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14 New Spots for Sipping Cocktails in Atlanta This Month

From interesting takes on the Old Fashioned and Dark and Stormy to dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives and a Prohibition-inspired hotel bar with a bowling alley

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Despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic, bartenders continue to innovate how cocktails are created and served in Atlanta. Now, in addition to grabbing a seat at the bar for cocktails, many establishments are putting greater emphasis on outdoor seating and spacious patios, drink kits, or serving to-go cocktails. This cocktail map highlights some of Atlanta’s newest drinking destinations to consider checking out this month, most with ample outdoor seating, too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Juniper Cafe

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2260 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(470) 427-3057
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Lazy Betty chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips debuted their latest establishment together at the end of 2021, a Vietnamese restaurant and bakery called Juniper Cafe. Located at Westside Village on Marietta Boulevard, expect pho, bún, bánh mì, Vietnamese sausages, summer rolls, and shaved ice desserts served here, kicking off in the mornings with fresh pastries and coffee. During the evening, the bar serves a range of cocktails using spirits like Japanese whisky, soju, and sake mixed with ingredients such as yuzu, green tea, and ginseng. Try the Thunder Punch made with Nikka Coffey vodka, St. Germain, hibiscus, and red dragon fruit spiced with saffron or the Sandbar Nap with rum and ginseng-infused soju. Covered patio seating available. Takeout available.

2. HOLIDAY BAR

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1115 Howell Mill Rd NW P150
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 481-5157
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It’s hard to miss this open-air coffee and cocktail bar at the Interlock on the corner of Howell Mill and 14th Street. Owned by Dave Reed and Ryan Covert and housed in a custom-built structure made of mesh and plastic, Holiday Bar serves Thrive Farmers coffee and coffee drinks in the morning, followed by cocktails later in the day. Those cocktails range from a classic negroni and Manhattan and G&Ts to spritzes, a take on the Harvey Wallbanger, and coffee concoctions laced with rum and amaro. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

3. Little Bear

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71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 500-5396
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Chef Jarrett Stieber opened Little Bear in Summerhill at the end of February 2020, before COVID-19 reached global pandemic status. Just three weeks later, Stieber closed the restaurant for dine-in service and pivoted to takeout. Now with the dining room back open, the clever cocktails on the menu here can be enjoyed during dinner, at the bar, at tables outside in front of the restaurant, or as to-go drinks at communal seating areas along Georgia Avenue. Street-side seating available.

4. Talat Market

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 257-6255
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Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market opened right at the start of the pandemic inside an old neighborhood market on Ormond Street. With the dining room and bar now open for business, people can enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails here inside during dinner as well as outside on the covered patio or street-side parklet. This includes Talat Market’s perfectly paired cocktails from beverage director Adrian Fessenden-Kroll, like a rum swizzle with dragonfruit orgeat or gin-based coconut frappe made with coconut milk. Just ordering drinks? Grab a yellow stool along the rail outside on the patio. It’s first come, first served there. Covered patio. Parklet seating.

5. Saints + Council

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1221 Peachtree St NE Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30309
(770) 731-8159
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Saints and Council is one of the latest restaurants to join the multi-million-dollar revamp of Midtown complex Colony Square. The restaurant uses custom digital technology which allows people to order and move around the dining room, bar, and patio without having to alert their server. By scanning codes throughout Saints and Council with a smartphone, staff are able to recognize where people are in the restaurant and deliver food and drinks to that precise location. Expect a Southern ham benedict, sweet and savory Dutch baby pancakes, and bruleed brioche French toast at breakfast, with soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches at lunch. Dine on entrees like a glazed bone-in pork chop or cast iron-seared yellowfin tuna during dinner. As for cocktails, order the High Priest with tequila, miso, and smoked pear topped with lime tonic or the Venezuelan Old Fashioned with dark rum and banana and amontillado sherry syrup. Outdoor dining. Heated patio seats.

6. Dirty Rascal

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415 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 600-3500
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Italian-American restaurant Dirty Rascal opened in early January at the new Thompson Hotel on East Paces Ferry. Led by chefs Todd Ginsberg and Josh Hopkins, expect souped-up versions of classic red sauce dishes on the menu here, like eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and shrimp scampi and grits. As with the food, the cocktails at Dirty Rascal lean classic and Italian, including an Americano, a negroni, New York sour, and three martini styles: classic, dirty, and a steakhouse take with blue cheese stuffed olives.

