There aren’t a lot of patios that suck when you have decent food, drinks, and Atlanta summer weather. You, however, aren’t here for a list of sucky patios; you need a quick guide to the ones that deserve to take all of the money you could spend at Kroger for a month’s worth of grillable meat for a single afternoon or evening. We’ve got 26 of what we think are the best options right below! And yes, right below that, in the comments, you can leave helpful suggestions (or the always-welcome angry snark) telling us anything we should have included but didn’t.

No Mas! Cantina

26. No Mas! Cantina

West Midtown
You have to walk an unnecessary block to avoid the valet fee, and the food and drinks are pretty expensive (particularly for Mexican food -- ¿QueTF?!). That doesn’t mean that this spot, which doubles as a furniture store because that makes the most sense, isn’t worth it, since the food and drinks are good, and it’s exquisitely styled with big, cozy patio seating, flower pots, random accents, and vivid colors. It also helps that due to where it sits in Castleberry Hill, you’re so enclosed that you actually feel like you’ve escaped America.

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25. Der Biergarten

Luckie Marietta (Downtown)
You need a certain kind of appetite to eat all those German pretzels, sausages, bone-in meat entrees, and kraut. On the other hand, you need only be human to grab a big-ass stein and go in on the Luckie Marietta District rooftop, where you’ll guzzle countless ounces of dunkel, weissbier, hefeweizen, märzen, and more, next to that fine-ass mural of the blonde beer maid.
 

24. Jack’s Pizza

Old 4th Ward
Good pizza is even... um, good-er when your chewing away at its crust in Jack’s gritty, tin gate-wrapped back. It’s a no-frills way to get decked on the cheap, thanks to low prices on drinks and generously large slices (although be sure to budget 30 minutes or so if you want the bacon/tomato/jalapeño, their well-worth-the-wait “hangover” slice).

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23. Six Feet Under

West Midtown
The Westside post has a view of Midtown that you can’t front on. They also have a completely regular atmosphere where you can relax and curse about things you probably shouldn’t, out loud. Don’t go here for health food or to be seriously impressed by what’s plated or poured. Go here for something everybody can agree on -- a filling meal and buzzy drinks -- and a very nice view.
 

22. Republic Social House

Grant Park
It gets really, really packed on top of this Grant Park spot, and there’s already a limited amount of seating. All the more reason to have your ass in a seat before the crowd arrives. Note: they have great wings and fries!
 

21. 5 Seasons Westside

West Midtown
Getting house-brewed beers and freshly tapped seasonal casks is best when you’re perched high above the Westside triangle at Howell Mill and Marietta. If nothing else, it’s a great place to literally look down upon street-level hipsters.

Front Page News

20. Front Page News

Little 5 Points
New Orleans is about six hours away, meaning it’s much easier to geaux to Little 5’s gated, garden-esque getaway for bowls of gumbo, plates of jambalaya, and other Creole/Cajun plates of goodness. Don’t miss shareably gallon-sized Bayou Bowl cocktails like the tequila-based Swamp Gas. Also, assuming you’ll eat too much gumbo, don’t assume that the scent of your own swamp gas won’t be detected by folks sitting nearby just because you’re outside.
 

19. Diesel

Virginia-Highland
Diesel’s patio crowd is not as misunderstood as it seems. Sure, it may seem that they don’t like outsiders, but how could that be true when so many of these seemingly angry but actually cuddly, casually dressed badasses are eating and drinking outside?! This is al fresco with an attitude.

Red Pepper Taqueria

18. Red Pepper Taqueria

Buckhead
Both locations have great outdoor seating, but it’s the Buckhead version that finally turned a building near the congested area of Peachtree and Piedmont, with lots of failed predecessor restaurant/bar startups, into a true scene. It's also got HH Gulf oysters on the cheap ($6 for 12), and secretly a super-strong house margarita.
 

