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Here’s Where to Drink Cocktails in Atlanta This Month

From Singapore Slings above a beer garden and clarified milk punch at a vibey Mexican restaurant to chrysanthemum martinis at a Laotian food pop-up and Pisco Sours in Poncey-Highland

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Mambo Zombi.
| Ryan Fleisher

Despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic over the last two years, 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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Serenidad

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Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours) just opened her second restaurant in Cascade Heights, a Latin soul food spot called Serenidad. Located just steps from her other restaurant Oreatha’s in the neighborhood, Serenidad channels the soulful cooking roots of the Caribbean and Latin America, including dishes styled after those found in countries like Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil. VanTrece’s daughter, Kursten Berry, serves as beverage director and creates cocktails for the restaurant using tequila, mezcal, cachaça, and pisco. (Think cocktails like the Salud Peru with pisco, raspberry, lemon, orange blossom, and egg white.)

Palo Santo

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Chef Santiago Gomez opened his vibey Mexican supper club and rooftop lounge Palo Santo in September. It’s where Mexican, Japanese, and Southern flavors and dishes merge together on the menu. And this includes cocktails from the bar like tepache milk punch with mezcal, tepache, pineapple, lime, and whole milk clarification and the Santo Carajillo with Licor 43, banana du brésil, and espresso. Head upstairs to the rooftop lounge for even more drinks and vibes, and a great view of the emerging skyline along Atlanta’s burgeoning westside.

Westside Motor Lounge

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Indoor-outdoor bar and entertainment venue Westside Motor Lounge is now open at Echo Street West, a development rising along the Westside Beltline Connector trail on the edge of the English Avenue neighborhood. And it includes not one, but two bars on the property with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy on pleasant days in the A. Look for takes on classic cocktails and shaken drinks inspired by Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods from the bar at the restaurant on site. Or, head over to cocktail and listening lounge West Bar for drinks such as the Georgia Gold Rush with bourbon and peach bitters or the bourbon and coconut rum-based Left Palm. There’s also classic cocktails here, including a martini and Sidecar.

D Boca N Boca

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The neighborhood of Summerhill now includes a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar among its restaurant ranks. Backed by Helio Bernal of mobile kitchen the Real Mexican Vittles, D Boca N Boca centers on dishes and recipes inspired by Bernal’s family in Veracruz on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and in the Yucatán. Expect street tacos, pollo asado, and ceviches, as well as aguachile from Sinaloa and Monterey and huachinango (Veracruz-style roasted red snapper) paired with cocktails like the Charro Negro with reposado, Coca-Cola simple syrup, black walnut bitters, and citrus. The bar serves plenty of margaritas and micheladas, too, along with local and Mexican beers, wines by the glass and bottle, and even mezcal and tequila flights. 

Mambo Zombi above Georgia Beer Garden

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Led by longtime Atlanta bartender Kysha Cyrus, Mambo Zombi resides just above Georgia Beer Garden, hardly visible from its perch on Edgewood Avenue. Folks enter via an outside stairway along the side of the building leading to the second floor and step into a space where a hodgepodge design is inspired by global celebrations of life, the honoring of ancestors, and the afterlife threaded throughout festival holidays like Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day, and Qingming. Expect Caribbean-style drinks and classic cocktails here, including the Singapore Sling, Mai Tai, Harvey Wallbanger, and Ti’ Punch, along with original tipples such as the Elote made with Haitian rhum, house-made corn milk, and condensed milk from Cyrus.

So So Fed at Full Commission

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Laotian pop-up So So Fed is one of three pop-ups now in residence at Full Commission, joining Polish pop-up Brave Wojtek and Taiwanese-American pop-up Mighty Hans at the Grant Park restaurant. So So Fed serves dinner Sunday through Tuesday, offering dishes like Hat Yai fried chicken, lemongrass pork ribs, and chicken heart laab on the menu. For those looking to wet their whistles with a cocktail, expect drinks like Bitter Melon Punch, Papaya Mountain Mint Shrub Royale, and a chrysanthemum martini from former 8ARM general manager and bartender Joshua Fryer.

Tio Lucho's

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Chef Arnaldo Castillo finally opened this Peruvian restaurant in Poncey-Highland after running his pop-up La Chingana for over a year. Partnering with Atlanta restaurateur Howard Hsu of neighboring Sweet Auburn BBQ. Tio Lucho’s is an ode to Castillo’s father, who was known for his ceviches. The restaurant bears his father’s affectionate nickname (Tio Lucho or “Uncle Luis”), given to him while working in Peruvian restaurants throughout Atlanta. The menu blends Peruvian techniques and recipes with Southern ingredients and leans into coastal Peruvian seafood dishes like tiradito (similar to sashimi) and a few favorites from La Chingana. As with the food, expect cocktails inspired by Peruvian flavors and traditional drinks, like the chilcano, a cross between a Peruvian pisco sour and a Moscow mule. There’s also Spanish and Latin American wines available by the glass and bottle.

