A million people are headed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl so getting a good drink might take a little effort. We at the Southern Weekend think if you’re going to stand in line for a beverage it better be worth it. Here now is our list of Atlanta’s best libations—some for adults, some for everyone, all of them delicious.
Ticonderoga Club is an all around great restaurant—they’ve got amazing food, creative cocktails, and we can personally attest that they’ve have some of the friendliest waitstaff in the city. This place is the brainchild of Atlanta cocktail titans Paul Calvert and Greg best and it shows. You can ask any of their talented bartenders what to drink or just trust us and get the signature Ticonderoga Cup. This potent and refreshing mixture of rum, cognac, sherry, and various citrus juices is served with in a hammered bronze cup with a mint garnish and chipped ice. What we’re trying to say here is it’s perfect.
Atlanta is full of swanky bars and white table cloth restaurants but if you want to class it up, we think you should go to Ink. This cocktail and caviar bar is an extension of 8arm, one of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Head here for an intimate and relaxed experience and let beverage director Joshua Fryer and his team of booze magicians show you what they’re best at. The grey and black interior soft lighting and frequently changing cocktail list will distract you from the hustle and bustle of Poncey Highlands right outside the door.
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For this week’s #TalesOfAle, I got to taste the @mondaynight (Monday Night Brewing) Pareo. I visited the brewery on a lovely fall day to enjoy this #nitro #paleale that has a smooth velvety finish as a nitro should have. It has beautiful hints of pineapple and a happy flavor of mango that all sits well on a hazy and well bodied ale body that makes this a great beer for the sun and cool fall breeze around. Packing a tame 4.7% in alcohol by volume, this beer is great to sip all afternoon while enjoying the day with friends. Cheers! #daydrinking #beer #ale #mango #pineapple #smooth #atlanta #georgia #craftbeer #brewery #saturday #weekend #friends
Is beer more your speed? Well Atlanta’s got you covered there as well. Monday Night Brewing has one of the best year-round beer list offerings in the state and their Black Tie limited release beers are even better. Head to the West Midtown location to enjoy one of Atlanta’s great patios as well as their giant projector screen. But if you have tickets to the big game you’ll want to stop by the Monday Night Garage on the West Side Beltline, a mere two miles from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Bon Ton is another Southern Weekend favorite that knows the value of a good cup. Instead of a Williams-Sonoma ready serving vessel, though, Bon Ton keeps it casual with their frozen drinks served in a color changing cup—purple when it’s cold, pink when you’re all done. The cartoon cat on the side is an added bonus. Since we love the South, we recommend you stick with the Bourbon Street classic Vietnamese Frozen Coffee but the frozen Pimm’s Cup will garner you plenty of Instagram likes. Want a warmer Southern concoction? Bon Ton has a Vieux Carré on draft that’ll make any day feel like Mardi Gras.
Have you ever gone to bar to watch a game and it’s on some faraway TV angled away from you with the sound on mute? Never going to happen at The Battery. This massive sports bar complex is the single best bat to watch a game because not only do they have a TV the size of a movie theater screen, the place has dozens of other screens to let you monitor whatever other games might be on. And, oh yea, it’s next door to Suntrust Park so if you enjoy your Super Bowl experience you’ll have to come back for a Braves game.
Boozy beverages not your speed? Want a non-alcoholic drink for grown ups that isn’t LaCroix? Donetto is the place for you. Donetto’s owner, Steve Palmer, is an advocate for those struggling with alcoholism and addiction and, thus, has created a delicious menu of beverages that anyone can enjoy. The Cinnamon & Grapefruit Soda sounds like a perfect wintertime concoction but you can’t go wrong with anything on the zero proof menu.
We can’t write an Atlanta best food list without mentioning Buford Highway so this time we’d like to turn your attention to Tea House Formosa. They have plenty of food here but you should focus on the staggeringly beautiful—and delicious!—tea based drinks. You can stick with a classic pot of Taiwanese tea of have fun with their giant selection of bubble teas, buttercream teas, the matcha lattea, or any other of their Instagram worthy creations.
The grey cold days of February are peak time for seasonal affective disorder so why not make your drink choice something a little… brighter. Atlanta is wealthy with tiki bars and S.O.S. is the Southern Weekend’s pick for a tropical evening. S.O.S. is the perfect balance of kitsch—you can drink out of a dang seashell—and actually great cocktails. Plus you can literally make your drink choices brighter with their famous flaming Mai Tai.
The Porter Beer Bar is one of the best beer bars in the country, full stop. Their thoughtfully curated draft list and expertly run cellar attracts both beer connoisseurs and some of the world’s best breweries for limited releases and collaborations. Beer neophytes need not worry though, the staff here is friendly and the beer list has plenty of accessible options. Don’t expect to watch the game here—there isn’t a single TV in this cozy brown bar. Do expect to have a great time.
Want to keep things a little classy during this weekend of debauchery? Then head on out to Stem Wine Bar in Marietta. This place has one of the most extensive and well-maintained bottle lists in the country and a whole team of sommeliers to find you the perfect vintage. There’s no TVs here either but you won’t care when you’ve got a nice pinot and maybe some charcuterie in front of you.
It’s the day after the game. You’re a little groggy from celebrating the win or mourning the loss. What now? We say head to Taproom in Kirkwood. They’ve have fantastic offerings for all of your standard coffee drinks but where they really shine is when the hops get involved. Taproom cold steeps both coffee and tea on a house blend of hops to create funky, delicious beverages you absolutely cannot find anywhere else. Both drinks are non-alcoholic so you can grab them Monday morning on your way out of town.