Have a Conversation and a Cocktail at These Atlanta Lounges

Yes, you’ve ticked the must-see attractions off your list while visiting Atlanta. Great job! But the fun doesn’t have to end once the sun goes down and you’ve paid your check at that lauded restaurant. Given your day, you’ll want to go somewhere with a great environment that’s conducive to conversation. In a pinch, we’ll typically go for one of these 10 lounges when we’re looking for an intriguing scene to sip and socialize.

If luxe and upscale is your bag, you’ll enjoy the bar at Livingston restaurant inside the Georgian Terrace hotel in Midtown. Featuring plush seating and a glorious view of the Fox Theatre across the street, it attracts both visitors staying in the hotel, and locals looking for an extra-special evening.

Close by, the rotating bar and lounge atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta downtown offers a hip vibe and breathtaking views. In the same ‘hood, you’ll also find upscale club/lounges like Cosmo Lava and Halo Lounge. Both tend to draw a clubbier scene. Midtown's jazz bar, Churchill Grounds, meanwhile, has more of a relaxed setting and regularly features live music.

Whiskey Blue, in Buckhead always has a lively, fun-loving crowd and it’s the place to go for sipping cocktails and enjoying the outdoor patio. Meanwhile, Three Sheets in Sandy Springs and Eleanor’s in Smyrna exude a speak-easy-style ambiance with tasty cocktails to boot.



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Livingston Restaurant


This sparkling American restaurant inside The Georgian Terrace hotel in Midtown is a gleaming space for dining on contemporary cuisine. If you are looking for a nice place to eat dinner, take a seat and enjoy! The Bar portion of Livingston...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Lauren Rubenstein


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...  Read More

Whiskey Blue
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Perched atop the W Atlanta - Buckhead hotel, this glitzy bar and lounge is a popular place to socialize. Like the hotel itself, the stylings and interiors are upscale and modern. The crowd is a mixture of hotel guests, young professionals and...  Read More

Sandy Springs
Three Sheets


A bit on the outskirts of Atlanta, Three Sheets doesn't miss out on any of the slick and modern sophistication of its Buckhead or Midtown counterparts. Think red drapes and dark leather couches. Tasty cocktails are pricey but good. The high end...  Read More



Part of the appeal of this Buckhead bar is in its secrecy. To enter one must dial a certain number in the phone booth that holds the entrance to the bar. Reminiscent of a speakeasy the cocktails are strong and well-crafted. There's an excellent...  Read More

Cosmopolitan Lounge


High-ceilinged and open, this lounge stays busy constantly, packed with attractive, young professionals who come to meet and greet. Weekends are especially crowded, although the place has a more comfortable capacity during the week. And if you...  Read More



Sleek furnishings of chrome, glass and wood ably temper the poured concrete shell of this hip lounge. Its centerpiece, a white onyx bar, takes on the colors of changing light, and patrons cozy up to it for Halo's fabulous cocktails. During the...  Read More

SkyLounge at the Glenn
Photo courtesy of SkyLounge at the Glenn


The Glenn Hotel is an excellent choice for accommodations, but even if you're staying elsewhere, you can enjoy sweeping views of Downtown from The Glenn's SkyLounge. Dine on braised vanilla short ribs or Chilean sea bass, and then head outside...  Read More


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Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly