Atlanta After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

Atlanta After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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If you want a drink, you're in the right city. We've got everything: quiet places where you can confer with knowledgeable mixologists about a still-under-the-radar Italian liqueur; rowdy joints that beg ya to throw back some cold ones with friends.

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    The food at this new Buckhead Atlanta spot skews Spanish, but what's really got the crowds excited are the drinks. It's a rare night at Gypsy Kitchen when the wraparound bar isn't packed with groups of girls'-night-outers sharing Spanish reds or cocktails (often on the sweeter side) under the watchful gaze of a vigilant toro statue.
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    The bartenders at this Buckhead Atlanta space (which shares a kitchen and management team with the neighboring Gypsy Kitchen) will tell you they're going for a "more accessible Holeman & Finch," and that's kinda the vibe you get — craft cocktails, seasonal ingredients and classed-up pub grub alongside surprising elements, like a spotlight on the liqueur Chartreuse.
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    In a town dominated by restaurants that happen to have great bars, Grain stands out as a new place that's resolutely a bar — just one that happens to also have great food. The new Midtown spot's a collaborative effort from the teams behind the neighboring Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Buckhead's Seven Lamps.
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    Ornate French accents and midcentury American steakhouse vibes collide in this sexy, opulent spot from restaurateur Ford Fry. The restaurant's bar turns out cocktails both classic and contemporary, and that wine list's not too shabby either.
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    This new spot proves we've moved past the trend of old-timey bartenders serving up "tinctures" and "potions" and big glasses of tired effect. The team behind Victory Sandwich Bar and Paper Plane (RIP) instead opts for a neo-noir, futuristic vibe: concrete, dim lights, hard lines and tasty Asian-inspired snacks alongside solid drinks.
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    When some of the best bartenders in the city open up a spot in one of the buzziest food halls in the Southeast, that gets people's attention. Top-notch drinks, excellent food and a charmingly intimate, clubby  vibe make for a great place for a drink.
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    Restaurateur Ford Fry hinted that this Inman Park spot would be a spin-off of Westside's soaring seafood restaurant The Optimist, but Beetlecat's so much more. While the main dining room and oyster bar area upstairs is a nautically themed homage to all things seaside, the downstairs bar's got the action  — decked out in carpeting and with kitschy decor, it brings '70s-era pleasure dens to mind.
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    The whole restaurant — located on the second floor overlooking Ponce City Market's main food hall atrium — is an homage to classic midcentury Americana decor and cuisine. The massive double-sided bar turns out stellar cocktails that are as potent as they are flavorful.
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    Sad cries went up when it was announced Paper Plane was closing last year! But its replacement, from the same team behind Victory Sandwich Bar, has brought folks around to the lighthearted tiki approach. With a focus squarely on cocktails and small bites, this is where classic Americana and exotica meet up in a satisfying way.
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    Restaurateur Justin Anthony's South African empire expands: from 10º South and Yebo, to Cape Dutch and now this Ponce City Market bar. It's one of the few spots in the main food hall where you can drink. The name comes from the traditional cured meat — think of it as a heartier beef jerky, or a solid bresaola.
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