Where to Drink: Holeman & Finch Public House
The Spot: Holeman & Finch Public House
The Gist: Saying H&F is a place to get a drink is kind of like suggesting oxygen is a good thing to breath. But it's worth revisiting places that are classics - even if they're newly minted ones. Linton Hopkins' vibrant South Buckhead spot kickstarted Atlanta's love affair with craft cocktailing years ago, and though many competitors have entered the fray, and more than a few run by H&F alum, the drinks remain top of their class. A few weeks ago the cocktail menu was renewed for spring, with a number of new cocktails making their debut, and making a return visit necessary.
Drink This: The I-75 ($13) takes the classic gin-based French 75 for a Southern drive, replacing plain sugar with sorghum and champagne with a sparkling brut rosé. Want something a little out of the ordinary? As Holeman & Finch is frequently the place to see national trends first make their ATL appearance, check out the Milchfrau Flip ($13). It's their version of the milk punch - something not found on too many local bars - and it combines cognac, madeira and bourbon with buttermilk, bitters and a whole egg. Shaken and served up with a grating of nutmeg, it's something to try for sure.
The Scene: Busy, busy, busy. Even if they're not throwing themselves into the scrum for the much-talked-about late-night burger, the crowd at Holeman & Finch rarely abates. Sometimes it's easier to get a spot earlier in the night, sometimes it's easier later at night, and most of the time you've just gotta be patient and vigilant. No reservations taken.
Know Before You Go: If you dig what you drink, learn more about it, as H&F offers semi-regular classes on bartending and cocktail mixing.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-948-1175