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13 Epic Old Fashioneds to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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The Old Fashioned is always in fashion. From versions that stick to the original recipe to those that incorporate rum, brandy, or ingredients close to home (think: sweet tea, toasted pecans, and peaches), there's a drink on this list of 13 must-try variations for cocktail traditionalists and adventurers alike.
Laura Scholz


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1. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Nothing says fall like bourbon and pecans. Head to Kimball House, which marries the two in the Pecan Old Fashioned. Miles Macquarrie toasts local pecans, infuses them into a high proof bourbon sous-vide, and adds this toasted reduction to a glass with two different bitters, a brown sugar syrup, and an orange peel garnish.

2. Common Quarter

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1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA
Peach bitters and maple syrup add Southern flair to the classic cocktail at Common Quarter, where the Southern Belle Old Fashioned also features the traditional bourbon and bitters. [Photo]

3. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
For an autumnal riff on the traditional drink, try Paul Calvert's The Permanent Collection at Paper Plane, made with brandy cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and Fernet-Branca.

4. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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An Old Fashioned is always In Fashion. The Wrecking Bar version includes bourbon, cherry and orange bitters, maraschino cherry juice, an orange twist, and a maraschino cherry.

5. Article 14

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1180 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Head to Article 14, where Arianne Fielder is mixing up a take on the Old Fashioned, her go-to drink. Ari's Old Fashioned combines Bulleit Rye, a sugar cube, bittercube caramelized orange bitters, black walnut bitters, and a flamed orange for a drink full of rich, fall booziness.

6. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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An Old Fashioned tastes even better when it can be served in three seconds flat, thanks to the Pinewood Tippling Room's cocktail drafts on tap. While served untraditionally, this drink includes the classic components— bourbon, sugar, and bitters with a citrus garnish.

7. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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Mixologists Stuart White and Vince Landi replace the traditional bourbon with rum in the aptly named Rum Old Fashioned. Simple syrup, Angustora and orange bitters with expressed orange peel complete this twist on a fall classic. [Photo: Heidi Geldhauser]

8. The Iberian Pig

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121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800
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The Iberian Old Fashioned at Decatur favorite The Iberian Pig infuses rye with bacon, then adds maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange and lemon twists. Pair it with a charcuterie and cheese plate, and don't forget those pork cheek tacos. Update: This entry was added on 11/20.

9. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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The house Old Fashioned at Leon's sticks to the original recipe—rye, bitters, touch of sugar, and citrus garnish. A bargain at $7 a glass.

10. ONE. Midtown Kitchen

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599 Dutch Valley Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 892-4111
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If you like your Old Fashioneds barrel-aged, try The Oak Room at ONE Midtown Kitchen, made with bourbon, Aperol, vermouth, and bitters.

11. 1 Kept

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2293 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30340
1Kept mixes up the classic favorite by serving the bourbon and blood orange over shaved ice in the .45 Caliber Old Fashioned. [Photo]

12. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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The folks at H. Harper Station keep their Old Fashioned classic and potent, with brown sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a splash of water, bourbon, and a lemon peel to finish.

13. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Brandy and rye pack a punch in The Strayhorne, Holeman & Finch's take on the Old Fashioned. Honey, orange bitters, and orange swatch top off this perfect nightcap.

14. Bourbon Bar

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3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 946-9070
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Bourbon Bar infuses its Peach Old Fashioned with a bit of Georgia. Peach bitters and sweet tea mix with the traditional syrup and bourbon for an update on the original.

1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Nothing says fall like bourbon and pecans. Head to Kimball House, which marries the two in the Pecan Old Fashioned. Miles Macquarrie toasts local pecans, infuses them into a high proof bourbon sous-vide, and adds this toasted reduction to a glass with two different bitters, a brown sugar syrup, and an orange peel garnish.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Common Quarter

1205 Johnson Ferry Dr., Marietta, GA
Peach bitters and maple syrup add Southern flair to the classic cocktail at Common Quarter, where the Southern Belle Old Fashioned also features the traditional bourbon and bitters. [Photo]
1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA

3. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
For an autumnal riff on the traditional drink, try Paul Calvert's The Permanent Collection at Paper Plane, made with brandy cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and Fernet-Branca.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
An Old Fashioned is always In Fashion. The Wrecking Bar version includes bourbon, cherry and orange bitters, maraschino cherry juice, an orange twist, and a maraschino cherry.
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

5. Article 14

1180 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Head to Article 14, where Arianne Fielder is mixing up a take on the Old Fashioned, her go-to drink. Ari's Old Fashioned combines Bulleit Rye, a sugar cube, bittercube caramelized orange bitters, black walnut bitters, and a flamed orange for a drink full of rich, fall booziness.
1180 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
An Old Fashioned tastes even better when it can be served in three seconds flat, thanks to the Pinewood Tippling Room's cocktail drafts on tap. While served untraditionally, this drink includes the classic components— bourbon, sugar, and bitters with a citrus garnish.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

7. Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Mixologists Stuart White and Vince Landi replace the traditional bourbon with rum in the aptly named Rum Old Fashioned. Simple syrup, Angustora and orange bitters with expressed orange peel complete this twist on a fall classic. [Photo: Heidi Geldhauser]
999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. The Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
The Iberian Old Fashioned at Decatur favorite The Iberian Pig infuses rye with bacon, then adds maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange and lemon twists. Pair it with a charcuterie and cheese plate, and don't forget those pork cheek tacos. Update: This entry was added on 11/20.
121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

9. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
The house Old Fashioned at Leon's sticks to the original recipe—rye, bitters, touch of sugar, and citrus garnish. A bargain at $7 a glass.
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

10. ONE. Midtown Kitchen

599 Dutch Valley Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
If you like your Old Fashioneds barrel-aged, try The Oak Room at ONE Midtown Kitchen, made with bourbon, Aperol, vermouth, and bitters.
599 Dutch Valley Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

11. 1 Kept

2293 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30340
1Kept mixes up the classic favorite by serving the bourbon and blood orange over shaved ice in the .45 Caliber Old Fashioned. [Photo]
2293 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30340

12. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
The folks at H. Harper Station keep their Old Fashioned classic and potent, with brown sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a splash of water, bourbon, and a lemon peel to finish.
904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

13. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Brandy and rye pack a punch in The Strayhorne, Holeman & Finch's take on the Old Fashioned. Honey, orange bitters, and orange swatch top off this perfect nightcap.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

14. Bourbon Bar

3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Bourbon Bar infuses its Peach Old Fashioned with a bit of Georgia. Peach bitters and sweet tea mix with the traditional syrup and bourbon for an update on the original.
3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

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