There’s still plenty of time left in the summer season to take advantage of Atlanta’s awesome rooftop scene. And since it’s later in the season, your chances of catching that perfect breeze versus a humid gust or an unexpected thunderstorm are great. To help you along on your rooftop circuit – we’ve curated our own list of some of our faves. If you happen to check them out – lets us know what you thought.
Miami meets Mexico with cocktails and small plates above the BeltLine
Upstairs at the Parisian-styled market Bazati, Estrella serves up a Latin-American vibe that’s part Miami nightlife and part Yucatan flavors Wednesday through Sunday. The brilliant white interior, with teal floral floor tiling and woven brown chairs, provides a high-energy brightness that complements the skyline sprouting from Atlanta’s tree canopy and pedestrians strolling the Eastside BeltLine trail below. But it’s easy to let your tastebuds escape ATL for a few moments via the tamarind margarita, pisco sour, Hemingway daiquiri, and Cuba Libre, along with tapas like jicama ceviche with pineapple vinaigrette, fancy venison, or tempura-fried oyster tacos.
Small plates, plenty of space and flora, and a view of Midtown
Having existed under several other names over the past few years (most recently as Rooftop 866), The Garden is open from spring to fall, serving small plates from Community Smith’s main menu. The sprawling area, with its flora, fire pit, and fantastic Midtown sightseeing, is much like Drake in 2016 — it has a chill vibe and offers better than average Views.
All-weather rooftop bar with an infinity pool
The panoramic views of Downtown you can see from high above the W Atlanta Downtown hotel’s lobby is enough to draw crowds, but it’s the addition of amazing DJs, from locals like Ree de la Vega to Samantha Ronson, and the fact that WETBAR is ATL’s only all-weather rooftop bar with a zero-edge pool — which seems like it should be spilling out onto Ivan Allen Blvd — gives it the ultimate cool status, particularly if you’re around during summer months.
Downtown’s best view, with live music on the weekends
As long as The Glenn Hotel’s centrally located roof exists, it’ll remain in the top tier of ATL’s most scenic building-top bars. It’s hard to get a better view of Downtown and beyond than what’s in your frame of vision on the 11th floor. The drink menu includes three wines by the glass (pinot grigio, chardonnay, and pinot noir) and cocktails like the margarita-esque Smoked Roca, with pineapple and a paprika salt rim. It’s also a great place to catch musical performances during their recurring SkyLounge Live weekend shows.
Soak in the skyline in style atop Buckhead’s W Hotel. A glass elevator soars 125 feet to the newly renovated all-weather space with two patios and sweeping views of Atlanta’s skyline. A well-heeled crowd dresses to impress, backlit by Midtown lights, sitting in plush leather couches or vibrant blue sectionals, twinkling strings of light overhead. The bar is modern and sleek, edged in shiny gray subway tiles. A menu of both classic and house cocktails suits the spaces — a GG Manhattan in a leather chair or a Buckhead Spritz while strolling to see Chris Veal’s 66-foot mural. The menu is concise, with pleasers like crispy duck tacos and grass-fed beef sliders.