While most of the city spent an embarrassing amount of time recovering from that paralyzing, like, two inches of ice, we were out scouring the ATL to bring you the Winter's best new bar and restaurant openings, just in time for Spring. So don't worry, the only ice you'll find will be floating in cocktails, or in frozen custard from a food truck...

Ration and Dram

Ration and Dram
Edgewood
Opened by a Holeman & Finch vet (who is rumored to be bringing his badass cocktail menu with him), this spacious place on Arizona Ave is doing seasonally appropriate Southern fare that includes everything from duck salad to a “fried bologna cup”, an appropriate ration of which is wayyy more than 8oz.

Ocean Market

Ocean Market
Downtown
This "European deli" is dominating lunch by slinging sammies like a banh mi piled high w/18hr-smoked pork (done in-house), and topped with a foie gras cream & purple cabbage slaw served on a baguette, or a club made with house-smoked salmon (again, done guess where?) and other appropriately ocean-based options.

Big Sky Buckhead

Big Sky Buckhead
Buckhead
Helmed by a Pura Vida vet, this next-level sports hang boasts an impressive menu highlighted by fried coconut bread called “donas”, which is pronounced like “donuts”, and tastes like really, really good donuts. When steamed, said coconut bread also shows up as buns on the bar's selection of sliders (that go great with the $3 drafts before 7:30pm).

Drink Art

Drink Art
Castleberry HIll
Owned by Atlanta native and NBA alum Shandon Anderson, DA is dishing out surprisingly few assists for a perimeter player Thai food that's only slightly overshadowed by the always-changing drink menu, which uses fresh kiwi, pineapple, beet, (yes, beet), pear, and ginger juices to create 'tails that're... waitforit!... faaaaaantastic.

Vintage Frozen Custard

Vintage Frozen Custard
Mobile
Usually found posted up in West Midtown, this mobile dessert-slinger doesn't sell sundaes (presumably because your inner fat kid isn’t going to wait for the weekend). Instead they've got “everydaes” with add-ons like s'mores, salted caramel, and hot fudge all served atop one of their two classic flavors (vanilla & chocolate) or their rotating flavor of the day.

850F Bar & Pizza

850F Bar & Pizza
Milton
What do you get when you combine an owner from Brooklyn and a chef from Naples? A) a menu you might not be able to understand if don't speak Italian, and B) some serious pizza cred, as evidenced by their speciality pies (the Tartufo with pancetta, rosemary, truffle oil & mushrooms, etc.), all of which are cooked at guess how many degrees?

Delightful Eats

Delightful EATZ
Old Fourth Ward
This Southern-inpsired bar foodery is open until 3am on the weekends, so you've got plenty of time to grab some deviled eggs topped with oysters, zucchini fries, or tilapia-stuffed wontons before you continue to rage through Edgewood, brah! Or you know, just go home and go to bed.

Vine and Tap

Vine and Tap
Buckhead
This swanked-out vino bar is one of the few using the “Coravin”, a device that magically scientifically extracts wine from the bottle without uncorking it, keeping it fresh 'til it hits your mouth, plus they've got non-wine items like bruschetta, paninis, and a rabbit terrine, all of which are pretty frickin' awesome, so stop... sorry'boutthis... wine-ing about how small the menu is.

Sebastian Davis

Sweet Auburn
Poncey-Highland
Slinging the same dry-rubbed, 12hr-smoked pork that made the food truck so popular, this brick-and-mortar bastion of barbecue is also serious about being a part of the local bar scene, so they've got late-night weekend offerings that include fried individual pork ribs and a craft cocktail menu that beats the hell out of the cheap pitchers of warm stuff you might get down the street.

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1. Ocean Market 489 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

This European-inspired deli offers up in-house smoked and cured eats, dominating the lunch scene with dishes like their bahn mi: 18-hour smoked pork topped with a foie gras cream and purple cabbage slaw on a baguette.

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2. 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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3. Big Sky Buckhead 3201 Cains Hill Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

BSB is well-beyond the traditional Buckhead sports bar fare, with an impressive menu that includes fried coconut bread known as “donas”, which sounds like “donuts”, and tastes like really, really good donuts. They also steam that coconut bread into buns which host a very tight slider menu that goes great with affordable drafts.

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4. Drink Art 199 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

Owned by Atlanta native and NBA alum, Shandon Anderson, Drink Art dishes out Thai food that vies for attention next to the impressive and always changing cocktail menu. Fresh kiwi, pineapple, beet, (yes, beet), pear, and ginger juices offer up a wide array of quality 'tails sure to please everyone.

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5. 850°F Bar & Pizza 12635 Crabapple Rd Ste 310, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (Alpharetta)

When it comes to pizza, it’s hard to beat an owner from Brooklyn and a chef from Naples. Bringing hot-as-Hades style pizza to the North side of town, this place dominates with speciality 'za like their tartufo, with pancetta, rosemary, truffle oil, and mushrooms.

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6. Delightful EATZ 421 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

This Old Fourth Ward eatery is a strong addition to the late-night Southern bar food scene. They’re open until 3am on weekends, so grab some deviled eggs topped with oysters, zucchini fries, and tilapia-stuffed wontons before you continue onward to the Edgewood bar scene.

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7. Sweet Auburn 656 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Poncey Highland)

Howard Hsu's brick-and-mortar of his famed food truck, Sweet Auburn features dry-rubbed, 12-hour smoked pork that leads the charge for this impressive Poncey-Highlands bastion of barbecue. They're serious about being a part of the local bar scene, too, with a late-night weekend presence that includes fried individual pork ribs and a craft cocktail menu.

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8. 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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