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Where to Day Drink Right Now: 14 Epic Atlanta Patios

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Finally, spring has arrived in Atlanta and so has the rush to find the best patio in town. From bars perfect for people-watching with a cold brew in hand to more intimate spots good for splitting a bottle of wine (or two), here's a list of the city's top outdoor watering holes. Whether you want a nightcap on a nice night or a sunny deck to for day drinking, these 14 places have everything you need.
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1. Victory Sandwich Bar

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280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307
(770) 676-7287
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Nestled in the middle of bustling Inman Park, the original Victory Sandwich Bar patio has ample seating, strong cocktails and the famous Jack and Coke slushie, and $4 sandwiches to help line your stomach. The new Decatur location has outdoor seating that's just as good.

2. Barcelona Wine Bar

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240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 589-1010
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This Inman Park spot has one of the best patios in town. Pair that with its extensive wine list (pro tip: most bottles are 1/2 off after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays) and the endless tapas selection, and you'll have no reason to leave.

3. Leon's Full Service

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131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Enjoy one of Miles Macquarrie's excellent cocktails and some of the restaurant's famous pub frites on Leon's shaded patio. Also: Bocce ball (once renovations are complete).

4. No. 246

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129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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No. 246's intimate patio doesn't get as much love as its rowdier Decatur neighbors, but it's the perfect subdued, intimate spot for splitting a bottle of wine or sipping on a summer cocktail with your date— or your best girlfriend.

5. Holy Taco

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1314 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 230-6177
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Order an organic margarita or a pitcher of sangria and anything off of Robert Phalen's adventurous menu— but if you don't sit on the patio while you're at Holy Taco, you're doing it wrong.

6. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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Forget the downstairs dining room and head up to the rooftop bar, where superb cocktails, Southern-inspired small bites, and occasional live music await.

7. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar PCM

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650 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-0370
This outpost of the popular Decatur coffee shop is an urban oasis set in the Ponce City Market. Come for its namesake Batdorf & Bronson signature blend; stay for the airy, expansive patio. Be sure to get there early to snag one of the porch swings. Warning: They may have an iced mocha that uses Cacao chocolate, but there's no alcohol to be found here.

8. Tin Lizzy's Cantina

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415 Memorial Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 554-8220
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Overlooking historic Oakland Cemetery, this Grant Park outpost of the popular local chain boasts potent margaritas and a great rooftop patio, as well as addictive chips and cheap tacos.

9. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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Order a stiff cocktail and a starter like the In Jars selection, then settle in to the breezy patio at this Midtown favorite. Bocce ball is particular fun after a few rounds of Kellie Thorn's potent libations.

10. Park Tavern

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500 10th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-0001
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The name pretty much says it all. You can't beat the Midtown skyline views and the cold brews on a hot summer day after walking or playing in the park. Now accessible via the Beltline, too.

11. The Brewhouse Cafe

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401 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-7799
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When it comes to patios and people watching, it doesn't get any better than than hanging in the middle of the eclectic craziness that is Little Five Points.

12. Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

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437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 348-4797
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Grab some of the city's best coffee and one of the made-from-scratch daily cookies or tarts and enjoy the Atlanta sunshine on Octane Grant Park's outdoor patio. They've got a full bar, too, so your work day just got all kinds of better.

13. Java Monkey

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425 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-5002
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Java Monkey's patio is kind of hidden away to the side of the restaurant, but it's a great place to get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine before a night out in Decatur.

14. Six Feet Under

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685 11th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 810-0040
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If you just want to enjoy the weather with a cold drink, it's hard to beat the views at Six Feet Under's rooftop patio.

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1. Victory Sandwich Bar

280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III, Atlanta, GA 30307
Nestled in the middle of bustling Inman Park, the original Victory Sandwich Bar patio has ample seating, strong cocktails and the famous Jack and Coke slushie, and $4 sandwiches to help line your stomach. The new Decatur location has outdoor seating that's just as good.
280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Barcelona Wine Bar

240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
This Inman Park spot has one of the best patios in town. Pair that with its extensive wine list (pro tip: most bottles are 1/2 off after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays) and the endless tapas selection, and you'll have no reason to leave.
240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Leon's Full Service

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
Enjoy one of Miles Macquarrie's excellent cocktails and some of the restaurant's famous pub frites on Leon's shaded patio. Also: Bocce ball (once renovations are complete).
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

4. No. 246

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
No. 246's intimate patio doesn't get as much love as its rowdier Decatur neighbors, but it's the perfect subdued, intimate spot for splitting a bottle of wine or sipping on a summer cocktail with your date— or your best girlfriend.
129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

5. Holy Taco

1314 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Order an organic margarita or a pitcher of sangria and anything off of Robert Phalen's adventurous menu— but if you don't sit on the patio while you're at Holy Taco, you're doing it wrong.
1314 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Forget the downstairs dining room and head up to the rooftop bar, where superb cocktails, Southern-inspired small bites, and occasional live music await.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar PCM

650 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
This outpost of the popular Decatur coffee shop is an urban oasis set in the Ponce City Market. Come for its namesake Batdorf & Bronson signature blend; stay for the airy, expansive patio. Be sure to get there early to snag one of the porch swings. Warning: They may have an iced mocha that uses Cacao chocolate, but there's no alcohol to be found here.
650 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Tin Lizzy's Cantina

415 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Overlooking historic Oakland Cemetery, this Grant Park outpost of the popular local chain boasts potent margaritas and a great rooftop patio, as well as addictive chips and cheap tacos.
415 Memorial Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Order a stiff cocktail and a starter like the In Jars selection, then settle in to the breezy patio at this Midtown favorite. Bocce ball is particular fun after a few rounds of Kellie Thorn's potent libations.
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Park Tavern

500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
The name pretty much says it all. You can't beat the Midtown skyline views and the cold brews on a hot summer day after walking or playing in the park. Now accessible via the Beltline, too.
500 10th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. The Brewhouse Cafe

401 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
When it comes to patios and people watching, it doesn't get any better than than hanging in the middle of the eclectic craziness that is Little Five Points.
401 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5, Atlanta, GA 30312
Grab some of the city's best coffee and one of the made-from-scratch daily cookies or tarts and enjoy the Atlanta sunshine on Octane Grant Park's outdoor patio. They've got a full bar, too, so your work day just got all kinds of better.
437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5
Atlanta, GA 30312

13. Java Monkey

425 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Java Monkey's patio is kind of hidden away to the side of the restaurant, but it's a great place to get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine before a night out in Decatur.
425 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

14. Six Feet Under

685 11th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
If you just want to enjoy the weather with a cold drink, it's hard to beat the views at Six Feet Under's rooftop patio.
685 11th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

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