Is it ridiculous to sit in a small, dark room and recite your whims to a bartender so that he can make you a custom, $16 cocktail? Of course it is, but it is also fabulous. Ink, which has taken up residence inside 8Arm (which has a worthy bar scene and cocktail program of its own), is not going to be anyone’s neighborhood bar, but it’s the kind of place that makes this already impossibly cool stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue even cooler. Be creative with your drink order: “A summer day, but sour” was met with an Aviation-reminiscent concoction of Old Tom gin, rosemary, lemon and lime, and maraschino liqueur. Then let your eyes adjust to the opium den of a room, barely lit by a shimmering Art Deco chandelier.
710 Ponce de Leon Avenue