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14 Great Spots in Atlanta to Enjoy a Cocktail Right Now

These local, Black-owned businesses are ready to quench your thirst.

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It’s no surprise that in the dog days of summer, Atlanta’s temperatures are blazing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cool off with a refreshing drink. Whether you prefer to sip the night away at a swanky lounge, or pair Southern-food classics with a craft cocktail, Atlanta’s dining scene can serve you what you’re craving.

From D’USSÉ margaritas to blue-hued BACARDÍ rum cocktails, you can find your favorite tipple at the 14 spots ahead. Not only is each one a local favorite, but they’re also all Black-owned business — a great way to show your support for the dining and nightlife scene that makes Atlanta the greatest place to be (even in the middle of August). Just be sure to check each of these spots before you go, as they continue to adapt to new guidelines and regulations in reopening.

A number of restaurants and bars around the metro Atlanta area have reopened and are following the state requirements and CDC guidelines to help make sure you have a fun night (or weekend brunch) out. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit atlantaga.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Copper Cove Restaurant & Bistro

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Found in Buckhead, Copper Cove has an undeniably cool vibe. It might be the combination of a neon sign above the stage that says “love me or leave me alone,” the East Coast hip-hop influences throughout, and the dimly lit atmosphere. The lounge-restaurant serves Southern eats (think D’USSÉ chicken and waffles) and has a killer cocktail menu. Keep it cool with the Copper Cove Martini; the drink is sweet and citrusy with D’USSÉ Cognac, orange liqueur, and orange and lemon juices. 

Lily White Atlanta

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At Buckhead’s Lily White, guests can enjoy Mediterranean and Persian flavors in a stylish setting that includes a blue-hued bar. Expect lots of bright flavors, especially in the cocktails. This is especially the case in the Yalda, a simple yet potent concoction of GREY GOOSE, pomegranate, and pineapple. It goes excellently with a mezze spread of hummus, labneh, fattoush (tomato and cucumber salad with bread), and harissa-glazed wings.

Atlantis Restaurant & Lounge

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A white and blue color palette will have you thinking of the Mediterranean, but you’re actually in Buckhead. Go for the evening and unwind in the lively party atmosphere. If you’re looking for a zesty cocktail to kick off the evening, try the D’USSÉ Mule, a combination of the Cognac and ginger beer. The restaurant has a Mediterranean-inspired menu with seafood dishes like calamari and fried lobster mac and cheese.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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Chef Deborah VanTrece’s modern Southern restaurant is a gem in West Midtown. The cozy restaurant is casual but feels sleek with wood accents and streamlined decor. VanTrece’s dishes feature bold flavors and unique spins on classic soul-food tastes, like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and jerk-rubbed pork chop with mango risotto. Equally fresh are the restaurant’s cocktails. For example, My Favorite Hue is Bombay Blue is a light, summery sipper with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, Earl Grey tea, and a floral syrup. Try it on the patio for extra freshness.

Trap Music Museum

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T.I.’s ode to trap music, the genre that was born in Atlanta, is so much more than a museum. Yes, there are exhibits featuring visual artists and installations featuring musical artists, but there’s also a trap-themed escape room. On Thursdays, you can head into the music room for “Sip and Trap,” featuring DJs and cocktails, with complimentary champagne and a private guided tour of the museum. There’s also a bar that’s open Thursday through Sunday. Try out the escape room, and then calm down with the bar’s Port of Miami cocktail made with D’USSÉ Cognac, BACARDÍ Coconut, coconut syrup, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. The Trap Music Museum also works with community partners for programming, like the Juneteenth Virtual Mall, and recently organized the Atlanta Black Business Restoration Fund to help other Black-owned businesses rebuild.

The Gathering Spot

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The Gathering Spot is a private membership club for Black business owners, executives, and creatives. In normal times, the hub has open workspaces and meeting rooms, and there’s a full-service bar open on weekdays. Today, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests against police brutality, the Gathering Spot has become a hotspot for activism, virtually and IRL. The club recently raised $50,000 in community funds for businesses, and encouraged nearly half a million dollars in spending activity at Black-owned companies in just five days, thanks to its own social media campaign. If you find yourself there soon, order the Jessica Rabbit cocktail, created bartender Eric Nathan. It’s a sweet, slightly earthy blend of GREY GOOSE vodka, carrot juice, ginger syrup, mango nectar, and agave.

Suite Food Lounge

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The word “luxe” springs to mind when you enter Suite Food Lounge. The downtown hotspot features plush seating, ambient lighting, swanky rooftop, and a variety of entertainment experiences ranging from live jazz to comedy. When it comes to drinks, you can’t go wrong with the Downtown cocktail. It’s a blend of GREY GOOSE Le Melon, ginger beer, and lime juice, and leaves you feeling refreshed — particularly when you’re on the rooftop patio.

