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13 New Spots to Sip Cocktails in Atlanta This Month

From takes on the Old Fashioned and Dark and Stormy to a Prohibition-inspired hotel bar with a bowling alley

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

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1. Drawbar at Bellyard Hotel

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1 Interlock Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 806-8333
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Drawbar, a cocktail bar and lounge inside the new Bellyard Hotel, opened this spring at the Interlock development. The bar resides on the third floor and features an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the city skyline and food from chef Christina Wai. As for drinks, look for a menu filled with classics like the negroni or 50/50 martini, alongside original concoctions such as the Aquemini with peach-infused mezcal, chipotle agave, Aperol, and lemon or the I Like Scotch, Scotchy, Scotch with Johnnie Walker Black, lemon Earl Grey syrup, and cardamom bitters.

2. The Chastain

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4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 257-6416
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Former Atlas chef Christopher Grossman opened his all-day neighborhood restaurant the Chastain in the former Horseradish Grill space. Open for counter-service biscuits and pastries at breakfast and table service in the evenings, some of the ingredients for the 20 or so dishes served on Grossman’s dinner menu are sourced from the restaurant’s garden area, which is also the place to dine and drink at the Chastain. Cocktails on the menu here lean classic, with takes on the negroni and the daisy. Try the OF (Old Fashioned) and grab a seat around the stone fire pit on the patio. The bar can make the cocktail with bourbon, rye, or even a smoky mezcal. Patio available. Reservations highly encouraged.

3. Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

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19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, opened their downtown Atlanta restaurant in May. Located in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard, Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace with removable glass walls and features a menu of sushi with fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. The bar here serves cocktails using many Japanese ingredients such as yuzu and shiso. Some drinks even incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Patio available.

4. 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. Limited takeout.

5. 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. Covered patio. Parklet seating. Order online for takeout.

6. The Betty, Willow Bar, St. Julep

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374 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 531-8902
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Billed as a mid-century-inspired supper club, the Betty recently opened at the new Kimpton Sylvan Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Pair new and classic takes on steakhouse dishes here with cocktails leaning hard into whiskey, bourbon, and gin. Or, dine outside at Willow Bar on the ground floor of the hotel and sip on spritzy cocktails in a secret garden. Want drinks with a view? Head up to the ninth floor to St. Julep for highballs, G&Ts, and aperitif cocktails, and even boozy soft serve ice cream. Several outdoor seating options available. Valet parking available.

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. Takeout available.

8. 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. Order online for takeout.

9. 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. The kitchen is now an incubator for a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups. But, 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. Call to order takeout.

10. The Abby Singer

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225 Rogers St NE #11
Atlanta, GA 30317

Gastropub the Abby Singer at Pratt Pullman District in Kirkwood now includes cocktails on its menu. Order the pub’s Old Fashioned made with a Coca-Cola reduction or a take on the classic Dark and Stormy in the Dark and Starry Night, an ode to the interactive Van Gogh exhibit currently in residence at Pratt Pullman. Make sure to pair those cocktails with the pub’s signature dish: the Minneapolis-style Jucy Lucy cheeseburger. The bar burger features two patties filled with hot melted cheese. Order a side of fried cheese curds, too. Takeout available.

11. Continent Restaurant & Cigar Lounge

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4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 228-2027
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Chef Scotley Innis opened his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant and cigar lounge this spring on Buford Highway. Inspired by his travels and love for the diaspora of African cuisine, Continent provides Innis the chance to showcase his vision for food from these regions and around the world at his own restaurant. Continent’s cigar lounge is where to relax and indulge in cocktails, Macallan scotch flights, and rare spirits, like the pricey Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac while dining on small plates from the restaurant. Enjoy a drink with Cohiba, Rocky Patel, or other hand-rolled cigars, including a signature Continent cigar with a choice of Connecticut or Maduro wrapping. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Continent here.

12. Antiguo Lobo

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5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A
Chamblee, GA 30341
(470) 385-6502
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Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Antiguo Lobo, owned by Jesús Oñate Jr., recently opened on Peachtree Road in historic downtown Chamblee. The restaurant honors his late father with a menu filled with dishes from multiple regions throughout Mexico. While the food here is impressive, don’t skip the cocktails. Oñate Jr. put his skills as a trained tequila expert and certified master mezcalier to work in the cocktails served at Antiguo Lobo, which center around margaritas and other drinks using agave-based spirits like mezcal. Expect a frozen paloma on the menu this summer and the restaurant’s house margarita on draft, too. 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.

