Red Phone Booth

Swanky speakeasy in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Red Phone Booth
21 Plus Salute! Adults only, guaranteed.

By Hope S. Philbrick

If you really want to impress a date, this might do it:

Walk into a phone booth and come out looking like Superman.

Okay, so maybe you can’t quite pull that off as gallantly as Christopher Reeve.

Try this: Walk into a phone booth, dial a phone number, and then push the back wall of the booth open, giving you and your date access to the hottest bar in Atlanta, Georgia and/or Nashville, Tennessee.

That you can do, thanks to Red Phone Booth.

Red Phone Booth

You can find the London’s-calling style red phone booth at 17 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northeast in Atlanta or 136 Rosa Parks Blvd. in Nashville.

Inside the Atlanta location you’ll see swirly earth-tone ceiling tiles, leather couches, and a well-stocked bar; Nashville embraces a 1920s speakeasy style. The Red Phone Booth menu has published rules of behavior that should be second nature to grownups.

Red Phone Booth is great fun thanks to its atmosphere and also because it serves great cocktails. The menu offers an extensive list of classic craft cocktail made with great attention to detail. Bartenders use ingredients like 100% fresh-squeezed juice (including blood orange, mango, and cranberry), hand-chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, hand-cut garnishes, and maintain a collection of some of the rarest liquors selections (including bourbon, whiskey, scotch, and Japanese whisky selections) as well as dozens of tinctures, bitters, and flavoring agents. These bartenders take their work very seriously. In addition to cocktails, a small plate menu is offered.

Red Phone Booth is also known for tasting events where guests get to taste through various flights and learn spirited history from key industry leaders.

The place is also a cigar bar and while there’s a ventilation system here, you will smell smoke.

But unless smoke is your kryptonite, you can deal with it.

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How To Get Inside Red Phone Booth

You’ll need a secret phone number from a member, concierge, or friend, to dial into the restored London antique red phone booth in order to gain entry to Red Phone Booth. We here at Getaways for Grownups can help….

Red Phone BoothEntry Option 1: Stay at a hotel upscale enough to employ a concierge and ask him or her for the information.

Entry Option 2: In Atlanta, the speakeasy is housed in 4,000 square feet on the ground floor of what was once Dailey’s. Up on the second floor Amalfi Pizza, a traditional Neapolitan trattoria, occupies the remainder of the building. You might start your evening by dining up at Amalfi, behaving yourself, tipping your server appropriately, and then nicely asking your server for the code.

In Nashville, the speakeasy is housed in a 100+ year old building and occupies 5,200 square feet!

Entry Option 3: To get the secret phone number for Red Phone Booth, it helps to know a guy or gal. I can’t print the phone number here, but if you email me and I know you and/or can vouch your genuine grownup-ness, I may give it to you. (Please keep reading….)

Atlanta: Effective 9/30/2019, there is a new code.
Nashville: Effective 12/5/2019 (grand opening), there is a new code.

I have the codes and can share. If we’ve never met, you’ll have to somehow prove to me that you’re indeed a lady and/or gentleman who can be trusted with the access code to Red Phone Booth. Because I like the place and don’t want Lex Luther types messing it up.

The best way to prove you’re a grownup is to subscribe to Getaways for Grownups before asking for the code; it’s free and we never share your email address. I will verify that you’re a subscriber before sharing the code, therefore can honor requests by email only (not text, not social media). Please let me know which location you are hoping to visit and understand that immediate replies are unlikely. Believe it or not, I’m not sitting here at the computer awaiting your request.

Red Phone Booth
courtesy Red Phone Booth

More Information…

Red Phone Booth
17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

UPDATE: The Atlanta location is re-opening June 1, 2020

136 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

21 Plus Salute! Red Phone Booth is exclusive to adults age 21 and older.

Red Phone Booth

– Photos courtesy Red Phone Booth

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

HSP15Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for decades. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this article! I have heard of this place but I don’t know anyone with a membership. I wasn’t completely convinced the place existed until reading your article! Now, I am even more intrigued. I love cocktail experiences, especially ones that involve a little mystery! I’m going to try your (dining at Amalfi) suggestion. Thanks again!

  2. Thank you so much for this article! This place sounds so incredible, I am sure it will be the light of our trip to Atlanta. I know my fiance will be beyond excited to be surprised with this gem. Would it be possible to receive the number? Or would you feel more comfortable that I use the Amalfi option?

    • Hi Tatiana,
      Thanks! I can provide the code, but I cannot post it here. I trust that like many grownups before you, you’ll be able to figure out another way to ask me for it that is not public 🙂
      Cheers, Hope

  3. Hi Hope,
    My husband and I are visiting from San Francisco and we have gotten so many fun ideas from Getaways for Grownups, this one especially! Would you mind giving me your email address so that I may ask a few more questions? Thanks!
    Vanessa

  4. Thanks, for the article and code. I took my date there last weekend. Although it was a secret, the room was shoulder-to-shoulder packed. We were able to secure two seats at the corner of the bar. She had a simple martini, while I went for the signature Smoked Old Fashioned. You may come for the sticks, but you will stay for the show. The bartenders are artists in their own right. I watched Leo and Max mix cocktails with a fury. The butane torch stayed lit as everyone requested the signature drink. Their drink menu made for excellent bedside reading, a book about as thick as a graphic novel. The silent black and white films on the flat screen was a treat as well. Great ending for a date, as we spent about two hours in there. Next time, we will try an earlier time in the middle of the week.

  5. How possible would it be to get the current code to get in? My wife’s birthday is coming up and she is insisting that I find a way to get the code so that I may take her here. Thinking of making it a nice weekend trip in downtown Atlanta for her maybe stay at the Ritz next door or even the Westin.

    • That’s one option. Note that while the staffers at Amalfi will assess your general demeanor as a grownup as part of their decision-making process, they also try to control crowds inside Red Phone Booth. So for best results, try dining early or on a not-so-busy weeknight.

  6. Hello hope… Great article particularly for us grownups who don’t get out too often. Would greatly appreciate the entry code for Red Phone Booth (Atlanta). I am now a subscriber….

    Many Thanks..

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