Little Spirit, the cocktail bar replacing Amer in Inman Quarter, could open by the end of May, says co-owner Randy Pechin. Amer, a bitters and cocktail bar from Bocado owner Brian Lewis, closed in March after two years.
Window signage is up on the North Highland space and the interior renovation is underway. Pechin tells Eater Atlanta the opening staff is in place and will begin their training soon.
The space includes a handful of commissioned pieces from local Atlanta artist Erica Arndts which depict musicians like David Bowie as Renaissance-era patron saints who serve as the bar’s inspiration.
“Our goal at Little Spirit is to serve serious drinks in a fun and inviting atmosphere. We decided to bring a little of that vibe to our design”, Pechin says of the new wall art and renovations.
However, he and Crescent Roots Hospitality business partner Cindy Wong plan to keep some of Amer’s aesthetic and layout intact.
Evan Hawkins has been tapped as Little Spirit’s beverage director. Hawkins, an Atlanta native, met Pechin and Wong while working at Midtown’s Opera nightclub. He has worked previously behind the bars at Mother’s Ruin in New York City as well as at Bodega South Beach and Craft Social Club in Miami. Hawkins is now working with the newly-opened Broken Shaker team in New York City.
Little Spirit will feature two cocktail menus throughout the year; one for spring and summer, the other for fall and winter. Both will lean heavily toward the classics and could include updated versions of drinks like the daiquiri, old fashioned, and negroni. The bar plans to offer a late-night happy hour to cater to area residents and restaurant and bar industry workers.
As for food, Pechin says to expect a menu of mainly tapas and small plates. A chef has been hired and will be announced to the public soon along with more menu details.