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Where to Dine and Drink During the Solar Eclipse in Atlanta

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It’s been 33 years since Atlanta last experienced a solar eclipse on May 30, 1984. Ronald Reagan was president. “Let’s Hear it for the Boys” by Deniece Williams was number one on the radio, and the Soviet Union had announced its boycott of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. But on that Wednesday afternoon in the ATL, the sky went nearly dark, and the city partied like it was 1999.

The solar eclipse that will take place this Monday, August 21, should be no different. While Atlanta won’t be a complete blackout during the height of the event at 2:36 p.m., 97 percent totality should be quite a sight. The following 12 bars and restaurants, mapped north to south, will be hot destinations for celebrating this spectacular celestial event.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Waffle House

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537 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525
(706) 212-2033
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What better place to dine and watch the moon eclipse the sun than at Waffle House? University of Georgia geography professor Jerry Shannon has done the Atlanta-born restaurant chain proud by constructing “The Eclipse: Smothered and Covered” map of the best Waffle House locations to view Monday’s solar event. Three locations are in the northeast Georgia mountains and will be at 100 percent totality.

Waffle House waffle house, creative commons

2. Ray's on the River

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6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
(770) 955-1187
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Dine at either Ray’s on the River or Ray’s at Killer Creek on Monday afternoon during the eclipse and receive a free pair of certified eclipse glasses while sipping on the $5 lemon vodka-based blackout cocktail. Glasses are first come, first served, so get there early.

Ray’s on the River

3. Bistro Niko

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3344 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-6456
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Head to Bistro Niko’s patio in Buckhead at 12:30 p.m. on Monday and party with Star 94. Guests will be treated to complimentary hors d'oeuvre, $7 glasses of wine, and $32 bottle specials. Each guest will be provided with protective glasses to view the big event.

Bistro Niko
[Photo via Buckhead Life Restaurant Group]
bistro niko, buckhead life restaurant group

4. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

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3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 946-9070
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Southern Art and Bourbon Bar is making the eclipse an all-day affair with two-for-one specials on appetizers and a $10 solar eclipse cocktail made with Four Roses bourbon. Watch the sun disappear from the Peachtree Street patio. Glasses not provided.

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar Southern Art & Bourbon Bar

5. O-Ku

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Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 500-2383
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O-Ku’s Westside rooftop patio offers prime views of Atlanta’s skyline in the evenings. It will also serve as a prime viewing spot for Monday’s eclipse. Beginning at 1 p.m., O-Ku will offer party guests solar frosé cocktails on the roof in addition to a full bar. Glasses not provided.

O-Ku Sushi Atlanta patio o-ku sushi, phase 3

6. Park Tavern

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500 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-0001
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Park Tavern will open its doors to the public at 12:30 p.m. on Monday for a free eclipse-viewing party featuring beer and cocktails while Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” album spins. The first 100 guests to purchase a Blue Moon beer, Moon Pie shot, or Fugu vodka cocktail will receive a free pair of protective glasses.

Park Tavern Park Tavern
675 North Highland Avenue Northeast #6000
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 474-0262
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The new Poncey-Highland pan-Asian restaurant is offering eclipse-viewing guests $3 Dark n’ Peach cocktails all day to pair alongside Co’s pho, banh mi, and dumplings. Glasses not provided.

CO

8. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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433 N McDonough St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 400-0509
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Grindhouse’s Decatur location will offer guests 20 percent off of all food as well as $3 Heinekens and $5 cocktails from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Remember, the rooftop is 21 and up. Sorry, kids. Glasses not provided.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers Decatur
Grindhouse’s rooftop sports bar and patio offers a nice view of Decatur.
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9. Publik Draft House

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654 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 885-7505
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Publik Draft House will mark Monday’s eclipse with sliders and cocktails. Each costs $2.34, which happens to represent the exact time the first shadow of the moon will begin to envelop the sun in Atlanta. Glasses not provided.

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10. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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The Inman Park bistro will serve a pre-eclipse breakfast menu from opening until 12:30 p.m. Half-priced wines and B&B’s midi menu, which includes that excellent burger, will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Glasses not provided.

11. Sun Dial

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210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-1400
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Grab a seat and a 360-degree view of the eclipse from 723 feet above Atlanta at the Sun Dial restaurant. Sip on an eclipse cocktail (champagne, OJ, and dark rum) while dining on blackened Georgia trout for lunch. Doors open at 1 pm. Glasses not provided.

