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From the in-demand reservations to book now to the rooftops with the dreamiest views, here’s our guide to the ultimate weekend of dining, drinking and dancing the night away in Atlanta. Go ahead, indulge.

Ecco Buckhead brings a lot to the table—literally. The resto flaunts a menu rife with noshworthy appetizers like the wood-fired focaccia, which comes with three spreads for added flavor: eggplant caponata, Russian salad and labneh.

Ecco Buckhead photo by Shelby Gordon 

Spot this photoworthy dish of cobia crudo (soubise and chorizo oil) on the menu at Tin Tin.

Tin Tin photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

Bottle service at Whiskey Blueis always a good idea.

Whiskey Blue photo by Jason Locklear, RSVPATL

Doughnut Dollies’ flavorful offerings include (clockwise from top) honey chamomile, hibiscus and Earl Grey ganache.

Photo by Mia Yakel 

A full-service bar at Guac y Margys allows for endless cocktails, including this Altos skinny margarita with brandied cherry, lime and cilantro as garnish.

Guac y Margys photo by John Alburl, Hand Picked Atlanta

 

For the seasoned baristas at Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, pouring a latte is an art form.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

 

New Realm Brewing's rooftop scene

Photo by Anna Hogan Photography

 

At mobile food pop-up Nakamura.ke, bioluminescent ramen and cocktails will be served against a fantastical backdrop.

Nakamura.ke photo by Zoo as Zoo courtesy of Dashboard

 

A classic bloody mary at Ticonderoga Club

Photo by Bart Sasso

It’s all about the details at Ticonderoga Club.

Ticonderoga Club photo by Bart Sasso

Marcel’s leather tufted booths offer an intimate place to mingle and munch into the wee hours of the morning.

Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

5:15PM
happy hour

Little Alley Steak Buckhead is an upscale spot to kick off the weekend, with an attractive after-5 crowd and an even more enticing drink menu: Think more than 400 bottles of wine, bourbon, scotch and whiskey to satisfy any libation lover. Whether you mingle inside the seductive space (hanging Edison bulbs only add to the ambiance) or take it outside to the climate-controlled bar on the sprawling terrace, the scene won’t disappoint—and neither will ordering one of the restaurant’s chilled shellfish bouquets (trust us). @littlealleysteakatl

6:45PM
apps and (more) drinks

At Fifth Group Restaurants’ brand-new Ecco Buckhead, mouthwatering appetizers and shared plates abound—with gluten-free ops up for grabs—from 16 total cured meats and cheeses for pairing according to your palate, to freshly baked wood-fired focaccia (take note, this is a must-order), fried goat cheese and much, much more. Five flatbreads full of flavor are prime for sharing and conveniently complement a glass of vino from Ecco’s expert wine list. @eccoatl

8:30PM
hard-to-score dinner reservations

Over in West Midtown’s Stockyards development, Aix, a Provençal-inspired resto from chef Nick Leahy, is the new hot seat to snag. Beautiful yet approachable French fare that’s practically begging to be ’grammed competes with ai3’s charming interiors; next door, playful wine bar Tin Tin (which boasts an equally tasty menu) beckons diners for a post-meal rendezvous. @aixatl; @tintinatl

MIDNIGHT
rooftop scene

Perched atop the W Atlanta - Buckhead, Whiskey Blue is a go-to for the city’s well-heeled night owls—especially since the rooftop bar unveiled its swanky renovation in November. New features include a 66-foot-long mural by local artist Chris Veal; upgraded lighting and interior accents (hello, plush leather couches); and vibrant blue sectional seating on the outdoor patio, perfect for soaking in the skyline views with a martini in hand. Of course, some things—like sexy bartenders and stiff sips—remain the same. @whiskeyblueatl

