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Atlanta Rooftop Bars


Article by Grady McGill

Photography by Courtesy of Estrella, SkyLounge and Hotel Clermont

1. Estrella Rooftop Bar

Looking for a great time out? You have come to not only the right place but also the perfect spot. You can experience the Latin vibes with great music, cocktails and food from the Yucatan region of Mexico. You’ll feel like you are in Miami! Estrella is one of two restaurants; downstairs is Brasserie, a French 1920s bistro. Together they’re called Bazati Atlanta. Bazati is located on Atlanta’s Beltline, a 22-mile walking and bike pathway. You can take a walk and then go inside Brasserie or Estrella and grab a cocktail and take in the views of the skyline. Not only can you experience the best skyline views but you can also get sunsets as well. Want the best margarita? They have several, including the Fruta, Skinny and the classic Estrella. I absolutely love their Aperol Spritz, and I order it with their shrimp tacos and grouper ceviche. You can experience it at Estrella! Estrella is the perfect place to marvel at the city’s skyline while meeting up with friends and having a perfect time. 

2. Hotel Clermont Rooftop Bar

After a long-awaited renovation, the Hotel Clermont, the historic hotel on Ponce de Leon, finally reopened in 2018. The hotel features 94 eclectically decorated rooms, and its restaurant, Tiny Lou’s, is getting national acclaim. Downstairs is the Clermont Lounge, an Atlanta institution where the strippers can be in their 50s or 60s. But, we’re talking rooftop bars. The Hotel Clermont’s is a fun place. The rooftop features astroturf, street food, frosé in the summer and hot toddies in the fall. While at night, it’s packed with young people, you can also go and relax, sit in the big chairs and play corn hole. It’s the perfect to take in the skyline from Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland area.

3. Gypsy Kitchen Rooftop Bar

Gypsy Kitchen has one of the best Spanish food and Moroccan cuisines in the city. Its food and decor instantly shows that you will have an international and creative experience. Try the grilled Spanish octopus, seafood paella and the Moroccan style duck confit. For drinks, we recommend the sangria/ We’ll let's talk about the rooftop, shall we? Looking for the best rooftop in Buckhead to enjoy great drinks on the rooftop? Gypsy should do the trick. In this time of a social distancing, Gypsy’s large patio is perfect. It used to be packed with the large tables full of young people enjoying the Buckhead views and the craft cocktails. Today, those tables are six feet apart, but there’s still plenty of space for everyone 

4. Six Feet Under Rooftop Bar

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House is known for its seafood, but we’re fans of its rooftop bar. This Grant Park eatery offers breathtaking views of the skyline as well as Oakland Cemetery (hence the name Six Feet Under). The cemetery is the final resting place of such Atlanta icons as Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. There are lots of tables, so you can sit back, order some steamed crab legs and raw oysters, and relax. That’s the beauty of this place. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are, not fancy place. We’re not the only people who enjoy going there; it was named one of the 30 top American outdoor bars by Travel + Leisure. In addition, there is a Six Feet Under in West Midtown—and it has great rooftop bar too (although it’s temporarily closed).

5. Sky Lounge Rooftop Bar

This is a perfect rooftop spot in downtown Atlanta. The Sky Lounge is located at the Glenn Hotel on Marietta Street, a block or so from CNN Center, Centennial Park and the Sky Wheel. The lounge is fantastic, and luckily you don’t have to be a guest to go on the rooftop and have a cocktail. The rooftop is up 10 stories high, and you will notice it is big and wide. You can enjoy the perfect views all over downtown. According to, the Sky Lounge was voted the top 23 Rooftop Lounges in the world. Who knew? Want even a better view of the city? Try it at night where you can get great pictures. The views are perfect both day or night, and there is no right or wrong however you choose. All you have to do is order yourself a drink and take in the moments. Pretty easy, right?