Your guide to the ATL’s coolest speakeasies
You’ve probably walked right past them and didn’t know it. Atlanta’s speakeasies are some of the city’s coolest spots to meet friends for drinks—if you know where to look and how to get in, that is.
THE BLIND PIG PARLOUR BAR
What’s cool: A small area behind the bar of Smokebelly BBQ, the venue has jazz on Fridays and can also be rented as a private event space.
Who gets in: It’s open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, unless there’s a private event. Go around to the back of Smokebelly. You’ll need the password, so call the call box at the door, get the password and enter.
How to find it: There’s an unmarked black door behind Smokebelly.
128 E. Andrews Drive N.W.
What’s cool: Primarily a private event space during the week, The Bureau is an extension of KR SteakBar on Fridays and Saturdays.
Who gets in: Anyone who asks at the host stand for the speakeasy.
How to find it: You’ll be guided to the kitchen to the secret space that isn’t quite so secret anymore, thanks to word of mouth.
349 Peachtree Hills
What’s cool: The design element, which was created by Tom Dixon of London. It was the first stateside hospitality project for Dixon’s design studio.
Who gets in: Only a lucky few each day. Himitsu, which means “secret” in Japanese, has its own entrance, but for a reservation, you have to submit a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “LOVE.” If chosen, you get a code back for that day’s availability. The bar is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
How to find it: Himitsu is seven doors down from sushi restaurant Umi.
3050 Peachtree Road N.W.
SUPPLY & DEMAND
What’s cool: Inspired by a hotel bar called NoMad in New York City, Supply & Demand offers high-end cocktails and spirits that have a very limited supply. Hence, the name.
Who gets in: Originally begun as a membership bar, nonmembers can now get in, but those with memberships, which are given out and not sold, get special perks. However, space is limited.
How to find it: The private, secret entrance behind Churchills.
3223 Cains Hill Place N.W.
STORY: Lisa R. Schoolcraft
Photo: Adam Davila Photography
Photo: Emily Andrews