Nighttime rooftop Myrtle & Rose garden at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

Myrtle & Rose rooftop garden at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

11 Amazing Rooftops to Try this Summer In Georgia

The breathtaking views and indulgent sips and bites definitely overdeliver at these rooftops across the state.

As the weather warms up, why not take your dinner outside? Enjoy sweeping views of mountain tops, ocean waves, and cityscapes, plus games, live music, and can't-miss food and drinks on these scenic Georgia rooftops.

View of bar at Eighteen85 Rooftop Bar at Hotel Indigo in Columbus, Georgia

Hotel Indigo in Columbus, Georgia

1. Eighteen85 Rooftop Bar at Hotel Indigo in Columbus

Perched above the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Eighteen85 Rooftop Bar serves up stellar views and locally inspired small plates. Share a "rooftop board" featuring local cheeses and charcuterie while sipping on Georgia brews. Or, choose craft cocktails like the River Breeze, with coconut rum and amaretto.

Make it a getaway: Spend the night at the Hotel Indigo Columbus, then pedal or stroll down the scenic, paved 15-mile Chattahoochee Riverwalk to spot local wildlife and explore historical markers and monuments dedicated to the city's past.

Cocktail and food at Myrtle & Rose at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

Myrtle & Rose at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

2. Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden at Plant Riverside in Savannah

For a romantic date night with a view in Savannah, head to Myrtle & Rose, a lush rooftop garden on top of the JW Marriott hotel in the city's Plant Riverside District. The bar serves botanically inspired cocktails and shareable small plates, plus a selection of absinthe and anise spirits, beer, and wine. Don't miss the Sunday Jazz Brunch, with live music and brunch specials like sweet potato pancakes and the signature Myrtle Benedict.

Make it a getaway: Book a room at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, and explore the shops, galleries, and restaurants along bustling River Street. Make time to walk on the beach on nearby Tybee Island.

View from the rooftop Hook & Eye at Hampton Inn Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Hook & Eye at Hampton Inn in Blue Ridge, Georgia

3. Hook & Eye at Hampton Inn Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge

Come for the crisp mountain air and unparalleled views; stay for shareable plates, signature cocktails and live music at the Hook & Eye rooftop restaurant in Blue Ridge. Dig into meatball sliders, a burger topped with smoked pork, or street tacos as you watch the train pass by below. Sip on drinks like an Apple Jack's River Mule (apple-infused whiskey, fresh apple cinnamon puree, mint, lime, ginger beer), The Squatch (raspberry-infused vodka, melon liquor, orange curacao, house sweet & sout), or a Just Peachy (peach-infused vodka, liqueur, fresh pineapple, cranberry juice) to wrap up a day of exploring the North Georgia mountains.

Make it a getaway: The Hook & Eye is perched atop the Hampton Inn Blue Ridge, conveniently located in downtown Blue Ridge. Spend the weekend hiking to nearby waterfalls, riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, sampling fresh fruit at Mercier Orchards and much more.

Rooftop dining at Edgar's Above Broad in Augusta, Georgia

Edgar's Above Broad in Augusta, Georgia

4. Edgar's Above Broad in Augusta

Part restaurant, part entertainment venue, Edgar's Above Broad in the heart of Augusta's Riverwalk has it all: rooftop dining, a lively atmosphere, a bocce ball court, putting green, and live music. Stop by for breakfast, lunch and small plates like wagyu sliders, pimento cheese dip, hot-honey chicken & waffles, and drinks, including mocktails and non-alcoholic beers.

Make it a getaway: The Partridge Inn, a historic hotel with both an outdoor pool and a quarter-mile of verandas, makes the perfect launching point for additional Augusta attractions. Explore the Serene 18 Paddle Trail, which takes paddlers on some of Georgia's most calm waterways.

Rooftop dining at Ocean Lodge on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Ocean Lodge on St. Simons Island, Georgia

5. The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge on St. Simons Island

Located on the fifth floor of the luxurious Ocean Lodge on St. Simons Island, this restaurant is fine dining at its best. The extensive menu is seafood-heavy — think blackened scallops in a rich lemon butter sauce, house-made crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, and grilled Georgia shrimp scampi — but includes vegetarian and meat dishes, as well.

Make it a getaway: Stay overnight at the Ocean Lodge — all rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen and private terrace — and climb the 129 steps of the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse for panoramic views of the coast.

