The Rise of the Phoenix (serves three) is one of the savvy sips offered by Golden Eagle bar manager Jeff Stockton in a cocktail program that is as imaginative as it is delicious. The restaurant's location (with a new outdoor patio) on Atlanta's pedestrian and bike-centric BeltLine means you can walk off all of those boozy calories.
With a focus on Caribbean dishes and coastal seafood, this tiki-centric Decatur cocktail bar puts fun front and center with a rotating happy hour punch, $100 punch bowls "for 6-8 hearty souls," festive drinks like classic Mai Tais and Zombies served in coconuts and pineapples and a catalogue of 1,000 rums. Cheeky newfangled cocktails like Coke Problem (made with rum, coffee-cola syrup, amaro, lime and bitters) and an absinthe colada are among the creative sips on offer.
Backyard bars, like this one from HGTV's Going Yard, are a natural extension of the outdoor dining room trend. The extra seating and counter space are great for entertaining. The fun, tropical style of this bar makes it a desirable hangout for family and friends.
With some light reconstruction and bold paint choices, Bucy’s firm, Holland Remodeling & Building, converted the garage to a tiki bar — a fun, funky “destination spot” on their property. For a different spin on the same idea, you could create a cigar bar or your own private espresso station.