7. Staplehouse

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541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005
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The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries, to chocolates, beer, and wine. But the market also serves cocktails. Grab a menu and order a cocktail and food from the daily menu board or create a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. There’s even a fire pit for chillier days. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

8. Spaceman Rooftop Bar

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3301 Lenox Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30326

Backed by Empire State South chef Hugh Acheson, Spaceman on the 15th floor of the new Hyatt Centric hotel offers a casual indoor-outdoor lounging space high above the streets of Buckhead. While dining on wings, a hot dog topped with black truffle chow chow, and steamed snow crab legs, sip cocktails like the Prado Royal with bitter orange vodka, bianco and dry vermouth, and mezcal topped with sparkling wine or the Honey Crisp with cognac and fino sherry. The chef’s Montreal steakhouse Mount Royal on the ground floor of the hotel features wines chosen by Acheson’s longtime sommelier Steven Grubbs and steakhouse-style cocktails, such as the brandy and gin-based Vieux Montreal and the Big Easy Thrift made with Canadian whiskey, oloroso sherry, and smoked maple syrup. Outdoor seating available.

9. Muchacho

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 748-9254
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With renovations completed earlier this fall, West Coast-style cafe and bar Muchacho expanded into the former Golden Eagle space in Reynoldstown. Now, the once petite cafe features table seating for up to 50 people and a spacious bar, in addition to the sprawling patio along the Eastside Beltline. That revamp and expansion also includes a new food and drink menu, too. Look for margaritas, a white negroni, a classic paloma, and hat tips to tiki drinks, like the Finger Guns with white rum, spiced Casoni liqueur, and falernum. Patio seating available.

10. OK YAKI

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714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 999-9254
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With a spacious outdoor patio off to the side of the Moreland Avenue restaurant, people can enjoy okonomiyaki, gyoza, karaage chicken, and the kombu burger with a few cocktails in the evening. Like the menu, drinks here lean into Japanese spirits, flavors, and ingredients. Try the Kyuri Daisy made with tequila, mezcal, curacao, lime, and pickled dashi or the Japanese gin and sake-based Kissy Suzuki with plum and vermouth. Japanese whisky lovers should order the Kohi Toki mixed with brandy, coffee liqueur, and cassis. Patio available.

11. Bar{n} Dunwoody

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Dunwoody Village Pkwy
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Recently opened in the heart of Dunwoody Village, expect all manner of whiskey, mezcal, and gin cocktails at Barn: Booze and Bites. Here, folks have a choice between multiple seating options, including the indoor/outdoor bar, the dining room, a small covered patio, or in the courtyard out front, complete with fire pits. Pair cocktails with a variety of flatbreads, salty bar snacks and bites, like pigs in a blanket, and charcuterie and cheese boards. Outdoor seating available.

12. Dead End Drinks

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130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 974-8380
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Longtime Kirkwood-Edgewood neighborhood bar and restaurant Ration and Dram recently changed its name to Dead End Drinks. It resides on a dead end street, across from the neighborhood soccer field. The name isn’t the only big change happening here. Beyond its regular menu, look for the kitchen to host a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups, too. Despite this name change and shift in food, the cocktails continue to be a major focal point, with co-owner and Atlanta drinks industry veteran Andy Minchow often found behind the bar. Patio seating available.

13. Roaring Social

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35 Milton Ave
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 777-1820
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Located on the lower level of the recently opened Hamilton hotel in downtown Alpharetta, Roaring Social is described as a modern-day speakeasy that also happens to feature an eight-lane, boutique bowling alley. Take the elevator down to this 1920s-inspired watering hole where people can order up Old Fashioneds, Sidecars, Last Words, and Vieux Carres on the menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of after-dinner drinks. Pair those libations with snacks, small plates, and desserts, including DIY s’mores and German chocolate cake. The bowling lanes reside in back and cost between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the day. For those seeking cocktails and indoor-outdoor vibes, check out Carrie’s Conservatory on the terrace level of the hotel. Dress code.

14. UP on the Roof

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33 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 777-5855
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It’s about Southern comfort food and cocktails with a view at Up on the Roof in downtown Alpharetta. Located atop Liberty Hall with views of the North Atlanta suburban city and Kennesaw Mountain to the west, the food menu features deviled eggs, grouper and grits, drunken mussels, rabbit tacos, and beer-brined frog legs known as Swamp Wings. Expect a selection of bottled cocktails here, like the triple rum-based Purple Rain with fresh juices and blackberry syrup, or takes on classics made with whiskey, rum, tequila, and vodka. Patio seating available.

