Beverage Director

Where to Drink in Atlanta Right Now

Take the edge off.

Here are two things that we can toast to: Spring is here, and everyone in Georgia is eligible for the vaccine (and there are plenty of places to get one)! Whether you want to celebrate with a strong boozy concoction or a playfully crafted zero-proof drink—or something in between—there are plenty of options in and around Atlanta. From patios to rooftops to socially distanced dining rooms, Atlantas bars are waiting to welcome you. 

Battle & Brew

Sandy Springs

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.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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.

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.

Available for Reservations

HIMITSU

Buckhead

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 hello@puraibeto.com with the word “LOVE” in the subject line.

Eleanor's

Smyrna

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.

You can sit inside or on a shaded patio at this former gas station. Leon’s is the sibling to Brickstore Pub but the cocktails are seasonally driven and expertly crafted. Give the Tropical Americano a whirl if you want something on the lighter side (aromatized wine, passionfruit, pineapple, soda, and bitters). If you’re feeling snacky, order up some stuffed peppadew peppers and house-made ricotta served with grilled sourdough.
How to order: Indoor and patio dining is first-come, first-serve.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

The tropical vibes are strong here. Whether you sit on the patio or the dining room, you’ll forget all your troubles after you’ve had one or two of their strong tiki drinks. 
How to order: Patio seating is first-come, first served or you can order takeout online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Northside Tavern

West Midtown

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.

Manuel's Tavern

Poncey-Highland

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

Castleberry Hill

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.

Available for Reservations

Nine Mile Station

Old Fourth Ward

Head to the rooftop of Ponce City Market for a drink with a side of views. You can hit up Skyline Park first, and then grab a bite at 9 Mile Station, which serves up grilled fare, has craft beers on tap, and features plenty of cocktails to choose from. 
How to order: Reservations are recommended. 

Hotel Clermont

Poncey-Highland

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.

Biltong Bar

Old Fourth Ward

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.
 

Available for Reservations

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.

Little Trouble

West Midtown

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.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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.

Available for Reservations

The Chastain

Chastain Park

The Chastain is lovely for dinner… and breakfast… but shouldn’t be looked over as a happy hour spot, either. The expansive patio is first-come, first-serve and is an excellent spot to avoid rush hour. You can keep it light with their sangria (Albariño and vermouth) or go for something boozier like the Mare with vodka, sherry, and olive brine. While you’re there, you might as well order some snacks off of the menu—may we suggest some double fermented sourdough bread and crab fritters?
How to order: Patio dining is first-come, first-serve or make a reservation.

Available for Reservations

Joystick Gamebar

Sweet Auburn

You don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate this barcade, but it probably doesn’t hurt. The funky space has plenty of classic arcade games and tabletop gaming, and, oh yeah, cocktails. Expect to find easy-to-sip drinks like boozy slushies (mmm, watermelon rum) and daiquiris. 
How to order: Head on in.

Bar Margot

Midtown

Located in the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Bar Margot is worth a visit for a sophisticated date night. The cocktails highlight fresh ingredients as much as possible, as seen in the Garnet Rose, made with bourbon, cassis, muddled mint, blackberries, and strawberries. If you stay for dinner, try a couple of their small plates with standouts like burrata with granny smith apple, and crab fried rice.
How to order: Make a reservation.

Available for Reservations

Bar Vegan

Old Fourth Ward

Pinky Cole won bellies over with her vegan burgers at Slutty Vegan, and now she’s looking to capture them again at Bar Vegan. Located in Ponce City Market, Cole’s new concept serves “theatrical” drinks made with fresh juices. She also partnered up with Derrick Hayes of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks to serve vegan Philly cheesesteaks that are pure indulgence. 
How to order: Make a reservation or walk-in. 

Available for Reservations
Willow Bar
Cocktail from the Willow Bar | Courtesy of Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Willow Bar

Buckhead

When the Kimpton adapted a 1950s apartment building into the Sylvan Hotel they gave Atlantans not one, but two new watering holes. Willow Bar is ideal for day drinkers looking to soak up some rays along with their gin and tonic (there are a few to choose from but the Cypress G&T made with Malfy Gin Rosa is an irresistible grapefruit-laced tipple). There’s also a plant-forward menu with salads and sandwiches but you may find that you’re perfectly satisfied with a dish of warm nuts coated in rosemary and butter alongside a plate of seasonal pickles.

St. Julep is the hotel’s rooftop bar located on the ninth floor. The deck wraps around the building, so while you can belly up to the bar itself—stylishly decorated with vintage vases and urns in a rainbow palette—you can spread out and take in the backdrop of the city. The drinks are just as refreshing up here with standouts like the Player’s Ball made with rum, raspberry, lime, mint, and club soda.
How to order: First-come, first-served.

Lia Picard is a contributor for Thrillist. 
Mike Jordan really wanted to write this story because some of y’all had no idea that Southside ATL is the best place for Mexican food, and he gets to stunt because he lives in East Point. Tweet him at @michaelbjordan and IG him at @mikejordanatl.
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