17. Cameli’s Pizza

Little 5 Points
Everybody was kinda iffy when the signs went up a few years ago saying a new pizza place was coming to L5P. Then it opened with monster-sized pizza slices, a really good draft beer selection, and one of the best views in the city. Go elsewhere for fanciness; this is great for homies or for moments of personal reflection... with beer and pizza.
 

16. TAP

Midtown
The brilliantly bright white and red hues on TAP’s front deck are hard to miss, and hopefully your mouth is too so you can down a 96oz “giraffe” full of one of dozens of different drafts. The locals are particularly well represented, with real crafts like Red Hare, Monday Night, Jekyl, Orpheus, and Pontoon available for sipping as you offer sad-faced sympathies to all the commuters on Peachtree and 14th who are cursing at each other instead of drinking.
 

15. Vine & Tap

Buckhead
Tucked down between the mall and Buford Highway in a Lenox Road dip, V&T’s outdoor situation is simple (spruced up by string lights and large Veuve Clicquot umbrellas over your head), but part of the appeal is just being in a hidden beer and wine oasis during happy hour (that’s also when they feature great oyster deals, FYI) while everyone else is stuck on that two-lane street heading to traffic hell.

Loca Luna

14. Loca Luna

Midtown
Since the BeltLine became real, it’s extended the cool factor of this long-standing Latin dining, drinking, and dancing den on Amsterdam. The patio looks right out onto the Piedmont trail, which means you can dance (and eat) salsa as all the pedestrians who are too boring to lose weight the way nature intended -- by shaking and sweating the calories off that ass -- walk past.
 

13. Monday Night Brewing

West Midtown
The picnic table seating and keg-ish plants along the concrete corridor lead to a dual-sided bar window, where you can stay out and enjoy the breeze and experimental brews, or peer inside to consider tacking your tacky-ass tie to the wall for kicks.
 

12. Three Sheets

Sandy Springs
Let’s say you’re stuck on the North side of 285, which if you live or work around there, you are, daily. Instead of heading West of Roswell Road, or East of 400, you might as well exit and spend the hour you’d be stuck in traffic drinking, while propped up on TS’ lamp-lit canopied deck on leather couches against living-plant walls.

Watershed

11. Watershed on Peachtree

SoBu
South Buckhead definitely got a boost when this Indigo Girls-backed restaurant moved in from Decatur; unlike actual people who do the same thing, it lost none of its soul. You can tell on Wednesdays by the enduring fried chicken special, the addition of genius kitchen gangster Zeb Stevenson, and a shrub-/string light-outlined, Peachtree-facing patio with weather-worn wood tables under big square umbrellas.
 

10. The Midway Pub

East Atlanta
This seven-year-old, string-lit sports bar patio is an East Atlanta Village favorite. Here’s why: great smoked wings on Sundays, snacks like the pork belly PB&J, and a late-night menu that’s available until 2am Mon-Sat.
 

9. Barcelona Wine Bar

Inman Park
With lots of wood accoutrements, a tall, block-stacked brick fireplace, and over 300 vinos (plus great house cocktails and a mean sangria), this Inman Park spot could easily brag that there’s just no better option for outside wine-drinking. But if you hear the building actually talk it means you’re on your last glass.
 

8.  WETBAR

Downtown
W Downtown’s aqua-centric sip station is reservation-only unless you find yourself invited to an event it's hosting; the wise move is to troll event sites and get yourself on the list. Reasons include the all-weather-ready covered top, the skyline-level view of downtown, and the zero-edge pool, which ironically, as long as you’re invited, welcomes U2.

SkyLounge Atlanta

7. SkyLounge

Midtown
We’ve told you about this place many times, but it’s not like it’s getting less scenic and awesome. It’s more like you just might need to be reminded because you drink here a lot. Keep drinking here: the skyline view is hard to beat unless you own a Midtown penthouse.
 

