You can SHAKE UP your weekend plans with a fabulous cocktail at some of Atlanta’s TOP SHELF cocktail bars. We think you’ll find our recommendations to be very NEAT. So take a look at our list and let the drinking be GIN! 🍸
This East Atlanta outfit has an industrial cool covered patio and excellent cocktails to boot. They’re also selling hot dogs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at lunch time and in the afternoons. Dine-in is closed in the main dining room but they have patio seating available.
Want to feel extra swanky? Pop in for a drink at Bar Margot in the Four Seasons Atlanta. At $16 or $17 a pop, it is a little pricey but worth it for a fun splurge. There’s breakfast, dinner and lunch service as well, or just order up some dessert with your drink. Pastry Chef Erica Lee is a total artist.
It’s Atlanta’s newest hot spot! Bar Vegan, the brainchild of Atlanta legend Pinky Cole, has just opened up on the second floor of Ponce City Market. The menu is small at the moment but the vegan philly cheesesteak that they do have is phenomenal. The music is loud and contributes to a great and fun party atmosphere. True to Pinky Cole, the hype is real and you can expect a wait.
Biltong Bar might be one of Atlanta’s best cocktail bars for true cocktail lovers! They’ve always got something interesting and inventive going on, as well as yummy South African and American bites for you to sample. Order up the colorfully named “Unfuck Your Day” made with Rye, Brandy, Passionfruit, Mint, Lime, and Absinthe for something really boozy.
We love, love, love the speakeasy vibes at The Blind Pig. It’s tucked in the back of Chido & Padre’s. You will love the swanky seating, their excellent cocktail menu, and the live music on Thursdays. It’s a great place to have an intimate conversation with a date or catching up with the girls.
Totally slammin’ cocktails + mouthwatering Viet-cajun food is just the perfect combo that we didn’t know we needed. Bonton delivers both in the coolest of atmospheres. It’s a small little spot that’s great for a date or catch-up with a friend. You can also get Bonton for delivery.
OTP folks rejoice! The Cigar Cellar in Kennesaw is a top-notch establishment that can totally compete with the rest of the in-town spots. And as you can guess by their name, The Cigar Cellar is a place where you can enjoy not only top shelf spirits, but a fine cigar in a super sexy, Mad Men-esque venue filled with beautiful hardwood paneling and floors and plush leather seating.
This Midtown spot on the corner of Colony Square can sometimes be hard to miss as you’re strolling down Peachtree, but don’t make that mistake. This really is the best place to visit in Midtown for a stiff and delicious drank. The interiors are stunning, and they also have a huge patio.
Fellaship can best be described as grown and sexy. It’s a cigar lounge owned by Atlanta native Cam Newton with some really fantastic food in addition to cocktails that pair oh so well with a great cigar. There’s swanky leather seating, TVs for catching the game, and a sexy moody library feel all around. Try the Brown Derby if you’re a bourbon cocktail fan, with grapefruit, honey, lemon, and torched cinnamon. And the Fellaship is a spin on an Old Fashioned with Crème de Peach and a trio of bitters that’s bringing some new flavor to an old classic.
This is probably the most breathtaking and beautiful place to grab a cocktail in Atlanta (and you can see that evidenced in the way that they are booked out for reservations three months in advance!) To make the night really spectacular, enjoy a few cocktails at the Garden Room first then pop-in for the best of fine dining at neighboring Atlas, Umi, or Chops Lobster Bar.
Golden Eagle is another moody, sexy space to grab a cocktail in the heart of Reynoldstown. With leather and velvet touches everywhere, moody lighting from gorgeous chandeliers, every visit feels special even if you’re just popping in for a weeknight libation.
You’ll love the patio at Buckhead staple Gypsy Kitchen! It’s a great place to enjoy some fantastic sangria with the girls and there is live music on Sunday evenings as well.
This has got to be one of the best rooftops in Atlanta. Sip on a cocktail while overlooking Ponce on the top of this historic building—it feels especially magical in the evening or at night.
Blink and you might miss the James Room on the Beltline, but that’s a mistake you don’t want to make! This “café” has not only pastries and coffee, but a hidden speakeasy in the back that opens up in the evening. Enjoy a great cocktail on their patio or indoors.
So many great nights in Inman Park start or end with a drink at Little Spirit, a cozy little bar that’s hip and full of life. You’ll love the Tupac and Biggie paintings, and in the winter they do Christmas themed spirits.
Little Trouble is a moody, trendy bar in West Midtown that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the coolest of underground clubs in Asia. The drinks are strong and the pan-Asian street food is excellent to pair with a bit of sake.
Speakeasies are always fun, and the Third Door is no exception! Enjoy inventive cocktails in a beautifully restored 1920s gas station. There are special vintage touches all around, with rich velvet curtains, antique paintings, and 14-foot polished wood bars. It’s the perfect place to stop by before dinner in Marietta Square.
Locals rave about Ticonderoga Club, one of the most beloved bars and restaurants in the city. During COVID times, they’ve pivoted to a take-out model and started selling bottled cocktails, frozen cups, and booze-free mocktails to enjoy to-go! There is still some limited seating, however, if you want to dine-in.
By now it should be pretty clear Atlanta has its fair share of sexy, leather-filled cocktail lounges, but Wonderkid is something a little more different and unusual. They’ve gone fully retro here, with a super cool 70s diner vibe and more affordable prices as well.