If there's one thing winter in Atlanta teaches us, it isn't... um, how to drive in an inch and a half of snow. No, if we've learned anything it's the importance of having pretty excellent outdoor drinking/eating spots pretty much everywhere in Atlanta, which is why we've scoured the city for sweet new patio-equipped places and found the 12 best ones just for you...
Old Fourth Ward
BeltLine-adjacent, and full of porky goodness, this gourmet campfire cookout has a patio accessible by car, bike, or just random walk-up. Grab one of its bourbon, peach, and celery Lady Gamblers and a seat on its hand-lathed wooden rail.
Little Five Points
This LFP landmark has (literally) risen from the ashes in a most spectacular fashion. All signs of the fire of nearly two years ago have finally been erased, and inside the Jameson chandelier and tremendous open-air indoor patio are welcome sights, however the new rooftop patio is truly the new crown jewel of our most eclectic neighborhood.
The former Villains space rebounded quickly with a breakfast-all-day diner concept that has an awesome open-air setup with an indoor-outdoor bar. So, you can enjoy on its avocado toast, shrimp and grits, and a few of the “breakfast cocktails” easily with a nice view of Peachtree.
Another stellar addition to the Avalon build-out, Colletta is giving you that outdoor Italian experience, just a few thousand miles away from the Mediterranean. Its pork and egg pizza, pancetta pizza, and indaco sausage pizza are all outdoor favorites. Given that lineup, it sounds like it may deserve a listing with the rest of our metro’s porkiness.
The guys who brought you some solid new brunch "sandwiches" have just opened one of the A’s best rooftop views. Taking a cue from German Biergartens, you’re able to grab smaller stuff from the Community Smith menu, there're and more than 15 craft beers on draught, but only from March to November, ‘cause we do have (short) winters here.
It's not a proper wine bar without a solid outdoor seating option. Swilling reds and whites definitely go with its lunch and dinner menu, but a nice dry Chard makes a proud partner to its brunch salmon bagel as well.
Named after the city’s favorite meat-based liquid, this new Grant Park spot, with high ceilings and an arbor-inspired interior, has an outdoor area that is on Boulevard... but the good side of Boulevard. The patio is covered, so you can keep cool when the next 90 days of 90+ degree weather hit us.
The math is pretty simple: (Spirits like the bourbon-cayenne Madam Esther + food, like its daily dollar happy hour oysters) X (an excellent view of West Peachtree) = your best Midtown outdoor drinking and slurping destination.
The bourbon-bacon jam and cheddar Modern Burger is the perfect symbol of what Johnny Esposito Jr. has created in our most hallowed bar district, a modern, but still completely comfortable watering hole, where you can toss back a Buckhead Sunset, made with Ron White’s own Number Juan tequila as true homage to one of our local legendary drinkers.
Two Decatur mamacitas knew that you couldn’t have a decent ATL Mexican place without the ability to sip margaritas under el sol, so double your pleasure with dos tacos in one hand, and dos tequilas in the other.
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1. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta
2. Little 5 Corner Tavern1174 Euclid Ave SE, Atlanta
3. Superica99 Krog St NE, Atlanta
4. Hi-Five Diner903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
5. Colletta900 3rd St, Atlanta
6. The Southern Gentleman3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
7. Community Smith866 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
8. Vine and Tap2770 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta
9. Gravy465 Boulevard SE, Atlanta
10. GRAIN845 Spring St, Atlanta
11. Buckhead Tavern264 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta
12. Dos Madres Cantina340 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur
Named after Lady Bird Johnson --a First Lady known for her fondness for the outdoors -- Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is a modern, outdoor-themed bar and restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in one of five aptly-named “mess halls,” including the outdoor "Grove" space sporting Adirondack chairs and ping pong tables to match the restaurant’s campfire motif. Ladybird’s menu has decidedly Southern bent, with dishes ranging from "trail snacks" like Navajo fry bread and pimento cheese fritters, to the shared camaraderie of large format "basecamp" dining with dishes like the Butcher’s Board (smoked ribs, grilled steak, beef cracklin, and sides). Pair your large-format feast with wine... by the jug. An outpost for sophisticated summer camp dining (upscale s’more included) in a cavernous, laid back atmosphere, Ladybird is a frontrunner on the BeltLine.
Carpetbaggers have been both feared and revered in American history, but perhaps none as much as The Carpetbagger at Little 5 Corner Tavern, which isn't an opportunistic person but a blue cheese-stuffed burger that's battered in PBR, deep-fried, then dipped in Buffalo sauce. If it sounds like it'll give you a heart attack, well, it might, but so will the alternative. The Tavernator takes a half-pound patty and tops it with ham, turkey, bacon, Cheddar, pepper jack, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce... and a fried egg. It's a mouthful, but it's why you're here.
Krog Street’s elevated Tex-Mex restaurant, Superica, stands out among the many other Mexican spots nearby. Tacos can be puffy, but we recommend the plain ol’, super-crispy hard shell, which doesn’t fall apart when you bite into chicken tinga or picadillo. You know once you’ve tested the taco that the bigger time bites like the slow-braised short rib w/ chipotle molasses, wood-grilled shrimp fajitas, crispy whole fish, or mesquite-grilled quail will excel.
This breakfast-all-the-time place is also all an all-day lunch and dinner place for when you want something a little more crafted and substantial than the standard scattered, smothered, and covered. A full espresso and cocktail bars keep you stimulated, relaxed, or whatever combination of both you need.
Premium Italian is pouring into Alpharetta like a fresh glass of Prosecco. Of course there is as good a Italian wine list as you’ll find, and all the clams, prosciutto, burrata, and duck (pizza) to make you keep ordering new pairings. If you have some room in your pantaloni, the spit-roasted bone-in pork chop is your new amico.
This upscale gastropub on the top of the Buckhead Atlanta development supplies great views, chews, and booze. The bar menu is rich with barrel-aged cocktails, promising the “perfect” mint julep.
You’ll have your own silverware, so don’t try to steal one from the cool fox statue made of forks, knives, and spoons in the middle of the dining area. The menu ranges from the fancy end of pate and squid, to the more familiar burgers and chicken wings (confit). A short, but expert cocktail list treats bourbon, gin, and tequila with the perfect blend of bitters, so don’t even dare order a Jack & Coke.
Buckhead has earned awesomely weird wine science points in the form of this swanked-out vino bar: Owner Ian Mendelsohn is one of the few using the “Coravin," which scientifically extracts wine from the bottle without uncorking it, thus keeping its fresh winely goodness intact as it heads to your mouth. Vine & Tap's menu features small plates like delectable bruschetta, panini, rabbit terrine, and more.
Gravy is bring Souther comfort food to Grant Park with dishes like meatloaf, pot pie, and pork shank. Their 13-layer lasagna is a must try too.
Cypress Street’s burger and booze maestros are using the powers to open a cocktail-centric spot with good bar food to back it.
This gourmet neighborhood spot right next to the revitalization of Buckhead is bringing you awesome food and the deepest drink list in the ‘hood.