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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— and if you're interested, here are the 30 hottest cocktail bars in the country.


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Kimball House

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

Paper Plane

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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.

Ink & Elm

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With three distinct spaces for cocktail enjoyment, Emory Village's newest— and classiest— restaurant has a drink for every occasion.

Article 14

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With the addition of star bartender Arianne Fielder, Midtown's Article 14 has a newly updated cocktail list. Scope classics, A14 signatures, barrel-aged drinks, and beer-tails.

Common Quarter

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The latest concept from the Local Three/Muss & Turner's team, Common Quarter, is out in Marietta. That shouldn't stop you from heading OTP to order what might be one of the best Old Fashioneds in the metro area. [Photo]

Holeman & Finch Public House

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Holeman & Finch has obviously been around for a while, but the bar's Fall menu launches this Thursday— Halloween!— with brand-spankin'-new drinks from the current bartenders, including manager Melissa Hayes. [Photo]

BoccaLupo

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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.

Kimball House

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

Paper Plane

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.

Ink & Elm

With three distinct spaces for cocktail enjoyment, Emory Village's newest— and classiest— restaurant has a drink for every occasion.

Article 14

With the addition of star bartender Arianne Fielder, Midtown's Article 14 has a newly updated cocktail list. Scope classics, A14 signatures, barrel-aged drinks, and beer-tails.

Common Quarter

The latest concept from the Local Three/Muss & Turner's team, Common Quarter, is out in Marietta. That shouldn't stop you from heading OTP to order what might be one of the best Old Fashioneds in the metro area. [Photo]

Holeman & Finch Public House

Holeman & Finch has obviously been around for a while, but the bar's Fall menu launches this Thursday— Halloween!— with brand-spankin'-new drinks from the current bartenders, including manager Melissa Hayes. [Photo]

BoccaLupo

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.

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