Ink, the 20-seat cocktail bar located inside 8Arm’s former coffee cafe, becomes a natural wine bar by mid-September, general manager Joshua Fryer tells Eater Atlanta. 8Arm Wine will be “more laid back” than its predecessor, which apparently was unable to maintain steady weekday business along this rapidly transforming portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
“We want this concept to be more fun and less serious in vibe than INK,” Fryer says. “Therefore, we will not require anyone to go through a door person to enter 8ARM WINE.”
Once open, people enter 8Arm Wine from inside the restaurant’s dining room or via a separate bar entrance just off of the parking lot.
8Arm Wine’s menu focuses on by-the-glass organic and biodynamic selections as well as vermouth, sherry, and wine flights. Fryer also says to expect nightly specials like half-priced sherry on Thursdays or magnum specials on Saturdays and weekly events such as Tuesday trivia, wine tastings, and winemaker meetings at 8Arm Wine.
Food at the bar still includes a variety of tinned seafood and caviar on the menu with other wine-friendly additions such as a cheese plate, pâté, desserts, and other snacks from 8Arm’s kitchen, run by chef Maricela Vega.
Ink remains open during the transition to 8Arm Wine while Fryer retools the wine inventory for both the restaurant and the bar. 8Arm and 8Arm Wine will offer separate by-the-glass selections on their wine menus, but share a bottle list.
The restaurant also discontinued its weekday brunch service last week. However, brunch is still served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 8Arm opens for dinner and drinks at 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.