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Sarah Dodge

Manhattan Monday: 14 Variations on the Classic Cocktail

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Villains Wicked Heroes.
| Sarah Dodge

It's Cocktail Week here at Eater, so let's kick off the boozy festivities with a roundup of the city's best classic and modern Manhattan riffs— including an off menu special aptly titled the Manhattan Project— for Manhattan Monday. If you try any of the variations below, do tweet us a picture and let us know; if your favorite is missing, leave it in the comments. And now, on to the map. Drink up.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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You can't get more Atlanta than a Manhattan riff with the aromatic cola bitters found in new Decatur hotspot Kimball House's The Bellman. Other ingredients in Miles Macquarrie's cocktail include Old Scout seven-year rye and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth.

2. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Punt e Mes gives BoccaLupo's Apple of My.I. a bit of Italian flair. Mixologist Questa Olsen's creation replaces dry vermouth with apple pie vinegar, which combines with New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and flamed orange zest for an autumnal twist on this cocktail classic.

3. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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When it comes to Manhattans, the boozier, the better—and Shanna Mayo's Bullet & Trigger at Leon's Full Service does not disappoint. Homemade cherry syrup adds brightness to this fall favorite, which also includes Bulleit rye, Zucca amaro, cocchi americano rosa, and acid phosphate. [Photo: Leon's]

4. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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Get your Manhattan with a side of Jersey at Canoe, where The Big Apple features Laird's Applejack from the Garden State. Spiced apple liquor, charred oak bourbon, Lillet rosé, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters, and Tabasco spice up the traditional recipe. [Photo]

5. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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Farm-to-table mainstay Miller Union serves up cocktails just as clean and flavorful as its food. Try The International, made by bartenders Vince Landi and Stuart White with Canadian whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, and Gran Classico Bitter. [Photo]

6. Ormsby's

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 968-2033
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Ormby's may be known for beer and bocce, but don't discount the cocktails. Try Sarah Buckley's Heavenly Manhattan, made with Angel's Envy, broVo amaro No. 1, sweet vermouth, and cherry bark bitters. It's garnished with the Manhattan's signature: a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

7. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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If you like your Manhattans boozy and bitter, try the Pinewood Tippling Room's Quadrophenia. Bar manager Julian Goglia mixes house-made Amer Picon with Averna Amaro Silciliano, Four Roses bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and a flamed orange expression.

8. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Cozy up to the bar at Seven Lamps with the Shelter from the Storm. The apple bitters and High West double rye, vermouth, and nocino will warm you up faster than the Buckhead restaurant's outdoor fireplace.

9. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
With bonded bourbon, vermouth, Cappalletti, Bigallet China-China, and cherry bark bitters, Paul Calvert's Bigmouth Strikes Again highlights and enhances the bittersweet, autumnal notes of the original drink.

10. Villains Wicked Heroes

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903 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-3335
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Off-menu burgers are so last season. Villains Wicked Heroes offers an off-menu Manhattan made with smoked cherry bitters and called, of course, The Manhattan Project.

11. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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House-made vermouth and house-blend bitters add local flair to Local Three's Hattan, Man, crafted by mixologist Kevin Ryan. [Photo: Kevin Ryan].

12. Cibo e Beve

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4969 Roswell Rd, Ste 245
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 250-8988
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At Cibo E Beve, mixologist Michael Searles adds Italian flair to the American standard. In his Irresistible del Roosevelt, Bacardi 8 replaces the traditional whiskey, and Cocchi Americano, dry vermouth, blood orange shrub, and black pepper complete the cocktail.

13. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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Eduardo Guzman mixes up his version of the classic—made with George Dickel barrel select whiskey, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula, and flamed orange—at JCT Kitchen & Bar. Perfect for warming you up on those cool nights on the patio.

14. Seed Kitchen & Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 214-6888
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Transport yourself to the Big Apple with Seed Kitchen & Bar's Manhattan in the Fall. It's got rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, a dash of Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters, orange bitters, and allspice dram for fall-like warmth and spice. [Photo]

1. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
You can't get more Atlanta than a Manhattan riff with the aromatic cola bitters found in new Decatur hotspot Kimball House's The Bellman. Other ingredients in Miles Macquarrie's cocktail include Old Scout seven-year rye and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Punt e Mes gives BoccaLupo's Apple of My.I. a bit of Italian flair. Mixologist Questa Olsen's creation replaces dry vermouth with apple pie vinegar, which combines with New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and flamed orange zest for an autumnal twist on this cocktail classic.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
When it comes to Manhattans, the boozier, the better—and Shanna Mayo's Bullet & Trigger at Leon's Full Service does not disappoint. Homemade cherry syrup adds brightness to this fall favorite, which also includes Bulleit rye, Zucca amaro, cocchi americano rosa, and acid phosphate. [Photo: Leon's]
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Get your Manhattan with a side of Jersey at Canoe, where The Big Apple features Laird's Applejack from the Garden State. Spiced apple liquor, charred oak bourbon, Lillet rosé, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters, and Tabasco spice up the traditional recipe. [Photo]
4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

5. Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Farm-to-table mainstay Miller Union serves up cocktails just as clean and flavorful as its food. Try The International, made by bartenders Vince Landi and Stuart White with Canadian whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, and Gran Classico Bitter. [Photo]
999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Ormsby's

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
Ormby's may be known for beer and bocce, but don't discount the cocktails. Try Sarah Buckley's Heavenly Manhattan, made with Angel's Envy, broVo amaro No. 1, sweet vermouth, and cherry bark bitters. It's garnished with the Manhattan's signature: a Luxardo maraschino cherry.
1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
If you like your Manhattans boozy and bitter, try the Pinewood Tippling Room's Quadrophenia. Bar manager Julian Goglia mixes house-made Amer Picon with Averna Amaro Silciliano, Four Roses bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and a flamed orange expression.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

8. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Cozy up to the bar at Seven Lamps with the Shelter from the Storm. The apple bitters and High West double rye, vermouth, and nocino will warm you up faster than the Buckhead restaurant's outdoor fireplace.
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

9. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
With bonded bourbon, vermouth, Cappalletti, Bigallet China-China, and cherry bark bitters, Paul Calvert's Bigmouth Strikes Again highlights and enhances the bittersweet, autumnal notes of the original drink.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

10. Villains Wicked Heroes

903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Off-menu burgers are so last season. Villains Wicked Heroes offers an off-menu Manhattan made with smoked cherry bitters and called, of course, The Manhattan Project.
903 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

11. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
House-made vermouth and house-blend bitters add local flair to Local Three's Hattan, Man, crafted by mixologist Kevin Ryan. [Photo: Kevin Ryan].
3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

12. Cibo e Beve

4969 Roswell Rd, Ste 245, Atlanta, GA 30342
At Cibo E Beve, mixologist Michael Searles adds Italian flair to the American standard. In his Irresistible del Roosevelt, Bacardi 8 replaces the traditional whiskey, and Cocchi Americano, dry vermouth, blood orange shrub, and black pepper complete the cocktail.
4969 Roswell Rd, Ste 245
Atlanta, GA 30342

13. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Eduardo Guzman mixes up his version of the classic—made with George Dickel barrel select whiskey, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula, and flamed orange—at JCT Kitchen & Bar. Perfect for warming you up on those cool nights on the patio.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

14. Seed Kitchen & Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504, Marietta, GA 30068
Transport yourself to the Big Apple with Seed Kitchen & Bar's Manhattan in the Fall. It's got rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, a dash of Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters, orange bitters, and allspice dram for fall-like warmth and spice. [Photo]
1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068

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