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...
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 (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.
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.
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.
Republic Social House (address and info)
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 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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This upscale hotel eatery serves all meals with a modern twist on Southern classics. They've also got a pretty decent bar scene.
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.
This sophisticated indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge in the W Hotel serves craft cocktails and has a great view of the city too.
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.
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.
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.