While your cran and vodka’s, gin and tonic’s, and other simplistic cocktails certainly have their place in the cocktail world, people have become increasingly intrigued by craft cocktails. And why wouldn’t they? They tend to be pretty darn delicious, they take you on a daring trip outside of the norm, and they’re usually made using the freshest of ingredients. For the record, I should probably give you a brief explanation of what exactly a craft cocktail is before diving head first into my list. Craft cocktails are cocktails that are typically made using ingredients that are fresh, rare, local, or even homemade. They’re usually seasonal and presented in unique glassware. Great, now that that’s out the way I present to you the best places in Atlanta to enjoy a craft cocktail.
Leon’s Full Service – I first knew that I had to check out Leon’s after seeing their head bartender Miles Macquarrie at a seminar at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival earlier in the year. Located in one of my favorite parts of town, downtown Decatur, Leon’s features both craft cocktails and drool-worthy grub (my favorite combination ever). Their drink menu usually changes depending on the season and right now their cocktails are fully fall-friendly. I suggest “The Woodsman” cocktail (pictured above), it’s super seasonal and heavily on the tasty side.
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar – With cocktails that include the “Georgia Peach Smash,” the “Scarlett O’Hare,” and “Porch Swing Sling,” Southern Art & Bourbon Bar is the place you should certainly check out if you’d like a craft cocktail with a side of Southern charm. Located in The InterContinental Buckhead, this Lushworthy pick is known for both their cocktails and Southern-inspired dishes crafted by chef and restaurateur Art Smith.
Prohibition – If you’re looking for both a craft cocktail and a unique experience then look no further than Buckhead speakeasy Prohibition. Keeping with the speakeasy theme, this particular bar requires a password if you wish to enter. And no, I won’t be posting the password on here, that ruins all the fun. Once you are able to get your hands on that password you’ll find yourself in a stylish speakeasy setting where the craft cocktail reigns supreme.
Drinkshop (W Atlanta Downtown) – Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to sample Drinkshop’s spring/summer cocktails during a private tasting with the bar manager at the time, Brian Boykin, and it’s quite visible how much effort the folks at Drinkshop put into their craft cocktails. While most hotel bars/lounges feature your usual cocktails, Drinkshop strives to create unique drinks made using house-made ingredients. (Not-So-Lushworthy Side Note: While I’m sure there are plenty of tantalizing food options at Drinkshop, the fries served at the W are on point so please do check those out.)