6 Must-Visit Atlanta Rooftop Bars

Everything looks better up on the roof.
  • You definitely will want pictures on top of the roof at Ponce City Market.
    You definitely will want pictures on top of the roof at Ponce City Market.
  • Gypsy Kitchen is a fun place to enjoy Spanish treats. (Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen)
    Gypsy Kitchen is a fun place to enjoy Spanish treats. (Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen)
  • O-Ku, on Howell Mill Road, offers a rooftop change of pace. (Photo by Heidi Geldhauser)
    O-Ku, on Howell Mill Road, offers a rooftop change of pace. (Photo by Heidi Geldhauser)

Atlanta is a city of trees, beautiful people, great restaurants and bars, and skylines – more than one. And, when you mix them all together you become one of the beautiful people enjoying the views from a rooftop bar while sipping a craft cocktail and eating tapas. Here are some of our favorite rooftop bars.

1. O-Ku

Located on Howell Mill Road, O-Ku presents authentic Asian cuisine with a Southern approach. Chef Jackie Change brings in the freshest fish from around the world as well as local sustainable sources. With a rooftop patio featuring a picturesque view of the Atlanta skyline, O-Ku serves up a dynamic menu of rolls, including the crunch roll and dragon roll, hamachi carpaccio and lobster temaki rolls. Drink it down with a glass of frosé, composed of rosé, rum and peach nectar.

2. The Roof at Ponce City Market

The Roof at Ponce City Market offers the most fun a roof can offer with vintage amusement park games at Skyline Park and libation offerings ranging from local beers to craft cocktails such as the Skyline Mule. Head over to Nine Mile Station where bar manager Randy Hayden is mixing up a variety of cocktails such as the Lolo 2.0 and the Tiki Negroni to pair with the elevated beer garden fare.

3. 5 Church

There are a lot of reasons to go to 5 Church. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, the Southern-inspired food and extensive wine and beer list put a smile on every diner’s face. Some of our favorites are the charred octopus, wild mushroom flatbread, chicken ‘n waffles, and the crab cake sandwich. But the best part is the large rooftop lounge and bar. Located right on Peachtree Street, 5Church’s rooftop bar allows you to see Midtown and Downtown to your left and Buckhead on your right. A perfect view.

4. Gypsy Kitchen

At Gypsy Kitchen, you can enjoy the culinary riches of Spain that are infused with Moroccan and Indian influences while overlooking Buckhead. Try the seafood paella, lamb kefta tagine or embutidos. Gypsy Kitchen’s happy hour is among the best in the city with rotating wine vintages and tapas.

5. The Regent Cocktail Club

Located above American Cut in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, The Regent Cocktail Club offers a beautiful view of Buckhead to enjoy while sampling from a variety of craft cocktails and whiskey. The club also offer live music and light bites.

6. Whiskey Blue Atlanta

Whiskey Blue Atlanta, located in the W Hotel in Buckhead, is pure glamour and glitz. Boasting two outdoor terraces with magnificent views of Buckhead and Lenox Square from one side and of Midtown on the other, Whiskey Blue has a vibe unlike any other. Upping the “cool” vibe is a private glass elevator that brings you to the roof and puts you into a contemporary version of a vintage Palm Springs retreat. There is 1970s' glamour with starlight and dynamic visuals reflected in polished stainless steel panels. The lounge is perfect for star-gazing (Hollywood ones as well as those in the sky) signature cocktails and light fare, and dancing to the DJ’s music.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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