Written by Caroline Driggers
Looking for a new watering hole when not any old in-and-out, typically stocked and typically staffed spot will do? Visit Establishment, Buckhead’s newest alehouse and cocktail lounge to quench your thirst and address any requirements in the savory department as well. Its earthy masculine décor pays homage to the Buckhead community with a picture of founding father Henry Irby, buck heads on the wall, and antique framed maps of Georgia. The two-page cocktail menu ranges from Cosmopolitans to Old Fashioneds and specializes in craft cocktails using spirits from local or independently owned distilleries. Be sure and try the Maple Mason Dixon, a whiskey beverage featuring 40 Creek whiskey that’s enhanced with a Vermont Maple Foam and orange zest. Also, try the Stumbling Betty: It’s a refreshing combination of Hangar Mandarin Blossom Vodka, Campari and simple syrup. Most of all, take advantage of the skills of Dave and Dave, the bartending duo that knows their craft better than most. Don’t be afraid to give them free reign to surprise you or tell them your flavor of choice and let them take it from there.
Highlights from the small plate menu include the venison meatballs with bourbon jelly and the pimiento cheese and toast served with bacon marmalade. If a more substantial meal is in order, ask for the Establishment Cut DelMonico. Not always on the menu, this USDA prime steak is served with Parmesan crusted French fries. All dishes are served in mini cast iron skillets, reminding patrons that southern roots run deep and history is best served when it’s warm and hearty. estbuckhead.com