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Trader Vic’s Is Reopening After a Months-Long Shutdown in Downtown Atlanta

Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar reopens Friday, November 6, at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown

A flight of three mai tais on a small wooden surf board Trader Vic’s
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar reopens Friday, November 6, at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown after closing for seven months due to the pandemic, according to a post on Instagram.

For now, Trader Vic’s is only open Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are required to dine in and patrons of the restaurant are required to wear masks when not seated at a table or the bar.

Opened in 1976 in the basement of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the interior of the dining room and bar at Trader Vic’s hasn’t changed in its 44-year history. Prior to the pandemic, Trader Vic’s was often full of tourists and Atlanta residents who came to partake in Caribbean-style drinks (including half-off mai tai cocktails on Thursdays) and pan-Asian-inspired dishes.

Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s restaurants in the United States, and one of only a handful of locations still associated with the Hilton brand. At the height of its popularity in the mid-twentieth century, Trader Vic’s included 26 locations throughout the United States. There are currently 16 international locations, with a third U.S. outpost planned for the San Jose International Airport

Over the last decade, restaurants and bars, like Trader Vic’s, have come under greater scrutiny for glossing over the history of colonization of the South Pacific islands and erasing the experiences of indigenous people by pushing a faux-tropical ideal through the use of insensitive and culturally appropriated symbols and decor.

COVID-19 hours: Thursday - Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations required. Masks required.

255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta.

Trader Vic's

255 Courtland Street Northeast, , GA 30303 (404) 221-6339 Visit Website