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Atlanta’s cocktail scene flies under the national radar, but the talent is here
Have you ever come across a gem of a place and wondered how no one else has found out about it? That’s what the entire Atlanta bar scene is like. Atlanta may influence everything, but when it comes to the national cocktail conversation, it flies way under the radar. Is the talent here? Yes. Do many people know about it? No.
How to find the best cocktails in Atlanta—and what to avoid
And I’ve realized that, for me, there are only three kinds of cocktails: classic, magic, and a waste of money.
3. Ticonderoga Club
While co-owner Greg Best maintains, “We’re not a bar,” one of the principal reasons to visit this whimsical Krog Street Market establishment—besides the celebrated clam roll—is the chance to tipple James Beard–nominated cocktails.
In this endearingly dark little room in the corner of Krog Street Market, Greg Best and Paul Calvert—two of the city’s most ingenious bartenders—mix and stir and shake and dazzle.
Secret’s in the sauce: The bottles that built Atlanta’s James Beard-nominated cocktail bars
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.
The Tippling Point: How craft cocktails made their way onto every menu in Atlanta
Ten years ago, barkeep Greg Best couldn’t even get his hands on a reliable supply of decent vermouth. In 2008, the craft cocktail renaissance that started in New York City started to make its way to Atlanta. Now, cocktail culture has proliferated with such fervor that you can find almost any creation in Atlanta.
What’s new and what you can’t miss at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018
Along with three days of tasting tents, the festival features a wide variety of dinners, parties, and learning sessions and hands-on workshops, with notable chefs, restaurateurs, and mixologists such as Justin Anthony (Yebo Beach Haus), Meherwan Irani (Chai Pani), John Castellucci (Castellucci Hospitality Group), Eddie Hernandez (Taqueria del Sol), and Paul Calvert and Greg Best (Ticonderoga Club) presenting.
With lower-alcohol Suppressor cocktails, less is more
“With the cocktail renaissance came a bent towards stirred, boozy drinks,” says Greg Best. “But Manhattans and martinis aren’t what we want to drink on a regular basis.” Enter the Suppressor.
6 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival events you won’t want to miss
Heading to this year's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival? Here's what's new for 2017 and the events you won't want to miss.
Bartender Greg Best’s hangover cure? Chick-fil-A or a lot of eggs
Ticonderoga Club's Greg Best discusses New Orleans, a cocktail trend he's over, and his favorite dive bar.
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