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.
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”.
Flip Burger Boutique, the Atlanta-born, modern burger joint from acclaimed Chef Richard Blais, was one of the city’s first to hone in on boutique burgers, and it ignited a frenzy. Now with locations in Nashville and Birmingham, Flip continues to serve the Southeastern masses over a dozen innovative burgers, sides, and nitro-milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic, but the Stack is something really special (two specialty-seasoned patties, American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, flip sauce, you’re welcome). If you’re craving adventure, try the raw steak tartare burger, or go poultry with the fried chicken sandwich, or avoid meat all together with the "Fauxlafel." No matter what you order, it’s important to enjoy it with a side of sweet potato tots, and to wash it down with a milkshake.
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.
Buckhead's Smokebelly BBQ is a celebration of the South through soulful, belly-warming barbecue with a contemporary twist. And you’ll find iterations of Texas, Tennessee, and Carolinas barbecue traditions alongside the hometown style. Barbecue comes in tapas (brisket disco fries and cherry cola ribs), plates, and on sandwiches. Dieters, rejoice! Quinoa bowls and salads are also on offer, but if it were me, I’d go for the Pit Masters Platter: smoked turkey, pulled pork, or brisket with four sides, because three is just never enough.