It’s sweater weather, and there’s not a lot of things more tempting to do than enjoy some comfort food in the warm glow of a fire pit in the company of a close friend or your significant other. Here are some extra homey restaurants, bars, and cafes that are especially irresistible this time of year.
1. The Bookhouse Pub
736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
Bar concepts don’t get much more adorable than this. This cozy little pub is decorated with books throughout and has all the comfy bookstore vibes. There is a small patio as well if you want to step outside. The menu is simple but does the job, and is a great destination in and of itself or an excellent starting point to a night out on Ponce.
Cafe Intermezzo never gets old. It’s been a go to for a late night sweet tooth and first dates alike for years. The dim, sexy lighting and dainty but elegant bistro tables make for the coziest of atmospheres. Indulge in their heavenly cheesecakes and tarts, or sip on one of their sublime warm espressos. Or do both for the very best night!
1645 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
We’re obsessed with this cozy, cluttered, shabby chic tea shop! They are the perfect place to nestle in with a good book (or pick one out from the shelves around you–the proceeds benefit women’s education in India!) You must reserve it ahead of time, but their high tea service is excellent and always feels like a treat.
580 Woodward Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
This Filipino joint is about two feet wide, but jam packed full of flavor! It’s an extra cozy, family-owned spot in the heart of Grant Park serving up lumpia and other Filipino favorites like you wouldn’t believe. Open your palette and dig deep into some new flavors that will delight your taste buds. The lechon, or pork, is so dang good, and their lumpia are always a crowd pleaser for first-timers. But their staff will be happy to guide you if you need a little help ordering!
775 Lake Ave Atlanta, GA 30307
Julianna’s has long been one of the cutest, dreamiest, and most underrated spots in Old Fourth Ward. They serve an assortment of sweet and savory crepes and hot cups of coffee. Sit outside the restaurant nestled among the ivy on one of their cute bistro tables and people-watch, or cozy up inside and linger over a warm cuppa.
900 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
You’ll enjoy the retro diner vibes at this homey hipster hangout. They have a menu full of comfort food including pizza and apps like shrimp cocktail and spinach & artichoke dip. Their cheesy bread with garlic oil is heavenly. They also have a crab night on Mondays and pitchers of beer. It’s a great, comfy dive to hang with a close group of friends (though be aware you’ll have trouble with seating if your party is larger than 5 or 6).
1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Porter Beer Bar may very well have the largest beer selection in all of Atlanta, with 50 beers on draft and over 800 more to choose from. However, even if you’re not a beer lover, you’re going to love cozying up in one of their booths or at the bar. The menu has always been surprisingly good, with irresistible snacks like salt and vinegar popcorn and comfort food galore. The Porter is temporarily closed for repairs, but should reopen soon.
8. Storico Vino
3065 Peachtree Rd NE Suite B210, Atlanta, GA 30305
There’s not a lot of restaurant groups doing better than the storico owners–owners of Italian joints Forza Storico, Storico Fresco, and Storico Vino. Their newest venture, Storico Vino, is definitely the coziest spot. It’s the kind of place where you just feel like you have to have a glass of red wine and stay awhile (but you shouldn’t overlook their cocktail menu because it’s truly impressive). Their heated patio is also cozy and has a heavy velvet curtain to keep the drafty air out.
9. Urban Grind
962 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
This Black-owned coffee shop is a great gem in West Midtown. They host plenty of community events to keep you coming back, and have great, lived in vintage furniture throughout that just invites you to stay awhile. It’s a lovely place to catch up with a friend or sit down and study or work remotely.
56 E. Andrews Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30305
Yebo is one of Atlanta’s coolest concepts. In the warm months, it’s a “beach haus” that celebrates surf and beach culture and in the colder months, it transforms into a “ski haus” with outdoor fire pits and blankets galore for maximum cozy. It has seriously cool apres ski vibes and a seasonal menu that reflects South African flavors.