Swanky speakeasy in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
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 new bar in Atlanta, Georgia.
That you can now do, thanks to Red Phone Booth.
You can find the London’s-calling style red phone booth at 17 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northeast.
If you were a regular customer of Prohibition, the space will look familiar, from the swirly earth-tone ceiling tiles to the leather couches to the published rules of the bar. It’s the same concept, tweaked a wee bit perhaps, in a new space.
A renovated space, to be accurate. Red Phone Booth 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.
To get the secret phone number for Red Phone Booth start your evening by dining up in Amalfi, behaving yourself, tipping your server appropriately, and nicely asking your server for the code. Otherwise, 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….)
UPDATE: Effective September 7, 2017, there is a new code. I have it and will share it as promised in the preceding paragraph. 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 understand that immediate replies are unlikely.
Red Phone Booth is great fun thanks to its atmosphere but also because it serves great cocktails. The menu offers an extensive list of classic craft cocktail made with great attention to detail with ingredients like fresh-squeezed juice, hand-chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, rare liquors, dozens of tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents, and bartenders who take their work very seriously.
The place is also a cigar bar and while there’s a better ventilation system here than there was at Prohibition, you will smell smoke.
But unless smoke is your kryptonite, you can deal with it.
Coming Soon: Red Phone Booth Nashville
After prospering in Atlanta, Red Phone Booth is bringing its 1920s-style speakeasy concept to downtown Nashville, Tennessee, in the winter of 2019 at 136 Rosa Parks Blvd. While Red Phone Booth will be open to the public, just like in Atlanta you’ll need to secure a secret phone number from a member, concierge or friend and dial it into a restored London antique red phone booth in order to gain entry.
Currently in the build-out stage of the the 100+ year old building, the 5,200-square-foot upscale cocktail lounge will be open daily and offer classic craft cocktails including rare bourbon, whiskey, scotch and Japanese whisky selections. In addition, cigar enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of blends in an exclusive atmosphere.
“We have always planned to expand to other cities. Nashville offered the atmosphere of a thriving city, not to mention that countless music city guests to our Atlanta location have encouraged us to open in their city,” said co-founder Stephen de Haan. “Already with deep roots with family and friends in Nashville, operating partner Alpha Turner will oversee this location.”
At the Red Phone Booth, no detail is overlooked to create exceptional cocktails. Bartenders use 100% fresh squeezed juices (including blood orange, mango, and cranberry), hand chip double-reverse osmosis ice, cut garnishes to order, and maintain a collection of some of the rarest liquors available as well as over a dozen tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents. Red Phone Booth is also known for tasting events where guests not only get to taste through various flights, but also engage and learn the spirit’s history from key industry leaders.
Red Phone Booth
21 Plus Salute! Red Phone Booth is exclusive to adults age 21 and older.
– Photos courtesy Red Phone Booth
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