Fall is the time of year when Atlanta truly shines, and the summer heat gives way to a long, comfortable season of cool. Everyone wants to enjoy the weather, so it is a great time to meet up with friends at one of the city’s cocktail spots. Check out the best of the town’s fall drinks listed below. Let us know if your favorite made the list.
4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Nothing complements the crisp fall air like an indulgent coffee drink, and Cafe Intermezzo has an entire book full of coffee beverages. It might take awhile for you to make your decision, as you choose between mochas, espressos, cappuccinos and flavors like hazelnut, mint or caramel. You can also add in liqueurs like Bailey’s or Frangelico to give your heat an extra kick. Sit on the patio at the Dunwoody location or belly up to the bar at the new location in midtown. It also has tantalizing cases of cakes and pies perfect for an after-dinner treat.
1820 Peachtree Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Watershed has been in its Peachtree location for about a year and a half now, and the open, airy space is welcoming in any season. The excellent bartenders will be happy to make you any number of fall cocktails which will warm you from the inside. The “Winter Thyme” cocktail was a big hit last year and is sure to return. It combines spicy thyme with rum and ginger beer to get your night off to a flavorful start.
94 Perimeter Center West at Perimeter Mall
Atlanta, GA 30346
Pumpkin is one of fall’s most iconic flavors, without a question. Wildfire has become known in the past few years for its pumpkin martini, putting pumpkin-flavored vodka to good use. The vodka is combined with half-and-half and rum for a creamy, sweet concoction that is the perfect sipper for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Fans of this flavor won’t want to miss out on this fall favorite.
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887 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815 1399
Bocado Atlanta is a trendy, beautiful spot in the heart of one of Atlanta’s hippest neighborhoods. The seasonal cocktail list is one of the main draws of this establishment, and fall is sure to bring in new specials along with some old favorites. In the past, the Elm Street, featuring bourbon, pumpkin and anise, has been extremely popular, as well as the Cape Fear, which includes gin, cranberry liqueur and bitters. Don’t expect sweet and girly drinks here, but if you’re in the mood for some seriously stiff drinks, this is a great spot.
1123 Zonolite Road
Atlanta, GA 30306
Another of fall’s traditional drinks is the hot toddy, so slip into your wooly sweater and order this drink at the Floataway Cafe. The menu changes regularly to reflect the use of local produce, but the Italian French, and Mediterranean influences are consistently strong. The cafe is also known for its warm apple cider, so be sure to stop at the bar before making your way to your table. It will be a warm, snuggly evening for a great date night.
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