Atlanta just keeps getting praised.
Food and entertainment website Thrillist released its collection of the best cocktail bars in America, and one of Atlanta’s signature cocktail bars made the list. Only 21 bars across the country made the cut, ranging from the under-the-radar dive bars and speakeasies to some of the most elite and celebrated bars in the country.
“Now that great cocktails are everywhere, finding the best of the best is even trickier,” Thrillist editors wrote in the “21 best cocktail bars in the country.“That's why we did the hard work for you. The bars on this list represent everything from old-school drinkeries shaking up Prohibition-era cocktails to the cutting edge of cocktail science and everything in between.”
All the major go-to cities for nightlife were represented on Thrillist’s list (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles). And even a few smaller cities got some love, like Louisville, Kentucky.
For Atlanta, the bar of choice for Thrillist editors has South African influences and cocktails you won’t find elsewhere in the ATL.
Ponce City Market’s Biltong Bar got brownie points for not only its cocktail lineup but its beef jerky. The editors gave kudos to Biltong’s “delicious air-dried, charcuterie-ish” beef jerky. They also suggested trying the unusual Celery Sour, a concoction of London gin, pineapple, celery, lemon, vanilla, and greek yogurt, on your first visit.
“We love jerky. And we love cocktails...Even if you don’t really drink much, you can’t go wrong with cocktails like the unorthodox Celery Sour.”
There will soon be a chance to enjoy the combination of cocktail and house-cured jerky in Buckhead. Owner Justin Anthony plans to open a 6,500 square-foot restaurant in the Shops Buckhead plaza later this year, the AJC recently reported.
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