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Establishment is a new bar serving up a mix of classic and modern cocktails along with upscale bar snacks. There are three ways I can see this spot being enjoyed:
1.) You and a couple girlfriends want a night on the town, but someplace edgier than your normal green apple martini spot. This is a terrific spot for a mid-week drink or two and light snacks. Sit at one of the couches away from the crowds, though this doesn’t guarantee certain douchey guys from feeling free to sit down and hit on you.
2.) You just want a well made cocktail. Perhaps you know exactly what you want. Or maybe you want to chat about cocktails with a bartender who is experienced and can make a good stiff drink. Sit a the bar and watch the bartenders work their magic.
3.) You want to see and be seen (Fridays and Saturdays). I’m sure this place is packed in like sardines on the weekends, with ballers in their VIP booths. If this is your scene, then by all means roll in on the weekend.
I fell into the first category, visiting Establishment on a low-key Wednesday for a girls night. Grabbing a couch, it gave us a view of all the action at the bar. The drink menu seems to have lots of Gin and Bourbon cocktails. Since I’m not a fan of either, I was glad to find the Ginger Shrub Margarita. An interesting twist on the traditional Margarita, it contains spicy ginger and egg whites and goes down quite easily.
The food menu is small – only seven choices. They were out of the venison and pork meatballs with bourbon jam which I would have loved to sample. However, the fried chick peas and pimento cheese covered in bacon marmalade was still rather filling. The bacon marmalade is like smoky bits of bacon and when mixed with the cheese and pita was a winning flavor combo.
We could have stopped at those two appetizers and left very satisfied but we also opted to give the hushpuppies and bacon and eggs a try. I found the hushpuppies to be the most disappointing item, being overly dry and bland. The “bacon and eggs” – deviled eggs with bacon are the best bang for your buck at $10.
A second round of drinks was less exciting than the first. We had our eye on the Deconstructed Dirty – Vodka and house orange bitters served over a house made martini iceball but they were out. Apparently, they only make 20 a day. If this was 8 pm on a Wednesday, they must run out by 5:30 on Fridays.
My friend’s berry cocktail was not appealing, it was as if it was missing something. I wanted something really out of the ordinary and chose the Maple Mason-Dixon. Made with egg white maple foam, bitters and whiskey, it was more sweet than I bargained for, but was definitely different.
Disclosure: I was invited to Establishment for some complimentary snacks and cocktails. However, the opinions are my own.
3167 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305