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This spaceship-shaped cocktail lounge isn’t downtown’s only revolving rooftop hotel bar—just the most badass.
No architect ever loved Atlanta like John Portman
"All I ever wanted to do in Atlanta was create something that would elevate the city.” Remembering the iconic architect, who died December 29 at age 93.
Take a spin at Polaris
While you won't see as much as of the city as you can from the nearby SunDial restaurant (yes, downtown Atlanta has two rotating restaurants within a few blocks of each other), the history behind the blue spaceship-like dome perched atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is more storied.
After 50 years, Hyatt Regency Atlanta is still a downtown icon
When it opened 50 years ago, the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street felt like the architectural embodiment of the Space Age. Visitors—14,000 came one opening weekend—gazed up in awe at the 22-story atrium, designed to provide “spatial relief” from the hassles of air travel and city life.
5 Atlanta landmarks perfect for the next Marvel movie
Marvel’s "Ant-Man" reimagines the old Georgia Archives Building as the waterfront headquarters of Pym Technologies. That got us thinking: What other Atlanta icons could be transformed with a little movie magic?
There we were, sitting along a black-and-white petrified wood bar twenty-two stories up, looking out at the Atlanta sky, now blood-orange after a summer storm. Many have wondered if Polaris—atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, once the tallest building in the city—still has a decent view.
10 peach dishes you need to try now
Given that our ubiquitous state fruit has made its way onto our license plates and street signs on practically every corner, it should come as no surprise that local chefs are also tinkering with the Georgia peach in a number of creative ways.
Urban beekeeping on the rise
If it seems that the buzz around bees has picked up volume, that’s because it has. According to the USDA, bees help pollinate one-third of all our food, but recently, a mysterious and destructive honeybee disease called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been wiping out record numbers of hives across the U.S. Although CCD is a common phenomonom, scientists can't explain why it's increasing at such a devastating rate.
Taking a spin at the Polaris
The reimagined Polaris opens to the public June 10. The iconic revolving restaurant that first opened in 1967 now houses two living room spaces, a bar, and a small restaurant. There's a definite emphasis on cocktails and socializing over dining.
The Polaris Comes Full Circle
From the moment you push the oval Polaris button inside the glass elevator of the Hyatt Regency, the stomach-flipping wonder returns. In nineteen seconds, you’re rocketed up the atrium’s hanging ivy–accented twenty-two stories, through the roof, and out into the Downtown sky. Then you ascend into the space-pod lounge, hovering 312 feet above the lobby of the forty-seven-year-old hotel.
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