Top 11 Holiday Cocktails and Drinks in Atlanta

Top 11 Holiday Cocktails and Drinks in Atlanta

With the twinkle of Christmas lights at every corner and the first touch of snow in Atlanta, the holiday spirit is truly here.  So we look to the bars and restaurants of Atlanta to keep that spirit warm and alive with their versions of fine Holiday Spirits.  Explore some fun, festive, and tasty Holiday Cocktails and Drinks, as we raise a toast to Atlanta, celebrating the holidays with great friends and family!

Miracle on Monroe

This Atlanta pop up holiday bar has two locations this year!  Buckhead and Midtown.  This bar is only open from Black Friday to Christmas Eve.  Expect all things holiday from décor, to food and drinks.  For drinks look for their 10 holiday cocktails and naughty or nice shots.  Those looking to celebrate the holiday spirit will find people sipping from Santa head mugs, while others enjoy snowballs chilling their drinks.

Recommended: Bad Santa (served hot) – Mulled red wine, Tawny Port, Orange Liqueur, Spices, and Golden Raisins

Yebo Ski Haus

This restaurant usually has a ‘beach life’ feel to it, but for a few months around December it completely transforms into a ski lodge, complete with new menu and drinks.  Can’t afford to get away for the holidays?  Well, here is the mini stay-cation of your dreams – cozy up with blankets on every chair, outdoor fire pits and pine trees.  This restaurant proudly blends South African and American flavors to create comforting holiday food.

Recommended: Fall Old Fashioned – Rye whiskey, Maple, and Pecan Bitters

The Porter Beer Bar

You will discover a vast beer selection, inventive pub fare and funky setting, which make this place a hot spot.  Specials are constantly changing, so expect holiday themed food and drinks.  While beer is a specialty here with 44 beers on draft and 700 bottled beers available, cocktails and wine are also served.

Recommended: Santa’s Little Helper – Ale from Denmark, or Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas – IPA from Denmark, or Cocoa Nibs Bomb – Imperial Stout from Oklahoma, or Hiver – Saison from Belgium

The Lawrence

An inviting and trendy neighborhood restaurant, you will find Contemporary Southern fare with inventive seasonal cocktails.  Patio dining available.  This restaurant takes its drinks as seriously as its food, patrons are missing out on something special if they don’t order from both menus.

Recommended: Hickory Hallow – Hickory Smoked Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Brown Sugar Syrup, Counter Culture Holiday Coffee, and Old Fashion Bitters

The Optimist

The seaside fish camp experience is brought to Atlanta with The Optimist.  Located in a re-purposed ham-curing factory, customers will find high quality, sustainably sourced food.  These ingredients are used to create beach-food comforts which transport us to our favorite seaside spots without ever leaving Atlanta.

Recommended: Christmas on Cape Cod – Citrus infused Vodka, Prosecco, Cranberry, Orange Peel, Rosemary, and Winter Spice


Celebrating the season Chef Perez is continuing his grandmother’s tradition of milk and…Italian knots (cookies).  Proud of his heritage, this Chef creates dishes from the Tuscan region of Italy, alongside them serving an extensive beverage program featuring many Italian favorites.  Housed in a former warehouse, the large space is contemporary with a grey background, lots of wood and light, and industrial and Italian details to be found.

Recommended: Milk and cookies (non alcoholic) – Milk with a side of festive Italian knots

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktail

Found in Crabapple’s historic district, customers will be delighted with the comfortable and quaint environment created from the 150 years-old farm house and the 1930s cottage that makes up Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktail.  The ambiance is truly one of a kind with fireplaces, intertwining patio and deck areas, charming original details from the Old Homeplace, and food that is new Southern cuisine.

Recommended: Broadwell’s Manhattan – ‘Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice’ Breckenridge Spiced Bourbon, Drambuie, Sweet Vermouth, Spiced Bitters, and Cinnamon Stick

Ration + Dram 

This is your fun, friendly local neighborhood bar and restaurant.  Cocktails are concocted from quality spirits and house made ingredients.  Most known for their chicken and dumplings, they serve mostly New American fare.  Discover beautiful outdoor dining spaces with the garden surrounding the patio and the balcony for a view.  This building is the epitome of industrial meets restaurant, with exposed metal and wood details.

Recommended: It Takes Two (served hot) – Thomas Tew Rum, Apple Cider, Falernum, Honey-ginger Syrup, and Lemon

8 Arm

Located near Ponce City Market, this slightly tucked away treasure has a casually hip vibe that draws customers with great food and lots of natural light.  Customers will find two different experiences depending on the time of day they enter 8 Arm.  Breakfast and lunch are seated at a wrap around counter, with the dinner crowd getting table service and a small menu of New American food that changes with the time of day.

Recommended: Hot Apple Toddy (served hot) – Bonded Apple Brandy, Lemon, Honey, and Bitters

Deep End

This newly opened restaurant, bar and entertainment venue, highlights the lovable memories of the 1970s in Southern California.  Tex-mex style food served late into the night, with the well known favorite beverages of beach bums everywhere.  This venue includes a stage for music and comedy and a heated outdoor patio.  To complete the beach bum feel of the restaurant, check out the restrooms for local graffiti artists works.

Recommended: Moose Nog – Brugal 1888 Eggnog in a fun moose mug

Golden Eagle Diner’s Club

Located in historic Reynoldstown just off the Beltline, this former train depot serves as a glamorous backdrop for the exotic sunken garden out front, while inside is a dark and moody interior, with crushed velvet seating and vintage glassware.  This scene transports patrons back in time to a mid-century 50s or 60s club experience.  Golden Eagle is an upscale American tavern that serves traditional dishes reminiscent of the setting.

Recommended: Flannel Blazer – Bourbon, Suze, Honey, Lemon, Rosemary, and Cinnamon

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