9AM
doughnut run

Marietta is no longer the only place to indulge in pastry chef Anna Gatti’s decadent doughy creations. Set to open in January, Doughnut Dollies’ Westside location will offer seasonal made-fresh-daily flavors like buttered popcorn or ice cream sundae (tip: Always ask about the #YOLO doughnut of the moment), alongside Jittery Joe’s draft coffee. The space is tiny, but a walk-up window allows you to scoop preordered treats on the go. Just don’t wait too long; the bakery’s open from 7am till doughnuts run out... and they will. @doughnutdollies

NOON
boozy lunch

Name a better duo than tequila and tacos... we’ll wait. At ATL newcomer Guac y Margys—the brainchild of three Georgia-raised restaurateurs—the bites are savory and the sips are strong (not to mention tagged with cheeky monikers like ATL Sunset, Going to MJQ? and Nobody Calls It “Hotlanta” Anymore). The quaint space bumps elbows with the Eastside BeltLine Trail and delivers on its rotating menu rife with meat and veggies tacos, and, of course, plenty of guac to go around. @guacymargys

3:30PM
brews with a view

Saturdays at the BeltLine-adjacent New Realm Brewing can get packed—and for good reason: The restaurant and brewery boasts all the makings for a perfect afternoon of day-drinking, from cornhole boards and pup-friendly patios to a new beer garden complete with fire-pit tables. For the ultimate experience, head upstairs to the rooftop: The picnic tables are a prime spot for sunset-gazing over a round of Hoplandia IPAs. @newrealmbrewing

6:30PM
can’t-miss pop-up

The first of its kind in the world, Nakamura.ke is taking over a small spot (we’re talking six seats) next to Old Fourth Ward’s Sound Table and Space2, where cooks are serving—wait for it—glow-in-the-dark ramen and sake cocktails. If you didn’t nab a ticket to the 30-minute dining experience Jan. 30 through Feb. 16 before it sold out, well, you’re in luck: A two-week extension Feb. 20 to March 2 will happen at Paris on Ponce—but you better act fast on the $75 tickets before they’re gone yet again. @nakamura.ke

7:45PM
buzzy dinner

Its doors haven’t even opened yet, and Lazy Betty is topping every foodie’s bucket list—that’s the power of a successful pop-up series and a hit Netflix show, y’all. Since the monthly Supper Club dinners subsided last fall, Lazy Betty’s team—helmed by executive chef Ron Hsu, one of 24 chef-competitors on The Final Table that premiered Nov. 20—has been prepping for the forthcoming brick-and-mortar in Candler Park. Expect industrial-chic environs from local firm Praxis3, an innovative tasting menu—and reservations to go fast. @lazybettyatl

10:30PM
djs and dancing

ATL’s newest nightclub may also be its most #lit—literally. Your jaw will drop when you and your crew roll up to District Atlanta, which promises a light show every night thanks to a unique lighting system (the only one of its kind in North America) that moves with the music. Speaking of tunes, expect an impressive lineup of DJs and electronic artists on District’s event calendar, from local fave DJ EU to L.A.-based The Glitch Mob. Simply call ahead to reserve a VIP table, and get ready for a wild night you won’t forget. @districtatlanta

1AM
late-night bite

Round out a night of painting the town red with a booth big enough for the gang at Marcel. Situated within Westside Provisions District and open till 2am, the posh scene offers the city’s restless revelers a destination for devouring post-party noms, like the melt-in-your-mouth cheeseburger with thick-cut bacon; or frites canard covered in chicken gravy, duck confit and fried egg. For those with a sweet tooth, an array of desserts awaits (think chocolate delice, boozy milkshakes and more). @marcelatlanta

11AM
hangover cure

Though its reputation may be as a damn good watering hole (Esquire named it one of the 21 best bars in America 2018), Ticonderoga Club also serves up a seriously tasty brunch. After a late night of boozing, ease your pain with the popular Ticonderoga Cup (shout out to the “Brunch Bill” for making it OK to drink at 11am on Sunday) before indulging in a simple yet oh-so savory Yankee B.E.C. (bacon, egg and cheese on a kaiser roll). Plus, the vibe at this Krog Street Market haunt is so friendly and laid-back, you’ll be feeling better in no time. @ticonderogaclub