1. Juniper Cafe

2260 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Lazy Betty chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips debuted their latest establishment together at the end of 2021, a Vietnamese restaurant and bakery called Juniper Cafe. Located at Westside Village on Marietta Boulevard, expect pho, bún, bánh mì, Vietnamese sausages, summer rolls, and shaved ice desserts served here, kicking off in the mornings with fresh pastries and coffee. During the evening, the bar serves a range of cocktails using spirits like Japanese whisky, soju, and sake mixed with ingredients such as yuzu, green tea, and ginseng. Try the Thunder Punch made with Nikka Coffey vodka, St. Germain, hibiscus, and red dragon fruit spiced with saffron or the Sandbar Nap with rum and ginseng-infused soju. Covered patio seating available. Takeout available.

2260 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. HOLIDAY BAR

1115 Howell Mill Rd NW P150, Atlanta, GA 30318

It’s hard to miss this open-air coffee and cocktail bar at the Interlock on the corner of Howell Mill and 14th Street. Owned by Dave Reed and Ryan Covert and housed in a custom-built structure made of mesh and plastic, Holiday Bar serves Thrive Farmers coffee and coffee drinks in the morning, followed by cocktails later in the day. Those cocktails range from a classic negroni and Manhattan and G&Ts to spritzes, a take on the Harvey Wallbanger, and coffee concoctions laced with rum and amaro. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

1115 Howell Mill Rd NW P150
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Little Bear

71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A, Atlanta, GA 30312

Chef Jarrett Stieber opened Little Bear in Summerhill at the end of February 2020, before COVID-19 reached global pandemic status. Just three weeks later, Stieber closed the restaurant for dine-in service and pivoted to takeout. Now with the dining room back open, the clever cocktails on the menu here can be enjoyed during dinner, at the bar, at tables outside in front of the restaurant, or as to-go drinks at communal seating areas along Georgia Avenue. Street-side seating available.

71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. Talat Market

112 Ormond St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market opened right at the start of the pandemic inside an old neighborhood market on Ormond Street. With the dining room and bar now open for business, people can enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails here inside during dinner as well as outside on the covered patio or street-side parklet. This includes Talat Market’s perfectly paired cocktails from beverage director Adrian Fessenden-Kroll, like a rum swizzle with dragonfruit orgeat or gin-based coconut frappe made with coconut milk. Just ordering drinks? Grab a yellow stool along the rail outside on the patio. It’s first come, first served there. Covered patio. Parklet seating.

112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

5. Saints + Council

1221 Peachtree St NE Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30309

Saints and Council is one of the latest restaurants to join the multi-million-dollar revamp of Midtown complex Colony Square. The restaurant uses custom digital technology which allows people to order and move around the dining room, bar, and patio without having to alert their server. By scanning codes throughout Saints and Council with a smartphone, staff are able to recognize where people are in the restaurant and deliver food and drinks to that precise location. Expect a Southern ham benedict, sweet and savory Dutch baby pancakes, and bruleed brioche French toast at breakfast, with soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches at lunch. Dine on entrees like a glazed bone-in pork chop or cast iron-seared yellowfin tuna during dinner. As for cocktails, order the High Priest with tequila, miso, and smoked pear topped with lime tonic or the Venezuelan Old Fashioned with dark rum and banana and amontillado sherry syrup. Outdoor dining. Heated patio seats.

1221 Peachtree St NE Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Dirty Rascal

415 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Italian-American restaurant Dirty Rascal opened in early January at the new Thompson Hotel on East Paces Ferry. Led by chefs Todd Ginsberg and Josh Hopkins, expect souped-up versions of classic red sauce dishes on the menu here, like eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and shrimp scampi and grits. As with the food, the cocktails at Dirty Rascal lean classic and Italian, including an Americano, a negroni, New York sour, and three martini styles: classic, dirty, and a steakhouse take with blue cheese stuffed olives.

