Atlanta, capital and largest city in Georgia, boasts a fierce skyline, with skyscrapers like the Equitable Building, One Atlantic Center and the 55-story Bank of America Plaza. Where better to get a birds eye view of some of the city’s best sites than from a rooftop terrace? From hotel bars to waterfront decks, here are 7 of the best rooftop bars in Atlanta. Beat the heat and make the most of alfresco Atlanta this summer.
The city’s skyline looks just as pretty by day as it does by night, so we’ve included bars that suit both daytime and nighttime boozing and schmoozing. Ready?
10 Best Rooftop Bars in Atlanta
Ponce City Market boasts one of the liveliest rooftop scenes in the city. Featuring a rooftop amusement park and a beer garden, 9 Mile Station offers craft beers, a lengthy wine list and crafted classic cocktails. They’re good at food here too, with an elevated menu of European-inspired American dishes like pimento cheeseburgers and molasses baked beans.
The Roof and 9 Mile Station at Ponce City Market boasts some of the best views in Atlanta – you can look out over all three skyline viewpoints. And when you’ve tired of the views, the drinks and the food, you can challenge a friend to a round of mini golf at the Skyline Park too.
Hailed as the best rooftop bar in Atlanta by numerous magazines, Skylounge Atlanta occupies the top floor of the equally fabulous Glenn Hotel. As well as spectacular views of the city skyline, guests can enjoy sparkling service, handcrafted fusion cocktails and small plates. Top snacks include the cheddar, bacon and jalapeno dip, as well as the Bavarian pretzels served with pimento beer cheese.
It’s a casual set-up, with grass green carpets, high top seating and lounge chairs for a “garden in the sky” setting, but make no mistakes, this is a place to see and be seen. Get ready for a fun night out in ATL – guaranteed.
Outfitted with a painted rooftop patio, this three-storey Irish pub caters for a sporty crowd. Soccer, rugby, NFL – you can guarantee they’ll be showing it at Fado. You won’t find panoramic views here but then why would you want them? Between the home-cooked grub, beers on tap and friendly craic’ you’ve got plenty to keep you occupied. And yes, they have Guinness here, alongside some great Irish whiskies.
Friendly fun in the fresh air – what more could you ask for?
There are two outposts of Six Feet Under, Atlanta’s most popular drinking and eating hangout. Both offer relaxed and rustic rooftop bars, but for the best views head to West Midtown. The drinks are good too, but don’t leave without sampling the seafood – they’re famous for it. Tuck into huge baskets of fried catfish or order a lobster to share. Hey, you’re on a rooftop in the heart of the city, so order whatever the heck you fancy, right?
Then wash it down with beer or an expertly-crafted cocktail. You’ll thank us later.
With its chesterfield armchairs and panelled walls, the 1940’s-inspired Regent Cocktail Club offers an open invitation to step back in time. But when the sun is out, head straight outdoors to the upscale seasonal rooftop, which offers sweeping views across Peachtree Avenue and Buckhead. Forgo the beers and order something more in keeping with your setting, say a Negroni or a Manhatten, and an elegant light bite.
From Wednesday through to Saturday the venue hosts live performances from local musicians and DJs too.
STATS taproom boasts five home-brewed beers, as well as four additional seasonal offerings, including lagers, pilsners and stout. As well as their own brews, you’ll find draft beers on tap, a decent wine list and signature cocktails too. It’s also one of the city’s most popular sports bar, featuring huge screens on the large indoor and outdoor terrace. House cocktails are thoughtfully sports-related too. Try the ‘Average Bags In’ or the ‘Almost Home Run’ – they’re delicious.
This entry may not win any awards for heights, but the 2nd floor rooftop does provide intimate views of Midtown Atlanta. Inspired by the Prohibition-era, the whiskey bar and restaurant is full of quirky charm. The seasonal rooftop features large comfy sofas, cosy fire-pits and an Insta-worthy mural. Between the outdoor games, inspired whiskey bar and delicious light bites, you won’t want to leave. 50 Cent is a big fan too.
Located on the Eastside Beltline Trail, this stellar brewing company will keep you occupied for hours on end. Start with a brewery tour, then snoop around the Beer Garden and Barrel Room before settling down on the rooftop terrace, which has views looking right over the Beltline. The food menu is solid, with local ingredients and southern flavor. To drink? Take your pick from classic beers, German & Belgian style brews, hard seltzers and more.
9. Whiskey Blue
For a classy night out on the tiles, make a beeline to Whiskey Blue, a sophisticated rooftop bar perched atop the W Atlanta hotel. You’ll be impressed before you even step foot onto the roof, arriving from an all-glass elevator that ascends 125 feet high above the city’s skyline, with Buckhead and Lenox Square to one side, and Midtown to the other.
The drinks menu hits the spot with classic and house cocktails, that highlight fresh ingredients, and locally brewed craft beers, complemented by signature lite bites.
Dine ‘n’ drink under the stars at this Mexican hangout spot, where you’ll find delicious eats, upbeat Latin music and Atlanta skyline views. It’s buzzing with Miami vibes and a fun crowd. The menu is full of Yucatan delights, such as tacos with fried cod, cilantro lime slaw and caper mayo. To drink, take your pick from all varieties of freshly squeezed margaritas, including one with lavender blossom or enjoy a spicy mix of fandango mezcal, jalapeño, citrus, aperol and bitters.
You’ll find Estrella upstairs at the popular Parisian market Bazati.