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From champagne cocktails on a revolving 72nd floor to organ karaoke, Atlanta’s bars offer just about everything. Whether you’re craving a hoppy brew or an inventive cocktail, Atlanta delivers. Find our list of the 10 best bars in Atlanta here.
Tucked away behind Muss & Turner’s is Eleanor’s, a speakeasy bursting with wrought iron and fine wines. Technically located just outside of Atlanta, the destination is worth the extra effort. The dark wood décor gives the space a timeless quality that is only heightened by its black walls and atmospheric candlelight. The bar is not visible from the street and as you enter by way of a freezer door, it is hard not to adopt the enigmatic air of a flapper or gangster. The pork skins with jalapeno-infused vinegar are a favourite and are best followed by a Rambeau Flip (made from Drambuie, Rye Whiskey, Caraway Seeds, and raw egg). If you are not a cocktail fan, Eleanor’s has a vast and varied selection of wine.
Eleanor’s 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna 30080, GA, USA, + 1 770434 1114
Located in the basement of the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel is the graceful and cozy Proof and Provision bar. With an ‘emphasis on barrel-aged cocktails, not speakeasy shtick’, Proof and Provision is the bar to visit when you have an occasion to toast. The snack menu is full of classics like hot pretzels and grilled cheese, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity. Each item is crafted with local and carefully chosen ingredients.
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax with some dirty blues, green fried tomatoes, and a clientele who look and act as though they are part of the furniture, Old Vinings Attic Bar hits the spot. The Old Vinings Inn was built in the 1880s as a post office and general store and the feeling of village simplicity lingers to this day. A self professed ‘local’s bar’, the designation ‘local’ seems to apply to anyone who happens to set foot inside. Nowhere else can so quickly feel at home. Sip on a Chattahoochee (made from Jim Beam, St. Germaine, Cock & Bull ginger beer, lemon juice, and bitters) on the patio and be transported to ‘a summer day tubin’ on the hooch.’
Leon’s Full Service is the kind of place you wander into on a bright and sunny Sunday for a bloody Mary and end up drinking margaritas with new friends well into the night. Leon’s is located in a converted gas station, trading gas pumps for gas stoves and car washes with Bee’s Knees (made from bluecoat gin, lemon, and honey). With monthly events like beer and wine festivals, Leon’s is constantly abuzz and the mixologists here don’t even smirk when you put your empty glass down and say, ‘fill her up’.
A self-professed ‘modern watering stop’, H. Harper Station looks like an unassuming brick walled train depot at Atlanta and West rail station. But that all changes once visitors step inside. The drinks menu is titled ‘Libations’ and the entire place has a speakeasy, American diner vibe. As they settle down with a bourbon, H. Harper Station makes every punter feel like a strange mix of Huckleberry and Kerouac, intrepid yet languid.
H. Harper Station, 904 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta 30316, GA, USA, +1 678732 0415