415 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

7. Staplehouse

541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries, to chocolates, beer, and wine. But the market also serves cocktails. Grab a menu and order a cocktail and food from the daily menu board or create a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. There’s even a fire pit for chillier days. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. Spaceman Rooftop Bar

3301 Lenox Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30326

Backed by Empire State South chef Hugh Acheson, Spaceman on the 15th floor of the new Hyatt Centric hotel offers a casual indoor-outdoor lounging space high above the streets of Buckhead. While dining on wings, a hot dog topped with black truffle chow chow, and steamed snow crab legs, sip cocktails like the Prado Royal with bitter orange vodka, bianco and dry vermouth, and mezcal topped with sparkling wine or the Honey Crisp with cognac and fino sherry. The chef’s Montreal steakhouse Mount Royal on the ground floor of the hotel features wines chosen by Acheson’s longtime sommelier Steven Grubbs and steakhouse-style cocktails, such as the brandy and gin-based Vieux Montreal and the Big Easy Thrift made with Canadian whiskey, oloroso sherry, and smoked maple syrup. Outdoor seating available.

3301 Lenox Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30326

9. Muchacho

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

With renovations completed earlier this fall, West Coast-style cafe and bar Muchacho expanded into the former Golden Eagle space in Reynoldstown. Now, the once petite cafe features table seating for up to 50 people and a spacious bar, in addition to the sprawling patio along the Eastside Beltline. That revamp and expansion also includes a new food and drink menu, too. Look for margaritas, a white negroni, a classic paloma, and hat tips to tiki drinks, like the Finger Guns with white rum, spiced Casoni liqueur, and falernum. Patio seating available.

904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

10. OK YAKI

714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30316

With a spacious outdoor patio off to the side of the Moreland Avenue restaurant, people can enjoy okonomiyaki, gyoza, karaage chicken, and the kombu burger with a few cocktails in the evening. Like the menu, drinks here lean into Japanese spirits, flavors, and ingredients. Try the Kyuri Daisy made with tequila, mezcal, curacao, lime, and pickled dashi or the Japanese gin and sake-based Kissy Suzuki with plum and vermouth. Japanese whisky lovers should order the Kohi Toki mixed with brandy, coffee liqueur, and cassis. Patio available.

714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30316

11. Bar{n} Dunwoody

Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Recently opened in the heart of Dunwoody Village, expect all manner of whiskey, mezcal, and gin cocktails at Barn: Booze and Bites. Here, folks have a choice between multiple seating options, including the indoor/outdoor bar, the dining room, a small covered patio, or in the courtyard out front, complete with fire pits. Pair cocktails with a variety of flatbreads, salty bar snacks and bites, like pigs in a blanket, and charcuterie and cheese boards. Outdoor seating available.

Dunwoody Village Pkwy
Dunwoody, GA 30338

12. Dead End Drinks

130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Longtime Kirkwood-Edgewood neighborhood bar and restaurant Ration and Dram recently changed its name to Dead End Drinks. It resides on a dead end street, across from the neighborhood soccer field. The name isn’t the only big change happening here. Beyond its regular menu, look for the kitchen to host a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups, too. Despite this name change and shift in food, the cocktails continue to be a major focal point, with co-owner and Atlanta drinks industry veteran Andy Minchow often found behind the bar. Patio seating available.

130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Roaring Social

35 Milton Ave, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Located on the lower level of the recently opened Hamilton hotel in downtown Alpharetta, Roaring Social is described as a modern-day speakeasy that also happens to feature an eight-lane, boutique bowling alley. Take the elevator down to this 1920s-inspired watering hole where people can order up Old Fashioneds, Sidecars, Last Words, and Vieux Carres on the menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of after-dinner drinks. Pair those libations with snacks, small plates, and desserts, including DIY s’mores and German chocolate cake. The bowling lanes reside in back and cost between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the day. For those seeking cocktails and indoor-outdoor vibes, check out Carrie’s Conservatory on the terrace level of the hotel. Dress code.

35 Milton Ave
Alpharetta, GA 30009

14. UP on the Roof

33 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

It’s about Southern comfort food and cocktails with a view at Up on the Roof in downtown Alpharetta. Located atop Liberty Hall with views of the North Atlanta suburban city and Kennesaw Mountain to the west, the food menu features deviled eggs, grouper and grits, drunken mussels, rabbit tacos, and beer-brined frog legs known as Swamp Wings. Expect a selection of bottled cocktails here, like the triple rum-based Purple Rain with fresh juices and blackberry syrup, or takes on classics made with whiskey, rum, tequila, and vodka. Patio seating available.

33 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30009

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