1. Drawbar at Bellyard Hotel

1 Interlock Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Drawbar, a cocktail bar and lounge inside the new Bellyard Hotel, opened this spring at the Interlock development. The bar resides on the third floor and features an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the city skyline and food from chef Christina Wai. As for drinks, look for a menu filled with classics like the negroni or 50/50 martini, alongside original concoctions such as the Aquemini with peach-infused mezcal, chipotle agave, Aperol, and lemon or the I Like Scotch, Scotchy, Scotch with Johnnie Walker Black, lemon Earl Grey syrup, and cardamom bitters.

1 Interlock Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. The Chastain

4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342

Former Atlas chef Christopher Grossman opened his all-day neighborhood restaurant the Chastain in the former Horseradish Grill space. Open for counter-service biscuits and pastries at breakfast and table service in the evenings, some of the ingredients for the 20 or so dishes served on Grossman’s dinner menu are sourced from the restaurant’s garden area, which is also the place to dine and drink at the Chastain. Cocktails on the menu here lean classic, with takes on the negroni and the daisy. Try the OF (Old Fashioned) and grab a seat around the stone fire pit on the patio. The bar can make the cocktail with bourbon, rye, or even a smoky mezcal. Patio available. Reservations highly encouraged.

4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30342

3. Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, opened their downtown Atlanta restaurant in May. Located in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard, Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace with removable glass walls and features a menu of sushi with fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. The bar here serves cocktails using many Japanese ingredients such as yuzu and shiso. Some drinks even incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Patio available.

19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. 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. Limited takeout.

71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A
Atlanta, GA 30312

5. 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. Covered patio. Parklet seating. Order online for takeout.

112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

6. The Betty, Willow Bar, St. Julep

374 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Billed as a mid-century-inspired supper club, the Betty recently opened at the new Kimpton Sylvan Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Pair new and classic takes on steakhouse dishes here with cocktails leaning hard into whiskey, bourbon, and gin. Or, dine outside at Willow Bar on the ground floor of the hotel and sip on spritzy cocktails in a secret garden. Want drinks with a view? Head up to the ninth floor to St. Julep for highballs, G&Ts, and aperitif cocktails, and even boozy soft serve ice cream. Several outdoor seating options available. Valet parking available.

374 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. Takeout available.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. 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. Order online for takeout.

714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30316

9. 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. The kitchen is now an incubator for a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups. But, 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. Call to order takeout.

130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. The Abby Singer

225 Rogers St NE #11, Atlanta, GA 30317

Gastropub the Abby Singer at Pratt Pullman District in Kirkwood now includes cocktails on its menu. Order the pub’s Old Fashioned made with a Coca-Cola reduction or a take on the classic Dark and Stormy in the Dark and Starry Night, an ode to the interactive Van Gogh exhibit currently in residence at Pratt Pullman. Make sure to pair those cocktails with the pub’s signature dish: the Minneapolis-style Jucy Lucy cheeseburger. The bar burger features two patties filled with hot melted cheese. Order a side of fried cheese curds, too. Takeout available.

225 Rogers St NE #11
Atlanta, GA 30317

11. Continent Restaurant & Cigar Lounge

4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202, Atlanta, GA 30345

Chef Scotley Innis opened his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant and cigar lounge this spring on Buford Highway. Inspired by his travels and love for the diaspora of African cuisine, Continent provides Innis the chance to showcase his vision for food from these regions and around the world at his own restaurant. Continent’s cigar lounge is where to relax and indulge in cocktails, Macallan scotch flights, and rare spirits, like the pricey Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac while dining on small plates from the restaurant. Enjoy a drink with Cohiba, Rocky Patel, or other hand-rolled cigars, including a signature Continent cigar with a choice of Connecticut or Maduro wrapping. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Continent here.

4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202
Atlanta, GA 30345

12. Antiguo Lobo

5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A, Chamblee, GA 30341

Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Antiguo Lobo, owned by Jesús Oñate Jr., recently opened on Peachtree Road in historic downtown Chamblee. The restaurant honors his late father with a menu filled with dishes from multiple regions throughout Mexico. While the food here is impressive, don’t skip the cocktails. Oñate Jr. put his skills as a trained tequila expert and certified master mezcalier to work in the cocktails served at Antiguo Lobo, which center around margaritas and other drinks using agave-based spirits like mezcal. Expect a frozen paloma on the menu this summer and the restaurant’s house margarita on draft, too. Patio seating available.

5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A
Chamblee, GA 30341

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

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