Sun Dial sun dial, facebook

12. Republic Social House

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437-C Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 577-3997
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Republic Social House and Blue Moon Brewing will hand out free beers to guests who head up to the restaurant’s rooftop patio for prime viewing during Monday’s eclipse. Glasses not provided.

Republic Social House Republic Social House/Tori Allen PR

1. Waffle House

537 Hwy 441 South, Clayton, GA 30525
Waffle House waffle house, creative commons

What better place to dine and watch the moon eclipse the sun than at Waffle House? University of Georgia geography professor Jerry Shannon has done the Atlanta-born restaurant chain proud by constructing “The Eclipse: Smothered and Covered” map of the best Waffle House locations to view Monday’s solar event. Three locations are in the northeast Georgia mountains and will be at 100 percent totality.

537 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525

2. Ray's on the River

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30339
Ray’s on the River

Dine at either Ray’s on the River or Ray’s at Killer Creek on Monday afternoon during the eclipse and receive a free pair of certified eclipse glasses while sipping on the $5 lemon vodka-based blackout cocktail. Glasses are first come, first served, so get there early.

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30339

3. Bistro Niko

3344 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326
Bistro Niko
[Photo via Buckhead Life Restaurant Group]
bistro niko, buckhead life restaurant group

Head to Bistro Niko’s patio in Buckhead at 12:30 p.m. on Monday and party with Star 94. Guests will be treated to complimentary hors d'oeuvre, $7 glasses of wine, and $32 bottle specials. Each guest will be provided with protective glasses to view the big event.

3344 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326

4. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar Southern Art & Bourbon Bar

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar is making the eclipse an all-day affair with two-for-one specials on appetizers and a $10 solar eclipse cocktail made with Four Roses bourbon. Watch the sun disappear from the Peachtree Street patio. Glasses not provided.

3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

5. O-Ku

Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3, Atlanta, GA 30318
O-Ku Sushi Atlanta patio o-ku sushi, phase 3

O-Ku’s Westside rooftop patio offers prime views of Atlanta’s skyline in the evenings. It will also serve as a prime viewing spot for Monday’s eclipse. Beginning at 1 p.m., O-Ku will offer party guests solar frosé cocktails on the roof in addition to a full bar. Glasses not provided.

Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Park Tavern

500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Park Tavern Park Tavern

Park Tavern will open its doors to the public at 12:30 p.m. on Monday for a free eclipse-viewing party featuring beer and cocktails while Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” album spins. The first 100 guests to purchase a Blue Moon beer, Moon Pie shot, or Fugu vodka cocktail will receive a free pair of protective glasses.

500 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. Co

675 North Highland Avenue Northeast #6000, Atlanta, GA 30306
CO

The new Poncey-Highland pan-Asian restaurant is offering eclipse-viewing guests $3 Dark n’ Peach cocktails all day to pair alongside Co’s pho, banh mi, and dumplings. Glasses not provided.

675 North Highland Avenue Northeast #6000
Atlanta, GA 30306

8. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

433 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030
Grindhouse Killer Burgers Decatur
Grindhouse’s rooftop sports bar and patio offers a nice view of Decatur.
Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta

Grindhouse’s Decatur location will offer guests 20 percent off of all food as well as $3 Heinekens and $5 cocktails from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Remember, the rooftop is 21 and up. Sorry, kids. Glasses not provided.

433 N McDonough St
Decatur, GA 30030

9. Publik Draft House

654 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Publik Draft House/Facebook

Publik Draft House will mark Monday’s eclipse with sliders and cocktails. Each costs $2.34, which happens to represent the exact time the first shadow of the moon will begin to envelop the sun in Atlanta. Glasses not provided.

654 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Inman Park bistro will serve a pre-eclipse breakfast menu from opening until 12:30 p.m. Half-priced wines and B&B’s midi menu, which includes that excellent burger, will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Glasses not provided.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. Sun Dial

210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Sun Dial sun dial, facebook

Grab a seat and a 360-degree view of the eclipse from 723 feet above Atlanta at the Sun Dial restaurant. Sip on an eclipse cocktail (champagne, OJ, and dark rum) while dining on blackened Georgia trout for lunch. Doors open at 1 pm. Glasses not provided.

210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

12. Republic Social House

437-C Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Republic Social House Republic Social House/Tori Allen PR

Republic Social House and Blue Moon Brewing will hand out free beers to guests who head up to the restaurant’s rooftop patio for prime viewing during Monday’s eclipse. Glasses not provided.

437-C Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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