Atlanta has a wealth of places where you can sit outside, enjoy the fresh air, have a wonderful meal and a drink, people watch and cheer on your favorite football team on a big screen.
Many of the best new places with a patio are on the BeltLine, an urban renewal project that ultimately will connect 45 intown neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of trails. Every day hundreds of people walk, jog or bike on the BeltLine and part of the fun is to stop at various bars and restaurants along the way.
Here are some of our favorite BeltLine patio restaurants:
- Estrella is on the Eastside BeltLine, not far from Ponce City Market. Opened just a year, Estrella is often on the “Best of” lists for its unsurpassed patio views of Atlanta’s skyline. Estrella serves up Latin-inspired food with amazing house cocktails. Enjoy the view, your friend’s conversations, the upbeat Latin music, and delicious dishes such as tacos, chipotle shrimp and ceviche. When you’re at Estrella, you’ll just enjoy yourself.
- Cold Beer is a newly opened restaurant along the Eastern Trail, near the Edgwood Bridge. A new concept by famed Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie, Cold Beer features an ever-changing lists of cocktails and draft beer and a menu whose inspiration is bar food from around the world. With a rooftop bar, Atlanta BeltLine-facing patio and a soon-to-come biergarten space, Cold Beer is perfect for a fall day. https://www.coldbeeratl.com
- New Realm Brewing Company is a neighbor to Estrella and also has a must-visit patio. The food is fantastic (try the wood-fired salted pretzel and the Wagyu burger) but the real star is the beer. There are seven “regular” beers, such as United Craft Lager, Euphonia Pilsner, Perun Pale Ale as well as IPAs, but the brewery also delights guests with special releases that may be linked to the season or the brew master’s whimsey.
- Two Urban Licks, a short walk from Estrella, has been wowing diners with its outside patio since 2004. The restaurant features wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, a unique 26-foot wine on tap barrel wall (the first in the country) and live blues. But, the downtown skyline views are sublime — no wonder “Travel + Leisure” named it one of “America’s Best Outdoor Restaurants.”
- Lean Draft House is located on the Westside Trail and adjacent to Gordon White Park. It features local craft beers on tap and handcrafted tacos.
- Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is located on the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at mile marker 9.25. No need to dress up at Ladybird; it’s more like a outdoor picnic. Ladybird even describes its cuisine as “elevated campfire” with lots of sharable dishes.
- Park Tavern is party central for Piedmont Park. Technically, it’s not on the BeltLine, but BeltLine walkers are more than happy to hop off the trail, cross the street and enjoy the expansive patio, food and drinks. Park Tavern brews its own beer and its menu includes everything from Szechuan dumplings to chicken tacos.
Of course, there are lots of great patios and decks not located on the BeltLine. Here are a few favorites.
- Dos Bocas recently opened in downtown Atlanta and features authentic Cajun and Tex-Mex dishes. Located adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn, it offers views of downtown.
- Six Feet Under, located on Memorial Drive, is a fun, funky seafood restaurant with a fantastic patio that is alway full with people having a great time. While the original Six Feet Under is in Grant Park overlooking Oakland Cemetery (hence the name), the restaurant also opened another restaurant on the Westside, with an awesome patio, of course.
- JCT Kitchen & Bar recently added a Sunday brunch to its Southern-style comfort food cuisine. JCT, located on the Westside, has a welcoming, low-key rooftop vibe that is perfect for enjoying craft cocktails, beer and live music.
- Neighbors in Virginia-Highland is known for its large patio, 20 local craft beers on tap and 18 TVs. The atmosphere is fun and casual and dogs are welcomed.
- HOBNOB is a neighborhood tavern that provides an inviting atmosphere for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. There are three locations, with the Atlanta eatery located on Piedmont Avenue.
- Every day is Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten, a German beer garden located downtown. Feast on German cuisine and hoist your mug filled with more than a dozen draft beers representing various regions of German and enjoy the large outdoor patio.
- Hotel Clermont and The Roof at Ponce City Market are a few blocks from each other on Ponce de Leon in the Virginia-Highlands/Poncey neighborhood. Both feature stunning skyline views, great food and drinks and fun rooftop games. The Roof includes Skyline Park, including a mini golf course and boardwalk-style games, Nine Mile station, which features fantastic beers and cocktails as well as dinner and brunch, and the newly opened RFD Social, a fun place with a vintage look at a finely appointed selection of cocktails.
- Located in Buckhead, Gypsy Kitchen draws its inspiration from Spain — along with a dash of Moroccan and Indian influences. The patio offers wonderful views of Buckhead.
- 5Church is located in the newly renovated Colony Square in Midtown and offers a diverse and delicious menu. But the rooftop is where the action is when it opens at 5 p.m. with a DJ, lite bites and cocktails.