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Check Out How Your Favorite Bars & Restos Ranked in our Best of Atlanta

By The Editors | April 5, 2021 | Food & Drink Food & Drink Food & Drink Feature

DRUMROLL, PLEASE! YOU VOTED, AND THE RESULTS ARE IN: HERE ARE THE TOP PICKS IN THE A FOR EVERYTHING FROM BRUNCH SPOTS TO BARTENDERS TO BODY CONTOURING. [HEY, IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE, RIGHT?]

PHOTO BY MADELYNNE ROSS

BEST BRUNCH

The Southern Gentleman

This Buckhead favorite is the perfect midmorning spot thanks to its ultraluxe atmosphere and menu of sweet and savory brunch classics. Enjoy a carafe of signature mimosas, or opt for a signature cocktail like the Scarlett Belle, a delicious blend of strawberry-infused vodka, lime juice and prosecco, before heading downstairs to shop Buckhead’s most stylish street. @thesoutherngentlemanatl

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

BEST ASIAN

Sukoshi

@sukoshisushi

BEST MEXICAN

El Azteca

@elaztecaatlanta

BEST ITALIAN

La Grotta Atlanta

@lagrottaatl

BEST SEAFOOD

Atlanta Fish Market

@atlantafishmarket

BEST CHEF

Brandon Chavannes

@moresaltmoreacid

BEST FOR THE FAM

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

@ruthschris

BEST SPECIAL OCCASION

New York Prime

@newyorkprime

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

Bar Margot

@barmargotatl

BEST DOWNTOWN EATS

Glenn’s Kitchen

@glennskitchenatl

BEST LATE-NIGHT NOSH

Industry Tavern

@industrytavern

BEST OTP RESTAURANT

Ocean & Acre

@oceanandacre

BEST BARBECUE

Memphis Smokehouse

@smokehouseatlanta

BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN

Bar Vegan

@barveganatl

BEST BAR BITES

Big Sky

@bigskybuckhead

BEST SWEET SPOT

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

@jenisicecreams

BEST PET-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Buena Vida Tapas & Sol

@buenavidatapas

BEST TO-GO RESTAURANT

Fifth Group Restaurants

@fifthgroup

BEST OUTDOOR DINING OPTION

Le Bilboquet Atlanta

@lebilboquetatlanta

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

The Betty

The Betty opened just over two months ago, and it’s already generating quite the buzz thanks to its lively atmosphere, midcentury-modern aesthetic and contemporary take on classic American dishes. Also worth mentioning is the Buckhead resto’s craft cocktail menu, which has five different martini variations. Need we say more? @thebettyrestaurant

THE BETTY PHOTO BY ANDREW THOMAS LEE

BEST AUTHENTIC DINING EXPERIENCE

Kyma

Take your taste buds on a trip to Santorini, sans passport. This Buckhead resto offers the most authentic Mediterranean menu in the A thanks to chef Pano, who learned traditional Greek cooking techniques from his grandmother. Last year, Kyma introduced Ouzo Bar & Dining Room, which focuses on small plates, wine and cocktails served on Ouzo’s all-weather patio. @kymaatlanta

KYMA PHOTO BY FRANCESCO TONELLI

BEST PLACE FOR DINING ON A DIET

Kale Me Crazy

Seven Atlanta-area locations serve up Kale Me Crazy’s signature menu of smoothies, wraps, salads and freshly pressed juices, making it easy to stick to your health goals. The diet-friendly resto is great for an on-the-go breakfast or a quick lunch with friends. Keep your eyes peeled for new, creative concoctions like beet lattes and seasonal smoothie combos. @kalemecrazy

KALE ME CRAZY PHOTO BY ALYSSA FAGIEN

BEST HAPPY HOUR HOT SPOT

Gypsy Kitchen

Gypsy Kitchen has been a longtime happy hour hot spot thanks to its buzzy bar scene, shareable menu items and killer cocktail menu. This season, the Best of Atlanta winner released an all-new happy hour menu complete with unique flatbreads, small-plate favorites and a selection of gin tonics that range in flavor from sweet to spicy to savory. You know where to find us post-work. @gypsykitchenatl

