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For the first time ever, Atlanta has not one but two local establishments on the shortlist of five finalists for the James Beard Outstanding Beverage Program award: Ticonderoga Club and Kimball House. Paul Calvert and Miles Macquarrie take us on a tour of their backbars.
Victory burst onto the scene in 2011 as a scrappy little sandwich spot with excellent sliders, an instant-hit ping-pong table, and a wicked sense of humor. Then there was the slushie machine; it didn’t take long before Ian Jones and Caleb Wheelus’ boozy frozen whiskey and Coke exploded in popularity, becoming an iconic Atlanta drink.
Bar Margot, an exquisite cocktail lounge inside the Four Seasons, feels just as timeless as the forebearers to whom it pays homage. But beyond the tufted leather chairs and top-shelf booze, you’ll find warm, approachable service, a sleekly modern atmosphere, and a little dash of whimsy here and there.