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16 Epic Summer Cocktails to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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Yes, it's the start of Labor Day weekend, but seasonally appropriate weather has finally arrived in Atlanta. Take advantage of the last few weeks of official summer with patio time and these must-try summer cocktails.
Laura Scholz


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and at Wrecking Bar, it's always Pimm's O'clock. Melissa Dibben's creation includes cucumber-infused gin, Bonal grand chartreuse, Pimm's, cucumber and lime puree, and smoked sea salt for a Pimm's cup/margarita hybrid that combines the best of both worlds. [Photo]

2. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 835-2534
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What's better than mezcal? Mezcal with Dickel rye. And Fernet Branca. All barrel-aged with Amaro Nonino and Angostura Bitters. This powerhouse drink is the El Sicario, and it's available at The Sound Table. Run, don't walk. [Photo]

3. 4th & Swift

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621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 904-0160
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No summer in Georgia is complete without peaches. Now you can get your peaches in liquid form with the City of Peachtrees, crafted with Four Roses bourbon, King's Ginger, smoked peach syrup, and Fernet rinse by 4th & Swift bartender Chris Gianaras. [Photo]

4. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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Stronger and more sophisticated than its sister drink, the Bee's Elbow at H. Harper Station features Boomsma Oude Genever, sorghum, Amaro Nonino, and lemon. [Photo]

5. Table And Main

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1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 869-5178
Upgrade from your standard margarita to Table and Main's Margarisky. With High West OMG Rye, Grand Marnier, and citrus, it's so smooth you'll wish it came in pitchers. [Photo]

6. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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Nothing says summer like gin and pickles. Now you can get both in The Gibson, Proof & Provision bartender Nate Shuman's summer sipper, made with Bristow gin, pink pickle juice, and dry vermouth. [Photo]

7. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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Bulleit Rye gets a summery twist at Local Three. Mixologist Ross Shaffer combines the popular rye with Dolin dry vermouth, Branca Menta, lemon, and house-made vanilla syrup for the Franklin Mint. [Photo]

8. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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Miller Union's patio is the perfect place to wind down with the Summer Cooler, a cocktail of tequila, watermelon, cucumber, mint, and lime. [Photo]

9. Seed Kitchen & Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 214-6888
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Seed Kitchen & Bar's cocktail menu is worth the drive OTP. Try the restaurant's signature drink, the Seed 75, made with Hayman's Old Tom, lemon, and house-made pomegranate grenadine. [Photo]

10. ONE. Midtown Kitchen

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599 Dutch Valley Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 892-4111
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What do you get when you combine Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager, 360 Meyer Lemon Vodka, watermelon juice, and fresh basil from ONE. Midtown Kitchen's garden? Summer. In a mason jar. Or as they call it, The Big Easy. [Photo]

11. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
With Del Maguey Vida mezcal, El Dorado 12 year rum, lime, pineapple, cane sugar, and Leopold Brothers Fernet, Paper Plane's Unwelcome Wagon is probably only "unwelcome" the following morning. [Photo]

12. 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 ABC's at the Pinewood has all of your favorite things—amaro, bourbon, and cola—in one glass, plus an orange expression for additional summery goodness. [Photo]

13. The Albert

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918 Austin Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 872-4990
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Don't overlook the cocktails at this Inman Park bar. Try the Son of Anarchy, made with Southern Son Vodka, St. Germain, cucumber puree, and orange soda— a summer drink with punch. [Photo]

14. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Cocktail lovers swear by Greg Best's Pinky Swear at Holeman & Finch Public House. With vinho verde, Cathead vodka, maraschino, apricot eau-de-vie, lemon, Peychaud's, and lemon peel, it's deceptively light and extremely potent.

15. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Nap in the Afternoon is exactly what you'll want to do after drinking this Leon's Full Service cocktail with Obsello Absinthe, lemon, green chartreuse, fig, and Leopold Bros's tart cherry.

