Welcome to day the fifth and final day of the 9th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories. Each category will dole out an editor’s choice winner and a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. The reader’s choice winner gets unlimited bragging rights as an Eater fan favorite. The editor’s choice winner will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here, and a splashy feature on Eater Atlanta in 2019.
Little Spirit in Inman Quarter offers a menu, which rotates biannually, focused on seasonal and classic drinks in a space adorned with art depicting musicians like Tupac and David Bowie as Renaissance-era patron saints watching over the bar.
Cocktails at East Atlanta Village’s Banshee lean elegant and well-composed, but stay true to the area’s chill vibe and penchant for late night sipping, highlighting amari and vermouth paired with spirits like pisco, bourbon, or gin in the glass.
The quiet and cozy cocktail bar Paper Crane Lounge, located on the second floor of Staplehouse on Edgewood Avenue, serves an ever-evolving menu of drinks, named for and organized by flavor intensity and strength, rather than a listing of ingredients. Just check in at the host stand. No reservations necessary.
Located next door to Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market, the bar at Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits takes cocktail cues from its Decatur sibling, Kimball House, but keeps it coastal, with everything from the classic daiquiri to the Normandy sazerac, made with calvados, overproof rum, bitters, and absinthe.
The Hotel Clermont’s Lobby Bar — above Tiny Lou’s — is dark, sleek, and sexy, offering a menu filled with cocktails straight out of the “Mad Men” era. Come here for a classic martini or Manhattan, but stay for the original concoctions, made using everything from rhum agricole to scotch.
Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Cocktail Bar of the Year category. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Choose wisely: