Bar Peri, the city’s first rooftop bar, will join an open container district in one of Dunwoody’s entertainment centers

Office commuters and Dunwoody residents will soon have a rooftop bar to visit where they can enjoy a cocktail while overlooking the Perimeter skyline.

Bar Peri, located on the 7th floor of the new AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter, is set to open Oct. 8. It’ll become the first rooftop bar to open in the Perimeter area, and it’ll join one of Dunwoody’s entertainment districts, where open container alcohol sales are allowed.

Adam Hill, the hotel’s general manager, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Bar Peri will cater to an underserved market of businesspeople looking to enjoy a drink during peak traffic times. He added that residents have clamored for a high-rise hangout spot that takes advantage of the area’s landmark buildings, such as the King and Queen towers.

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“We’re not only going to be able to capture those corporate guests that are getting off work and don’t want to battle traffic on I-285, but we’re also going to be able to get the local crowd looking for a new place to hang out,” Hill said.

The 4,000-square foot space includes indoor and outdoor seating areas. In total, Bar Peri has a capacity of 130 people. The centerpiece bar is next to a screen window that can raise into the ceiling like a garage door, allowing bartenders to make drinks for patrons regardless of where they want to sit.

Hill said the outdoor area, which can seat roughly 40 people at a time, will help attract patrons looking for fresh air — a commodity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Especially now through COVID, I think a lot of travelers and locals are looking for a space that’s both indoor and outdoor, so they can sit outside versus just sitting inside,” he said. “I think that’s key as well.”

While Peri might seem like a play on Perimeter, Hill said the bar’s name is actually a reference to fairies in Persian and Greek mythology. Many of the location’s craft cocktails are named after sprites or play off of fantasy and mischief. The menu primarily focuses on Spanish tapas and shared plates, such as flatbreads, prosciutto toast and charcuterie boards.

Bar Peri employs about 20 employees, and Hill said they’re currently fully staffed. Located at 40 Perimeter Center Place, the hotel is the only one located in Dunwoody’s entertainment district for the Ashford Lane Shopping Center. The Dunwoody City Council made the area an open container district over the summer, along with the $2-billion High Street Development along Olde Perimeter Way.

The bar’s hours will be 5 to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. It’ll be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

At opening time each day, Hill said the bartenders will line up glasses and pour vodka shots that’ll change into a rainbow of colors. He said the display is a tribute to the LGBT community and the bar’s whimsical vibe.

“It’s a little bit of mischief and a little bit of trouble, so it’s somewhere where we want you to come to have a fun time in a playful atmosphere,” Hill said.