12 Cocktail Bar
The best speakeasies lie where you least expect them—and that’s definitely true of 12 Cocktail Bar, which is perched at the top of one of Atlanta’s top tourist destinations. Enter Ponce City Market and take the elevators to the lower floor so a host can take you to the bar where the exclusive find has breathtaking views of the city. Try the O.G. Old Fashioned or a 50/50 Martini for a classic drink. There are also light bites, including marcona almonds, olives, black bean hummus, and a red curry bowl. Reservations are highly recommended, though walk-ins are welcome.
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Ponce City Market’s hidden gem has an ambiance like none other. The nature in which you enter the room gives it a speakeasy vibe, but ironically, the view of the city’s skyline is better than most rooftops. Here, you can experience rare spirits and handcrafted cocktails curated uniquely for your tastes, and take in the unrivaled music selection featuring tunes ranging from Miles Davis to Beyoncé. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are suggested.
Who doesn’t love a good surprise every now and then? Especially when it includes your favorite spirit. At 12 Cocktail Bar, which rests in a tower high above Ponce City Market, menus are not available. Instead, simply share your favorite spirit and your preferred flavor profile, and their mixologists will work to create a cocktail that’s sure to become your new fav. And if you can, be sure to arrive at 12 just before dusk to catch hues of pink and orange as the sun sets over the Atlanta skyline. Guests at 12 are highly encouraged to book reservations prior to their visit.