Atlanta patios to drink on right now

Venkman's patio. / Handout photo

Venkman’s patio. / Handout photo

The sun is out, the temperatures are heating up and sitting inside while eating just seems silly. Yep, it’s patio weather, and several Atlanta restaurants and bars are getting in on the action.

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Venkman’s opened its newly constructed patio in the Old Fourth Ward last week. Seating up to 40 guests at four-tops and picnic tables, the patio will be open for regular service hours and serve a full menu, including the restaurant’s happy hour menu featuring $6 appetizers, $5 drafts and other drink specials. The patio is also a good spot to try the bottomless mimosa brunch deal.

Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta. 470-225-6162,


Westside Ironworks has two new spots with patios for you to try.

Japanese restaurant O-Ku recently debuted its patio, complete with its own cocktail and bites menu. Skyline views are accompanied by dishes including lobster temaki and hamachi carpaccio, and drinks including Sugar & Spice and Jasmanian Devil. Sushi Happy Hour is held from 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Late Night Sushi service Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Barcelona Westside, the restaurant’s second location (the first is in Inman Park with its own notable patio), offers up a patio featuring a Spanish-inspired small plates menu and full drink list.

O-Ku Atlanta, 1085 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-500-2383,
Barcelona Westside, 1085 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-872-8000,


The newly opened Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar’s patio is small but mighty, a space perfect for downing oysters and other fresh seafood al fresco.

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Rd, Marietta. 770-635-7641,


Eight Sushi Lounge on the Westside has a patio that accommodates 45 diners for lunch and dinner service. Eight also recently launched “Miso Happy Before Dark” featuring featuring after-work specials on food and drinks.

Eight Sushi Lounge, 930 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta. 404-796-8888,



More patios to drink on

Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market is offering seasonal drinks and dishes on its patio, including crudo salad, lasagna and the bocciolo cocktail. Several other Ponce City Market have patio seating, as well.

Bellina Alimentari, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta. 404-330-9933,


The Big Ketch in Roswell has opened its patio in time for its new weekday lunch service. Menu items include Citrus seafood cobb salad, buffalo shrimp po’ boy and creole shrimp and grits.

The Big Ketch Roswell, 1105 Canton St., Roswell. 770-993-5749,


The Imperial is serving up its menu — on its patio facing College Avenue.

726 W. College Ave., Decatur. 404-464-5698,


Check out Table & Main’s Paleo Wednesdays menu, featuring new dishes every week, inside or outside. The restaurant’s patio is open during regular business hours, during which customers can also offer from the full food and drink menu.

Table & Main, 1028 Canton St., Roswell. 678-869-5178,


Lucky Fish from Bangkok Station. (Becky Stein

Lucky Fish from Bangkok Station. (Becky Stein

Thai restaurant Bangkok Station recently celebrated its one year anniversary with a patio party — the space is now open with the patrons being offered the spot’s full menu including Lucky Fish and a full cocktail list.

Bangkok Station, 550 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404-343-4665,


Want to drink with Fido? Dogs are welcome on the patio at Saltyard, which is also offering up happy hour deals including $1 oysters, $3 craft beers and $5 glasses of wine.

Saltyard, 1820 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-382-8088,


Get a taste of Spain at Gypsy Kitchen’s Sunday “Basque in the Sun” promotion, featuring paella, a live flamenco guitarist, half off select bottles of wine and $4 tintos de verano.

Gypsy Kitchen, 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-939-9840,


Help Double Zero celebrate its five year anniversary before it makes the move to Emory Village this summer with a party May 26 featuring a bocce tournament and live music on the patio, grilled dishes off the Big Green Egg and complimentary birthday cake.

Double Zero, 5825 Roswell Rd, Atlanta. 404-991-3666,


Junction Funktions have kicked off on the patio of JCT. Bar, the patio bar of JCT Kitchen, with drink specials, grill-outs and live music. The next one will be held May 7 to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.

JCT. Bar, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-355-2252,


Looking for a place to eat with Fido? Mason Tavern serves up weekend brunch on its covered and dog-friendly patio. Look for Bananas Foster Pancakes, Hot Chicken Benedict and Croque Mason. Want more patio brunch action? Check out our top picks for outdoor brunch, including Canoe, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and Watershed on Peachtree.

Mason Tavern, 1371 Clairmont Rd, Decatur. 404-963-2322,



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