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1. No Mas! Cantina 180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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

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

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

The Westside outpost of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House is home to exactly what it boasts in its name: beer and seafood. The Southern-inflected menu features a bivalve heavy raw bar, a variety of seafood soups -- like fish stew, chowder, and gumbo -- seafood-centric sandwiches and platters, as well as cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried shrimp, catfish, or oyster baskets, all served with chips, jalapeño tartar sauce, and jalapeño hush puppies. Enjoy the bounty of the sea with any of two dozen rotating draft beers, and take in the unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline from the outdoor rooftop bar.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Empire State South is Hugh Acheson’s ode to Southern food, and despite its office building locale (and Acheson's Canadian roots) serves plates authentic enough to be home-cooked. It's rare to find a restaurant that excels at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but Empire State South manages to do so. The morning line-up boasts standouts like peanut brittle porridge and smoked catfish on an everything bagel, while lunch forces a corporate crowd to think outside the box with jars of baba ganoush, pimento cheese with bacon marmalade, and catfish mousse. Acheson fuses Southern ingredients to a new level at dinner, where the small plates-heavy menu features out-there dishes like rabbit boudin and grilled octopus on kimchee rice. Okay, maybe you can't recreate these recipes at home.

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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

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.