Atlanta Bar Scene: Six places you need to drink at this month

While the official start of Spring patio season is still a few weeks away, we’re happy to celebrate the winds of change with cocktails. Here’s where to drink now around the metro to make bar hopping a breeze in March.

Tucked inside the Four Seasons hotel lies ultra-hip Bar Margot, named for Margot Tenenbaum, the secretive, chain-smoking sibling from the film The Royal Tenenbaums. Bar Margot offers imbibers a swanky lounge setting with velvet and leather seating and a beverage program curated by drink wizards, Paul Calvert and Greg Best . Start your night with Mercy Street, a clever play on the timeless Old Fashioned using Irish whisky for a bit of kick, dry vermouth to smooth out the rough edges and dry orange curacao to give the cocktail the hint of sweetness for which the OF is known.

Four Seasons Hotel, 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, 404-881-5913, barmargotatl.com

Tableside Manhattan for Four at The Mercury/ Photo courtesy of The Mercury

From the fine folks behind Decatur’s Pinewood Tippling Room, The Mercury serves up a menu full of classic cocktails that would make even super broody Don Draper crack a smile . Located on the second floor of Ponce City Market’s food hall, this ode to Mad Men-era eatery never leaves its patrons thirsty offering 30 wines, 12 beers on tap and 15 different cocktails to pair with that Porterhouse for two. Our choice of tipples? The classically-composed tableside Manhattan for four; because sharing is caring.

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-500-5253, themercuryatl.com

The off-menu French 75 at Bread & Butterfly in Inman Park / Credit: Beth McKibben

290 Elizabeth St. NE, Atlanta, 678-515-4536, bread-and-butterfly.com

Avalon, 4100 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, 678-436-5655, experienceavalon.com/restaurants/branch-barrel

Tropical Sangria at Porch Light Latin Kitchen / Credit: Wendy Rutherford Gardner

Located in the Smyrna Market Village, Porch Light has become a neighborhood favorite. AJC dining critic, Wyatt Williams, recently gave the little latin gem three out of four stars after stumbling upon a packed house on a Tuesday night. Regulars swear by the Tropical Sangria which includes white wine and coconut rum to give the cocktail island flare. Another stand-out on the list is the lime-infused rum and Coke tipple, The Little Lie, which pairs nicely with the cumin-spiced rack of ribs.

300 Village Green Circle SE, #110, Smyrna, 678-309-9858, porchlightlatinkitchen.com

125 East Main St., Woodstock, 770-693-4552, centuryhousetavern.com

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