One the best things to do in Atlanta is take in a Braves game in the spring, when it's just starting to warm up and the weather is pleasant. On the way to or from a Braves Game, check out Six Feet Under. There are two locations in Atlanta, but the original has the best view overlooking the Oakland Cemetery, hence the name.
Park Tavern — Photo courtesy of Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
Park Tavern, aptly named because it overlooks Piedmont Park, is a fun spot for many reasons. The patio offers spectacular views of the park. Guests can sit and watch Atlantans play sports, rollerblade, fly kites and more in the park.
On weekends, there is often live entertainment at the Tavern. Some are moderately-known acts, and the entertainment is always quality. Pair that with good food and drinks, and you have all you need for a fun night out. The large tables on the patio make this an ideal spot for groups.
TAP Gastropub — Photo courtesy of Malika HarricharanLooking to have a couple drinks after work? Some of the perfect spots to sip on a tasty libation and enjoy the early evening are Tap and Café Circa. Both have delicious menus, so you might be tempted to stay for dinner. Tap overlooks the hustle and bustle of Peachtree Street and Café Circa is a bit more secluded, but its rooftop patio is the perfect escape from a frazzling work day.
Five Seasons Brewing (Westside) has the perfect rooftop bar (called the skybar) to take in the Atlanta Skyline. Choose to dine there or hit it up for a brew, before or after stopping by one of the many restaurants nearby. Beers are all brewed in-house.
Basil's Patio — Photo courtesy of Malika HarricharanFor a relaxing evening of dinner with friends, you’ll want to visit either Anis or Basil’s. Both are located in Buckhead, across the street from each other in fact. Just steps away from the skyscrapers, the inviting patios are like a retreat from a hectic day.
Planning for a later evening? Head to Bottle Bar in Buckhead or Shout in Midtown. While these popular restaurants serve food, they are frequented more for their patios which tend to fill up with Atlanta’s beautiful people later in the evening.
After a day of shopping at Lenox, head to the adjacent restaurant, Twist. The sister restaurant of Midtown’s Shout, has a see-and-be-seen patio attached to the ritzy mall.
Classic restaurants overlooking the lovely Chattahoochee River are Canoe and Ray’s on the River. These are perfect spots for a romantic evening or for celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Make sure to arrive early enough to take in the sunset.
Of course, finding a fun patio on which to spend an afternoon doesn’t have to cost a fortune. For budget-friendly patios that are still fun, visit Taqueria del Sol, La Fonda and Fellini’s. All three have several locations throughout the city, so there’s probably one nearby serving tasty fare and ice-cold drinks.