16. 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 take on the tiki drink, the Tamboo, made with G’Vine Nouasion Gin, aperol, passionfruit, lime, coconut soda, and Elemakule tiki bitters is perfect for a hot summer afternoon on the restaurant's patio. Bocce ball optional. [Photo]

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1. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and at Wrecking Bar, it's always Pimm's O'clock. Melissa Dibben's creation includes cucumber-infused gin, Bonal grand chartreuse, Pimm's, cucumber and lime puree, and smoked sea salt for a Pimm's cup/margarita hybrid that combines the best of both worlds. [Photo]
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
What's better than mezcal? Mezcal with Dickel rye. And Fernet Branca. All barrel-aged with Amaro Nonino and Angostura Bitters. This powerhouse drink is the El Sicario, and it's available at The Sound Table. Run, don't walk. [Photo]
483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

3. 4th & Swift

621 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
No summer in Georgia is complete without peaches. Now you can get your peaches in liquid form with the City of Peachtrees, crafted with Four Roses bourbon, King's Ginger, smoked peach syrup, and Fernet rinse by 4th & Swift bartender Chris Gianaras. [Photo]
621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

4. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Stronger and more sophisticated than its sister drink, the Bee's Elbow at H. Harper Station features Boomsma Oude Genever, sorghum, Amaro Nonino, and lemon. [Photo]
904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

5. Table And Main

1028 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
Upgrade from your standard margarita to Table and Main's Margarisky. With High West OMG Rye, Grand Marnier, and citrus, it's so smooth you'll wish it came in pitchers. [Photo]
1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

6. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Nothing says summer like gin and pickles. Now you can get both in The Gibson, Proof & Provision bartender Nate Shuman's summer sipper, made with Bristow gin, pink pickle juice, and dry vermouth. [Photo]
659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Bulleit Rye gets a summery twist at Local Three. Mixologist Ross Shaffer combines the popular rye with Dolin dry vermouth, Branca Menta, lemon, and house-made vanilla syrup for the Franklin Mint. [Photo]
3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

8. Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Miller Union's patio is the perfect place to wind down with the Summer Cooler, a cocktail of tequila, watermelon, cucumber, mint, and lime. [Photo]
999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. Seed Kitchen & Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504, Marietta, GA 30068
Seed Kitchen & Bar's cocktail menu is worth the drive OTP. Try the restaurant's signature drink, the Seed 75, made with Hayman's Old Tom, lemon, and house-made pomegranate grenadine. [Photo]
1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068

10. ONE. Midtown Kitchen

599 Dutch Valley Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
What do you get when you combine Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager, 360 Meyer Lemon Vodka, watermelon juice, and fresh basil from ONE. Midtown Kitchen's garden? Summer. In a mason jar. Or as they call it, The Big Easy. [Photo]
599 Dutch Valley Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

11. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
With Del Maguey Vida mezcal, El Dorado 12 year rum, lime, pineapple, cane sugar, and Leopold Brothers Fernet, Paper Plane's Unwelcome Wagon is probably only "unwelcome" the following morning. [Photo]
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

12. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
The ABC's at the Pinewood has all of your favorite things—amaro, bourbon, and cola—in one glass, plus an orange expression for additional summery goodness. [Photo]
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

13. The Albert

918 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Don't overlook the cocktails at this Inman Park bar. Try the Son of Anarchy, made with Southern Son Vodka, St. Germain, cucumber puree, and orange soda— a summer drink with punch. [Photo]
918 Austin Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cocktail lovers swear by Greg Best's Pinky Swear at Holeman & Finch Public House. With vinho verde, Cathead vodka, maraschino, apricot eau-de-vie, lemon, Peychaud's, and lemon peel, it's deceptively light and extremely potent.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

15. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Nap in the Afternoon is exactly what you'll want to do after drinking this Leon's Full Service cocktail with Obsello Absinthe, lemon, green chartreuse, fig, and Leopold Bros's tart cherry.
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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16. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Empire State South's take on the tiki drink, the Tamboo, made with G’Vine Nouasion Gin, aperol, passionfruit, lime, coconut soda, and Elemakule tiki bitters is perfect for a hot summer afternoon on the restaurant's patio. Bocce ball optional. [Photo]
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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