Controversial opinion: big cities are absolutely beautiful. Sure, they get a reputation for being overcrowded with lots of trash and little greenery, but what makes cities special are how each piece tells a unique story. The work and the planning that went into making skyscrapers that seem to reach to the stars, bridges that have withstood the test of time, and monuments built to honor some of the most important historical events—what could be more amazing? The peace of nature is stunning, and of course there’s a time and place for enjoying it, but there’s something about knowing millions of people from different backgrounds and cultures have set foot where you are right now that really puts you in touch with humankind.
Atlanta is one of the most unique and interesting cities in the country, but perhaps one of the most underrated of the USA’s capital cities. From classic Southern soul food to quirky artsy shops in Little Five Points, there’s something here for everyone.
Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just starting to scope out Atlanta apartments for rent, it’s time you saw the city through fresh eyes. And, there’s no better way to see what the city has to offer than to get a view from the top. Head to one of the amazing rooftop bars in Atlanta with your friends or family and take in the sights in a new way. Here are a few of the best spots for rooftop drinks and dining in Atlanta.
The rooftop bar at the historic Hotel Clermont is a dreamy little vintage paradise above Atlanta. An Astroturf terrace gives you the feeling that you’re no longer in the city, and the retro vibes give you the feeling that you’re no longer in the 21st century. The view from the quaint rooftop bar is one of the best in the city. For the best sights, visit around dusk as the sun sets over Atlanta—you won’t be sorry. If vintage vibes and a piece of local history are what you’re after, this is the spot for you.
SkyLounge gives you the same great views as other bars on this list with the benefits of both an outdoor terrace and covered rooftop section, perfect for those warm, rainy days. SkyLounge is perfect for just about any event, providing a stunning backdrop of the city and truly Instagrammable decor. Located above the Glenn Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, SkyLounge is the perfect spot for your next bachelorette party or guy’s night out.
RT60 Rooftop Bar
Located above Downtown Atlanta’s Reverb by Hard Rock, RT60 is one of the best spots in town to take in a live DJ or band while enjoying a cocktail with friends. It is just a quick walk away from Mercedes Benz Stadium, making it the ideal stop for a bite before a Falcons game. If you’re adventurous with your drink selections, be sure to try the Extra Hot Rita during your next visit.
The rooftop bar at Virtue in Midtown is one of the swankiest spots in Atlanta. Located above 5Church Atlanta, a casual yet chic dining spot, Virtue is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends on a weekend or grab a drink with your partner after work.
Only two stories above the street, you might think you won’t be getting a great view of the city, but you’d be astounded at the atmosphere and how far you can see across Midtown. With moody lighting and comfortable, low seating to create intimate conversation areas, what’s not to love about Virtue?
Just above the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, you’ll find St. Julep—a cute, colorful bar with mid-century modern touches. From the terrazzo bartop to the colorful glass vases and art, you’ll instantly feel uplifted by the fun decor. The view of Buckhead, one of the most chic neighborhoods in Atlanta, is positively to die for. St. Julep has both an indoor and outdoor area of the rooftop, so you can keep the party going all night, no matter the time of year.
If you’re looking for a little Southern charm on your night on the town, look no further than Drawbar. Located above the Bellyard, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in West Midtown Atlanta, Drawbar is one of the best rooftop bars in Atlanta for both drinks, amazing sights, and delicious Southern cuisine. This stylish spot has everything from fried chicken to battered okra to shrimp and grits. If you’re looking to drink, dine, and take in a gorgeous view, this may just be the best spot in Atlanta.