Johnny’s Hideaway is somewhere you keep meaning to go to, but haven’t yet because, well, it’s in Buckhead. It’s far, and also has the kind of bar-scene reputation that might scare you away if you didn’t rush during college. Luckily, the bar leans more alumni reunion than frat party, with nightly live music and plenty of people looking to dance, which makes it a good option for a birthday or girls’ night out.
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Yebo Beach Haus
This unique spot in Buckhead is a beach house for half the year and a ski house for the other, serving South African-inspired dishes.
Seven Lamps might be technically in the Lenox Mall, but it’s worth braving traffic for the small plates and wine.
When you want to eat great Thai food in Buckhead, and sit outside while you do it, head to Bangkok Station.
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Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits
Watchman’s in Inman Park feels a little like a beach vacation, with a seafood-heavy menu and a long list of oysters.
Bocado in West Midtown works for basically any situation, with its big patio, great cocktails, and one of the best burgers in Atlanta.
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The Rooftop at Hotel Clermont
When you want a drink on a rooftop with one of the best views of the city, head to the rooftop of the Clermont Hotel.
MJQ Concourse in Old Fourth Ward is a no frills, cash only place to dance. Head there late, and in clothing you don’t care about.
Lloyd’s Restaurant and Lounge
Lloyd’s in Inman Park is like a 1980s fever dream of a restaurant - with its wood paneled walls, booths, and menu of old school staples.
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