Must Visit Rooftop Bars in Atlanta for Cool Drinks & Awesome Views  

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There is something cosmopolitan about sipping cocktails high above the bustling city on patio rooftop bars. Atlanta has a growing list of rooftop establishments with amazing views of everything from high-rise skylines, to suburban neighborhoods, and even a cemetery (which is actually very cool).

Brine Seafood Shack Rooftop Bar Atlanta

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There is no way we could list ALL the rooftop bars in Atlanta, but we did try to hit some of the highlights with places scattered around the city and few OTP (outside the perimeter) establishments. We’ve even included a few bars that may not have rooftops, but their scenic views are worth the visit for a drink or two. Did we miss an obvious favorite? Have a tip you’d like to share about one of the rooftop bars in Atlanta we mentioned? Let us know.

 

Classic Rooftop Bars | ATL Rooftops Favorites | For a Casual Evening | Upscale Bars | No Rooftops but Scenic Views | Chattahoochee Views

Six Feet Under Overlooking Oakland Cemetery Rooftop Bars Atlanta

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Classic Rooftop Bars in Atlanta you Must Visit at Least Once

You’ve probably heard of theses classic rooftop bars in Atlanta with good reason.

Nine Mile Station

Ponce City Market | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE | Atlanta | 770-999-1532
Ponce City Market changed the game with Skyline Park, their rooftop playground that includes a fun carnival atmosphere amid sweeping city views.  You’ll love their rooftop restaurant beer garden Nine Mile Station, and a newly opened speakeasy RFD Social, named for a 1920’s radio program that was once broadcasted from the tower.

New Realm Brewery

550 Somerset Terrace NE | #101, Atlanta | 404-968-2777
Our favorite spot at New Realm Brewing is a bar stool along the railing with great views overlooking the Atlanta Beltline. Nosh on some wood-fired hot pretzels while you sip your craft brew. If you are hungry, they serve more than pub burgers here too. Executive chef Julio Delgado brings his talents from years with Ritz Carlton hotels.

The Sun Dial

The Westin Peachtree Plaza | 210 Peachtree Street | Atlanta | 404-589-7506
Take a glass elevator 723 feet above the city to the Westin’s rooftop bar, The Sun Dial. This Atlanta classic has been a favorite since I was a kid. I remember my aunt and cousins taking me here for a Shirley Temple, and panoramic views of downtown via the rotating rooftop restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant no longer rotates, but those views are still as stunning as ever.

SkyLounge

The Glenn Hotel | 110 Marietta St NW | Atlanta | 404-521-2250
The best views of Downtown Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Atlanta Ferris wheel are from the top of The Glenn Hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph collection. The SkyLounge rooftop bar is one of the most popular in the city, and even if you aren’t a hotel guest you can still enjoy the amazing views for a $5 cover.

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

437 Memorial Dr. SE | 404-523-6664 | views of Oakland Cemetery
685 11th Street | 404-810-0040 | views of Midtown Atlanta
Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House has been serving up dramatic views of historic Oakland Cemetery and the Atlanta skyline since 2002, way before it was the thing to do. Don’t miss the craft beer selection and Oakland-themed cocktails like Tombstone Tea and Pushin’ Up Daisies at this Grant Park institution.

Come for happy hour and take a post-drink stroll through Oakland’s 48 acres of lush gardens and unique historical monuments. Be sure to visit the final resting places of golf legend Bobby Jones, Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, and Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson while you’re there. The cemetery closes at dusk.

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Expert’s Pick of Best Rooftop Bars in Atlanta

As parents of children from 5 years-old to 25 years-old, Lesli and I aren’t frequenting as many rooftops as we’d like, so we enlisted the help of Henna Bakshi of ATL Rooftops to help us with this list and to tell us her absolute favorites. Here’s what she said.

O-Ku

Westside Ironworks | 1085 Howell Mill Rd. NW A3 | Atlanta | 404-500-2383
My favorite rooftop patio is O-ku in West Midtown. They have sweeping views of Midtown, Downtown and Buckhead, all paired with some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Their cocktails change seasonally and the sake selection is wonderful, too. I tend to get their aburi style hamachi toro nigiri (torched yellowtail belly) and the crunch roll that comes topped with fried onions, with a pour of funaguchi sake. (This is one of Lesli and Sue’s favorites, too)

Nikolai’s Roof

Hilton Atlanta | 255 Courtland St. NE | Atlanta | 404-221-6362
This was an unexpectedly lovely find for date night —Nikolai’s Roof at the Hilton Downtown. You don’t imagine hotel restaurants can be all that great but Nikolai’s is a French-Russian fusion restaurant with a pretty upscale atmosphere. Nestled on the 30th floor, the views are spectacular. The burgundy escargot tart is one of my favorite things to get there, and my husband, Andy, loves the lamb chomps and creme brûlée. I highly recommend going at night–the tables are candle-lit, the skyline sparkles, and your waiter, with a velvety Russian accent, takes care of your every need. It’s great fun!

