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14 Epic Cocktails to Sip in Atlanta This Spring

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Now that you know where to day drink, here's what to drink while you're blowing off work and hanging out on Atlanta's best patios. Yes, hours of arduous research went into creating this definitive list of epic spring cocktails. So say good-bye to that pitcher of watered-down margaritas and hello to your new favorite libations.
Laura Scholz


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Paper Plane

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340 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

It's no secret that Paul Calvert serves up some stellar cocktails at the also not-so-secret speakeasy Paper Plane in Decatur. Get the Herbert West, with Bluecoat gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, La Muse Verte Pastis, and hints of citrus from lemon and Combier Pamplemousse.

2. Leon's Full Service

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131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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For an alternative to the endless parade of same-old, same-old Pimm's cups, try Miles Macquarrie's Bitter in a Bottle, withSt. George gin, Pimm’s no. 1, luxardo bitter, lemon, and fever-tree bitter lemon. Don't let the peach color or the kitschy bottle fool you—this is one serious spring cocktail.

3. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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Empire State South's Ma Vie En Rose may sound (and look) sweet, but it has edge. This libation from bar manager Kellie Thorne packs G’Vine Florasion Gin, Suze, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Briotett Crème de cassis, scented Orgeat, and lemon all into one pretty— but potent— pink package.

4. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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The South meets South America in principal barkeep Julian Goglia's interpretation of the caipirinha, the Confederados. This drink's aged cachaca, rum, lime, watermelon shrub, sugar, and pickled watermelon rind will make you want to book the next flight to Rio.

5. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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As the name suggests, H. Harper's Clermont Luau is a Southern cocktail/tiki drink mash-up that provides the best of both worlds. Basil Hayden bourbon, pecan orgeat, orange juice, velvet falernum, and a dash of Fee's Aromatic pack a punch.

6. KR SteakBar

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349 Peachtree Hills Ave
Atlanta, Ga 30305

The Streets at Dusk cocktail at KR SteakBar has Sombra mezcal, cocchi do Torino, CioCiaro amaro, lime and lemon, and whiskey barrel and creole bitters. It's topped with Barritts ginger beer and garnished with a candied mole spiced grapefruit peel. You will not regret trying it.

7. No. 246

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129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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What's better than Negroni? Bottle-aged Negroni. No. 246's bottle-aged white Negroni has gin, Suze, and Cocchi Americano and was stored in barrels for nearly two months to maximize your drinking pleasure.

8. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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Strawberries get star treatment in the Passenger Side at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Crafted by head bartender Brian Ferraro, the sweetness of the spring fruit in the house-made strawberry balsamic vinegar shrub is tempered by Rittenhouse 100 rye and Zucca (rhubarb) amaro.

9. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Sick of margaritas? Try the Thai-rita at Seven Lamps, a sous vide concoction from head "mixtress" and bar manager Arianne Fielder. Her version mixes Thai flavors like fresh ginger, basil, and lemon grass with Esposon Reposado tequila, agave nectar, and citrus for a balanced, tart spring treat.

10. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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Like your fruity cocktails with a kick? Stop by Local Three for the Malaca-ness Monster, a combination of Tanqueray Malacca, Bitter Truth Apricot Liquer, Cynar, and orange blossom water.

11. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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There's a reason Holeman & Finch Public House consistently lands in those "best of" bar lists. Part of that reason? The Heathrow Cocktail, with Peychaud's bitters, Imbue Petal and Thorn, Cynar, Knickerbocker Gin, and a spring-y grapefruit twist.

12. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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Even better than Canoe's riverside bar in spring? Sitting there while drinking the Callaway, which mixes house-made bitters with Bristow gin and Lindemans Cherry Kriek for a sweet and sour finish.

13. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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Take a break from margaritas with Proof and Provision's Bright Flash. Bartender Nate Shuman's sophisticated take on the cocktail classic includes Reposado tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, and house-made grapefruit soda.

14. Joystick Gamebar

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427 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 472-2256
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Joystick Gamebar's Rum Ting Ting is a sweet and savory twist on the Tiki cocktail. Bar manager Kysha Cyrus mixes Blackwell Jamaican rum, Flor de Caña white rum, lime, agave, house mango-curry leaf shrub, and Angostura bitters to better fuel your game night.

