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Contigo Aprendi made with sous vide pineapple rum and maraschino chile guero at El Valle Kitchen and Bar in Atlanta.
Contigo Aprendi made with sous vide pineapple rum and maraschino chile guero.
El Valle Kitchen and Bar

14 New Atlanta Spots for Sipping Cocktails This Month

From frozen margaritas on a warm day in the A and summery riffs on the martini to takes on the Vieux Carre and cocktails mixed with Japanese whisky and soju

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Contigo Aprendi made with sous vide pineapple rum and maraschino chile guero.
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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.

2. Bastone

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887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 252-6699
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This mozzarella and salumi bar from chef Pat Pascarella took over the former Bocado space at the corner of Howell Mill and 8th Street. Head over after work for a happy hour of delightfully spritzy drinks or one of the bar’s original cocktails. Order a flight of mozzarella and charcuterie paired with focaccia for snacking. Staying for dinner? Share the sunchoke caponata layered with sultanas, capers, and tomatoes. Then, try one of Bastone’s hand-made pasta dishes, including the busiate pollo Genovese. Afterwards, sip an espresso martini with some dessert, like the cookies and milk blondie topped with brown butter ice cream and hazelnuts. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged. Outdoor and covered outdoor seating available.

3. The Usual

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1777 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 343-1541
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Chef Nick Leahy is back with a new restaurant in Brookwood Hills, this time a casual spot called the Usual serving everything from burgers and hanger steak to seafood and dumplings and loaded French fries. Leahy tapped Nick’s Westside beverage director Matt Gibbons to create cocktails to pair with the food on the menu here. This includes classics like the Aviation, French 75, and Paper Plane, along with takes on the Hemingway daiquiri, a vodka spritz, and a lemongrass-infused gin cocktail with vermouth, aperitivo, and melon bitters.

4. El Valle Kitchen and Bar

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800 Peachtree St NE STE F
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 974-5356
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Now open in the former Escorpion space on Peachtree, the menu at El Valle showcases the vast variety of ingredients and flavors found in dishes throughout Mexico. This also includes the cocktails here, including the Contigo Aprendi made with sous vide pineapple rum and maraschino chile guero and the silver tequila and mezcal cocktail Vivir Mi Vida mixed with tomato honey cordial. Pair drinks with dishes like the soft shell crab served atop polenta, octopus quesadilla, or a whole branzino with capers wrapped in a hoja santa leaf (Mexican pepperleaf). Reservations for dinner encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

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.

6. Rumi's Kitchen at Colony Square

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1197 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 777-9807
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Sure, Rumi’s Kitchen isn’t new to the Atlanta dining scene, but when it opened a third location at Colony Square in Midtown this year, the owners tapped veteran Atlanta barman Julian Goglia to help consult on and create the cocktails for the menu. Expect takes on some of the restaurant’s most popular drinks as well as create new cocktails exclusive to the Midtown location infused with Persian flavors and ingredients. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

7. 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. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

8. 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. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

9. Atrium

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave Suite NE-158
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 600-3939
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Backed by Tal Baum, the owner of Ponce City Market Italian restaurant and market Bellina Alimentari and Westside Provisions District restaurant Aziza, the bistro and bar at Atrium give off plush plush tropical vibes in both design and the food and drinks served here. Look for punches, original takes on the pina colada and martini, and classic cocktails, such as the brandy crusta, on the bar menu created by beverage director Demario Wallace. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

10. 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.

11. Pollo Primo

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792 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 748-9082
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As the weather warms up, patio cocktails and frozen drinks are beginning to populate bar menus again around Atlanta. Now open on Moreland in East Atlanta, Sinaloan-style chicken restaurant Pollo Primo, owned by chef Duane Kulers of Supremo Taco, always includes an $8 (dangerously good) frozen margarita on its tight drinks menu. Amp up that frozen marg with a splash of Pollo Primo’s hibiscus agua fresca. Then, grab a seat on the deck out front and dive into a pile of roast bird marinated in morita chile, spices, and citrus served with fresh tortillas and a side of rice and beans. Patio seating available. Takeout available. Open for lunch and dinner.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. BOHO115

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115 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 343-4637
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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.

