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Atlanta's 11 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars

By Christopher Hassiotis | May 11, 2015 By Christopher Hassiotis  |  May 11, 2015

If the temperature's elevated, maybe take a cue and elevate your dining and drinking spot too. The springtime pollen and intense summer humidity means that there are times when Atlanta's alfresco options are limited, but when it's good, it's real good. These restaurants and bars all have something to offer for the warmer weather, from mellow neighborhood spots and high-rise views to poolside sips or historic vistas.

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  • Bellwoods Social House

    Clambering up the outdoor staircase grants you access to the roof-deck dining area that this Westside gastropub shares with its neighbor 5 Seasons Brewery. It makes for a great spot for a simple snack and beer or a hearty meal and craft cocktail.

    The View: Catch a gander of Midtown and Downtown to the east and southeast, train tracks and the neighborhood's industrial past to the west.

    What to Order: Bellwoods serves some addictive Buffalo wings slathered in a sauce spiked with guajillo chiles.

    Insider Tip: The bar has its own brand of Angel's Envy bourbon.

    1000 Marietta St. NW; 678-974-8748

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    Little Five Points Corner Tavern

    Taking the opportunity after a fire gutted this scene hub, the owners renovated, refurbished and renewed. One of the benefits? A stellar rooftop space, great for taking in the beats of the ever-present L5P drum circles while remaining above the patchouli aromas.

    The View: Little Five's always drawn a diverse crowd, making for great people-watching.

    What to Order: The Carpetbagger is an especially over-the-top burger — order it if you're up for a challenge.

    Insider Tip: Brunch is both Saturdays and Sundays, and the mimosas? They're bottomless.

    1174 Euclid Ave. SE; 404-521-0667

  • Shake Shack

    Atlanta's taken to this New York fast-casual burger chain, and it's not just because of the patties, fries and shakes. The Buckhead Atlanta eatery features a solid roof deck too, making for a respite from the upper-crust shopping hubbub below.

    The View: Gaze across Peachtree to see what's new in the neighborhood — the massive, multistory new Restoration Hardware store-slash-fortress.

    What to Order: The ATL Shake Shack offers menu items unique to this location; the peach milkshake's a must.

    Insider Tip: Don't want to hoof it up that serious staircase? Take the elevator to the roof.

    3035 Peachtree Rd. NE; 470-809-9201

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    The Garden at Community Smith

    The restaurant at the Renaissance Midtown recently revamped, introducing the upscale, New American spot Community Smith. The rooftop space also features a selection of bar bites, cocktails and a solid selection of greenery.

    The View: You're mostly overlooking West Peachtree traffic, but look up and across the street to glimpse the old Biltmore Hotel signs.

    What to Order: Community Smith relies on seasonal ingredients and may change its drinks — grab an old fashioned made with blood-orange juice if it's on the menu; it's a successfully subtle change to a classic cocktail.

    Insider Tip: In the neighborhood on your way to work? Community Smith makes a great breakfast.

    866 W. Peachtree St. NW; 678-412-2402

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    Republic Social House

    This Grant Park pub's wooden banquettes provide a nice rooftop spot, and there are some TVs for those keen on getting some sun while not missing the game. "Dirty South Trivia" takes place on Thursdays, while a rotating cast of DJs provide tunes on the weekends.

    The View: Memorial Drive may not be the most scenic of streets, but get two stories up and you get a nice peek into historic Oakland Cemetery. Many of the seats point the other way, though.

    What to Order: A brand-new menu features a number of sizable flatbreads great for sharing.

    Insider Tip: Hang a quick right when you enter to head straight upstairs.

    437 Memorial Dr.; 404-865-1939

  • Flip Burger Boutique - Poncey-Highland

    The creative local burger chain last year renovated its failed sister hot dog concept into this third ATL location, which includes a new rooftop patio. DJs and events may materialize later in the summer.

    The View: This part of the Highlands isn't all that scenic, especially with new mixed-use construction currently going on across the street, but you're directly east of Midtown's skyscrapers, providing a dramatic sundown view.

    What to Order: The Flip Nutella-and-burnt-marshmallow shake is a sure bet. If so inclined, add booze to it for an extra charge.

    Insider Tip: Parking's tight. Look for the complimentary valet or park in the indicated lot across the street rather than cruising the tight neighborhood streets.

    664 N. Highland Ave.; 404-815-1127

  • 5 Seasons Westside

    The Westside outpost of this local brewery offers up its own beers (and more than a few others as well). The roof deck gets crowded when the young creative-professional crowd in the neighborhood takes off from work, though if it's too hot out, the lack of shade cover can make for an easy table to grab.

    The View: Scope out the once-industrial Marietta Street corridor, or Midtown in the distance.

    What to Order: The servers and bartenders are knowledgeable about the wide variety of beers on tap and in the bottle. Let them guide you by telling them your tastes.

    Insider Tip: Park behind the building in the attached parking deck to minimize your hassle.

    1000 Marietta St.; 404-875-3232

  • SkyLounge

    Up top at the historic boutique Glenn Hotel in Downtown's Luckie-Marietta District, the chic Skylounge is among ATL's more well-known, if not well-visited, rooftop spots.

    The View: A terrific view of Centennial Olympic Park and the Atlanta skyline makes this one tough to beat.

    What to Order: The bar's signature lemongrass cocktail is herbaceous, tart and refreshing.

    Insider Tip: Hungry? The hotel's restaurant Glenn's Kitchen is open late into the night.

    110 Marietta St. NW; 404-521-2250

  • Six Feet Under

    Whether at the Westside or Grant Park location, this casual fish house offers fried (and occasionally not) seafood fare and a healthy selection of craft beers.

    The View: You've got a nice view of Midtown from the Westside Six Feet Under, though the ever-multiplying parking decks in the area mar that a bit. Grant Park overlooks Oakland Cemetery — hence the restaurant's name.

    What to Order: Six Feet Under supports a number of ATL breweries. Check out one from their neighboring Eventide.

    Insider Tip: Show up early to grab one of the coveted outlooking bar seats, but beware the nearby large tables, which can quickly get overrun by rowdy groups.

    Grant Park: 437 Memorial Dr.; 404-523-6664
    Westside: 685 11th St.; 404-810-0040

  • Wetbar

    Atop the W Downtown you'll find this spot with an all-weather rooftop pool bar. The crowd veers a little more toward the business-expense end of the spectrum, although the hotel has its fair share of wedding parties and large groups as guests.

    The View: A panoramic Downtown vista offers a look at (and into) neighboring buildings, the Georgia Aquarium and the newly constructed National Center for Civil & Human Rights.

    What to Order: Go for something bubbly to match the sparkles of the city skyline.

    Insider Tip: Want to work out before the weekend DJs set up? Wetbar offers barre and yoga activities some mornings.

    45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.; 404-582-5800

  • Whiskey Blue

    Two outdoor terraces 125 feet above street level boast swanky, understated banquettes and curtains that can close to provide privacy or open up depending on the party atmosphere. The vibe is upscale, with much of the clientele coming from the adjoining W Hotel.

    The View: This high up you can catch a peek of much of the city.

    What to Order: A breezy spot like this on a warm summer evening begs for a Caipirinha or mojito, although as the bar's name indicates, a fine selection of whiskeys is on hand.

    Insider Tip: If you're staying at the hotel, ask the concierge if they can snag you a reserved couch or cabana.

    3377 Peachtree Rd.; 678-500-3100

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Community Smith

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FLIP burger boutique

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