Wylie & Rum

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This Floribian (Floridan and Caribbean) restaurant and rum bar opened over the summer, taking over a 1950s-era commercial building along Moreland Avenue. Dine on guava barbecue ribs, plates of jerk chicken, rice and beans, and handmade empanadas paired with rum cocktails like the Mai Tai and Hurricane. The bar also features over 30 rums to try.

Tortuga y Chango

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What began as a series of mezcal dinners at El Tesoro led to the opening of this mezcal bar and restaurant from Alan Raines and Samantha Eaves. Taking over the former Lawrence’s Cafe space, Tortuga y Chango builds a bridge between chef Hugo Suastegui’s hometown of Acapulco and the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico, in the food and drinks on the menu. Cocktails created by beverage director Orestes Cruz feature small producer mezcals and tequila in drinks like the El Corazon made with mezcal, fino sherry, and cynar or the El Alacran with Abasolo corn whiskey, reposado tequila, and rum. Cruz creates most of the cordials, bitters, and syrups used in his cocktails, too.

BOHO115

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Seafood restaurant Boho 115 took over the former Square Pub space on Decatur Square this winter and transformed it into a breezy, multi-level spot for ceviches, fresh fish, Argentinian steak, and empanadas. Head here for a pisco sour, caipirinha, or classic daiquiri as well as fish camp punches, a take on the Tequila Sunrise, and even Fernet and Coke.

Distillery of Modern Art

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Now open in Chamblee, this distillery is where a modern art gallery meets a spirits maker and cocktail bar. Owned by Seth Watson, Distillery of Modern Art features a distillery producing vodka, gin, whiskey, and liqueurs, a tasting room and cocktail bar, and retail and art exhibition spaces all under one roof. For those looking to try out the distillery’s spirits in a cocktail, pop over to the bar in the tasting room, which serves drinks like a vodka tonic, a bourbon Old Fashioned, classic and dirty martinis, and a New York sour. Distillery tours are set to begin this fall, but the bar is typically open starting at 5 p.m. Follow on Instagram for distillery updates, new cocktail drops, and events taking place each week.

Serenidad

Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours) just opened her second restaurant in Cascade Heights, a Latin soul food spot called Serenidad. Located just steps from her other restaurant Oreatha’s in the neighborhood, Serenidad channels the soulful cooking roots of the Caribbean and Latin America, including dishes styled after those found in countries like Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil. VanTrece’s daughter, Kursten Berry, serves as beverage director and creates cocktails for the restaurant using tequila, mezcal, cachaça, and pisco. (Think cocktails like the Salud Peru with pisco, raspberry, lemon, orange blossom, and egg white.)

Palo Santo

Chef Santiago Gomez opened his vibey Mexican supper club and rooftop lounge Palo Santo in September. It’s where Mexican, Japanese, and Southern flavors and dishes merge together on the menu. And this includes cocktails from the bar like tepache milk punch with mezcal, tepache, pineapple, lime, and whole milk clarification and the Santo Carajillo with Licor 43, banana du brésil, and espresso. Head upstairs to the rooftop lounge for even more drinks and vibes, and a great view of the emerging skyline along Atlanta’s burgeoning westside.

Westside Motor Lounge

Indoor-outdoor bar and entertainment venue Westside Motor Lounge is now open at Echo Street West, a development rising along the Westside Beltline Connector trail on the edge of the English Avenue neighborhood. And it includes not one, but two bars on the property with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy on pleasant days in the A. Look for takes on classic cocktails and shaken drinks inspired by Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods from the bar at the restaurant on site. Or, head over to cocktail and listening lounge West Bar for drinks such as the Georgia Gold Rush with bourbon and peach bitters or the bourbon and coconut rum-based Left Palm. There’s also classic cocktails here, including a martini and Sidecar.

D Boca N Boca

The neighborhood of Summerhill now includes a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar among its restaurant ranks. Backed by Helio Bernal of mobile kitchen the Real Mexican Vittles, D Boca N Boca centers on dishes and recipes inspired by Bernal’s family in Veracruz on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and in the Yucatán. Expect street tacos, pollo asado, and ceviches, as well as aguachile from Sinaloa and Monterey and huachinango (Veracruz-style roasted red snapper) paired with cocktails like the Charro Negro with reposado, Coca-Cola simple syrup, black walnut bitters, and citrus. The bar serves plenty of margaritas and micheladas, too, along with local and Mexican beers, wines by the glass and bottle, and even mezcal and tequila flights. 

