries. Continue Reading
FLIP Burger Boutique, Highlands
After Richard Blais remodeled his haute doggery into another successful FLIP franchise, he went ahead and built out the roof into a spectacular Highlands drinking destination, where the house-made syrups, bitters, and liquor are the perfect complement to the meaty masterpieces they're slinging between buns.
La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, Westside
The Westside has a new destination for your extra-Southern drinking/dining needs, where in addition to traditional South-of-the-border eats (tacos, tapas, etc.), they're slinging a huge selection -- as their name suggests -- of tequila AND mezcal, the former of which are all technically the latter, and the latter of which... um, are too, presumably.
Smokebelly BBQ, Buckhead
Our city’s newest BBQ-badass has arrived in Buckhead, and is serving bountiful booze and meat in a trailer-chic spot with a menu that doesn’t try to be uppity either: think simple, slow-smoked meats complemented by a solid liquor and beer menu that will be the highlight of any sunny ATLfternoon.
This revamped Decatur patio is busting out a deep drink list featuring all the tequilas and rums that you vaguely remember from Spring Break, and a fresh seafood menu that provides all the shrimp, salmon, and ceviche you need to power your way through your fifth-ish margarita.
The Imperial's an oasis where you can get great pub fare with an intense beer selection. Their must-try is the pimento cheese and bacon “Southern Living Burger”.
This creative burger boutique is taking burgers to levels you've never imagined by making them super-classy and artisanal like the Steak Tartare burger with a fried egg, cornichons, frisee salad, pickled shallots, and smoked mayo. Pro tip: order the sweet potato tots. You won't regret it.
La Urbana is true Mexican street food. Tacos, tapas, ensaladas -- you name it they've got it. Don't miss their especialdades like the Torta Ahogada or Chile Relleno.
This Buckhead BBQ joint is serving bountiful booze and meat. The decor is trailer-chic, and the menu features no-fuss eats like slow-smoked ribs and other meats, which're complemented by a solid liquor and beer menu.