6. Park Tavern

Midtown
It’s nice to enjoy a meal on the edge of Piedmont Park. But it’s nicer to have a great meal from a place whose menu, which features sushi but also includes Mediterranean, Mexican, American, and more, is as culturally confused as ATL, which also makes it awesome.
 

5. The Garden at Community Smith

Midtown
They called it Rooftop 866 for a while, but now it’s where the meaty meal-makers of Community Smith turn out small plates and craft beer for guests who like fresh air with their buzz. Remember that it closes in November and won’t reopen until March, which gives you about five months to get out there.

The Optimist

4. The Optimist

West Midtown
A round of putt-putt near picnic tables puts you in a much better mood; it’s scientific fact. Even if it wasn’t, the strong cocktails, boozy punch mixes, and wide selection of wheat beers, lagers, and ales are proven to promote positivity. Hence the name.
 

3. Empire State South

Midtown
Hugh Acheson knew his already-awesome cuisine would be better with bocce. He probably also knew that it’d be hot in the summer, so, for those watching from the low-slung lawn chairs flanking the sanded court, his bar team whips up perfect cool-down drinks like the Haru w/ coconut-washed cachaça, blanc vermouth, and cucumber, and the Naive Melody, which has gin, absinthe, eucalyptus, vanilla, and lime, that will probably have you saying “'This Must Be the Place’ where I fell asleep outside and got sunburned,” if you have more than a couple.
 

2. Bar Amalfi

Home Park
With its rusted arch entry, alleyway-placed two-top tables under bright yellow umbrellas, and a nautical blue-and-white color palette on its canopy-/umbrella-covered couches, Amalfi is Little Italia’s international escape within the Westside.

Flickr/Druh Scoff

1. Canoe

Vinings
It’s hard to see Canoe ever falling from the top of an outdoor eating/drinking list. This isn’t a patio; it’s more like a full-on riverside dining destination on the Chattahoochee, adorned with all types of garden action, stroll-ready walkways and paths, and natural waterfront beauty. Seriously, this place is so damn pretty you might just eat the soil and drink from the river. On second thought, have a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne, and definitely don’t drink the water.

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1. No Mas! Cantina 180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

Grab a margarita at the huge bar. It’s a great place to grab a tequila or five before a show, if you’re looking to avoid the regular Philips / Dome crowd, or a Bloody Maria and huevos on a blurry Sunday afternoon.

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2. Der Biergarten 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Downtown)

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.

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3. Jack's Pizza & Wings 676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

The folks at Jack's fashion the place as a dive bar and they aren't wrong. But with some of the cheapest beer and tastiest pizza and wings around the Old Fourth Ward, labels don't matter much in this joint.

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4. 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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5. 5 Seasons Westside 1000 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Perched high above the westside triangle in the Howell Mill and Marietta, getting house-brewed beers like Golden # Ale and freshly tapped seasonal casks is the best. And, if nothing else, it’s a great place to peer out from the area’s separate sanctity while literally look down upon street-level hipsters.

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6. 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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7. Front Page News 351 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Bringing some NOLA flavor to the ATL, FPN's cooking up good eats like gumbo, po' boys, Cajun Cuban sammies & jambalaya.

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8. Diesel 870 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

Diesel's got over 12 burgers on their menu, like a 6oz Venison beauty on ciabatta w/ roasted tomato, goat cheese, roasted red pepper, peach/cranberry chutney, and cumin aioli w/ pickled okra fries. Don't forget desserts, like a fried-peach pie. This resto's also got a killer bar, with over a dozen craft beers plus drafts.

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9. Red Pepper Taqueria Buckhead 3133 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Red Pepper's Executive Chef Mimmo Alboumeh's plating ceviche, grilled oysters, and tacos at this Buckhead Mex-taurant that's open 'til 2a... So now you can sate those 2a ceviche cravings (!!).

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10. Cameli's L5P 337 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Cameli's sports a Multicade (Frogger, Dig Dug, Rally-X), wall art featuring beer brands meshed with images of Batman and Stormtroopers, and an amazing, pine-wrapped, awning-covered rooftop patio with tons of potted plants and a silly view of the downtown skyline.

