21 Plus Salute!
By Hope S. Philbrick
There’s an adrenaline rush that comes with feeling like you’re getting away with something.
As a responsible, law-abiding adult, it’s not a frequent feeling for me. In fact, I’d forgot about it, until my husband and I snuck around behind Smokebelly BBQ and rang the bell near a black door (unmarked, except for the pig’s head hanging over it).
For a moment, we stood in the dark wondering if we were really in the right place.
Someone spoke through the intercom and asked if we knew the code word. We answered correctly and we were buzzed in.
Walking through the door was as thrilling as a shared secret.
The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, is a 1920s-inspired speakeasy. You will need to know the code word to get in, and I’m not going to spill it here since (1) it may change before you read this, and (2) figuring it out is part of the fun. @21plusTravel Tip: Dine at Smokebelly BBQ, behave like someone worth spending more time with, and your server may reveal the code word.
The bar dominates the space, though there are several dining tables in the main area plus nooks with booth seating. The color palette and furnishings give the place a swanky Victorian-era vibe. Live musical entertainment is staged left of the bar; the talent performing on the night of our visit was truly enjoyable (if a bit loud).
The beverage menu was inspired by classic cocktails from the Prohibition era. Popular options include “The Long Play” with gin, damson, cordial, soda and bitters; “Dear John” with vodka, citrus, cassis and dolin; and “Americans & Their Boots” with bourbon, the cocchi brothers and ginger. Craft beer and wine are also available.
On the small plates menu, don’t miss the crab deviled eggs with flying fish roe or the “cubanitos” with pulled pork, pepperjack cheese, pickles and mustard vinaigrette served on a pressed bun.
21 Plus Salute! The Blind Pig Parlour Bar is exclusive for adults age 21 and older—your ID will be checked at the door. Odds of Encountering Children: Guaranteed Zero.
The Blind Pig Parlour Bar can be reserved for private cocktail parties, birthday celebrations, corporate events, bachelor/ette parties, or other special events of up to 75 guests.
Or you can get in on a random evening and still feel like you’re somewhere special—that, best of all, is exclusively for grownups!
Open Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The Blind Pig Parlour Bar
128 East Andrews Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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