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Best Cocktail Bars: Atlanta & Beyond

By February 26, 2024No Comments
Best Cocktail Bars Atlanta & Beyond

Welcome to the the best cocktail bars Atlanta has to offer, where mixology meets magic! From chic speakeasies to trendy rooftops and classic elegance, embark on a journey through the city’s most alluring cocktail and mocktail destinations.

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your after-hours sips as we share the hidden gems and iconic hotspots that define Atlanta’s vibrant cocktail culture.

Let’s raise a glass to unforgettable experiences and delicious libations in the heart of the South!


In this blog, you’ll find:

  • The best cocktail bars in Atlanta and beyond
  • Creative and upscale cocktail options served alongside delicious dishes and welcoming vibes
  • Ideas for your next date night or Atlanta corporate happy hour
  • Inclusive mocktail and alcohol-free options at Atlanta cocktail bars

A few of our favorite Atlanta cocktail options:

  • Host a fun and memorable 1920s Big Bash for your crew
  • Indulge in upscale sips at Kimball House, Bar Margot, and other hotspots
  • Taste unique cocktail options at Talat Market and Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge
  • Explore non-alcoholic options at The Zero Co. and The Sober Social

The Best Cocktail Bars: Atlanta & Beyond

Unique Atlanta Cocktail Options

1920s Big Bash Party

For a special evening that’s off the beaten path, host a 1920s Big Bash Party! This private experience includes thematic character guides, unlimited food, beer, and wine, and exclusive use of the 1924-built Sweet Auburn Curb Market near Downtown Atlanta.

Watch the video above for a sneak peek of this special experience. Your group will learn all about Atlanta’s Prohibition-era history while partying and making lasting memories together. Try your hand at making Southern-style biscuits with local jam. Plus, enjoy mouth-watering tastes with a focus on local ingredients and minority-owned businesses.

This Unexpected Atlanta experience goes way beyond a traditional cocktail bar outing! With the 1920s Big Bash, host an unforgettable evening for your private group or corporate outing. With transportation options, a customizable menu, a live band, trivia, live food demos, photo booth, and Prohibition-style character guides all included, this is a night your crew will talk about for years to come!

Talat Market

Head to Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood and you’ll find Talat Market, an inventive cocktail spot and eatery with a focus on Thai techniques and local ingredients. Because their menu changes seasonally, we recommend checking their Instagram for the latest offerings. Their expert bartenders are also known for whipping up inventive mocktails by request!

Talat Market has racked up some impressive awards, including being a Semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards (Best Chef: Southeast). They also made the “Best New Restaurants” list from Atlanta Magazine in 2021. As a bonus, the patio at Talat Market is pet-friendly, with plenty of outdoor seating for four-legged friends!

A fun conversation starter while you’re there: “talat” means “market” in Thai. The restaurant notes, “So yes, we’re ‘market market,'” – and they sometimes playfully refer to themselves as “market market” on their social media!

Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge

In Midtown’s Colony Square, you’ll find a variety of dining and cocktail options, retail spots, a dine-in movie theater, and more! At the heart of Colony Square is Politan Row, “a chef-driven food hall designed specifically for Midtown.” One standout spot here: Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge.

With a unique retro vibe, Jojo’s invites you to “channel a time of skates and tapes, when seedy glamour, indulgence, and boogie reigned supreme.” Their cocktail menu includes nostalgic sips like the “Pan-Am Papers” (Eagle Rare 10 year bourbon, Gailliano, Heirloom pineapple amaro, acid-adjusted OJ, and allspice). Another winner: “The Bee’s Gees” (Hayman’s Sloe Gin, Cadao Ruby Port, honey, Galliano, lemon juice, and prosecco).

Additionally, you can choose from zero-proof options like “Blue Hawaii,” “Na-Groni Sbagliato,” and “Doctor’s Orders.” While Jojo’s doesn’t serve food, there are plenty of other eateries in Politan Row to get your fill!


Classic Elegance: Upscale Atlanta Cocktail Bars

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Kimball House

One of the quintessential Atlanta cocktail spots, Kimball House (pictured above; photo taken by the author) is also known for its incredible oyster selection. Head to the hip, friendly neighborhood of Decatur to enjoy food and drinks that “reflect the seasons, farms, and personalities of the people preparing them.”

Kimball House is located in a historic train depot – one of the last historic depots in Metro Atlanta, protected by a local historic preservation ordinance. The Kimball House cocktail menu is filled with welcoming concoctions. Try their signature “Kimball House” cocktail (local Murrel’s Row gin, French vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters). Or, branch out with a “Sazerac” (rye, Peychaud’s Bitters, and absinthe) or “New Tokyo” (scotch, pine & pear brandy, ginger, yuzu, and lime).

When it comes to the food menu, don’t sleep on their house-made Hawaiian roll with whipped butter and preserves! Feeling fancy? Treat yourself to the filet mignon or some caviar – you deserve it.

Bar Margot at the Four Seasons

Inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown Atlanta, Bar Margot offers delicious bites and small batch spirits. Their award-winning cocktails are created with the highest-quality ingredients and made-in-house garnishes. In fact, their initial spirits menu was crafted by two of the most celebrated Atlanta cocktail experts, Greg Best and Paul Calvert.

