Atlantas 11 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars rooftop bars — Zagat

Atlantas 11 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars rooftop bars - Zagat

By Christopher Hassiotis

May 27, 2014

If the temperatures elevated, maybe take a cue and elevate your dining and drinking spot too. The springtime pollen and intense summer humidity means that there are times when Atlantas alfresco options are limited, but when its good, its real good. These restaurants and bars all have something to offer for the warmer weather, from private cabanas and high-rise views to poolside sips or historic vistas.

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Two wide decks on opposite sides of the upstairs bar offer plenty of outdoor space, and the spot bustles on the weekends with a post-college crowd of young drinkers.

The View: Depending on where you stand, youll have a nice view of Buckhead high-rises and rooftops, or the leafier parts of the neighborhood.

What to Eat: Chef Hector Santiago consulted on the menu, and his Latin-and-more-inspired bar food is a welcome change from the norm

Insider Tip: but dont be surprised if youre underwhelmed by the lack of zing on the Sriracha wings, for instance. Flavors have had to be toned down for the Buckhead clientele. Ask for extra hot sauce.

3201 Cains Hill Pl. NW; 404-481-5168

5 Seasons Westside

The Westside outpost of this local brewery offers up its own beers (and more than a few others as well). The roof deck gets crowded when the young creative-professional crowd in the neighborhood takes off from work, though if its too hot out, the lack of shade cover can make for an easy table to grab.

What to Drink: The servers and bartenders are knowledgeable about the wide variety of beers on tap and in the bottle. Let them guide you by telling them your tastes.

Insider Tip: Park behind the building in the attached parking deck to minimize your hassle.

1000 Marietta St.; 404-875-3232

Flip Burger Boutique — Poncey-Highland

The creative local burger chain recently renovated its failed sister hot dog concept into this third location, which includes a new rooftop patio. DJs and events may materialize later in the summer.

The View: This part of the Highlands isnt all that scenic, but youre directly east of Midtowns skyscrapers, providing a dramatic sundown view.

What to Drink: The Flip Nutella-and-burnt-marshmallow shake is a sure bet. If so inclined, add booze to it for an extra charge.

Insider Tip: Parkings tight. Look for the complimentary valet or park in the indicated lot across the street rather than cruising the tight neighborhood streets.

664 N. Highland Ave.; 404-815-1127

Photo by: Flickr / s4bsocial

Republic Social House

This Grant Park pubs wooden banquettes provide a nice rooftop spot, and there are some TVs for those keen on getting some sun while not missing the game. "Dirty South Trivia" takes place on Thursdays, while a rotating cast of DJs provide tunes on the weekends.

The View: Memorial Drive may not be the most scenic of streets, but get two stories up and you get a nice peek into historic Oakland Cemetery. Many of the seats point the other way, though.

What to Eat: The Matty Melts a quarter-pound cheeseburger pressed between two slices of Texas toast with bacon, onion straws and barbecue sauce.

Insider Tip: Hang a quick right when you enter to head straight upstairs.

437 Memorial Dr.; 404-865-1939

An affinity for cigars and hip-hop DJs characterize this Old Fourth Ward space, which serves tapas-style snacks and entrees to complement its cocktails.

The View: Sadly not much, as buildings and walls border the space, but there arent many options for alfresco dining in O4W, so youve gotta take what you can get.

What to Eat: The food veers towards predictable small-plates fare, but if you want something heartier, opt for the lamb burger, where a spicy mayo and coconut bread hints at Caribbean influences.

Insider Tip: Dont look for a separate door, just enter Caf Circa and head upstairs.

464 Edgewood Ave.; 404-477-0008

The chic rooftop lounge at the Renaissance Midtown hotel offers a pleasantly mellow experience, though an occasional large party can turn up the volume. Its more of a neighborhood destination, unlike nearby spots like Shout that bring in weekend crowds from beyond the city line.

The View: The Midtown skyline sparkles at night, while an ivy-covered wall provides a Southern backdrop.

What to Drink: The Rooftop 75 cocktail blends Bombay Sapphire gin, lemongrass syrup and sparkling ros.

Insider Tip: Keep up with Rooftop 866 on Facebook for live music schedules and weekday specials.

866 W. Peachtree St. NW; 678-412-2402

Whether at the Westside or Grant Park location, this casual fish house offers fried (and occasionally not) seafood fare and a healthy selection of craft beers.

The View: Youve got a nice view of Midtown from the Westside Six Feet Under, though the ever-multiplying parking decks in the area mar that a bit. Grant Park overlooks Oakland Cemetery, hence the restaurants name.

What to Drink: Six Feet Under supports a number of ATL breweries. Check out one from their neighboring Eventide.

Insider Tip: Show up early to grab one of the coveted outlooking bar seats, but beware the nearby large tables, which can quickly get overrun by rowdy groups.

Atlantas 11 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars rooftop bars - Zagat

Grant Park: 437 Memorial Dr.; 404-523-6664

Westside: 685 11th St.; 404-810-0040

The Here 2 Serve Restaurant Groups luxe Midtown hot spot combines Mediterranean and sushi menus with crisp cocktails, large cabanas and weekend dance parties.

The View: Youll get a good look at Midtowns high-rises and the traffic on Peachtree.

What to Eat: Some of the architectural rolls on the sushi menu may seem overly elaborate, but they also allow for a paced-out meal that complements a night of lounging and sipping.

Insider Tip: Befitting its name, Shout can get pretty raucous. If you want something more toned-down, stop by for a weekday happy hour, when the staffs less harried and the crowds thinner.

1197 Peachtree Rd.; 404-846-2000

Up top at the historic boutique Glenn Hotel in Downtowns Luckie-Marietta District, the chic Skylounge is among ATLs more well-known, if not well-visited, rooftop spots.

The View: A terrific view of Centennial Olympic Park and the Atlanta skyline makes this one tough to beat.

Insider Tip: Hungry? The hotels restaurant Glenns Kitchen is open late into the night.

110 Marietta St. NW; 404-521-2250

Atop the W Downtown youll find this spot with an all-weather rooftop pool bar. The crowd veers a little more towards the business expense end of the spectrum, although the hotel has its fair share of wedding parties and large groups as guests.

The View: A panoramic Downtown vista offers a look at (and into) neighboring buildings, the Georgia Aquarium and the newly constructed National Center for Civil & Human Rights.

What to Drink: Go for something bubbly to match the sparkles of the city skyline.

Insider Tip: Want to work out before the weekend DJs set up? Wetbar offers barre and yoga activities some mornings.

45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.; 404-582-5800

Two outdoor terraces 125 feet above street level boast swanky, understated banquettes and curtains that can close to provide privacy or open up depending on the party atmosphere. The vibe is upscale, with much of the clientele coming from the adjoining W Hotel.

The View: This high up you can catch a peek of much of the city.

What to Drink: A breezy spot like this on a warm summer evening begs for a Caipirinha or mojito, although as the bars name indicates, a fine selection of whiskeys is on hand.

Insider Tip: If youre staying at the hotel, ask the concierge if they can snag you a reserved couch or cabana.

3377 Peachtree Rd.; 678-500-3100


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