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Where to Drink Cocktails in Atlanta Right NOW

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With the help of the Eater 38 and the Eater Heatmaps, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby. Now it's just as easy to find out where to get a good, stiff drink in this town.

Welcome to Eater's Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hot bars of the moment. Rather than feature the perennial favorites, this guide focuses on operations that have opened in the last year or that recently underwent a revamp. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with other suggestions.


03/28/14: Added: Parish Foods & Goods, Ration & Dram, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Seven Lamps, St. Cecilia.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Mr. Miles Macquarrie, previously of Leon's Full Service, is now behind the bar at Kimball House, which opened last fall in the historic Decatur train depot. From absinthe frappes to bourbon and whiskey, KH's got everything you could want.

2. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9308
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Paul Calvert's cocktail lair, housed behind Victory Sandwich Bar, has already made a name for itself as one of the top bars in the city. The list makes its way from light to boozy; pick your pleasure accordingly.

3. Ink & Elm

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1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 244-1541
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With three distinct spaces for cocktail enjoyment, Emory Village's newest— and classiest— restaurant has a drink for every occasion.

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Holeman & Finch has obviously been around for a while, but the bar is under new leadership from Sara Justice, who comes to H&F from New York and previously spent time at Leon's Full Service. [Photo]

5. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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You'd think you'd want a glass of wine at Inman Park's darling new pasta spot, but grab a cocktail instead. They'll match well with anything you order; favorites so far are The Tourist and The Confessor.

6. Parish Foods & Goods

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240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434
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Arianne Fielder made the switch from Article 14 to Parish, where she and her cocktail program are helping to lead the charge to remake Parish as a less New Orleans-focused and more community-driven restaurant. [Photo]

7. Ration & Dram

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130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 974-8380
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Another establishment helmed by a member of the Holeman & Finch bartending tree, Andy Minchow's Kirkwood spot is now serving cocktails, as well as housemade sodas. [Photo]

8. Seed Kitchen & Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 214-6888
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Though on the shorter side, the cocktail program here packs a punch. And Alton Brown is here at least once a week.

9. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Not only is Kevin Bragg now regularly behind the bar here, but One Flew South's Tiffanie Barriere and Towika Sears and Holeman & Finch alum Greg Best have also popped up recently at this Buckhead restaurant and bar.

10. St. Cecilia

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3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 554-9995
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Ford Fry's latest concept is receiving rave early reviews, not only for the food, but also for the beverage program led by Lara Creasy. Popular picks include the Evil Ways and the Gallows Pole.

1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Mr. Miles Macquarrie, previously of Leon's Full Service, is now behind the bar at Kimball House, which opened last fall in the historic Decatur train depot. From absinthe frappes to bourbon and whiskey, KH's got everything you could want.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Paul Calvert's cocktail lair, housed behind Victory Sandwich Bar, has already made a name for itself as one of the top bars in the city. The list makes its way from light to boozy; pick your pleasure accordingly.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Ink & Elm

1577 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
With three distinct spaces for cocktail enjoyment, Emory Village's newest— and classiest— restaurant has a drink for every occasion.
1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Holeman & Finch has obviously been around for a while, but the bar is under new leadership from Sara Justice, who comes to H&F from New York and previously spent time at Leon's Full Service. [Photo]
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
You'd think you'd want a glass of wine at Inman Park's darling new pasta spot, but grab a cocktail instead. They'll match well with anything you order; favorites so far are The Tourist and The Confessor.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Parish Foods & Goods

240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Arianne Fielder made the switch from Article 14 to Parish, where she and her cocktail program are helping to lead the charge to remake Parish as a less New Orleans-focused and more community-driven restaurant. [Photo]
240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Ration & Dram

130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Another establishment helmed by a member of the Holeman & Finch bartending tree, Andy Minchow's Kirkwood spot is now serving cocktails, as well as housemade sodas. [Photo]
130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Seed Kitchen & Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504, Marietta, GA 30068
Though on the shorter side, the cocktail program here packs a punch. And Alton Brown is here at least once a week.
1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068

9. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Not only is Kevin Bragg now regularly behind the bar here, but One Flew South's Tiffanie Barriere and Towika Sears and Holeman & Finch alum Greg Best have also popped up recently at this Buckhead restaurant and bar.
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

10. St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Ford Fry's latest concept is receiving rave early reviews, not only for the food, but also for the beverage program led by Lara Creasy. Popular picks include the Evil Ways and the Gallows Pole.
3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

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