If your cocktail game is stuck in a rut, there are several new places around metro Atlanta to try (and a few that are on their way).
Apron and Overdrive Lounge. Part of the Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel that opened late last year, this restaurant and cocktail lounge offer signature cocktails with local spirits such as ASW Fiddler bourbon and Old Fourth Ward vodka, a diverse wine list including French, Spanish, Italian and California selections and a beer list with local crafts such as Queen’s Weiss from Hapeville neighbor Arches Brewing.
2 Porsche Drive, Atlanta. 470-466-3300, solis2porschedrive.com.
Chai Yo. This Thai restaurant's cocktail menu features drinks made using Thai-influenced ingredients including butterfly pea flower, lychee, lemongrass and kaffir lime. Beer, wine, cider and sake are also on the beverage list. 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta.chaiyoatl.com
The Expat. Former H. Harper Station owner Jerry Slater opened this Athens cocktail bar and restaurant this spring. Look for "stirred and boozy, sophisticated cocktails, whiskey and rum on the rocks and wine with vinyl records,"along with food from Savannah Sasser, formerly of Hampton + Hudson and Twain’s.
1680 S. Lumpkin St., Athens. 706-521-5041, theexpatathens.com.
Lingering Shade. This long-awaited cocktail bar is finally open in Irwin Street Market along the Beltline Eastside Trail. Look for classic cocktails, 10 beers on tap and a selection of Southern appetizers including boiled peanuts.
660 Irwin St., Atlanta. 678-215-6776, lingeringshade.com/
Paper Crane. Open since late 2017, the cocktail bar from the team behind Staplehouse is located in the restaurant's upstairs space and features a rotating cocktail list with five or six drinks (including a sparkling Negroni).
541 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 505-524-5005, instagram.com/papercranelounge/?hl=en
The Parlor at RFD Social.The Parlor, an extension of the 10th floor indoor lobby at Ponce City Market's roof, recently opened and features a 77-seat public bar area and lounge designed with European-inspired finishes such as reclaimed vintage French chandeliers and manipulated 1920s photography. The space also offers early century style games including bumper pool, tabletop shuffle board and an antique poker table. Open to the public during Skyline Park’s regular hours, the expanded lobby area will also be available for private event bookings.
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.
The Painted Duck. The duckpin bowling alley serves up signature and classic cocktails, artisanal wines by the glass and local and craft beer. The Frosted Duck L’Orange, inspired by the Varsity’s Frosted Orange, is spun-up with vodka, coconut milk, orange soda, lemon and lime juice, orange flower water and vanilla. And there are two signature cocktails on draft.
976 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. 404-352-0048, thepaintedduckatl.com.
Public Kitchen & Bar. The first Atlanta location of the Savannah-based restaurant group offers a variety of craft cocktails including the Savannah Panhandler (Virgil Kane Robber Baron rye, lemon juice, ginger gastrique and spiced honey) and Bramble On (Dixie vodka or Four Roses bourbon, St. Germain, giffard creme de cassis d'anjou, blueberries and lemon juice), an extensive wine list and a selection of beers to go along with its lengthy lunch and dinner menus.
Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-900-7799, thepublickitchen.com/
Recess. With warm weather finally on the way, we're looking forward to sipping on the rotating, seasonal frozen cocktail from this new Krog Street Market spot that also offers wine, beer, juices and smoothies on its "healthy-ish" menu.
Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. 404-480-4866, recessatl.com.
Keep an eye out for:
The James Room. Missy and Kristin Koefod, founders of 18.21 Bitters, are opening a new cocktail and coffee bar on the Eastside Beltline this spring in the SPX Alley complex at 659 Auburn Ave.