Not just a holiday drink, the espresso martini is acceptable (and delicious!) year-round. You can probably shake it up at home, but isn’t it more fun to get dressed and watch someone make it for you? Luckily, this pick-me-up is available at multiple restaurants and cocktail bars around Atlanta so you can get your fix almost anytime, anywhere, and in a pretty glass. Read on for our picks in The Big Peach. A little caffeine cocktail never hurt anybody, especially when we’re making up for lost time.
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The James Room
An all-day European-inspired cafe, the James Room is your one-stop-shop for pastries, coffee, and maybe even something a little stronger. This bar and restaurant debuted along the BeltLine in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood in 2019. The cocktail room opens at 5pm on weekdays and features a “mules around the world” menu amongst its 50 or so options. Yes, an espresso martini is on this list, along with other classic and specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne.
It’s a restaurant, but it’s also a fancy-schmancy cigar bar. At Fellaship, just a couple of minutes from the soaring Skyview ferris wheel in Centennial Park, you’ll find live music, hearty Southern dishes, half-off bottles of wine and champagne on Thursdays, and a “Jazz and Juice” Sunday brunch. A strict dress code is enforced so no Atlanta Braves baseball caps here, but you can purchase a custom-made fedora on-site if you’re feeling lavish. Pair your post-dinner espresso martini with a Cuban cigar for a moment of true sophistication.
Supply & Demand
This Buckhead speakeasy is equal parts classy and comfy. Reserve a table at Supply and Demand for a luxe experience and a tightly curated menu that’s perfectly tailored and not one bit overwhelming. With just a handful of beers, wines, and cocktails on the list, why not try an espresso martini if you need a little energy boost after dinner? And if you’re looking to mingle, you’re in luck. Supply and Demand was named one of the “Best Singles Spots” in Atlanta.
Red Phone Booth
Another great singles spot, Red Phone Booth is a discreet prohibition-style spot downtown. Located in the former Dailey’s building, the Black-owned bar has an antique phone booth entrance that requires a secret code for the bar door to swing open. Once inside, you’ll be privy to a selection of cigars and cocktails reminiscent of the Roaring ’20s. Pop in and order an espresso martini for an elegant start or end to your night. A $1,500 annual membership here gets you priority (keyless) entry, a year-long humidified cigar locker rental, 25 percent off cigar boxes, and more for up to three people. With over 180 whiskeys on the shelf, Red Phone Booth also hosts monthly tastings that are both educational and fun.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
An oldie but a goodie, La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been open in Buckhead for over 40 years and has been rated Best Italian Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine for two decades. Since 1978, this fine-dining Northern Italian pasta restaurant has been serving up the classics like Caprese salad and penne bolognese. Dessert is in order here. Why not pair a tiramisu or a creme brulee with a strong, creamy espresso martini? Like most Buckhead restaurants, dressing sharp is a requirement here. Jackets are suggested and ties are optional, but there’s nothing like going all out for a night on the town.