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Grab a Drink at These Bars near Atlanta's Georgia Dome



You win some, you lose some, either scenario gives you the green light to have a cold one. After enjoying a competitive Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome in Downtown Atlanta, you can lift your spirits at a range of bars surrounding the area. Find camaraderie around the sports lovin' crowd at the perennially busy sports pub, Stats. Or sip beer in a laid-back environment at Der Biergarten next door, or friendly dive, Young Augustine's a little over a mile away.

You may want to cool off and pretend like you're on vacation after a miserable loss–Trader Vic's will do the job. Down a few Mai Tais and that poor scoring game will seem like it's leagues away. Mixing sports with business is an easy task thanks to classy hotel bars like Lumen Lounge, Drinkshop and Polaris (also great date spots). With their contemporary stylings, flavorful cocktails and brilliant views, these destinations can cap off an incredible evening–and offer a unique experience for enjoying Dowtown Atlanta's nightlife.

Easy-going drinking at hip establishments can be found at spots like Sound Table and Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping-Pong Emporium–all within two miles of Downtown.

 


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Polaris
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This blue-domed rotating restaurant and bar sits perched atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The first rooftop restaurant in the city, it originally opened in 1967, then closed for a decade in the early 2000s. Recently reopened in summer 2014, the space now boasts a re-envisioned interior that's sleek and handsome. Full of large windows, you'll scope out breathtaking views of the city below. The menu is full of shareable small plates inspired by local, seasonal ingredients (including several grown on the restaurant's rooftop). Though you don't need to make dinner out of it in order for it to feel special. Having a cocktail at Polaris just might be the perfect end to a romantic date night.


Lumen Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta


This ultra posh bar is located inside The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta in Downtown Atlanta. Enjoy the hotel's unparalleled customer service as you make your way through the extensive drink list. Although Lumen Lounge is located just off the main lobby, you'll feel like you are in an upscale bar that is totally separate from the hotel. Following a victory at the Georgia Dome, get into celebration mode as you sip in luxury. Order a fancy cocktail and nibble on the filling bar snacks (your menu lights up when you open it!). Live music is a regular occurrence Tuesdays through Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays, adding a sophisticated backdrop to your post-win conversation.




The Sun Dial makes its home in the Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown. With an elevation of almost 1,000 feet, this lounge truly takes nightlife and romantic dining in Atlanta to new heights. Patrons enjoy unparalleled views of downtown Atlanta as a jazz trio ensures an upbeat ambiance for martini-sippers and cosmopolitan connoisseurs. The bar are a must around dusk, at which time the city lights up and the view is spectacular. The bar revolves ensuring each guest has a terrific view of the skyline. After seeing the sights, retire to the restaurant for an exceptional meal. They also serve a nice brunch here.


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A tongue-in-cheek quality permeates the scene at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. Located in Edgewood, near Old Fourth Ward, Church, as it is referred to by locals, comes complete with a photo booth confessional, ping pong tables, and free-flowing drinks. A campy quality fills the space, which is packed with tacky religious paraphernalia and is regularly populated by a young, trendy crowd. For the young at heart, there are games like corn hole and ping pong. Karaoke is performed in choir robes. Spiritual Sangria ($8) is the bar's signature drink. The bar has also been known to draw various celebrities when they film in the city--Ben Stiller has come back on multiple occasions.


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The Sound Table
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Sound Table is owned by the same people who own Top FLR, a consistently delicious Midtown restaurant. The space is part restaurant, part bar, part dance floor. They serve food until eleven and that's when the DJ starts spinning hits. The cocktail list reads like a book: unique and expertly crafted cocktails await you here. Your best bet is to make an evening of it. Sample the tasty fare and cocktails at dinner and stay for the dancing that starts after eleven. By staying later, you'll get the chance to sample a bevy of unique cocktails. Parking can be somewhat difficult so be prepared for a short walk.


Drinkshop


Drinkshop masters the art of mixing the perfect cocktail. A DJ spins an eclectic mix of hot music while the talented bar tenders mix up colorful concoctions of fruit-pressed juices and top-of-the-line liquor. The Penicillin is a popular choice made of blended scotch, honey, ginger, lemon juice, and Laphroaig over block ice. The swanky Drink Shop, located inside the W hotel, is truly a one-stop shop for unmatchable fresh fruit cocktails and trendy tracks. Bartenders are super friendly, not at all snooty like can be found at some other hotel bars. Valet park for a no hassle parking experience.


STATS


This downtown Atlanta sports hub has long been a go-to for fans seeking an upscale spot to catch the game. Offering an expansive patio, gorgeous views of the skyline and a massive, three-story, industrial-style space filled with wall-to-wall sports coverage, you'll find ample options for viewing and cheering on multiple teams at once. Traditional American pub fare rules, and you'd do well to go with the wood-fired cheeseburger or barbecue ribs with macaroni and cheese. Special events and beer specials are a regular occurrence, so check social media when planning your outing to avoid giant crowds and to get the biggest bang for your buck.


Trader Vic's - Atlanta


Trader Vic's were a hit in the 70s with lots of expansion to many other cities, even international ones. As tastes became more eclectic, a younger generation moved away from Tiki bars. However, there has been a renewed interest and Trader Vic's, being one of the originals, still is a fantastic choice. Visit on Thursday nights for the $6 Mai Tai specials. Be aware these drinks are rather strong and more than two might erase your memory of the night. It is also worth noting there are several non-alcoholic drinks on the menu for those with a non-drinker in your group.


Young Augustine's
Photo courtesy of Young Augustine's


For an easy-going dinner, this local neighborhood bar's always a safe bet. Attracting a young, hip crowd this Grant Park pub makes for an idyllic spot to unwind after a long day of meetings Downtown. Hang out on the patio with a cool craft brew (there's a good chance it's local) and an order of smoked wings, or venture inside and try your hand at a game of darts. If you're apt to partake in bar games, consider watching or potentially joining in regularly scheduled week night events: Mondays are dart league nights, Tuesdays are trivia and Wednesdays bring in the Atlanta Bocce League.




Craft cocktails take the spotlight at this Downtown restaurant and bar. While the food features Southern farm-to-table, the enticing cocktail spread showcases the restaurant's knack for mixology.Incorporating fresh herbs and ingredients, the cocktail menu rotates seasonally. Playing off of the Southern flavors, enjoy a wide range of brown liquors--either on their own or mixed in a specialty cocktail, like the Brown Derby (with Belle Meade Bourbon, grapefruit juice and locally sourced honey). The 360-degree bar, crafted from Georgia marble and planed oak, offers more than 70 whiskeys and bourbons and is an inviting place to stay for a spell.


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