Food & Drink

Thrillist's Patio Power Rank: The ATL's 7 best outdoor drinking spots

Chris Watkins Published On 06/28/2013 Published On 06/28/2013
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With Atlanta's average daily temperature ranging somewhere between "Man, it's hot as Hell outside" and "I'd almost rather live in… ugh, Wyoming", finding a cool place to cool down... and then drink till your face falls off... feels almost like heaven. That's why we're counting down the seven sweetest, most sprawling, and otherwise awesome ATL rooftops, patios, and outdoor bars, and other places for you to call home this Summer. Unless you were being serious about moving to Cheyenne, or wherever.

7. Tijuana Garage
351 Moreland Ave; Little Five Points; 404.475.8888
The Little Five Point Tex-Mex resto's outdoor bar serves up cheap tacos, and premium margs by the pitcher, plus it feels like stepping into an Antonio Banderas flick, except it's actually good!

6. Hand in Hand
752 N Highland Ave NE; Virginia Highland; 404.872.1001
The VaHi watering hole has daily specials ranging from $2 burgers on Tuesdays, to $1 PBR drafts on Sunday, which could make relaxing on the N Highland pub's patio an everyday thing... if you can avoid the lines that form when this 200-person deck hits capacity.

5. TAP
1180 Peachtree St NE; Midtown; 404.347.2220
If large crowds aren't your thing, Midtown's gastro pub TAP provides a bit more personal attention on its smaller patio space overlooking the bustling Peachtree St, and they offer a huge range of the hoppy stuff, including local faves like Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy, and Monday Night Brewing's Fu Manbrew.

4. Park Tavern
500 10th St NE; Midtown; 404.249.0001
This Piedmont Park-adjacent boozer is the quintessential patio bar because of its stunning views of the Midtown skyline, deals like half-priced sushi from 10p-midnight. Surprisingly, PT's at its best when it rains, because whenever its pours, they start pouring $1 drafts.

3. Barcelona Wine Bar
240 N Highland Ave; Inman Park; 404.589.1010
The patio wrapped around this Inman Park vino shop keeps things fancy with rich wood picnic-style tables and a cozy brick fireplace, but you don't care about that 'cause you're busy getting Messi on one of their 300 Spanish and French wines and taking down plates of tapas.

2. Tin Lizzy's Cantina
415 Memorial Dr SE; Grant Park; 404.554.8220
Overlooking a beautiful, but slightly creepy, 100yr-old cemetery, this rooftop patio in Grant Park is the perfect place to consume cheap tacos, queso, and copious amounts of liquor, some of which you could pour out for the dead homies in the graveyard, but you probably won't once you try their Fall Off The House margaritas.

1. Six Feet Under
685 11th St; Westside; 404.810.0040
Awesome views of Midtown; pitchers of their vodka/ gin/ rum/ triple sec/ black raspberry liqueur-heavy Tombstone Tea; and coastal fare ranging from crab cake po'boys to oysters Rockefeller... with all that, this is one roof deck you've got to visit before you end like its name.

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1. Hand in Hand 752 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

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.

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2. Tijuana Garage 351 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

This Tex-Mex grill's got cheap drinks (including 'ritas & shots) and Mexican bites like quesadillas, diablo fried shrimp, fajitas, and nachos.

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3. TAP: A Gastropub 1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

With an intimate patio space and personable staff, TAP's where to go when you're looking for something a bit more low key but's still got a solid selection of brews and vittles of the gastropub variety.

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4. Park Tavern 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

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.

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5. Barcelona Wine Bar 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

An Inman Park wine bar complete with unvarnished paneling, a brick fireplace, and a shaded wraparound patio, Barcelona delivers Spanish flair to Atlanta with more than 200 wines straight from Spain and, of course, tapas. In small portions, cozy couples at lantern-lit tables and big groups in polished booths split small plates of spicy roasted vegetables, rice, and meats like chorizo and thick cuts of grilled lamb.

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6. Tin Lizzy's Cantina Grant Park 415 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30312 (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.

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7. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Westside 685 11th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

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.

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