Pretty Southern was privileged to take a sneak peak inside Polaris – now spinning above Downtown Atlanta. Upon entering the Hyatt Regency, you’ll find a private elevator to whisk you up 22 stories to Polaris. Back in his prime, Jim Morrison partied at Polaris and likened the experience to flying in “Victorian Rocket Ships”. Polaris first opened in 1967 and closed in 2004. After 10 years sitting dormant, and millions of dollars in renovations the blue dome is now shining over downtown Atlanta beckoning the city’s upwardly mobile. The 25th-story revolving restaurant, which makes a full rotation every 45 minutes, offers fantastic views of the north Georgia terrain with viewpoints of both Kennesaw and Stone Mountain.
One aspect we liked the most about the redesign is how Polaris is staged into various “rooms”. For example an open kitchen glittering in stainless steel faces the opulent bar, adjacent to the library, living room, and dining room areas with plush couches, high-backed chairs, and long banquet tables.
Fun fact: while many assume the Sun Dial is Atlanta’s token rotating restaurant, both projects were the brain child of Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr. The Sun Dial would open in 1977, a decade later than Polaris. “In its day, Polaris was a symbol of Atlanta’s tremendous cultural and economic growth,” said Peter McMahon, the Hyatt’s general manager, said in an official media release. “Now Polaris is coming back as the city is buzzing with new projects, revived neighborhoods and unprecedented tourism.”
Seriously y’all, if Don Draper visited Atlanta then this is where he would come for cocktails. Here are few pictures from our #PolarisPreview
Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner, UGA graduate, and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. Y’all can find her writing, wining, and dining in Atlanta. She’s a member of the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, and the Southern Blog Society. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Oh yeah, and let her know if you want to grab a peach daiquiri at Polaris!