During these seasonal golden days between pollen and extreme heat, the urge to drink outdoors can be overpowering. There are few outdoor drinking spots as enchanting as JCT Bar, located on Westside Urban Market's upper level above JCT Kitchen. The sprawling terrace wraps around the smaller, retro-farmhouse-meets-vintage-train-station indoor bar. The surrounding jumble of old industrial buildings and overgrown train tracks provides the atmosphere, and the vista from the building's east end offers one of the best views around of Atlanta's skyline.
A new promotion called Thursdays on the Terrace includes live music from 6-9 p.m. as well as $1 oysters, deviled eggs and open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches. A fairly standard beer list sports a couple of interesting choices – Left Hand Milk Stout ($6) and North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner ($6) take their place among Amstel and Anchor Steam ($5). Specialty drinks include a puckery fresh-squeezed lemonade with vodka ($5) and a Pimm's cup made with cucumbers and Georgia strawberries ($5).
It's only a matter of weeks before sweat and mosquitoes reign. In the meantime, JCT Bar could be the perfect location for your springtime frolicking urges.
JCT Bar, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18. 404-355-2252. Tues.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 2-9 p.m. www.jctkitchen.com/bar.html.