Atlanta is often referred to as “The City in the Forest” because of its many parks and green spaces – but they’re not the only places to enjoy natural surroundings. The city also has ample outdoor patios and rooftop bars that can be enjoyed throughout much of the year with friends, kids, and pets.
Start your rooftop bar crawl on the Westside of Atlanta at O-Ku, a sushi restaurant originally from Charleston, South Carolina. The menu includes top-notch sashimi and rolls as well as craft cocktails best enjoyed overlooking Atlantic Station and downtown.
Another favorite is Nine Mile Station at Ponce City Market, named for the streetcar line that once stopped outside the building. The modern beer garden has sweeping views of the city and is located next to Skyline Park, a modern theme park with games and rides. Also in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Estrella is one of the newest cocktail bars in Atlanta, offering views of the Beltline, as well as Mexican-inspired bites and drinks like the tamarind margarita.
Named for its location across from historic Oakland Cemetery in Grant Park, Six Feet Under has a seafood-heavy menu with local craft beers. Sports fans flock to Der Biergarten, a German beer hall located near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena. Over in Buckhead, The Regent Cocktail Club is set above a steakhouse and has expert mixologists ready to craft classic cocktails.
But it’s not all about the rooftops. Atlanta’s patios can be enjoyed in multiple seasons. Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall is a Beltline favorite with a summer camp-style atmosphere, outdoor games, and a menu of items to share. Nearby Two Urban Licks is also popular, especially for its access to the walking path and its brunch menu.
Midtown has its own watering holes, including Park Tavern – a longtime staple inside Piedmont Park – where they host live music weekly on their patio. Cypress Street Pint and Plate is tucked on a quiet side street that makes you forget you’re surrounded by skyscrapers. The elevated pub fare and extensive beer menu only add to the appeal, along with the patio.
The post-college crowd loves Neighbors in Virginia-Highland, which is the site of many themed pub crawls. Set in a historic building on Edgewood Avenue, Georgia Beer Gardenhas you covered with just about every type of brew crafted in the state, best enjoyed in their “backyard” while noshing on bites from a visiting food truck.
On the West End, Lean Draft House offers a grassy patio with picnic tables for guests to sip their drinks and chow down on tacos and other bites. They even have bike racks for those who ride there. Brake Pad is a former auto shop in College Park popular for wings, burgers, and alfresco beverages.
Once the sun sets, cozy up for the night at a Hilton.