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1. Paper Plane

340 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030

It's no secret that Paul Calvert serves up some stellar cocktails at the also not-so-secret speakeasy Paper Plane in Decatur. Get the Herbert West, with Bluecoat gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, La Muse Verte Pastis, and hints of citrus from lemon and Combier Pamplemousse.

340 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Leon's Full Service

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

For an alternative to the endless parade of same-old, same-old Pimm's cups, try Miles Macquarrie's Bitter in a Bottle, withSt. George gin, Pimm’s no. 1, luxardo bitter, lemon, and fever-tree bitter lemon. Don't let the peach color or the kitschy bottle fool you—this is one serious spring cocktail.

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Empire State South's Ma Vie En Rose may sound (and look) sweet, but it has edge. This libation from bar manager Kellie Thorne packs G’Vine Florasion Gin, Suze, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Briotett Crème de cassis, scented Orgeat, and lemon all into one pretty— but potent— pink package.

999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

The South meets South America in principal barkeep Julian Goglia's interpretation of the caipirinha, the Confederados. This drink's aged cachaca, rum, lime, watermelon shrub, sugar, and pickled watermelon rind will make you want to book the next flight to Rio.

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

5. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30316

As the name suggests, H. Harper's Clermont Luau is a Southern cocktail/tiki drink mash-up that provides the best of both worlds. Basil Hayden bourbon, pecan orgeat, orange juice, velvet falernum, and a dash of Fee's Aromatic pack a punch.

904 Memorial Dr
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. KR SteakBar

349 Peachtree Hills Ave, Atlanta, Ga 30305

The Streets at Dusk cocktail at KR SteakBar has Sombra mezcal, cocchi do Torino, CioCiaro amaro, lime and lemon, and whiskey barrel and creole bitters. It's topped with Barritts ginger beer and garnished with a candied mole spiced grapefruit peel. You will not regret trying it.

349 Peachtree Hills Ave
Atlanta, Ga 30305

7. No. 246

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

What's better than Negroni? Bottle-aged Negroni. No. 246's bottle-aged white Negroni has gin, Suze, and Cocchi Americano and was stored in barrels for nearly two months to maximize your drinking pleasure.

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

8. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Strawberries get star treatment in the Passenger Side at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Crafted by head bartender Brian Ferraro, the sweetness of the spring fruit in the house-made strawberry balsamic vinegar shrub is tempered by Rittenhouse 100 rye and Zucca (rhubarb) amaro.

292 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326

Sick of margaritas? Try the Thai-rita at Seven Lamps, a sous vide concoction from head "mixtress" and bar manager Arianne Fielder. Her version mixes Thai flavors like fresh ginger, basil, and lemon grass with Esposon Reposado tequila, agave nectar, and citrus for a balanced, tart spring treat.

3400 Around Lenox Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326

10. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Like your fruity cocktails with a kick? Stop by Local Three for the Malaca-ness Monster, a combination of Tanqueray Malacca, Bitter Truth Apricot Liquer, Cynar, and orange blossom water.

3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

11. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

There's a reason Holeman & Finch Public House consistently lands in those "best of" bar lists. Part of that reason? The Heathrow Cocktail, with Peychaud's bitters, Imbue Petal and Thorn, Cynar, Knickerbocker Gin, and a spring-y grapefruit twist.

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

12. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Even better than Canoe's riverside bar in spring? Sitting there while drinking the Callaway, which mixes house-made bitters with Bristow gin and Lindemans Cherry Kriek for a sweet and sour finish.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

13. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Take a break from margaritas with Proof and Provision's Bright Flash. Bartender Nate Shuman's sophisticated take on the cocktail classic includes Reposado tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, and house-made grapefruit soda.

659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

14. Joystick Gamebar

427 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312

Joystick Gamebar's Rum Ting Ting is a sweet and savory twist on the Tiki cocktail. Bar manager Kysha Cyrus mixes Blackwell Jamaican rum, Flor de Caña white rum, lime, agave, house mango-curry leaf shrub, and Angostura bitters to better fuel your game night.

427 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

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