For a refreshing and approachable option, try the “Avant Garden” (St. Germain elderflower, salted cucumber, hibiscus, brut rosé). Or, go with Bar Margot’s recommendations of the “Lady Victoria” (Tito’s vodka, Cocchi Americano, rosemary, and lemon) or the “Gin Margot” (Bombay Sapphire gin, preserved lime, salted lime, Thai basil, and Fever Tree tonic).

For food options, Bar Margot serves up elevated Southern classics like grilled Georgia shrimp, Springer Mountain chicken roulade, and peach en croûte – alongside unique selections like charred Spanish octopus and Chatel Farms wagyu striploin. On Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm until midnight, Bar Margot’s DJ spins tunes from a collection spanning nearly 10,000 vinyl records!

Southbound

In Chamblee, Southbound offers creative Southern comfort food with a friendly vibe. Named after the owner’s favorite Allman Brothers Band song, this spot is inviting for cocktail aficionados and newbies alike.

Housed in a building that was built in the late 1800s, this is a cocktail bar and restaurant filled with character and charm. Popular food options include the Chamblee hot chicken, wild Georgia shrimp, and Southern ramen.

When it comes to cocktails, Southbound shines with approachable options that complement its menu. Pay homage to the neighborhood with the “Chamblee Highrise” (Cathead bitter orange vodka, fresh OJ, lemon, and ginger beer). Or, branch out and try the weekly special! Learn more about Southbound and its origins in this 5-minute video from Atlanta Eats.


Hip & Happening Atlanta Cocktail Spots

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Little Bear

Named in honor of the owner’s beloved Great Pyrenees dog, Fernando, Little Bear is a small eatery with a big reputation. The restaurant is a Michelin Bib Gourmand, with Chef Jarrettt Stieber winning the coveted Michelin Guide Atlanta Young Chef Award (2023).

It goes without saying that Little Bear’s food is delicious. This Summerhill spot serves up global cuisine with local ingredients and a frequently-rotating menu. Choose from savory and sweet dishes with unexpected flavor combinations.

Little Bear’s cocktail menu includes a small selection of thoughtfully-curated options. For something different, try the “Golden Age” (mezcal, tequila, amaro, Georgia citrus cordial, and espresso liqueur) or “Pecan Manhattan” (bourbon, pecan amaretto, vermouth, brown butter, overproof rum, and ango). Feeling thirsty? Opt for the “Booze Pack” – including one fancy off-menu cocktail, two fancy off-menu glasses of wine, and one house-made nightcap” for a set menu price!

The Garden Room at the St. Regis

Transport yourself to a TikTok-worthy cocktail spot where flowers and butterflies abound! The Garden Room at the St. Regis Atlanta is a whimsical wonderland that will delight the senses. This spot is perfect for a “see and be seen” date or girls’ night out!

Food options include classics like the endive Waldorf salad, wagyu & lobster, and oysters on ice. On the cocktail menu, the “Love Potion #9” (Corazon Reposado, Grand Marnier, hibiscus, and lime) will set the tone for a romantic outing. Or, try the “Meet Your Matcha” (Sipsmith gin, matcha, orgeat, cream, lemon, and raspberry foam) for something delightfully different. Pro tip: be mindful of the dress code before heading to The Garden Room!

Virtue

Proudly declaring itself “the sexiest rooftop bar and lounge in Midtown Atlanta,” Virtue is the perfect pre- or post-dinner cocktail spot. Located above the popular 5Church Midtown restaurant, Virtue serves up creative cocktails with the city as the backdrop. You can also rent out this rooftop terrace for private events!

Virtue’s menu includes sharable bites and specialty craft cocktails, along with wine and beer. Their menu rotates seasonally, so be sure to check their website for the latest offerings. Current cocktails on the menu include creative options like the “French Kiss” (Chambord, cranberry, Jeio rose) and “Deception in the Garden” (Herradura Blanco tequila, triple sec, pear & lavender, lemon & pineapple).


Mocktail Options in Atlanta

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The Sober Social

In Downtown Atlanta, The Sober Social serves up an extensive non-alcoholic cocktail menu. At this spot, you can enjoy a unique “going out” experience in a zer0-proof environment.

Wear your heart on your sleeve with mocktail options like the “Social Butterfly” (passion fruit lemon drop, bitters, fresh lemons) or “The Loner” (refreshing gin alternative, blueberries, fresh lemon). The Sober Social’s menu is filled with a wide variety of beverage options. Try non-alcoholic beers and wines, Kava Kava, teas, and coffee drinks. While you’re there, be sure to try their house-made baked goods along with chocolate treats, snack-size bites, and more.

The Zero Co.

As Atlanta’s first zero-proof bottle shop, The Zero Co. offers a slew of mocktail and non-alcoholic options in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highlands neighborhood. This spot goes way beyond simple mixers like juice and sodas. Instead, you’ll find inventive sips like non-alcoholic bourbons and whiskeys, wines, ready-to-drink canned mocktails, flavored syrups, fruit and spice garnishes, and so much more.

Check their Facebook page for fun pop-up events like cocktail classes, weekly Saturday tastings, and more! The Zero Co. even offers gift cards so you can share the mocktail magic with loved ones.


For more Atlanta foodie fun, check out our top-rated Grant Park Food and Cemetery Tour! This experience features 8 delectable food tastings from 3 favorite local restaurants, with a jaunt through Historic Oakland Cemetery. Or, join us for a Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class, where you’ll become a Southern chef and try 9 delicious tastings.