If you need a reminder of the elevated status one can feel when standing on an inner-city building's flat, scenic top surface, look no further than hip-hop legend Iggy Azalea. It was she who borrowed the Nas-penned rap lyric, “Rooftop, like we bringin’ ‘88 back!” and put it in her hit song “Fancy” for everybody to be confused about. Then of course she totally fell off. Avoid Iggy's fate by finding much realer and stronger rooftops right here in ATL, which you can borrow without looking like a poser!
Whether you’re pre-Braves-gaming or just enjoying the view of Atlanta’s most memorable dead people at Oakland Cemetery, this is the city’s premiere spot for rooftop boozing. And brunch-time boozing, too.
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Tin Lizzy’s spot on Memorial’s patio row gives you a ton of reasons not to take it to-go. Or at least a dozen of 'em... in the form of margaritas ranging from a watermelon & basil one, to a ginger beer-based Mexi-Mule that's still got one hell of a… kick!
This Midtown landmark’s second floor is legendary for its outdoor seafood dining (their Wednesday oyster specials are legit), and for keeping you the one thing said seafood wishes it still was: “hydrated.”
Whether you’re in at 7AM to catch an obscure soccer match on the other side of the globe, or just lifting a pint in honor of knocking off work early, this Buckhead booze factory is a can't-miss stop, thanks to a fantastic view; a deep drink menu; and waitresses who'll charmingly explain that yes, Queens Park Rangers and Rangers are two different things.
The second entry into the swanky stretch of patio that is Grant Park, Republic stands out for its daily specials (dollar taco Tuesdays, cheap wings Mondays, and sexy service Wednesdays) that'll keep you busy all week. Oh, and don’t forget you can get a bottle of champagne and a carafe of OJ for $10 on weekends.
You probably didn’t know there was a place in Atlanta where you could drink beer out of a glass boot... on a rooftop. But now you do. And you are welcome.
Having existed under several other names over the past several years (most recently as Rooftop 866), Smith hasn't needed to change very much. The sprawling area that seems to exist in the middle of every Midtown skyscraper is much like Drake in 2016 -- it has a chill vibe and offers better than average Views even if you just want to sit down, let your feet hang, and sing melancholy songs about girls who work at Hooters on Peachtree.
Little 5 Points
This throwback comfort food hangout was created in what used to be Cameli's rooftop, and is now pretty much dedicated to your life in the '70s... if you were actually alive and if you could have been able to drink vintage cocktails. Those cocktails include strong stuff like Singapore slings, absinthe sazeracs, and Harvey Wallbangers. They also have vinyl records playing on a community turntable and movie nights every Thursday where they screen classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alien, and Jaws.
The panoramic views of Downtown you can see from high above the W Atlanta Downtown hotel’s lobby is enough to draw crowds, but it’s the addition of amazing DJs, from locals like Ree de la Vega to Samantha Ronson, and the fact that WETBAR is ATL's only all-weather rooftop bar with a zero-edge pool -- which seems like it should be spilling out onto Ivan Allen Blvd -- gives it the ultimate cool status, particularly if you're around during summer months.
The Midtown skyline is the POV yo'll have here above the Westside Ironworks building that houses ATL's newest sushi import from Japa... er, Charleston. The beer, wine, and cocktails like the “Pamplemoussetache” w/ Japanese whisky are great ideas, but in case you’re interested in a glass or bottle of craft sake while peering out at the towers along West Peachtree, you now have that option.
Little 5 Points
The inside almost completely burned up a few years ago, and that sucked. But then it came back with a rooftop patio situated right in the heart of Little 5 Points. You’re in the center of Atlanta's strangest neighborhood, with a bird's-eye view of purple and pink mohawks attached to bodies wearing matching sneakers. Not a bad place to drink local beer!
As long as The Glenn Hotel's centrally located roof exists, it should remain in the top tier of ATL's most scenic building-top bars. It's hard to get a better view of Downtown and beyond than what’s in your frame of vision on the 11th floor. It's also a great place to catch musical performances from singers like “earthy soul” artist Alex Guthrie, during their recurring SkyLounge Live weekend shows.
The newest addition to this list makes the cut because we've seen how awesome Grindhouse has been without a rooftop bar. Now that it has one, the burger joint's robot-toy decorated, horror-movie-styled design will benefit from an uplifted outside area designated as a sports bar, and limited to adults only. Hopefully that means you qualify for being at least 21, and isn't a way to pass judgment on the way you dress or the type of jokes that come to your mind and make you snort with Beavis-y laughter when you invite your nerdy friends to a place called “Grindhouse.”
You never have to worry about getting a watery brew from a kicked keg at 5SW, since they're brewing the suds right there on site and bringing 'em up to you while you look down with empathy (or evil joy) at everybody stuck in traffic below on Howell Mill. Don't let that stop you from ordering one of their dozens of single-malt whiskeys, ryes, bourbons, and hyper-local cocktails like the “Battle of Atlanta,” which mixes sweet tea vodka, Peachtree schnapps, house-made lemonade, and Coca-Cola.
