Bar Review - Drinkshop

SPEAKEASY SWAGGER: World renowned mixologist, Sasha Petraske — of Milk and Honey fame — brings a piece of New York to the new W Atlanta downtown. Petraske has enlisted the always-stylish and incredibly talented Eric Simpkins, formerly of Trois, who fits perfectly with Petraske's philosophy and vision. While the approach to drink-making is decidedly old-fashioned, the decor is anything but. The W's signature contemporary touches abound, from the sleek construction materials to the long, low-profile tables surrounded by wide, retro-modern chairs. Vintage influences pop up in small touches including the arm garters worn by male barkeeps and the well-chosen barware.

POST-PROHIBITION: While the beer menu definitely caters to the hotel set, the range of obscure boutique spirits is bound to impress even the most seasoned cocktail aficionados. All of the mixers are freshly made in-house. The ice — yes, ice — is the coolest feature. An illuminated 150-pound block sits at the center of the bar and is chipped to order. Early favorites include "The Bees Knees" — a delicate gin-based concoction ripe with clover honey — and anything made with emulsified egg whites. Hungry imbibers can nibble on a small selection of dishes from the neighboring BLT Steak kitchen.

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