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5 Spots for Creative Cocktails

2 September 2015

In Atlanta, we have a fine list of bars and restaurants with fabulous (and overwhelmingly inventive) mixologists concocting some of the best sips in the South. These days, it’s hard to go wrong when sidling up to the baror perusing the cocktail menu at a local restaurant. When sipping on the town, you can always count on these trusty five.

Atlanta newbie, American Food and Beverage, lives up to its name with a diverse beverage list full of clever cocktails. If sweet and sparkling is your drinking style, you’ll enjoy this list, which is full of saccharine sips. Take for instance, the Southern Made, created with Sweet Tea Vodka, mint, fresh lemon juice, cane sugar and club soda. Food wise, you’ve got your pick of tasty American dishes (everything from steaks, salads, and stews to Southern-inspired plates like braised pork shank with grits, fried chicken, and North Carolina trout).

The gleaming bar is a focal point at Buckhead Atlanta’s The Southern Gentleman. The gorgeous gastropub has been gaining buzz around the community for its country-cool vibes and its list of poppable small plates—Louisiana Parish meat pies, pickled Gulf shrimp, hoppin’ John boudin balls with warm pepper jelly. On the drinks front, the lineup is a handsome one with cocktails that blend classic ingredients with more foreign ones. With the beginnings of fall, we’re leaning toward drinks like the Grit & Grace (which seems to have one foot in summer, the other in fall). The cocktail blends rye, lemon and mint with apricot liqueur.

Photo by The Southern Gentleman

Photo by The Southern Gentleman

Marietta’s spacious Southern eatery, Seed Kitchen & Bar, serves beautiful country dishes with a modern twist. Whether you settle in for weekend brunch or a hearty evening meal, it’s a well-crafted crowd pleaser. Prefer pairing your hickory smoked bone-in pork chop (with pimento cheese polenta) with something a little stronger than sweet tea? No prob. This Doug Turbish-owned concept has its fair share of boozy beverages too. If you’re sticking with the Southern theme, go with the flavorful Where There’s Smoke cocktail with Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, lemon, cucumber and barbecue bitters!

True, it’s exciting to head to the movie theatre and indulge on Shrimp Mac and Cheese while you settle into a comfy seat. But what really makes the experience at Brookhaven’s CineBistro super fun are the theatre’s cocktails. Go classy with a sip on the Martini list, or order from the Rocks, Tall or Mojitos lists. The snazzy Southbound is especially fun (in the Rocks section) with 1800 Tequila, Campari, lemon, grapefruit, agave syrup and tarragon.

When all of us in-towners are in the Roswell area, we like stopping in at Foundation Social Eatery for its stylish surrounds, farm fresh eats, and of course, delicious cocktail list. Run by Chef Mel Toledo (previously of Bacchanalia), the housemade pastas, charcuterie selection (which includes a housemade country loaf) and appetizers are outside of the ordinary. The same can be said for the cocktails, which make up the “Strong Pours” on the cocktail list. Try a drink with some punch, like the Lion’s Roar (with High West Double Rye, lime juice, allspice dram and bitters).

Like these sips? Click here for a Makan’s Seoul Slinger cocktail and here for Ford Fry’s Superita margarita recipe.

Sip smart: Please drink responsibly and call up a designated driver, a taxi or your favorite driving service before hitting the town.