This being Atlanta, it's easy to find places to get a little freaky. But what if you're just looking for a place to get a little... err, friendly? For that you're gonna need our list of the ATL's nine best bars and restaurants (and elevators?) to make out in. You're welcome...
One of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants has a special feature: the direct elevator is a long 72 floors up to the spectacular view over the city. That’s a lot of time for anything your imagination can conjure. If you’re just holding hands, you’re wasting the time.
You could spend a whole year here finding a different place to "cuddle" with your Mr./Mrs. Right/Right Now. On benches, on blankets, under shady trees, or even in that covered slide; there are too many great locations to have your hands wander. Just make sure there aren’t any kids around on the playground. That’s not a talk you’re prepared to have.
The dimly lit labyrinthine downstairs has a great array of wooden booths, bocce ball courts, dart lanes, and other little coves for you and your new soul mate to test for proper romantic ambiance. The über-deep selection of beers and cocktails will keep you two in the right mood, and those pimento cheese fritters are good to keep your mouth busy between make-out sessions.
Filled with dance nights, indie music, and a very dark parking lot, you’d be hard-pressed not to find a great spot to press the flesh. There’re usually a few old van-bench seats floating around outside to use while the band is taking a break. That racked vinyl is more than comfortable enough for what you have in mind.
Get cultured while getting naughty. With a smorgasbord of food, drink, and music events to go with the rotating art features, you’ll have great scenery for your eyes, ears, and definitely for your mouth.
Little Five Points
While you’re enjoying some grungy music, comedy, or just throwing back a few shots and PBRs, grab a little private time and commemorate the moment the old-fashioned way with a drooling, red-eyed, gropey keepsake.
The upstairs outdoor deck (and side staircase) is the ideal place to set down your cup of Jet Fuel and become better acquainted with your new lip-mate. If you can, schedule your tonsil hockey before you grab one of the late-night pizza slices. No one likes Red Bull and garlic breath.
Pack something to drink, grab some popcorn from the food court, and the night is yours for necking. Crank up the movie sound on your radio and slide into the back seat so you can get a little closer while enjoying the cinematic experience. A blanket is probably a good idea, too, for full “coverage.”
Roam the grounds during your desired music, arts, film, or food event, and you’ll find many secluded spots for canoodling. Be careful when pressing up against the giant wall of filing cabinets, you’d hate to get buried under reports and potted plants when you're just trying plant a smooch on someone.
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1. Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
2. Ormsby's170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
3. The Basement1245 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta
4. High Museum of Art1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
5. Star Community Bar437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta
6. Flip Flops1140 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta
7. Starlight Six Drive-In2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta
8. The Goat Farm Arts Center1200 Foster St, Atlanta
Scope out views of the ATL from the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza where you can get locally sourced American vittles like saffron corn cream shrimp & grits plus entrees including crab-/spinach-stuffed prawns w/ Hollandaise, and roasted lamb, all from Chef Jason Starnes.
Ormsby's is a bi-level tavern serving craft beers and cocktails, plus elevated dishes in an expansive upstairs dining area featuring a small couch lounge and booths, and a sprawling bottom level with games like backgammon, pinball, billiards, and a large indoor bocce ball court.
Graveyard's newly opened bottom-floor live music sanctum's only open Fri & Sat nights for now, but'll soon host weekly events like a "Rock & Roll" Thursday booked by Cartel tour manager Chuck Sammons. It's also got a token-accessed "secret room" tha
Located in Midtown's arts district, the High houses over 13,000 works of contemporary and classic art, primarily from the 19th- and 20th-centuries.
Star Community Bar hosts local stand-up comedians, music acts, and more out of their Little Five Points joint.
FF's just started serving pizzas and 'wiches baked in their new brick oven, including sammies like the thin-sliced, spicy horseradish roast beef (w/ melted cheddar, spinach, tomato & onion), and pies like The Zeus (sun-dried tomato basil sauce, chicken, b
Pack a blanket, a bottle of bubbly, grab some popcorn from the food court, and this becomes the perfect date-night spot.