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Mystery-Themed Bar Clues and Cocktails Opens This Friday in Sweet Auburn

Sip cocktails and solve a crime set inside a post-World War II jail starting November 22

An actor portraying a midcentury policemen inside a mock Southern jail at Clues and Cocktails bar on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta Clues and Cocktails
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Mystery-themed bar Clues and Cocktails opens Friday, November 22, as part of Room Escape on Auburn Avenue in Sweet Auburn. The bar’s first mystery involves solving a crime set inside a post-World War II jail where patrons are serenaded, served cocktails, and obtain clues from a suspicious cast of characters.

Upon arrival, people are first booked into the bar and their mug shots taken. They then set off gathering clues to help save a young man from the executioner after being wrongfully accused of murder. Another theme track asks people to get philosophical while drinking cocktails and answer the question “what is justice” by delving into the minds of history’s “most controversial ‘criminals.’”

As for food, owner Joy Christina says she took cues from a New York state penitentiary commissary list to create some rather curious bar bite choices like frank and beans using Italian sausage. Cocktails also lean into the prison theme. There’s a mojito riff called “the Yard” comprising of cachaça and watermelon mint shrub, while the tequila and crème de cassis-based “the Hole” is based on a 1940s cocktail called the El Diablo. A secret code might be necessary or a blacklight used to read the menu.

Reservations are required. $57.97 per person secures two hours of crime-solving and only one cocktail. All additional food and drink purchases are extra and added to a card given to each person at the beginning of the evening. The bar opens for walk-ins after 10 p.m.

A blue metal secretary desk with an FBI fingerprint ID poster above it Clues and Cocktails
A hightop table with three old books on top and two stools Clues and Cocktails
An woman in a black dress with white collar sitting at an old desk next to a window speaking to someone off camera with her hands clasped Clues and Cocktails

Clues and Cocktails isn’t the only mystery theme bar heading to Atlanta. Conspiracy theory-driven Redacted Basement Drink Parlor opens on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill next year.

Reserved shows begin at 7 p.m., Thursday - Sunday. Walk-ins welcome from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 21 years and up.

314 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta.