It's difficult to go anywhere in downtown Atlanta without noticing the neon blue, spaceship-esque Polaris precariously perched atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. It's been a fixture for years. Originally opened in 1967, it was closed for a decade until reopening in June 2014 - putting its triumphant return back on our radar.
Polaris' upscale interiors offer an incomparable view of the city — Photo courtesy of Lauren Rubenstein / Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, after bumbling around the lobby for several minutes with your neck craned at a tilt, you'll eventually come across the hostess, tucked beside the bank of elevators. You'll feel pretty swanky, riding 22 stories in the glass elevator.
Then when you enter . . . it's what you've been hoping for. Since its former glory days, the restaurant / bar has undergone a complete renovation, thanks to area design house The Johnson Studio. The transformation now complete, the atmosphere does not disappoint. The ambiance is a mix between cruise ship and private club, with its plush white couches, modern artwork and cozy bookcase-filled nooks.
Polaris crowns the top of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta — Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Polaris is not a big place, which gives it an inherent sense of exclusivity. The restaurant rotates every 45 minutes – almost imperceptibly – and if you're looking to impress a date, you couldn't do much better. There isn't a bad seat in the house. The views are definitely wow-worthy. Combined with menu of small eatables and fancy sips, you'll feel like you're on top of the world! Or at least the top of Atlanta.
Imbibe on flavorful cocktails like the "Campers Hooch" with bacon-infused bourbon, apple- and blueberry-infused maple syrup and a toasted marshmallow — Photo courtesy of Lauren Rubenstein / Hyatt Regency Atlanta
You and your crew can go for the classics or opt for one of the bar's craft cocktails. The hotel's chef Martin Pfefferkorn oversees the menu of shareable plates and peppers them with local produce – including herbs and veggies grown atop Polaris's rooftop garden (overseen by nearly 10,000 honey bees). It's a fitting choice for a romantic outing for two, or a birthday bash for a dozen.