BQE Restaurant & Lounge

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Named after the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in NYC, BQE fuses together southern comfort food with edgy “New York”-style cocktails. The lounge feels intimate at night, but during the day it’s a bright spot for brunch. Make a reservation (it gets busy!) and head to the Edgewood Avenue spot for creative brunch dishes like red velvet waffles topped with fried chicken or the bananas foster French toast. You can order mimosas, but if you want something that packs more of a punch, try the Central Park Caipirinha. A fruity mix of BACARDÍ Superior, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, blue curaçao, and ginger beer, the cocktail is topped with strawberry syrup and garnished with mint, lime, and strawberries.

Old Lady Gang Castleberry

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Reality television made the Old Lady Gang —Joyce Jones, Bertha Jones and Nora Wilcox — famous, but Kandi Burruss-Tucker made their recipes accessible to everyone. Head to the vibrant Castleberry Hill neighborhood, just south of downtown, and you’ll find the original OLG. It’s a great spot to cool off and chow down on some classic southern food like Bertha’s fried chicken with macaroni and cheese. It’s also a great destination for inventive cocktails, like the Honey Bee (GREY GOOSE vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, honey, and lemonade). Pair it with Mama Sharon’s crabcakes (lump crab, corn relish, and remoulade) for a winning duo.

Pin & Proper

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Cocktails with a side of games? Look no further than Pin and Proper in Grant Park. While your summer evening away with refreshing cocktails, like the D’USSÉ Collins, and a rousing round or two of “Pinfall.” The game is a bowling-football hybrid and is as interesting as it sounds. If you get hungry, there are also bar treats, like pretzel bites, a variety of flatbreads, and sandwiches.

Fletcher's Place At Stonecrest

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The sports bar founded by Fletcher Penn offers casual confines for someone hungry for pub grub and looking to catch the game. Wet your whistle with the D’USSÉ margarita (instead of tequila, the base is Cognac) and chow down on hearty treats like the Philly cheese steak or the pan-seared catfish.

Old Lady Gang Camp Creek

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The second location of Old Lady Gang is found in Camp Creek, just southwest of the city. The space is smaller but maintains the same cool factor as the original. It’s light-filled during the day, making it a perfect brunch destination. If you want to make it a boozy brunch, try the GREY GOOSE Honey Bee cocktail.

Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

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Head to College Park for Virgil’s, whose owners trace their family roots to the Gullah Geechee people — a population descended from Central and West Africa, were enslaved on islands from the Carolinas to Florida, and have a long history of preserving ancestral traditions and foodways. The industrial space features dishes passed down through co-owner Gregory Smalls’s family, like fried rice with crab, fried shrimp, and okra soup. You can also order the Uppity Old Fashioned, featuring D’USSÉ Cognac, bitters, and vermouth, and sip it alongside the sammen balls (fried salmon croquettes with geecheeboi sauce).

IceBar Lounge & Restaurant

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Night owls seeking libations in a trendy spot: look no further than IceBar, just south of downtown. There are bites, but it’s all about the drinks (and fishbowls) here. If you’re not sure where to start, you can’t go wrong with the Mango Tango Punch with BACARDÍ Mango, peach schnapps, orange juice, and lemonade.

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Copper Cove Restaurant & Bistro

Found in Buckhead, Copper Cove has an undeniably cool vibe. It might be the combination of a neon sign above the stage that says “love me or leave me alone,” the East Coast hip-hop influences throughout, and the dimly lit atmosphere. The lounge-restaurant serves Southern eats (think D’USSÉ chicken and waffles) and has a killer cocktail menu. Keep it cool with the Copper Cove Martini; the drink is sweet and citrusy with D’USSÉ Cognac, orange liqueur, and orange and lemon juices. 

Lily White Atlanta

At Buckhead’s Lily White, guests can enjoy Mediterranean and Persian flavors in a stylish setting that includes a blue-hued bar. Expect lots of bright flavors, especially in the cocktails. This is especially the case in the Yalda, a simple yet potent concoction of GREY GOOSE, pomegranate, and pineapple. It goes excellently with a mezze spread of hummus, labneh, fattoush (tomato and cucumber salad with bread), and harissa-glazed wings.

Atlantis Restaurant & Lounge

A white and blue color palette will have you thinking of the Mediterranean, but you’re actually in Buckhead. Go for the evening and unwind in the lively party atmosphere. If you’re looking for a zesty cocktail to kick off the evening, try the D’USSÉ Mule, a combination of the Cognac and ginger beer. The restaurant has a Mediterranean-inspired menu with seafood dishes like calamari and fried lobster mac and cheese.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Chef Deborah VanTrece’s modern Southern restaurant is a gem in West Midtown. The cozy restaurant is casual but feels sleek with wood accents and streamlined decor. VanTrece’s dishes feature bold flavors and unique spins on classic soul-food tastes, like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and jerk-rubbed pork chop with mango risotto. Equally fresh are the restaurant’s cocktails. For example, My Favorite Hue is Bombay Blue is a light, summery sipper with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, Earl Grey tea, and a floral syrup. Try it on the patio for extra freshness.

