If there's one thing people in Atlanta really love it's... well, these 29 things... and drinking outdoors. That's why we've created this hood-by-hood guide to the ATL's best outdoor drinking spots, so you can enjoy some Summertime swilling without driving across town and dealing with the one thing people in Atlanta really hate: traffic. Oh, and PARKatlanta.
Patio: Buckhead Saloon (address and info)
This great expanse gives you a combination of action on the weekends (and during Braves games), and laid-back chilling during the week. Whether you’re looking to make a new “friend”, or just catch up with old ones, it's the perfect solution.
Patio: Park Tavern (address and info)
Always a sure thing when you’re at Piedmont, there are a few specials to keep in mind. Their “when it rains we pour” one-dollar draft special is always a good reason to plan your drinking around the weather forecast, and Unplugged in the Park on Sunday nights is the best date night/weekend wind-down that Atlanta has ever seen.
Patio: STATS (address and info)
It is no coincidence that the best patio for sports fans is located within shouting distance of Philips and the Dome, but you might be surprised to know they've got some of the city’s most expertly crafted bar food, and pour-your-own draft systems, which make this place something the Braves usually aren't: a winner.
Hood: East Atlanta
Patio: Midway (address and info)
By far East Atlanta’s biggest, Midway is an escape from the insanely loud indie music that every other venue in the hood is blasting. Great food, an extremely large beer and booze list, and some of the chillest people you’ll ever meet make this the preferred EAV spot.
Patio: No. 246 (address and info)
The tremendous Italian fare at 246 might overshadow their impressive backyard, if it weren't for the ample seating (with plenty of shade for the heat), and the ping/beer pong table for casual alcohol-fueled gaming. Or, if you’re serious about your pongery, regular tournaments will let you test your paddle mettle.
Hood: Sandy Springs
Patio: The Righteous Room (address and info)
The strip mall-based spot's patio may look small from the outside, but it extends into the greenhouse bar, which is so big they've got a tree growing though the middle of the bar and room for you to post up and score some seriously good takes on classic bar eats.
Patio: Six Feet Under (address and info)
Their second location faces no real competition West of the connector, but don't worry, they’re still slinging great cocktails, seafood, and, if you’re into that sort of thing, seafood cocktails.
Patio: Grindhouse Killer Burgers (address and info)
Come for the tremendous burgers (they draw everyone from Alton Brown to T.I.), and stay for the unexpectedly great liquor and fine-looking staff. Stick around even longer for one of their boozy shakes.
Hood: The Virginia Highlands
Patio: Hand In Hand (address and info)
This brick Highlands institution is always packed with good-looking people boozing it up at a value price. Pro tip: hit 'em up on Sundays for dollar tacos and dollar PBRs.
Hood: Grant Park
Patio: Tin Lizzy’s (address and info)
There are great choices along the Oakland Cemetery rooftop row, but Tin Lizzy’s flagship will always be at the top of list thanks to tequila, tacos, and a lot more tequila.
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1. Buckhead Saloon3227 Roswell Rd, Atlanta
2. Park Tavern500 10th St NE, Atlanta
3. STATS Restaurant & Bar300 Marietta St, Atlanta
4. Midway Pub552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta
5. The Righteous Room1051 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta
6. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Westside685 11th St NW, Atlanta
7. Grindhouse Killer Burgers1842 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
8. Hand in Hand752 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
9. Tin Lizzy's Cantina Grant Park415 Memorial Dr, Atlanta
Saloon's got a hunting lodge-styled spread with dark leather couches, a mounted deer's head, and a patio periodically filled with plastic swimming pools, serving up tasty bar food like mozz sticks and their signature Saloon nachos.
With a diverse menu and awesome patio, PT's the spot to go when you want to relax, toss back a few drinks -- beer, wine, sake, mojitos, sangria -- and fill up on fresh seafood, sushi, and burgers.
STATS takes food and sports seriously, so if you do too, stop in for games on tons of TVs, an extensive food menu, and tons of beer/drinks.
This East Atlanta Village hot spot has a game room, over 130 brews, signature cocktails (along with frequent drink specials!) and a spacious patio to enjoy all of the above. Enjoy cripsy pimiento cheese fritters and jalapeño bacon jam while sampling a flight of beer.
Eyes are immediately drawn to the tree stuck right through the bright-red ovular bar, the devil's in the details at this rock-n-roll bar and kitchen near Atkins Park. If you go straight to the bar for a local draft from the handful they've got, you might not properly take them all in. They're everywhere -- the chipped black paint coming off the brick walls, layer after layer of stickers and graffiti left by customers, AC/DC and Braves knick knacks -- and the cooks pay just as much attention to details in seemingly simple flatbreads and sandwiches with a sprinkle of arugula or a rosemary glaze.
The Westside outpost of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House is home to exactly what it boasts in its name: beer and seafood. The Southern-inflected menu features a bivalve heavy raw bar, a variety of seafood soups -- like fish stew, chowder, and gumbo -- seafood-centric sandwiches and platters, as well as cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried shrimp, catfish, or oyster baskets, all served with chips, jalapeño tartar sauce, and jalapeño hush puppies. Enjoy the bounty of the sea with any of two dozen rotating draft beers, and take in the unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline from the outdoor rooftop bar.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers is kind of like the reading a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book, but it's better because there's food involved. Orders are customized from scratch from the meat (beef/turkey/veggie) to the size of the patties to the toppings (of which there are a dozen), but if you aren't feeling creative, there are a handful of burger "styles," like the Hillbilly with brisket chili and the bleu cheese-heavy Yankee. A lot of folks drop by and get theirs to go, but they miss out on the kung fu movies that are always playing on the flatscreen tvs.
With black and gold trim and a Victorian-style interior, Atkins Park's Hand In Hand is the closest thing you'll find to an actual English pub in Atlanta. Daily specials send prices through the floor so you won't break the bank if you venture outside the fried mushroom and deviled egg snacks and head straight for the classic bangers and mash or a New York strip. There's usually a few tables available on the wrap-around patio, and they've got plenty of space for your whole group, their plates, and their frosty imported pints.
Tin Lizzy's has the perfect rooftop to soak up some sun and take in the surrounding views (even if the surrounding views happen to be a cemetery). They've also got standard Mexican fare for cheap, like tacos, nachos, quesadillas & 'ritas.