Where to Grab a Drink in Atlanta Right Now
There is plenty to drink about.
When Georgia businesses began reopening in late April, bars were ordered to remain closed, and it wasn’t until June that bars were allowed to reopen again. Those three months of temporary closures were brutal, but the city’s bartenders got creative. Some bars, like Likewise in Ponce City Market, hosted daily virtual happy hours while bartenders like Mercedes O’Brien, former beverage director of Gun Show and Cold Beer, are selling cocktail kits for people to whip up at home.
While bars don’t have to reduce capacity as of now, they do need to maintain social distancing and require face masks for employees interacting with patrons (who should also wear them out of courtesy). Many of Atlanta’s bars are taking their own precautions by creating more patio seating and offering takeout options. Whether you want to put on your dancing shoes, just hang out, or grab a cocktail to go, here are 19 bars to visit in Atlanta.
Battle & Brew
A geek’s paradise known for its trivia night, Battle & Brew is a gaming meets bar venue in Sandy Springs. The dining room is open for business, as are the arcade games, but it’s also created an outdoor space that’s almost as fun. Known as BNB After Dark, the space is accessible 7pm to midnight Friday and Saturday. There are projectors and outdoor tables and plenty of drinks and snacks to order.
How to order: Make a reservation on Yelp or order takeout through Postmates and DoorDash.
The Third Door
Set in a former 1920s gas station, this new retro bar in historic Marietta offers plenty of outdoor seating. Pull up and sip one of its 1920s-themed cocktails like the Daisy Buchanan with gin, white vermouth, peach, and rosewater.
How to order: Patio seating is first-come, first-served.
Suite Food Lounge
There’s a little bit of everything at Suite Food Lounge. There’s a more subdued dining room and bar on the main floor, but head upstairs and you’ll find a Miami-inspired rooftop bar. This is the ideal spot to catch a big sports game or party late into the night with a DJ. Don’t miss its weekly Crablegs & Karaoke happy hour where martinis are just $5.
How to order: Make a reservation on OpenTable.
If months of lockdown have you longing to go full swank, then head to Himitsu -- after you email to make your reservation and get the go ahead, of course. The speakeasy shares owners with Umi so expect sophisticated interiors and expertly crafted Japanese-inspired cocktails.
How to order: Email your reservation to email@example.com with the word “LOVE” in the subject line.
Muss & Turner’s is great for lunchtime sandwiches, but at night, head through the walk-in door in the back of the restaurant and you’ll be treated to a speakeasy surprise at Eleanor’s. The intimate bar features cocktails like the Brown Thrasher made with bourbon, smoked apple shrub, cynar, lemon, and maple syrup.
How to order: Just walk back! Last call is one hour after the kitchen closes.
Leon's Full Service
Leon’s is currently only seating guests on its patio, but fortunately it’s a killer one with plenty of shade. The bar has posted clear COVID-19 guidelines, so give those a look before you go. Order yourself a bucket of fries with a few dipping sauces to go with that cocktail.
How to order: Patio seating is first-come, first-served or you can order takeout online.
The Patio At Midtown
Lazy Betty’s outdoor space hosts a pop-up appropriately dubbed The Patio ATL run by Shannon Dunlap, Carl Gilbert, and Austin Goetzman. The pop-up is held midnight to late each Saturday (and Sundays beginning October 11). The menu features rotating snacks like fried chicken, corn dogs, and ranch fries as well as cocktails priced around $8.
How to order: Book a table with Resy or order takeout through Toast.
The swanky supper club-style dining room is currently closed, but you can get your cocktail fix on their Beltline-adjacent patio. Swing by Thursday through Sunday evenings for a bite (can’t go wrong with the crab cakes or burger) and order one of their classic drinks like the Mai Tai.
How to order: Patio seating is first-come, first-served or you order takeout online.
The iconic no-frills blues bar has been in the same spot since 1972. It shut down for six months during the pandemic, but has reopened and is almost back to its full glory. Guests visiting will find masked up employees and lots of sanitation practices in place. Don’t worry, it’s still gritty and is now offering a full slate of live performances again.
How to order: No cover charge before 9:30pm.
Sure, Manuel’s Tavern has delicious bar food (even on its current limited menu) and a cool old school bar vibe, but it’s the bar’s history that makes it so interesting. The original owner of the bar, Manuel Maloof, was known as the Godfather of Georgia Democratic politics and the tavern has played host to many political events and politicians in its lifetime.
How to order: The bar has turned its parking lot into outdoor patio seating, which is first-come, first-served or you can order delivery on Uber Eats.
Parlor is chic and inviting with teal mid-century-modern sofas, vibrant art, and a bathroom where you’ll want to snap a selfie. Sip one of their creative concoctions like the El Navegador with gin, St. Germain, tonic, lime, honey, and bitters. Small bites like Bavarian pretzels and chicken & peach skewers, are also available.
How to order: Make a reservation through Resy.
Nine Mile Station
Another excellent rooftop option, Hotel Clermont offers views of the city and beyond. Kick back on the astroturf and enjoy a tropical-inspired drink. Note that masks are required when moving throughout the building and, once you leave the rooftop, you won’t be allowed back in.
How to order: The rooftop is now open seven days a week and seating is first-come, first-served.
Both locations of Biltong Bar are open for dine-in service. This is the place to go when you’re craving casual South African eats, like the namesake biltong (beef jerky), and an expertly crafted drink. You can’t go wrong with the Unfuck Your Day: a frozen blend of rye, brandy, mint, absinthe, pineapple, and lime.
How to order: Make reservations through OpenTable or order takeout through Toast.
A night spent in the dimly lit confines of Ticonderoga Club is a night well spent. But, those are on hold now, as the bar is only offering food and drinks to-go -- dubbed the Ticon-To-Go Club. The bar is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner only on Saturdays, and Sunday brunch. Yes, the frozen Ticonderoga Cup -- with rum, brandy, lemon, and pineapple -- is available for takeout.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast.
The edgiest bar can be found on the ground floor of Westside Provisions District -- just look for the neon glow. Little Trouble reopened in September and requires that groups remain seated and that masks be worn around the bar. You can enjoy cocktails and bites from the Mushi Ni pop-up (get the Tokyo fries) in the restaurant or order to go.
How to order: Seating is first-come, first-served or order takeout through UpServe.
We miss hanging out in 8Arm’s intimate wine bar (temporarily closed), but it’s easy to find happiness in its adorably named outdoor bar, Sidepiece. There’s a menu with snacks (some heavier than others) like pork belly spring rolls and kimchi and rice as well as stellar cocktails, beer, and wine.
How to order: Counter service with first-come, first-served seating or order wine online.
Kimball House is really more of a restaurant than a bar, but how could we leave off cocktails crafted by Miles Macquarrie? The dining room and patio is open for reservations. Make one and indulge in the city’s deepest oyster program paired with one (or two) of Kimball House’s tipples.
How to order: Book a table through Resy.