Mambo Zombi above Georgia Beer Garden

Led by longtime Atlanta bartender Kysha Cyrus, Mambo Zombi resides just above Georgia Beer Garden, hardly visible from its perch on Edgewood Avenue. Folks enter via an outside stairway along the side of the building leading to the second floor and step into a space where a hodgepodge design is inspired by global celebrations of life, the honoring of ancestors, and the afterlife threaded throughout festival holidays like Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day, and Qingming. Expect Caribbean-style drinks and classic cocktails here, including the Singapore Sling, Mai Tai, Harvey Wallbanger, and Ti’ Punch, along with original tipples such as the Elote made with Haitian rhum, house-made corn milk, and condensed milk from Cyrus.

So So Fed at Full Commission

Laotian pop-up So So Fed is one of three pop-ups now in residence at Full Commission, joining Polish pop-up Brave Wojtek and Taiwanese-American pop-up Mighty Hans at the Grant Park restaurant. So So Fed serves dinner Sunday through Tuesday, offering dishes like Hat Yai fried chicken, lemongrass pork ribs, and chicken heart laab on the menu. For those looking to wet their whistles with a cocktail, expect drinks like Bitter Melon Punch, Papaya Mountain Mint Shrub Royale, and a chrysanthemum martini from former 8ARM general manager and bartender Joshua Fryer.

Tio Lucho's

Chef Arnaldo Castillo finally opened this Peruvian restaurant in Poncey-Highland after running his pop-up La Chingana for over a year. Partnering with Atlanta restaurateur Howard Hsu of neighboring Sweet Auburn BBQ. Tio Lucho’s is an ode to Castillo’s father, who was known for his ceviches. The restaurant bears his father’s affectionate nickname (Tio Lucho or “Uncle Luis”), given to him while working in Peruvian restaurants throughout Atlanta. The menu blends Peruvian techniques and recipes with Southern ingredients and leans into coastal Peruvian seafood dishes like tiradito (similar to sashimi) and a few favorites from La Chingana. As with the food, expect cocktails inspired by Peruvian flavors and traditional drinks, like the chilcano, a cross between a Peruvian pisco sour and a Moscow mule. There’s also Spanish and Latin American wines available by the glass and bottle.

Wylie & Rum

This Floribian (Floridan and Caribbean) restaurant and rum bar opened over the summer, taking over a 1950s-era commercial building along Moreland Avenue. Dine on guava barbecue ribs, plates of jerk chicken, rice and beans, and handmade empanadas paired with rum cocktails like the Mai Tai and Hurricane. The bar also features over 30 rums to try.

Tortuga y Chango

What began as a series of mezcal dinners at El Tesoro led to the opening of this mezcal bar and restaurant from Alan Raines and Samantha Eaves. Taking over the former Lawrence’s Cafe space, Tortuga y Chango builds a bridge between chef Hugo Suastegui’s hometown of Acapulco and the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico, in the food and drinks on the menu. Cocktails created by beverage director Orestes Cruz feature small producer mezcals and tequila in drinks like the El Corazon made with mezcal, fino sherry, and cynar or the El Alacran with Abasolo corn whiskey, reposado tequila, and rum. Cruz creates most of the cordials, bitters, and syrups used in his cocktails, too.

BOHO115

Seafood restaurant Boho 115 took over the former Square Pub space on Decatur Square this winter and transformed it into a breezy, multi-level spot for ceviches, fresh fish, Argentinian steak, and empanadas. Head here for a pisco sour, caipirinha, or classic daiquiri as well as fish camp punches, a take on the Tequila Sunrise, and even Fernet and Coke.

Distillery of Modern Art

Now open in Chamblee, this distillery is where a modern art gallery meets a spirits maker and cocktail bar. Owned by Seth Watson, Distillery of Modern Art features a distillery producing vodka, gin, whiskey, and liqueurs, a tasting room and cocktail bar, and retail and art exhibition spaces all under one roof. For those looking to try out the distillery’s spirits in a cocktail, pop over to the bar in the tasting room, which serves drinks like a vodka tonic, a bourbon Old Fashioned, classic and dirty martinis, and a New York sour. Distillery tours are set to begin this fall, but the bar is typically open starting at 5 p.m. Follow on Instagram for distillery updates, new cocktail drops, and events taking place each week.

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