GYPSY KITCHEN PHOTO BY HEIDI GELDHAUSER HARRIS

Best Cocktails

The Garden Room

It’s no secret that The Garden Room has one of the most creative beverage programs in the A. Tipples topped with rosé foam and glittery, color-changing concoctions are just a few of the dazzling drinks that make up the iconic cocktail menu. Sip the specialties at The Garden Room’s expansive bar for an experience that’s nothing short of spectacular. @thegardenroomatlanta

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Best Dive Bar

The Highlander

@thehighlanderatlanta

Best LGBTQ Bar

Firepit Pizza Tavern

@firepitatl

Best Sports Bar

Marlow’s Tavern

@marlowstavern

Best Bartender

Drew Fancher, The Aero Bar Atlanta

@theaerobaratlanta

Best Girls Night Out

Avalon

@avaloninsider

Best Singles Scene

STK Steakhouse

@eatstk

Best Place to Celebrate

Blue Martini

@bluemartinibuckhead

Best Patio

Park Tavern

@parktavern

Best Neighborhood Pub

HobNob

@hobnobatl

Best Brewery

Wild Heaven Beer

@beerwildheaven

Best Interactive Experience

IPIC Atlanta

@ipic

Best Hangover Cure

Brunch at 5Church Atlanta

@5churchatlanta

Best Celeb Spotting

Chops Lobster Bar

@chopslobsterbar

Best Lounge

Le Colonial

@lecolonialatlanta

Best Cultural Experience

High Museum of Art

@highmuseumofart

Best Guys Night Out

The Battery Atlanta

@thebatteryatlanta

Best Place to Hang out

Colony Square

@colonysquareatl

Best View

RT60 Rooftop Bar at Reverb Atlanta

@reverb.hotels

Best Nightclub

Tongue & Groove

@tongueandgrooveatl

Best Nightlife Photographer

Samir Panjwani, TNG Disposables

@tngdisposables

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Coca-Cola Roxy

@cocacolaroxy

Best Place to Go Dancing

Johnny’s Hideaway

@johnnyshideaway

Best DJ

Yvonne Monet

@yvonnemonet; @q997atlanta

Best VIP Section

Compound Night Club

@compoundatl

Best Rooftop

Estrella Rooftop at Bazati

@estrellarooftop

Best Spot to See and Be Seen

Little Alley Steak Buckhead

An enticing drink menu and attractive after-5 crowd make this upscale Buckhead hangout the perfect place to do some VIP people-watching. Post up in a posh booth, or snag a spot on the sprawling outdoor patio—which features a spacious, climate-controlled bar—to take in the seductive scene.
@littlealleysteakatl

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Best Bar Overall

5Church Atlanta

With its impeccable dining menu, colorful cocktail list and quirky rooftop bar Virtue Cocktail Club, it’s no wonder 5Church Atlanta snagged the most votes for Atlanta’s Best Bar Overall. This year, the Midtown hangout is bringing its signature fare and flair up to Buckhead, with the opening of its second Atlanta location. We’ll cheers to that! @5churchatlanta

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Best Mobile Cocktail Company

The Aero Bar Atlanta

The Aero Bar Atlanta is moving full speed ahead and showing no signs of slowing down. The mobile cocktail company brings custom craft cocktails to you via personalized services that range from bartending to mobile bar experiences. The most powerful pourer in The Aero Bar Arsenal? Duke, a 16-foot-long Airstream designed to keep you in good spirits! @‌theaerobaratlanta



Photography by: From top, photos: by Madelynne Ross; courtesy of The Southern Gentleman; by Andrew Thomas Lee; by Francesco Tonelli; by Alyssa Fagien; by Heidi Geldhauser Harris