May 11, 2018
This hidden away Atlanta bar has a faintly industrial feel – which is pretty apt, as it used to be a stove-making factory dating back to the 1800s. Chef Kevin Rathbun, whose acclaimed eponymous restaurant is based a mere 200 feet away, wanted to create a tapas bar in his home city after a visit to Spain and the resulting bar offers a menu of superb small plates to accompany its liquid pleasures: think brie-stuffed piquillo peppers, boquerones with artichokes or Prosciutto and fig bocadillos. There’s also a small but tasty selection of desserts for those with a sweet tooth. The space is urban but intimate, low-lit with lots of warm wood and corrugated metal walls. There’s communal seating inside but also some smaller tables if you come as a couple, making it a nice venue for a date. The bar area is lined with bottles and, as in Spain, a piece of jamon takes pride of place on the counter top, ready to be carved. They do a superb range of cheeses and meats and have an excellent Spanish-leaning wine list. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and while it’s a good spot to hit up before dinner at Rathbun’s, it’s also a great place to linger and sample a couple of glasses. While wine is the big draw here they know how to throw together a cocktail when required. Their pleasant terraced area is the ideal place to relax on a warm evenings with a glass of Rioja in hand, and their annual pig and paella party is quite rightly famed.