Tucked into its own corner off Krog Street, small plates of Spanish-style tapas are elevated to Kevin Rathbun’s standards. Hunks of meat are carved right behind the counter for the “carni.” Sit atop the high stools at the window “bar” and clink together your glasses of red.
112 Krog St. NE, Atlanta. 404-524-1618, krogbar.com/menu.html
This elegant Virginia-Highland spot fills up as quickly as the hand-rolled pasta fills your stomach. The narrow dining room mimics a traditional Italian trattoria with exposed brick and an open kitchen. Warm yourself with the tagliatelle bolgnese or a spoonful of zuppa di pesce.
992 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com/
Hidden behind a bookshelf in Pizzeria Vesuvius is a secret 1920s-themed den. An array of bottles line the brick walled bar, and the sultry atmosphere pairs perfectly with one of their boilermakers and light bites. May we suggest the soufflé with brie, artichoke and spinach and the “Only in Atlanta” with bourbon, Drambuie, salty peach puree and Sweetwater 420.
This Krog Street Market spot
boasts the best bar seat in Atlanta
one of 2016's best cocktails, in addition to offering up a cozy vibe and
some pretty tasty food
99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta. 404-458-4534,