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11. 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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12. Vine and Tap 2770 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Buckhead)

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.

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13. Loca Luna 550C Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Midtown)

The cool factor of this long-standing Latin dining, drinking and dancing den on Amsterdam has been hugely increased since the BeltLine became real. And, the patio looks right out onto the Piedmont trail, which means you can dance (and eat) salsa as all the pedestrians who are too boring to lose weight the way nature intended -- by shaking and sweating the calories off that ass -- walk past.

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14. Monday Night Brewing 670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Founded by a group of friends who met in Bible study, Monday Night Brewing's a brewing facility on the Westside complete with a tasting room.

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15. {three} Sheets 6017 Sandy Springs Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

Three Sheets is a comfortably furnished dinner den with cushy brown leather couches, a chandelier of clear glass globes, and curtained-off red-draped private dining areas. The folks at TS regularly hosts live rock/blues/jazz/funk bands and serve small plates, signature 'tails, and cigars. TS also hosts a grilled cheese and wine dinner, which is as amazing as it sounds.

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16. Watershed on Peachtree 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Love wine? Enjoy no one judging you while you sip varieties from Spanish wine house Ole Imports and pretend to listen to them talking about Spanish grapes and stuff.

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17. Midway Pub 552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This East Atlanta Village hot spot has a game room, over 130 brews, signature cocktails (along with frequent drink specials!) and a spacious patio to enjoy all of the above. Enjoy cripsy pimiento cheese fritters and jalapeño bacon jam while sampling a flight of beer.

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18. 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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19. WETBAR 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

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.

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20. SkyLounge 110 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Midtown)

Sure, this place is no secret, but it’s not like it’s getting less scenic and awesome. But it may be getting more crowded -- make sure to check that it's not booked for a private event before you and your crew show up for your night of partying up in the skyline.

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21. 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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22. The Garden at Community Smith 866 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Formerly called Rooftop 866, The Garden at Community Smith is now where the meaty meal-makers of Community Smith create small plates and craft beer for guests who like fresh air with their buzz. Just remember they close November through March, so get out there while you can.

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23. The Optimist 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

The Optimist proudly brings premier sustainable seafood to Midtown Atlanta. The airy, modern, minimalist spot specializes in oysters, with over ten varieties from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada available on the half shell. Coastal, regional dishes (gumbo, clam chowder, fish& chips) make up the rest of the menu. For an after dinner treat, knock out a round of putt-putt on the restaurant's on-site course.

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24. Empire State South 999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Empire State South is Hugh Acheson’s ode to southern food, and even though it’s located in an office building, the upscale restaurant plates dishes authentic enough to be home-cooked. The breakfast lineup boasts toasts, parfaits, eggs, and hoecakes with apple butter, cane syrup, and grilled city ham, while dinner offerings combine shareable creations like ricotta, smoked catfish mousse, pimento cheese and bacon marmalade “In Jars,” with larger plates like flounder, rabbit, and pork loin. Though the weekday lunch crowd is heavily skewed towards people in suits, the bocce ball court makes Empire State South a spot equally suitable for families.

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25. Bar Amalfi 1077 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

If the limoncello selection isn't enough to get you to Bar Amalfi, try the small plates like a caprese salad or wood-grilled prawns. It's an open-air restaurant and the patio makes it a totally casual drinking spot.

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26. Canoe 4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE , Atlanta, GA 30339 (Vinings)

It’s hard to imagine this place ever falling from the top of an outdoor eating/drinking list. Canoe doesn't have a patio; it’s more like a full-on riverside dining destination on the Chattahoochee, adorned with all types of garden action, stroll-ready walkways and paths, and natural waterfront beauty. Or sit inside and snag a seat by one of the floor to ceiling windows if appreciating nature from behind the glass is more your jam.

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