Atlanta has a buzzy food scene with amazing restaurants that have racked up accolades near and far. And Atlanta’s bars deserve recognition too. Whether you’re a local looking for a cool new place to hang or a visitor hoping to check out some local institutions, the best bars in Atlanta have the drinks and the vibes to cure what ails you. Sneak in during an off-time to soak in the atmosphere or head out with the crowds on a busy weekend night or big game day for the full experience — even if there’s a wait to belly up to the bar you’ll be handsomely rewarded. These Atlanta bars have perfectly made drinks and the kind of welcoming Southern hospitality Atlanta is known for.
Perhaps you’re the type who unwinds with a hookah bar before heading out for a nightcap, or maybe you’re looking for a few drinks before hitting up the best BBQ spots in town. Found a special someone at the club and want a quiet place to connect over cocktails? Whatever your reason for heading out to the bar (do you even need one?) we’re here to guide you to the best watering holes the ATL has to offer.
So grab your partner or your drinking crew (or just head out for some alone time) and check out these friendly and fabulous hangouts for cold craft beers and expertly-made cocktails. Just remember to stay hydrated — especially if you’re hanging out at one of Atlanta’s best rooftop bars during notoriously muggy conditions. Cheers!
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