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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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Victory Sandwich Bar

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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.

Barcelona Wine Bar

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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.

Leon's Full Service

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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).

No. 246

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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.

Holy Taco

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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.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

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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.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar PCM

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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.

Tin Lizzy's Cantina

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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.

Empire State South

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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.

Park Tavern

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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.

The Brewhouse Cafe

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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.

Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

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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.

Java Monkey

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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.

Six Feet Under

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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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Victory Sandwich Bar

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.

Barcelona Wine Bar

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.

Leon's Full Service

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).

No. 246

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.

Holy Taco

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.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Forget the downstairs dining room and head up to the rooftop bar, where superb cocktails, Southern-inspired small bites, and occasional live music await.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar PCM

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.

Tin Lizzy's Cantina

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.

Empire State South

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.

Park Tavern

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.

The Brewhouse Cafe

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.

Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

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.

Java Monkey

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.

Six Feet Under

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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