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The Eater Atlanta Cocktail Heat Map: Where to Booze It Up

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It's time for our Eater Atlanta Cocktail Heat Map. You know, the places we think are the absolute hottest spots to get a drink. And, since we are talking sipping, we had to turn to one of Atlanta's preeminent authorities: Brad Kaplan, whom you may recognize from ThirstySouth.com (a blog dedicated to "all things drinking well in the South") and the Cheap Eats columnist for Creative Loafing Atlanta. Take it away, Brad.

Where can a guy (or gal) get a decent drink around here? Well, there are decent drinks to be found all over town, from Sandy Springs to Hartsfield-Jackson. Thanks to places like H&F Bottle Shop, it's now even easier to be making your own better-than-decent cocktails at home. But we know you're not looking for recipes, you want to know where the great cocktails are being stirred and shaken, where the bartenders are mixing up the most masterful mash-ups at this very moment. 

Thus, we offer the Eater Drink Map, a plan of attack for a night of potent potables. These are not necessarily the places to see and be seen, rather the places to drink and be drunk. And you're in luck, since you can essentially weave your way from the Westside to Decatur in a wobbly line and hit nine out of ten of our top picks. Even better, most of these joints turn out some mean grub to match their fine cocktails. More than ever, a great kitchen and a great bar go together like gin and tonic. Have a suggestion/omission complaint? Send us an email or holler in the comments! And please take a cab, people. It's cheaper than a D.U.I.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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2. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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3. Miso Izakaya

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619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 701-0128
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4. Pura Vida

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656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 870-9797
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5. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 835-2534
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6. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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7. Cakes & Ale Restaurant and Bar

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254 W Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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8. Escorpion

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800 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 666-5198
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9. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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10. 4th & Swift

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621 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 904-0160
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1. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
131 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Miso Izakaya

619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. Pura Vida

656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

5. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
483 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Cakes & Ale Restaurant and Bar

254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
254 W Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

8. Escorpion

800 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
800 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

10. 4th & Swift

621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
621 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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