Food & Drink

6 new winter drinks to try in Atlanta right now

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

It’s finally getting chilly here in the A, and the best thing you can do is... um, buy GORE-TEX, presumably. Lucky for you, drinking also works, and it's way more fun, which is why we scoured the city and assembled this list of Atlanta's six best new winter drinks...

Bar Eleven 

Caramel Apple S’more

Bar Eleven (address and info)
Hot cider is the seasonal base for Fireball and Georgia peach whiskey, plus ridiculous toppings that start with a s’more and marshmallow rim and continue with whipped cream and caramel, officially ruining you for any future frappés.

Bistro Niko


Bistro Niko (address and info)
Maple bourbon, lime juice, and cider bring warm cheer. The houses apple shrub, cinnamon, and orange zest provide the seasonal spice. Pro tip: leave one of these for Santa to guarantee better presents.

Whiskey Blue

Lauren in the Winter

Whiskey Blue (address and info)
A trio of tremendous warming potions include Snow Day with vanilla vodka, hot chocolate, and whipped cream; the Rooftop Toddy with spiced rum, hot apple cider, and a little cinnamon syrup for holiday sweetness; but our pick is the Lauren in the Winter with cognac, organic tea & a honey blend sweeter than any other Lauren around. Especially that one from The Hills.

Ration & Dram

Hot Buttered Rum

Ration and Dram (address and info)
There is a drink that combines butter and alcohol, and it’s time to let Atlanta’s best new bar of 2014 introduce you to it. Cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and other seasonings float in and on top of hot rum that's almost hot enough to set the napkin on fire, but it's not, so the showy drink slingers at R&D have to do it themselves.


Trash Can

Republic Social House (address and info)
Grant Park
This Grant Park go-to is keeping you warm Atlanta-style with their ode to the outdoor furnace. It's vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and Blue Curaçao, topped with a full can of Red Bull. Warm your hands by one of these bad boys and that will be all you need for the evening.

SweetWater Brewing Company


SweetWater Brewery (address and info)
The boys off 85 are releasing a seasonal Belgian red ale for your wintry imbibement. A rich, malty blend with fruit and spice currents is topped with Belgian rock candy sugar to feed the yeast. Sweet, spicy, and red. Just like Old Saint Nick prescribes.

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1. Bar Eleven 1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

This upscale hotel eatery serves all meals with a modern twist on Southern classics. They've also got a pretty decent bar scene.

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2. Bistro Niko 3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This dressy French joint in Bukhead is serving up eats like chicken paillard and smoked salmon tarts in their brightly lit, leather-boothed spot on Peachtree.

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3. Whiskey Blue 3377 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Buckhead)

This sophisticated indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge in the W Hotel serves craft cocktails and has a great view of the city too.

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4. Ration and Dram 130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Andy Minchow graduated from Holeman & Finch into his own spacious place on Arizona Ave. Seasonally-based Southern fare includes everything from duck salad to a “fried bologna cup”. They aim to balance their comfort good with fresh veggie juices and homemade sodas, so use that to counteract your fried pork chop with mayo.

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5. Republic Social House 437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

Enjoy food (think creative sandwiches, appetizers, and classic brunch options ) and drinks alongside carnival-style games. Grab a pint and play ring toss, Jenga, and beer pong at this Grant Park favorite, which also boasts weekly menu specials and relaxing rooftop patio.

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6. Sweetwater Brewery 195 Ottley Dr, Atlanta, GA 30324

This bustling 115,000 square-foot brewhouse in an otherwise stale Industrial Park features an art deco-esque tasting room, a fermentation tank, and bottling space, all of which you can be introduced to on a walking tour of the building. Their signature pale ale, 420, is a ubiquitous drink in the city, and also the name of a music festival Sweewater hosts every year around Earth Day.