While bartenders open beers and pour drinks, the knowledgable ladies and gents at these local haunts mix some of the most delectable, handcrafted cocktails that have ever passed your lips making them worthy of the title mixologist. This weekend skip the hotel bars and ultra lounges and pay these master mixers a visit at some of the best places to enjoy a cocktail from Buckhead to Decatur.
1 Holeman & Finch Public House
Located just across the driveway from Restaurant Eugene, this Buckhead public house may feature a menu filled with delicious inspired pub and bistro fare sure to satisfy the foodie in us all however their cocktails will keep you coming back long after the 10p.m. burgers have run out. With a drink menu highlighting seasonal tastes and one of the best bartenders in town, as voted by the readers of Jezebel Magazine, who can tailor make a drink perfect for you palate no matter how crowded the bar is, its no wonder that Friday nights find very seat at the bar at Holeman and Finch full.
2 The Sound Table
We’ve already told you that this hip restaurant/bar/lounge located in the Old Fourth Ward is the place to go for small plates filled with big flavor, however its their drink menu that lands them on our list today. With a spring drink menu featuring the crisp and refreshing La Paloma, a margarita-esque tequila based drink, a sampling of tiki drinks sure to transport you to the South Seas, and the rum soaked Socialist, The Sound Table’s cocktails will make that 30 minute wait for a table fly by.
3 Krog Bar
Located within 200 feet of Kevin Rathbun’s eponymous restaurant, Krog Bar is the perfect place for drinks before or after dining at its sister eatery, Rathbun’s. This Mediterranean wine bar is a local favorite with its Spanish style cuisine and delicious wine selection. Although Krog Bar is the perfect place for a quiet conversation over a bottle of wine, the knowledgable staff behind the bar have been known to whip up a cocktail sure to melt away the stresses of a busy week.
4 H Haper Station
Located in an old railroad freight depot in Reynoldstown, this modern watering stop’s drink menu boasts a host of spirits and 40 signature cocktails ranging from prohibition era standards like the Aviation to punch bowls designed to quench the thirst of four to six adventurous imbibers. Like many a bar-centric restaurant H. Harper Station’s food menu is filled with tasty lite bites designed to compliment your cocktails and encourage sharing. With the perfect mix of classic cocktail culture and Southern inspired cooking, H. Harper may be the newbie on our list but it is well on its way to becoming a local favorite.
5 Leon's Full Service
Although Leon’s is technically located in Decatur, this community driven restaurant and bar serving up classic cocktails and farm to table style fare is definitely worth the drive and a spot on our list. Their mixologists pour some of the city’s most creative cocktails and their seasonal drink menu features the perfect libations to quench your thirst year round. If nothing on their extensive list of speciality cocktails, premium spirits and craft beers tickles your fancy, their master mixers will be sure to whip up the perfect drink for you on the spot.