Food & Drink

Atlanta's 5 best new outdoor drinking destinations

Published On 05/29/2014 Published On 05/29/2014
The Imperial
Flip Burger Boutique
La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar
Smokebelly
MARBAR
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1. The Imperial 726 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

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”.

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2. FLiP Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

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.

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3. La Urbana Tequila and Mezcal Bar 1133 Huff Road Northwest #C, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

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.

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4. Smokebelly BBQ 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

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.

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5. MARBAR 314 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

This Decatur patio is busting out a deep drink list featuring all sorts of tequilas and rums, plus Mexican-inspired eats heavy on the seafood, like their Mahi Mahi dorado taco.