If a plain old “drink” doesn’t satisfy or quench your thirst this summer, you have other options in the Atlanta metro area. In recent years, “mixology bars” have become more and more popular in larger cities across America. No longer do libation enthusiasts have to order boring drinks; they can expand their range and test their palettes with some crafty cocktails. Yes, these mixologists get creative and experiment, but the entire mixologist bar revolution is about trying new and themed drinks. Here are some great mixologist bars in and around Atlanta.

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
3315 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 946-9070

One of the great places in Buckhead, Southern Art & Bourbon Bar sets the standard for classic mixologist bars. You get real Southern Art & Bourbon specialties each time you come through the doors. Whiskey is the backbone of most of the offerings at Southern Art & Bourbon Bar. Try a delicious “Pretty Brown Eyes” or a “Whiskey Barrel” with Woodford Private Label and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Bitters.

1065 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-5000

Located in the beautiful Loews Hotel in Midtown, Saltwood is not only the newest and hottest restaurant in Midtown, but it is also a place where one can enjoy microbrews and handcrafted cocktails in a beautiful setting. Sit inside or out on the deck and enjoy a gin and tonic like you have never experienced before along with unique takes on old classics like margaritas. Saltwood offers a splendid dining experience where you can watch the chef prepare all the fresh offerings.

Article 14
1080 Peachtree St., Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 443-8432

A contemporary bistro located in the heart of the city, Article 14 is the perfect backdrop to your next night out. Try the finest rums, gins and vodkas in favorites like the Summer Wildflower (gin and St Germain
lemon-cucumber soda) or a Dirty Double (vodka, olive brine and truffle blue cheese stuffed olives). Article 14 always has a cocktail of the month, and the drink menu is huge, or you enlist the mixologist’s help to come up with your own concoction. Come for a meal, come for a drink or just come and see what the mixologists at Article 14 will come up with next.

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3167 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-0002

Curated cocktails from some of the top mixologists in Atlanta is what you will find at Establishment. This bar is sophistication meets great value. Establishment serves some of the best cocktails in the city with everything from brambles and bourbons to gins and Rickey’s, along with whiskey and beer. The drinks are great, but the people are what most patrons remember about a bar  – and Establishment has memorable mixologists. Sit back, drink, enjoy and take in all that is Establishment.

45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 582-5800

Located in the W Hotel, Drinkshop bills itself at “The Atlanta Bar.” That can mean different things to different people, but for those looking for a night out and a unique drinking experience, it means this is the spot to be. You have tons of drink options here, but the famous Moscow Mule and the tasty Bee’s Knees will put a smile on your face. An inviting atmosphere and some of the best known mixologists in Atlanta are waiting for you at the appropriately named Drinkshop.

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