The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Midtown Atlanta

Treat yourself to a fancy cocktail at one of these Midtown bars.
  • In the back of City Winery, find ABV, a speakeasy with great cocktails and small bites.
    In the back of City Winery, find ABV, a speakeasy with great cocktails and small bites.
  • The blackberry mojito at Public School 404 is well-balanced and pretty.
    The blackberry mojito at Public School 404 is well-balanced and pretty.
  • Party on the rooftop at The Garden at Community Smith.
    Party on the rooftop at The Garden at Community Smith.
  • Grain Bar is an excellent choice for late night cocktails in the heart of Midtown
    Grain Bar is an excellent choice for late night cocktails in the heart of Midtown
  • Head to swanky Bar Margot for a special occasion and sip on excellent cocktails.
    Head to swanky Bar Margot for a special occasion and sip on excellent cocktails.

You can always drink beer or wine at home. So when you head out, treat yourself to a well-made cocktail. Here are my 10 picks for the best cocktail bars in Midtown. 

Image courtesy of Celeste Carson
Image courtesy of Celeste Carson and ABV

  1. ABV at City Winery 
    650 North Avenue NE #101
    Who isn’t enamored with Ponce City Market? Unique shops, creative dining, a rooftop with stunning views and carnival games? But it is made even better with City Winery’s semi-speakeasy ABV. ABV is a fantastic destination whether or not you are seeing a show at City Winery. To find it, walk through the concert venue all the way to the back and enter through the stained glass doors. 

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    Image courtesy of Don Riddle and Bar Margot

  2. Bar Margot
    75 14th St NE
    Located inside the Four Seasons hotel, you’ll find well-executed dishes, fantastic cocktails, and a swanky vibe for locals and visitors. 
    Cocktail of Choice: The Gin Margot, Bar Margot’s twist on a gin and tonic. It is incredibly refreshing, yet strong enough that you’ll feel the alcohol kick in. 

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    Image courtesy of Garden at Community Smith

  3. Garden at Community Smith 
    866 West Peachtree Street NW
    High atop the Renaissance Hotel, a green oasis with beautiful potted plants and small trees is worth finding. The spot is perfect for a party or intimate gathering.
    Cocktail of Choice: Get the Westside, a crafted concoction of mezcal, Cointreau, strawberry, mint and balsamic reduction or the New American Zombie made of Bulleit Bourbon, St. Germain, pear brandy and ginger.

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    Image courtesy of Establishment

  4. Establishment 
    1197 Peachtree St NE #517
    If you are looking for a see and be seen kind of spot, Establishment it is.
    Cocktail of Choice: The Gin Margot, A Corpse Reviver was delicious as was a Manhattan, expertly executed. The unique low-alcohol fizzy drinks like raspberry gin fizz are good alternatives for those looking for low gravity cocktails. 

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    Image courtesy of Foxtrot
  5. Foxtrot 
    45 13th St NE
    In the heart of Midtown is Foxtrot Liquor Bar. The houndstooth-decorated bar has a small but decadent menu. The cocktail list progresses from "Bright and Lively" to "Herbal Remedies" to "Stranger Things."
    Cocktail of Choice: Start with the Life on Mars, a gin-based drink with orgeat and Earl Grey bitters, or, if you like fruity, get the Spruce Goose with gin and pineapple.

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    Image courtesy of The Lawrence

  6. The Lawrence
    17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
    Upscale southern cuisine never tasted so delicious in this contemporary styled restaurant with cool vibes and friendly locals.  
    Cocktail of Choice: Lady Lawrence or GA Mint Julep 

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    Image courtesy of Park Tavern

  7. Park Tavern 
    500 10th St NE
    Overlooking Piedmont Park, Park Tavern is a favorite spot for millennials. With a large open space for concerts, it is a popular destination on weekends. Cocktails like the lemon basil shrub or the Yellowtail with white cranberry juice and cucumber liqueur are interesting. Make sure to get one of the double patty burgers and order it juicy.

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    Image courtesy of Edgar's Proof and Provision
     
  8. Edgar's Proof and Provision
    659 Peachtree St NE
    With an array of tasty snacks (think charcuterie, smoked wings, sandwiches and pizzas), this is a hidden gem for cocktails before or after a show at the Fox Theatre.
    Cocktail of Choice: Order The Business with gin, blood orange, nutmeg and egg white or the Cartel Cocktail if you enjoy mezcal. Note that the bar is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but open until 2 a.m. on weekends. 

  9. Empire State South
    999 Peachtree St
    The Margaret Mitchell House adjacent restaurant and bar features a bocce ball court and Instagram-worthy patio best suited for warmer weather. But the sophisticated wooden interior and decor are also worthy of a few photos.
    Cocktail of Choice: The Gold Cycle or Garden Hour
  10. Tapa Tapa
    931 Monroe Dr NE
    Tucked away in Midtown’s Promenade shopping center just steps from Piedmont Park is this tapas restaurant. Cocktails are reasonably priced at just about $10 each. 
    Cocktail of Choice: The Cucumber Collins or Spanish Negroni. 

Get to know Atlanta's bar scene whether you're visiting or looking for inspiration for your next night out. Cheers!

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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