Rooftop at Hotel Clermont in Atlanta, Georgia

Hotel Clermont in Atlanta, Georgia

6. Hotel Clermont in Atlanta

Enjoy cocktails with skyline views at the rooftop bar at Hotel Clermont near Ponce City Market. Open in the evening on weekdays and all afternoon and evening on weekends, the outdoor rooftop features street food, plus a menu of seasonal cocktails and mocktails as well as wine and local beers.

Make it a getaway: Stay at the hotel, and you're within walking distance to the shops and restaurants at Ponce City Market and all the attractions and scenery along the Atlanta BeltLine. Also nearby, explore major attractions in Midtown Atlanta, including Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the High Museum of Art.

Fly Bridge rooftop bar at Saltwater Fishery in Dublin, Georgia

Saltwater Fishery in Dublin, Georgia

7. Fly Bridge Rooftop Bar at Saltwater Fishery in Dublin

Located above the Saltwater Fishery in downtown Dublin, this laid-back restaurant features a full-service wrap-around bar, flat-screen TVs, frequent live music, and plenty of tables and lounge areas for enjoying snacks like peel-and-eat Georgia shrimp and pulled pork sliders. Try a signature cocktail like The Starfish, made with gin, fresh lemon juice, blueberry-lavender syrup and topped with a splash of Prosecco.

Make it a getaway: Stay at the family-friendly Holiday Inn Express & Suites or on the 30-acre Dublin Farm, and then take a five-mile walking tour, which stops at more than 70 points of interest in historic downtown.

Hybar in Athens, Georgia

Hybar in Athens, Georgia

8. Hybar in Athens

Enjoy drinks above the treeline with views of Sanford Stadium and other local landmarks at Hybar on the roof of the Hyatt Place in Athens. With a choice of beer or canned cocktails, the "buckets of 5" special is a great option for groups, as are shareable plates like fried okra bites. "Solo" dishes include chicken strips, wings, and chicken quesadillas.

Make it a getaway: Stay overnight at the Hyatt, then stroll through the scenic trails of the 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia and sample beer at the Creature Comforts Downtown Taproom and Brewery.

Vintner's rooftop at Rootstock in Woodstock, Georgia

Rootstock in Woodstock, Georgia

9. Rootstock in Woodstock

Located in downtown Woodstock 30 miles north of Atlanta, Rootstock offers the city's most extensive selection beverage menu, which includes cocktails, wine, beer, and mocktails. Snack on house-made pimento cheese, tapas plates, or cheese and charcuterie while listening to live music under the stars.

Make it a getaway: Hotel options include the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the Fairfield Inn & Suites, both of which are convenient to The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, with nearly 100 nationally known brand name stores like Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors.

Cocktail on The Roof in Ellijay, Georgia

The Roof in Ellijay, Georgia

10. The Roof in Ellijay

A newer addition to Ellijay, The Roof features a rooftop dining experience with views over the historic town and the mountains beyond. The menu is fresh and varied, and features local produce like mushrooms from Ellijay Mushrooms with their popular meatloaf. Sit back and relax with a craft cocktail or local beer as you enjoy the view.

Make it a getaway: Rent a mountain cabin to use as your home base for exploring Ellijay's many orchards and wineries. Go boating on Carters Lake and mountain biking on the area's exciting trails. Find places to stay and things to do in this Guide to Ellijay.

Sunset view from Sky Terrace Overlook at Epicurean Atlanta

Sky Terrace Overlook at Epicurean Atlanta

11. Aerial Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta

This rooftop hot spot at the Epicurean hotel in Midtown Atlanta offers a casual yet exclusive vibe in a sprawling urban garden with ninth-floor skyline views. Menu highlights include starters like Esquites, Smashed Avocado, and Molotes; Compressed Watermelon and other salads and bowls; specialty Mushroom Adobo, Roasted Chicken, Carne Asada, and Shrimp Tacos; and the Chicken Milanesa Torta.

Make it a getaway: Pack your swimsuit when you stay at the Epicurean and relax all day at the rooftop resort-style pool with luxury cabanas. Before heading out in the evening to catch a show at the nearby Fox Theatre, enjoy a meal at Reverence, the hotel's chef-driven concept featuring a menu of seasonally sustainable seafood and meats, and woodland-foraged delicacies. Be sure to check the hotel's event calendar for special dinners, live music and more.

Published: June 2024
Written by: Laura Scholz
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