Trap Music Museum

T.I.’s ode to trap music, the genre that was born in Atlanta, is so much more than a museum. Yes, there are exhibits featuring visual artists and installations featuring musical artists, but there’s also a trap-themed escape room. On Thursdays, you can head into the music room for “Sip and Trap,” featuring DJs and cocktails, with complimentary champagne and a private guided tour of the museum. There’s also a bar that’s open Thursday through Sunday. Try out the escape room, and then calm down with the bar’s Port of Miami cocktail made with D’USSÉ Cognac, BACARDÍ Coconut, coconut syrup, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. The Trap Music Museum also works with community partners for programming, like the Juneteenth Virtual Mall, and recently organized the Atlanta Black Business Restoration Fund to help other Black-owned businesses rebuild.

The Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot is a private membership club for Black business owners, executives, and creatives. In normal times, the hub has open workspaces and meeting rooms, and there’s a full-service bar open on weekdays. Today, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests against police brutality, the Gathering Spot has become a hotspot for activism, virtually and IRL. The club recently raised $50,000 in community funds for businesses, and encouraged nearly half a million dollars in spending activity at Black-owned companies in just five days, thanks to its own social media campaign. If you find yourself there soon, order the Jessica Rabbit cocktail, created bartender Eric Nathan. It’s a sweet, slightly earthy blend of GREY GOOSE vodka, carrot juice, ginger syrup, mango nectar, and agave.

Suite Food Lounge

The word “luxe” springs to mind when you enter Suite Food Lounge. The downtown hotspot features plush seating, ambient lighting, swanky rooftop, and a variety of entertainment experiences ranging from live jazz to comedy. When it comes to drinks, you can’t go wrong with the Downtown cocktail. It’s a blend of GREY GOOSE Le Melon, ginger beer, and lime juice, and leaves you feeling refreshed — particularly when you’re on the rooftop patio.

BQE Restaurant & Lounge

Named after the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in NYC, BQE fuses together southern comfort food with edgy “New York”-style cocktails. The lounge feels intimate at night, but during the day it’s a bright spot for brunch. Make a reservation (it gets busy!) and head to the Edgewood Avenue spot for creative brunch dishes like red velvet waffles topped with fried chicken or the bananas foster French toast. You can order mimosas, but if you want something that packs more of a punch, try the Central Park Caipirinha. A fruity mix of BACARDÍ Superior, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, blue curaçao, and ginger beer, the cocktail is topped with strawberry syrup and garnished with mint, lime, and strawberries.

Old Lady Gang Castleberry

Reality television made the Old Lady Gang —Joyce Jones, Bertha Jones and Nora Wilcox — famous, but Kandi Burruss-Tucker made their recipes accessible to everyone. Head to the vibrant Castleberry Hill neighborhood, just south of downtown, and you’ll find the original OLG. It’s a great spot to cool off and chow down on some classic southern food like Bertha’s fried chicken with macaroni and cheese. It’s also a great destination for inventive cocktails, like the Honey Bee (GREY GOOSE vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, honey, and lemonade). Pair it with Mama Sharon’s crabcakes (lump crab, corn relish, and remoulade) for a winning duo.

Pin & Proper

Cocktails with a side of games? Look no further than Pin and Proper in Grant Park. While your summer evening away with refreshing cocktails, like the D’USSÉ Collins, and a rousing round or two of “Pinfall.” The game is a bowling-football hybrid and is as interesting as it sounds. If you get hungry, there are also bar treats, like pretzel bites, a variety of flatbreads, and sandwiches.

Fletcher's Place At Stonecrest

The sports bar founded by Fletcher Penn offers casual confines for someone hungry for pub grub and looking to catch the game. Wet your whistle with the D’USSÉ margarita (instead of tequila, the base is Cognac) and chow down on hearty treats like the Philly cheese steak or the pan-seared catfish.

Old Lady Gang Camp Creek

The second location of Old Lady Gang is found in Camp Creek, just southwest of the city. The space is smaller but maintains the same cool factor as the original. It’s light-filled during the day, making it a perfect brunch destination. If you want to make it a boozy brunch, try the GREY GOOSE Honey Bee cocktail.

Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

Head to College Park for Virgil’s, whose owners trace their family roots to the Gullah Geechee people — a population descended from Central and West Africa, were enslaved on islands from the Carolinas to Florida, and have a long history of preserving ancestral traditions and foodways. The industrial space features dishes passed down through co-owner Gregory Smalls’s family, like fried rice with crab, fried shrimp, and okra soup. You can also order the Uppity Old Fashioned, featuring D’USSÉ Cognac, bitters, and vermouth, and sip it alongside the sammen balls (fried salmon croquettes with geecheeboi sauce).

IceBar Lounge & Restaurant

Night owls seeking libations in a trendy spot: look no further than IceBar, just south of downtown. There are bites, but it’s all about the drinks (and fishbowls) here. If you’re not sure where to start, you can’t go wrong with the Mango Tango Punch with BACARDÍ Mango, peach schnapps, orange juice, and lemonade.

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