A second location of downtown Atlanta cocktail lounge and cigar bar Red Phone Booth opens Friday, August 13, in Buckhead, taking over the former Gordon Biersch space on Peachtree Road.
At 7,000 square feet and themed after a 1920s speakeasy, patrons can only access the bar by dialing a secret code on a telephone inside an antique red phone booth out front.
Owned by Stephen de Haan, Red Phone Booth features a drinks menu with over 45 cocktails as well as a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch and a 24-foot humidor filled with cigars. As with the downtown location, the Buckhead bar offers tiered memberships and serves pizza and other Italian dishes from Amalfi Pizza next door — a restaurant founded by de Haan, along with Greg Grant.
Red Phone Booth pays homage to de Haan’s grandfather, who was a pharmacist and lifelong cigar aficionado. During Prohibition, de Haan claims his grandfather provided whiskey for “medicinal purposes” to pharmacy patrons. Hence the theme for the bar and its cocktails.
During the height of the pandemic last summer, de Haan installed high-tech air purification and filtration systems at both the Atlanta and Nashville locations. These systems supposedly target and neutralize airborne particulates, odors, pathogens, and viruses.
Earlier this year, de Haan, Grant, and master sushi chef Saito Saito opened Saito: Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails inside the century-old Regenstein’s department store building in downtown Atlanta.
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