South Main Kitchen

9 S. Main St. | Alpharetta | 678-691-4622
It’s a miracle anytime Andy and I make it outside the perimeter… But we do! South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta is a great spot. All of their ingredients are locally sourced (yay!) What’s really to die for is their house-made red cabbage chow-chow. I begged the chef to sell me a jar! He said they will be bottling up that delicious goodness soon but couldn’t sell it to me just yet. Haha. Their outdoor rooftop is quaint and perfect for an afternoon or evening meal. I especially loved their grilled octopus with lentils.

The Regent Cocktail Club

Buckhead Atlanta | 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE #140 | Atlanta | 770-415-9961
The Regent Cocktail Club is the rooftop bar for Buckhead steakhouse American Cut, and a great place to get your party on. They have Rooftop Rosé nights with live jazz bands and DJs. The rooftop lounge has a vintage, smokey vibe–leather chairs, bartenders in suspenders, and great cocktails to boot. It’s in the middle of the Shops at Buckhead, so the views are quintessential Buckhead. I recommend coming here for a swanky after-dinner cocktail.

For a Casual Evening – Come as you Are

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar

Avalon Alpharetta | 900 1st Street | Alpharetta | 678-266-6218
Forgo the cocktail for a local beer from Barleygarden’s impressive brew options. Don’t know much about craft brews? Don’t worry, they cater to newbies, beer geeks and everyone in between. Pair your hand-crafted brew with scrumptious meats from The Spotted Trotter, and locally-baked breads. Our go-to, the hot pretzels.

Brine Seafood Shack

Avalon Alpharetta | 700 Avalon Blvd. | Alpharetta | 470-226-2190
Brine Seafood Shack’s vibe and menu make you feel like you are vacationing at the beach instead of this rooftop terrace. Chef Marc Taft’s menu is inspired by his time spent on the West Coast and features a variety of sustainable seafood. You simply can’t beat a sunny Atlanta afternoon slurping down oysters on Brine’s rooftop.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

433 N. McDonough St. | Decatur | 404-400-0509
Grindhouse Killer Burger’s Decatur outpost has a unique feature, a breezy 21-and-over rooftop deck.  Couple of things that make this rooftop restaurant slash sports bar unique  – cheesy old movies on the big screens, and boozy milkshakes – creamy, handspun milkshakes spiked with flavor filled liquor. Come on Monday nights to play Dirty South Trivia with the locals.

Eddie’s Attic

515-B N. McDonough St. | Decatur | 404-377-4976
Tucked away between Decatur City Hall and above a Waffle House is Decatur’s gem, Eddie’s Attic. Step into the alley, enter the side door and go up the stairs. To the left, is the legendary “listening room” that launched stellar acts including The Indigo Girls, John Mayer, Sugarland, and Shawn Mullins …but to the right is the rooftop deck. Grab yourself one of Eddie’s specialty mules and enjoy the sounds from the listening room (they’re piped in) as you watch the sun go down and the stars come out.

McCray’s Tavern on the Square

100 N. Perry St. | Lawrenceville | 770-407-6754
Sip craft beer or cocktails while overlooking historic downtown Lawrenceville from The McCray’s Tavern patio deck.

The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

117 N. Park Square | Marietta |770-293-0080
The Historic Marietta Square has a very modern rooftop. The Cobb Terrace of the Strand Theatre is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to a bird’s eye views of the Square and nearby Kennesaw Mountain, the Strand has live music.

Fado Irish Pub

Buckhead Atlanta | 273 Buckhead Ave NE | 404-841-0066
Fado Irish Pub is the place to go for soccer fans. Cheer on your favorite English Premier League team, or our own Atlanta United team. The rooftop here doesn’t have sweeping views of Buckhead, but it does have stone walls and large murals depicting Ireland’s rugged landscape.

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Upscale Bars to Break in Your New Outfit

Overdrive Lounge

Solis | Two Porsche Drive | Atlanta | 470-466-3300
Located atop the eighth floor of Solís Two Porsche Drive Hotel, Overdrive Lounge has one of the most unique views in the city – that of the Porsche Experience Center’s car track, as well as planes landing on the runways at nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  The short rib flatbread with fig and onion jam topped with manchego and mozzarella cheese is a total winner in my book. Pair it with a refreshing hand-crafted Ginger-Thyme Blood Orange Sparkler.

Hotel Clermont

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE | Atlanta | 470-485-0485
The Hotel Clermont has been a landmark on Ponce De Leon since 1924. The hotel (not to be confused with the basement, Clermont Lounge) has been under renovation of one kind or another since 2014, and finally, the renovation is complete, and it is FABULOUS!

The Clermont’s rooftop bar feels like a vintage early 70’s backyard with mis-matched comfy patio furniture. Your bar bill is delivered in an old-fashioned cassette case. Plan to arrive early for this popular darling of the Atlanta rooftop bar scene. Hotel guests are always welcome, but the public is admitted as space allows. It’s not unheard of for patrons to rent a room just to get access to the patio.