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.

2260 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Bastone

887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This mozzarella and salumi bar from chef Pat Pascarella took over the former Bocado space at the corner of Howell Mill and 8th Street. Head over after work for a happy hour of delightfully spritzy drinks or one of the bar’s original cocktails. Order a flight of mozzarella and charcuterie paired with focaccia for snacking. Staying for dinner? Share the sunchoke caponata layered with sultanas, capers, and tomatoes. Then, try one of Bastone’s hand-made pasta dishes, including the busiate pollo Genovese. Afterwards, sip an espresso martini with some dessert, like the cookies and milk blondie topped with brown butter ice cream and hazelnuts. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged. Outdoor and covered outdoor seating available.

887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. The Usual

1777 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Chef Nick Leahy is back with a new restaurant in Brookwood Hills, this time a casual spot called the Usual serving everything from burgers and hanger steak to seafood and dumplings and loaded French fries. Leahy tapped Nick’s Westside beverage director Matt Gibbons to create cocktails to pair with the food on the menu here. This includes classics like the Aviation, French 75, and Paper Plane, along with takes on the Hemingway daiquiri, a vodka spritz, and a lemongrass-infused gin cocktail with vermouth, aperitivo, and melon bitters.

1777 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. El Valle Kitchen and Bar

800 Peachtree St NE STE F, Atlanta, GA 30308

Now open in the former Escorpion space on Peachtree, the menu at El Valle showcases the vast variety of ingredients and flavors found in dishes throughout Mexico. This also includes the cocktails here, including the Contigo Aprendi made with sous vide pineapple rum and maraschino chile guero and the silver tequila and mezcal cocktail Vivir Mi Vida mixed with tomato honey cordial. Pair drinks with dishes like the soft shell crab served atop polenta, octopus quesadilla, or a whole branzino with capers wrapped in a hoja santa leaf (Mexican pepperleaf). Reservations for dinner encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

800 Peachtree St NE STE F
Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

1221 Peachtree St NE Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Rumi's Kitchen at Colony Square

1197 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

Sure, Rumi’s Kitchen isn’t new to the Atlanta dining scene, but when it opened a third location at Colony Square in Midtown this year, the owners tapped veteran Atlanta barman Julian Goglia to help consult on and create the cocktails for the menu. Expect takes on some of the restaurant’s most popular drinks as well as create new cocktails exclusive to the Midtown location infused with Persian flavors and ingredients. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

1197 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361

7. 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. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

415 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

8. 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. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Atrium

675 Ponce de Leon Ave Suite NE-158, Atlanta, GA 30308

Backed by Tal Baum, the owner of Ponce City Market Italian restaurant and market Bellina Alimentari and Westside Provisions District restaurant Aziza, the bistro and bar at Atrium give off plush plush tropical vibes in both design and the food and drinks served here. Look for punches, original takes on the pina colada and martini, and classic cocktails, such as the brandy crusta, on the bar menu created by beverage director Demario Wallace. Reservations for dinner highly encouraged.

675 Ponce de Leon Ave Suite NE-158
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. 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

11. Pollo Primo

792 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

As the weather warms up, patio cocktails and frozen drinks are beginning to populate bar menus again around Atlanta. Now open on Moreland in East Atlanta, Sinaloan-style chicken restaurant Pollo Primo, owned by chef Duane Kulers of Supremo Taco, always includes an $8 (dangerously good) frozen margarita on its tight drinks menu. Amp up that frozen marg with a splash of Pollo Primo’s hibiscus agua fresca. Then, grab a seat on the deck out front and dive into a pile of roast bird marinated in morita chile, spices, and citrus served with fresh tortillas and a side of rice and beans. Patio seating available. Takeout available. Open for lunch and dinner.

792 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

12. 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

13. 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

14. BOHO115

115 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

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.

115 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

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