It's Cocktail Week at Eater, and what better time to update the Eater Cocktail Heatmap? The Eater 38 and Heatmap list the most essential and trendiest restaurants in Atlanta; this is your guide to the city's hottest and newest cocktail offerings, both industry veterans and the latest hotspots. Drink up, and hit the comments or tipline to let us know about your favorites and why they should be included in the next roundup.Read More
Where to Drink Cocktails in Atlanta RIGHT NOW
Need a drink? Here's your guide to the city's best.
1. Holeman & Finch Public House
Holeman & Finch started the craft cocktail movement in Atlanta. Although its original barkeeps have moved on, new lead bartender and PDT alum Sara Justice is keeping things fresh behind the stick.
2. Kimball House
Oysters, absinthe service, and ever-changing craft cocktails from Miles Macquarrie and his team: three of many reasons why this spot tops lists from Bon Appétit to Southern Living. With guest bartenders and late-night hours, it's also where you'll find many Atlanta industry folks off-duty.
3. The Luminary
Atlanta, GA 30307
While working at the beer-centric Wrecking Bar, Ian Cox started making a name for himself in national bartending competitions. He's now found a bar home at The Luminary, where he manages an extensive wine and beer program in additional to his signature cocktails.
4. The Pinewood
Home of Eater's Atlanta's 2013 "Bartender of the Year," Julian Goglia, The Pinewood offers cocktails for the traditionalist — such as the barrel-aged Manhattan — to the experimental imbiber. Goglia's original drinks almost always include house-made tinctures and unusual local ingredients like bee pollen, pumpkin, and sugar beet. [Photo]
5. H. Harper Station
Many local barkeeps have honed their skills at this Cabbagetown watering hole, the first iconic Atlanta cocktail bar to set up shop in an old train depot. Owner Jerry Slater's cocktails and the bourbon selection never disappoint. [Photo]
6. Craft Izakaya
Krog Street Market is becoming a destination for cocktails. Craft Izakaya's bar menu, which includes Asian-inspired craft cocktails as well as housemade chuchai in flavors such as herbal ginger and pear-lychee, is curated by bar manager Nate Shuman and worth a visit.
7. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
Atlanta, GA 30312
This BeltLine bar's campfire vibe and newly released cocktail menu is perfect for those crisp autumn evenings.
8. Paper Plane
Decatur, GA 30030
Paper Plane's speakeasy, throwback vibe is only enhanced by Paul Calvert's thoughtful menu. The current fall menu is entitled "A History of Drink" and is inspired by cocktail trends and world events from 1857 to the present. [Photo]