by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
There is no better way to see Atlanta than from a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand. And lucky for city-dwellers, the drinking-on-top-of-buildings trend has continued to skyrocket the last few years. Whether you're looking for a rooftop bar with a pool (!) or a second-story patio that features gourmand-friendly eats, these romantic, hip and fabulous Atlanta rooftop bars are a perfect destination during the warm weather months.
Updated: September 07, 2010
More of a second-floor patio than a skyscraper, the views and sounds of the train give JCT a Southern-fried urban feeling. During the summer months, look for cocktail and app specials, along with live acoustic singer-songwriters.
This is a long way from Fado's former cozy pub location off Peachtree, but who cares?! Bar too crowded? No problem. Head up two flights to the beautiful (and spacious) rooftop patio and bar. We suggest this as a happy hour complete with the special small plates menu.
Lodged on West Peachtree in the heart of Midtown, Hotel Palomar's rooftop jewel, AltoRex, boasts three separate environments channeling the elements of earth, wind, and fire. A bevy of tented cabanas and bars increase the chances of the fun going into the late hours.
The hotel responsible for Atlanta's rooftop trend, this bar will make you instantly fall in love with the city. And if you don't, you need to check your pulse. Sitting in and among the skyscrapers, the Glenn's sprawling views of downtown and its weekend party scene make this bar equal parts hip and romantic.
Sitting atop the W on Peachtree, Whiskey Blue is Buckhead nightlife at its finest, drawing a new-money clientele that's always dolled-up. This indoor-outdoor bar goes the way of the modern luxury design, and its patio features sectioned off, cozy cabana seating and heat lamps if the temps begin to drop.