Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with the unofficial start of summer, it's time to sort out the best places to hang out for the season. The roof might seem like a sizzling-hot option, but great places to sit in the shade and drink a cold one (or two) are scattered across the city. Here’s a rundown of some of the best options for rooftop enjoyment in Atlanta—in map form. Feel free to suggest other hotspots in the comments section.Read More
Map: Atlanta’s best rooftop hotspots for Memorial Day and beyond
Atlanta summers can get sweltery, but the city offers plenty of super-cool rooftops to enjoy
1. Whiskey Blue
For those looking for a change of scenery from the downtown and Midtown skylines, the bar atop the W Hotel in Buckhead features views along Peachtree Street toward Lenox Square and down to Piedmont Road. With a large bar inside, the rooftop is a perfect place to kick back after a long week at the surrounding offices.
2. The Garden at Community Smith
Located adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown, the Garden at Community Smith is easily accessible up a flight of stairs off West Peachtree Street. While the views don’t compare to those from higher rooftops, the fire pits and lush greenery make for a tranquil escape within Midtown.
3. Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
For the most unique rooftop experience, check out Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, snuggled between Northside Drive and Marietta Street on the western edge of Georgia Tech. Open from Friday morning through Sunday night (as in, open 24 hours a day) and during the week, the venue serves up all-things chicken sausage. And for those with an appetite for al fresco dining, venture up the stairs to the open-air shipping container perched on the roof.
4. Nine Mile Station and Skyline Park at Ponce City Market
What rooftop list would be complete without the sprawling restaurant/bar/mini golf/theme park mashup that is the roof of Ponce City Market? Easily accessible from the Beltine (for a fee), the roof includes Skyline Park, 9 Mile Station, and the Rooftop Terrace (a private events facility). Prepare yourself for thrills, views, and spending some money.
5. Little 5 Corner Tavern
In the heart of the bustling, quirky commercial district that is Little Five Points, the aptly named Little 5 Corner Tavern offers a respite from shopping and wandering the neighborhood. With views of Moreland and Euclid avenues, the people-watching is second-to-none.
6. WETBAR at W Atlanta - Downtown
Protruding from the edge of the W Hotel and its condo residences in downtown, this bar/pool/lounge combo kicks up the party every weekend during the summer. The venue bills itself as “Atlanta's only all-weather rooftop pool bar,” featuring a zero-edge pool with views of the downtown skyline. The bar and pool are free for guests, and visitors can pay a cover for access on the weekends.
7. Der Biergarten
Wedged between two buildings, and perched atop a brand new Waffle House on Marietta Street, Der Biergarten may not be the most glamorous of locations. But what it lacks in views, it makes up for in kitschy charm, with festive lights strung across the outdoor terrace and German oom-pah music setting an appropriate tone. If that’s not enough, the liter steins of beer are a pretty good reason to visit.
8. Sky Lounge at the Glenn Hotel
Featuring sweeping panoramic views of the city skyline, from downtown to Midtown, the rooftop of the historic Glenn Hotel is a must for visitors. Sitting alongside Centennial Olympic Park, the covered outdoor space features a bar and often has live music. The spot is perfect for those wanting to catch music wafting up from the park, too, and the views of the skyline, complete with SkyView, are hard to beat.
9. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
Just east of downtown, on the northern edge of Grant Park, sits a nondescript row of shops, among them the original Six Feet Under. Located across from Oakland Cemetery, the restaurant features a sprawling rooftop, with views of the historic greenspace and final resting place of many famous Atlantans. It’s a stalwart on Atlanta’s rooftop scene.