Whiskey Blue

3377 Peachtree Rd | Atlanta | 678-500-3190
Whiskey Blue is the rooftop bar at Atlanta’s W Hotel in Buckhead. This favorite Buckhead club 125 feet in the air is getting a facelift that should be completed for the 2018 holiday season. But no matter what they do to the interior, the spectacular city vistas will remain.

The Garden at Community Smith

Renaissance Hotel Atlanta | 866 West Peachtree Street Northwest | 678-412-2402
The Garden at Community Smith is the Renaissance Hotel Atlanta Rooftop Bar. This is a more hidden rooftop bar in Atlanta with decent views in a garden in the sky type setting.

 

Restart Bar at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Atlanta Bars Without Rooftops, but with a Scenic View

In addition to picturesque rooftop bars, Atlanta also has several watering holes that may not be high above the city, but do offer incredible scenic views. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Restart Bar at Atlanta Motor Speedway

1500 Hwy 19/41 South | Hampton | 770-946-3954
The best seat is the house at Atlanta Motor Speedway is 20 rows up from the track  at the Restart Bar, which is a nod to the NASCAR restart zone on the track’s front stretch.  Sipping cocktails at one of the high tops while you hear and feel the rush of the cars below puts you in the middle of the action. Need something a little less intense – step inside for a quieter experience. Note the Restart Bar is only open during NASCAR race weekends or other track events.

Insider Tip: While the action on the track is impressive, the sunsets at Atlanta Motor Speedway really take the checkered flag.

Atlas

St. Regis Atlanta | 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW | Atlanta | 404-600-6471
Atlas has a fantastic garden style patio that’s perfect for a cozy date night cocktail. But the reason we’re adding it to this list is the art collection inside the restaurant. Ask the Maitre de for an i-pad guide to the original works throughout the restaurant that include pieces from Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Then head to the patio to discuss the works over your favorite beverage.

Madcap’s

3140 Main Street | Duluth | 678-349-2845
Madcap’s in downtown Duluth is a neighborhood pub where you can enjoy a cold brew and watch the trains go by. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, they have live music.

Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the artwork around the bar. It routinely changes, making Madcap’s not only a bar, but an art museum as well.

Medieval Times

5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy. |  Lawrenceville | 770-225-0230
What could be more fun that sipping a mug of ale at an authentic medieval joust. The Medieval Times dinner theatre isn’t just fun for the kids, adults love the glory, chivalry and valor of an authentic jousting tournament where six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions – and of course there are some sword battles along the way too.

Café Intermezzo

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road | Dunwoody | 770-396-1344
Transport yourself to a Parisian Cafe right in the heart of Dunwoody. Cafe Intermezzo is tucked inside a typical suburban strip mall across from Perimeter Mall, but it feels worlds away. The spacious patio looks out onto a sidewalk and other shops. I like to come here for the deliciously decadent desserts like tortes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies, and pretty much every sweet treat you can imagine. Cafe Intermezzo also has wines by the glass or bottle and hundreds of liquors and liqueurs.

Restaurant Holmes

50 S Main St | Alpharetta | 678-691-8320
Sip craft cocktails from Restaurant Holmes in The Shade Garden. The name comes from the canopy of an 80-year-old, 53-inch oak tree that was saved during the revitalization of Alpharetta’s City Center.

 

Atlanta Bars with Chattahoochee Views

Moxie Burger

555 South Atlanta Street, Suite A600 | Roswell | 678-878-4411
Moxie Burger is a neighborhood gathering place that is family friendly. Head out to their back patio for a view overlooking the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.

Ray’s on the River

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW | Sandy Springs | 770-955-1187
At Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs enjoy a cocktail along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE | Atlanta | 770-432-2663
Happy hour is so relaxing sitting comfortably in an adirondack chair overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Canoe’s gorgeous garden on the river makes it feel like an oasis far away from the hustle and bustle of the city just minutes away.

 

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There is something cosmopolitan about sipping cocktails high above the city on patio rooftop bars. Atlanta has a growing list of rooftop bars with amazing views from the classic Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, to the game changing 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market, and newcomers like the Clermont Hotel and soon to be renovated Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel. We even list some OTP favorites like Brine Seafood and BarleyGarden, as well as a few surprises.

There is something cosmopolitan about sipping cocktails high above the city on patio rooftop bars. Atlanta has a growing list of rooftop bars with amazing views from the classic Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, to the game changing 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market, and newcomers like the Clermont Hotel and soon to be renovated Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel. We even list some OTP favorites like Brine Seafood and BarleyGarden, as well as a few surprises.

There is something cosmopolitan about sipping cocktails high above the city on patio rooftop bars. Atlanta has a growing list of rooftop bars with amazing views from the classic Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, to the game changing 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market, and newcomers like the Clermont Hotel and soon to be renovated Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel. We even list some OTP favorites like Brine Seafood and BarleyGarden, as well as a few surprises.

 

 

We are excited to partner with the Atlanta Metro Travel Association (AMTA) on this post. There is so much to see and do in Atlanta, and we can’t wait grab a cocktail and some views at our favorite rooftop bars in Atlanta. Unless othewise noted, all photos are courtesy of the establishments.

Sue Rodman | Co-Founder

Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

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