7 Things to Know About 9 Mile Station in Atlanta


The massive Intown food hall at Ponce City Market has been the central feature of Atlanta's food scene this year. Now that some of the hubbub around the various openings died down — after all, there have been some hits, some misses — the question everyone has is: "When will the rooftop open?" Well, open Nine Mile Station just did, with a rooftop beer garden serving massive brews to eager crowds since early last week. Here's all the essential intel on Atlanta's newest — and already hottest — rooftop spot.

The indoor/outdoor space seats more than 200 guests at individual tables and communal picnic benches. There are also outdoor features like fire pits and Adirondack lounge chairs.

The beer garden gets its name from the historic nine-mile circuit a streetcar once traveled to make a loop from Downtown to Virginia-Highland more than 100 years ago.

With a dozen beers on tap and more than another dozen bottled and canned, Nine Mile Station offers one of the broadest beer selections in the neighborhood.

Nine Mile Station's executive chef Jonathan McDowell spent the past two years at Barcelona Wine Bar and more than three before that heading up a now-closed tapas bar in Buford. His menu ranges from beer-friendly shareable small plates to sandwiches and hearty entrees. Sausages of differing lengths come priced at $1.50 per inch, and are available in foot long, six inch and in-between varieties.

Nine Mile Station is open 3–10 PM Monday through Wednesday, 3–11 PM Thursday and Friday, 11 AM–11 PM Saturday and 12–9 PM Sunday. The restaurant isn't accessible from inside Ponce City Market; guests can only get there via the freight elevator on the eastern side of the PCM courtyard (look for the giant blinking lights that say ROOF) and by passing through the Skyline Park amusement park, which will waive admission for those with reservations.

Sarah Uhn