Dec 04 Best Bars in Atlanta
The latest governor’s executive order here limits bars to no more than 50 patrons (or 35% capacity), but bars and bartenders are not dissuaded.
Creativity is on full display in The ATL as bartenders are creating make-at-home cocktail kits and to-go options while outdoor spots have popped up all over town. There are still plenty of safe ways to gather with friends and enjoy some genuinely creative experiences. Here are some newer drinking destinations that are worth a visit.
How about meeting up at the neighborhood gas station? The Third Door is a restored 1920s gas station just off Marietta Square that pays homage to the speakeasies and glamour of the Roaring ‘20s and Prohibition. Scattered throughout the Pump Yard patio is outdoor seating, and you can select period cocktails like the Bees Knees and Hanky Panky with scannable QR codes. And like all good Prohibition-era establishments, there is a secret cocktail menu that will surely impress friends.
If you’d rather gather at home, enlist the Social Civics Cocktail Club to deliver cocktails, but be ready for a side of education. Beverage director Demario Wallace aims to educate people on the history behind a drink and some of the first African American bartenders in the New York of the South. Menus are posted to Instagram along with charitable organizations that benefit from proceeds of sales each week. Orders are placed for either Thursday pick-up or Friday delivery.
What do you do when you open a new restaurant and bar only to be hit with a pandemic? Pivot, of course, just like Thai restaurant Talat Market in Summerhill. Mastering the art of takeout, the chefs pair creative cocktail kits with inventive Thai entrees. Order food and cocktails kits online for curbside pick-up or enjoy their patio seating for a night out.
If 2020 has given you something to drink about, the SippN at Home cocktail kit service will deliver. Famed Atlanta bartender Mercedes O’Brien started to teach people via Instagram how to make a proper cocktail while sheltering in place. From there, O’Brien perfected his recipes, and then began curating the finest ingredients to package as at-home kits. Follow him on Instagram to get the full menu, then place your pick-up order.
Redbird, a relative newcomer, shifted a portion of its indoor bar to an outdoor patio. Their to-go drinks can be imbibed anywhere in the Westside Provisions District area. The outdoor bar opens at 5 p.m., and patrons can dine on the patio or in the restaurant. If you go for brunch (and you should!), be sure to try the iconic birdy biscuits!
As per common practice in our COVID-times, be sure to confirm your establishment of choice is open before heading out. You can also keep tabs on the latest risk assessment here. Stay safe, wear a mask and drink responsively!