The latest addition to the restaurant kingdom run by Gina and Linton Hopkins (of Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, Hop's Chicken, etc.), Linton's is located on the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. You'll need to pay a day’s admission or get a membership, but that’s well worth it to overlook the Atlanta skyline -- whether from behind wide transparent windows or out in the open air -- while sipping a cocktail, a flute of Cava, or a pint of Creature Comforts Tropicália IPA.
The fancy, glassy upper deck of T.I.'s upscale southern restaurant has constant events, from weekend day parties to deejayed jams where R&B and dope boy music mix like chicken and waffles. Peer out at night at ATL’s sparkly skyscrapers and blow hookah clouds, while dousing your inner trap kingpin thirst with a “Low Country Cobbler” -- Hendricks gin, peach brandy, lime juice, berries, and mint.
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1. Tin Lizzy's Cantina Grant Park415 Memorial Dr, Atlanta
2. Steamhouse Lounge1051 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
3. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Westside685 11th St NW, Atlanta
4. Fado Irish Pub273 Buckhead Ave, Atlanta
5. Republic Social House437C Memorial Dr., Atlanta
6. Der Biergarten300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta
7. Community Smith866 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
8. Arcadia337 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta
9. WETBAR45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta
10. O-Ku1085 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
11. Little 5 Corner Tavern1174 Euclid Ave SE, Atlanta
12. Grindhouse KillerBurgers310 N McDonough St, Decatur
13. 5 Seasons Brewing1000 Marietta St NW, Atlanta
14. The Cafe at Linton's in the Garden1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
15. Scales 92530 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta
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.
Serving up killer seafood eats and more, Steamhouse Lounge is your go-to for a relaxed, casual eat/drinkery.
A rooftop bar with greenery and awesome views, SFU's got all the brews, 'tails, and seafood you need for a perfectly chill & boozy day.
Stop by Fado's Irish Pub and Restaurant for a pint and delicious bar eats like their pork schnitzel sandwich. As far as we are concerned, that are the best and most authentic Irish pub in Atlanta and have the best Guinness in town.
Grant Park's Republic Social House is a low-key, congenial addition to the Memorial Drive bar scene. Daily specials (dollar taco Tuesdays, cheap wings Mondays, and sexy service Wednesdays) are its main draw, but its $13.95 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys also make a tempting case for gathering a group and day drinking on the spacious patio.
Indulge in all the schnitzel you seek at Der Biergarten, a festive 7,000sqft indoor/outdoor haven for Deutsch-y food & froth fanatics. This place is loaded with 3-D murals of the German countryside, a circular "Stammtisch" (table for regulars) with its own chandelier, and a German-made model train circling the interior's ceiling.
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.
Retro cocktails, a spacious patio, and a 70s' throwback vibe make Arcadia your new Little 5 Points go to. This spot brought to you by the folks behind Cameli's Pizza is a hip rooftop haunt. Sip on modern reinventions of classic drinks (Harvey Wallbangers, Singapore Slings) while you chill out and groove to hip hop and funk vinyl.
The rooftop lounge at the W Downtown comes equipped with an all-weather-ready covered top, a skyline-level view of downtown and the zero-edge pool. BUT, it's by invite or reservation only so make sure you plan ahead if you want to sip and dip at this elevated aquatic club.
Scope out dope views of Midtown over omakase sushi at this chic Westside spot. Located on top of the above the Westside Ironworks building, sweeping skyline vistas pair perfectly with sashimi, truffled meats, and house craft cocktails like the “Pamplemoussetache" topped with Japanese whiskey.
This LFP landmark has a Jameson chandelier, plus tremendous open-air indoor patio. The rooftop patio is truly the crown jewel of this eclectic neighborhood.
Decatur location of this Atlanta fave features a spacious rooftop patio and sports bar where you can indulge in Grindhouse's signature delicious, horror-film themed burgers and boozy milkshakes. Limited to patron 21 or older, it's a solid option if you're looking for a new happy spot that just also happens to serve some killer (no pun intended) grub. The sun-filled downstairs dining room is a great place to dine with friends.
This Westside brewpub features an extensive selection of eclectic bar food fare like Coca-Cola cured duck breast, grilled lobster, and rabbit enchiladas, in addition to more standard issue fare (burgers, chili, and grilled flatbread pizzas) that pair well in tandem with a pint of their house-made beer. They've got everything from IPAs to lagers on tap, plus a large scotch and whiskey menu if beer isn't your thing.
Located on the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Linton's is a refined New American eatery that's well worth the price of admission. Run by Gina and Linton Hopkins of ATL restaurant fame-- they head up Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, and Hop’s Chicken-- this classy spot serves up seasonal dishes and features a rooftop bar that overlooks the Atlanta skyline. Gaze from behind wide transparent windows or out in the open air -- while sipping a cocktail, a flute of Cava, or a pint of Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA.
Owned by rapper T.I., Scales 925 is soul food at its finest. With 7,000 sqft of space, the complex has an indoor/outdoor rooftop and plenty of space for kicking back with a cocktail. If you're feeling ambitious, The King’s feast includes smoked chicken gumbo, fried chicken wings w/ sweet potato waffles, mesquite lamb chops, and GA-peach-glazed salmon.