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Where to Drink Sazeracs in Atlanta Right Now

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Ordering a proper Sazerac in an Atlanta establishment can yield one of many variations on the cocktail, which may seem unassuming but is truly a classic of standard ingredients, proportions, and skillful technique. This drink can distinguish a truly great bar program from a mediocre one, and here are 12 Atlanta bars that do the Sazerac right.
Angela Hansberger


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 835-2534
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The drink menu itself is distinct with cocktails delineated by flavor profile, but on top of that, bar manager Navarro Carr serves a clean, expertly crafted Sazerac with Herbsaint stirred in and a lemon peel expressed then discarded.

2. Victory Sandwich Bar/Paper Plane

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340 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9300
Paul Calvert makes a perfect Sazerac. Find it at Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur or Paper Plane, the new bar in the same space that opens Friday, March 29.

3. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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A modern approach to preserving the flavors of the south is key here but bar manager Kellie Thorne “doesn’t mess with (the) perfection” of the Sazerac. She uses Sazerac brand rye always, Herbsaint, Peychaud’s and a dash of Angostura bitters, and a lemon express. Thomas Handy would be proud.

4. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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Principal barkeep Julian Goglia can serve a cocktail in three seconds with their Sazerac on tap, but that's not nearly enough time for his knowledge of New Orleans cocktails to come through. Enjoy gazing at the selection of over 100 whiskies as you sip.

5. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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The 2013 James Beard finalist for Best Bar Program consistently creates clever concoctions and reveres the classics. Jason Rager sometimes talks importance of bitters balance as he effortlessly creates an unadulterated classic Sazerac.

6. Leon's Full Service

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131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Forthcoming Kimball Mill will certainly serve a proper Sazerac under the cocktail direction of Miles Macqarrie. In the meantime, have him make the classic cocktail at Leon's, and sip it with hand-cut fries and and one of their signature dipping sauces.

7. Sprig Restaurant

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2860 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 248-9700
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Saddle up to the zinc bar and order from a menu that gives credit to the inventors of classic cocktails. Marc Caballero puts his game face on to coat the inside of the glass with absinthe completely.

8. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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The illustrated cocktail menu/placemat at P&P shows Nate Shuman’s Sazerac in a rocks glass with a twist of lemon balanced on the rim. His take is faultless and sips incredibly well beneath one of Atlanta’s historic landmarks.

9. Miso Izakaya

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619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 701-0128
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You won’t find any of T. Fable Jeon’s chain-sawed ice cubes in a cocktail like a Sazerac, which is always served neat, but Miso is a fantastic place to enjoy a classic cocktail in between the ramen rush and the late night dinner crowd, especially with newcomer Ronnie LeClair behind the bar.

10. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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Happening here: Serious attention to cocktail crafting without pretentiousness, which perfectly suits a drink like a Sazerac.

11. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Brazen, inventive cocktails are the norm with Arianne Fielder but order a Sazerac and she puts forth the consummate classic. If she and Tom McGuire are together, expect to leave educated on how the Sazerac evolved from cognac to rye.

12. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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The Sazerac is treated as the classic American cocktail it is within the stone walls of this bar and brewpub. Ian Cox mixes this cocktail to perfection— keep watching this space to see what he thinks of it.

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1. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The drink menu itself is distinct with cocktails delineated by flavor profile, but on top of that, bar manager Navarro Carr serves a clean, expertly crafted Sazerac with Herbsaint stirred in and a lemon peel expressed then discarded.
483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

2. Victory Sandwich Bar/Paper Plane

340 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030
Paul Calvert makes a perfect Sazerac. Find it at Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur or Paper Plane, the new bar in the same space that opens Friday, March 29.
340 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
A modern approach to preserving the flavors of the south is key here but bar manager Kellie Thorne “doesn’t mess with (the) perfection” of the Sazerac. She uses Sazerac brand rye always, Herbsaint, Peychaud’s and a dash of Angostura bitters, and a lemon express. Thomas Handy would be proud.
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Principal barkeep Julian Goglia can serve a cocktail in three seconds with their Sazerac on tap, but that's not nearly enough time for his knowledge of New Orleans cocktails to come through. Enjoy gazing at the selection of over 100 whiskies as you sip.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

5. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
The 2013 James Beard finalist for Best Bar Program consistently creates clever concoctions and reveres the classics. Jason Rager sometimes talks importance of bitters balance as he effortlessly creates an unadulterated classic Sazerac.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Leon's Full Service

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
Forthcoming Kimball Mill will certainly serve a proper Sazerac under the cocktail direction of Miles Macqarrie. In the meantime, have him make the classic cocktail at Leon's, and sip it with hand-cut fries and and one of their signature dipping sauces.
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

7. Sprig Restaurant

2860 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
Saddle up to the zinc bar and order from a menu that gives credit to the inventors of classic cocktails. Marc Caballero puts his game face on to coat the inside of the glass with absinthe completely.
2860 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

8. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
The illustrated cocktail menu/placemat at P&P shows Nate Shuman’s Sazerac in a rocks glass with a twist of lemon balanced on the rim. His take is faultless and sips incredibly well beneath one of Atlanta’s historic landmarks.
659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Miso Izakaya

619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
You won’t find any of T. Fable Jeon’s chain-sawed ice cubes in a cocktail like a Sazerac, which is always served neat, but Miso is a fantastic place to enjoy a classic cocktail in between the ramen rush and the late night dinner crowd, especially with newcomer Ronnie LeClair behind the bar.
619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30316
Happening here: Serious attention to cocktail crafting without pretentiousness, which perfectly suits a drink like a Sazerac.
904 Memorial Dr
Atlanta, GA 30316

11. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326
Brazen, inventive cocktails are the norm with Arianne Fielder but order a Sazerac and she puts forth the consummate classic. If she and Tom McGuire are together, expect to leave educated on how the Sazerac evolved from cognac to rye.
3400 Around Lenox Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326

12. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
The Sazerac is treated as the classic American cocktail it is within the stone walls of this bar and brewpub. Ian Cox mixes this cocktail to perfection— keep watching this space to see what he thinks of it.
292 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

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