Long summer days that stretch into long summer nights call for relaxing on a patio with a cool refreshment (and maybe some snacks). Whether you want to sit somewhere above the city and take in sweeping views, or stay more grounded, there’s a patio for everyone. Here are our picks for the best patios around Atlanta.
Let’s take it from the top. If you’re looking for a view from above, you can’t beat the roof at Hotel Clermont in Poncey-Highland. The boutique hotel opened a year ago and locals and travelers still haven’t stopped flocking to its rooftop with AstroTurf and colorful tables. Kick off your shoes, grab a Tiki drink from the bar and enjoy the panoramic views of Midtown. It’s especially magical at twilight when the sun sinks and the classic neon Hotel Clermont radio tower flickers on.
While you’re in the neighborhood, visit The Roof at Ponce City Market. It’s higher, so the views are even more intense, and you can’t beat the carnival games and festive atmosphere. If you get hungry, quell those pangs at Nine Mile Station, which specializes in snackable items like the meat and cheese board and the mixed grill with hanger steak, bratwurst and veggies, as well as craft cocktails.
If you want something with less fuss, head to Six Feet Under in Grant Park where you can slurp back oysters while overlooking Oakland Cemetery and the city, or hang out at the restaurant's Westside rooftop patio.
Classic patio seekers will delight in the one at Muchacho in Reynoldstown. Ensconced from busy Memorial Drive by plants, the vibe feels more like a tropical oasis. Enjoy the breakfast tacos and an espresso on one of the plush seats for a fantastic start to the day. The BeltLine’s eastside trail runs behind the restaurant, making it super convenient to get your sweat on after.
Over in Midtown, Cypress Street Pint and Plate has plenty of space for people looking to soak up the sun while chowing down on pub grub (like those famous sweet potato nachos). Bonus points for offering half-off appetizers on weekdays from 5-7 pm.
Fun and games
Some places offer more than just outdoor seating. For example, The Optimist on the Westside has a darling outdoor environment with picnic table-dotted AstroTurf and a putting green.
Similarly, Empire State South in Midtown is a pleasant surprise found in an office-building courtyard. Here, there’s bocce ball and lounge chairs to help you relax, unwind and forget the frenzy of the city.