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10 Spots to Sip a Perfectly-Crafted Old Fashioned Outside the Atlanta Perimeter

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If autumn is in the air, then an Old Fashioned cocktail should be in your hand. The classic drink made with whiskey, Angostura bitters, and sugar cubes is an ideal tipple when the temperatures start to drop. Ideally, it should be made with Elijah Craig Small Batch: an award-winning Kentucky bourbon. It has warm spice notes and a subtle smokiness from aging in charred oak barrels that takes the chill off of those crisp evenings and makes any Old Fashioned sing. The brand even created Old Fashioned Week (from October 14 to October 23), to show love for the classic cocktail and benefit the Southern Smoke Foundation, a crisis relief organization that provides a safety net for food and beverage industry workers nationwide.

When it comes to finding an Old Fashioned in Atlanta — you’re in luck. There’s no better place to find one than here. Whether you want a traditional Old Fashioned or one with a modern twist, here are 10 places to enjoy an Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig. You can find more Atlanta-area participating in Old Fashioned Week on oldfashionedweek.com.

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The Fountain

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The Fountain is a stylish locale — just look at those wood beams and button-tiled bar — located in historic downtown Acworth. During Old Fashioned Week, you can choose your own adventure with your choice of the classic Fountain Old Fashioned, made with Elijah Craig Small Batch, citrus-infused demerara syrup, and Angostura and Peychaud’s Bitters, or the Café Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Small Batch, coffee syrup made with locally-roasted Ethiopian beans, and orange cream bitters. Enjoy whichever one you choose alongside bar bites like the chimichurri pork loin with veggies.

The Third Door

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Located near Marietta Square, Third Door is located in a former 1920s gas station. It has a speakeasy vibe — but no password is required. That said, it’s a great place to sip an Old Fashioned. When ordered with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, the spirit’s honey and marzipan notes shine through. For Old Fashioned Week, they’ll also offer an autumnal twist on the drink with Elijah Craig Small Batch, smoked maple syrup, and walnut and orange bitters. The food offerings are light here — think snacks such as charcuterie and pickled shrimp — so this is a great spot to for a before or after-dinner drink. 

North End Kitchen & Bar

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The Old Fashioned gets a fruity twist at this downtown Roswell restaurant. The cocktail, dubbed the North x End Old Fashioned, is a combination of bourbon, house-made orange simple syrup, and cherry bitters, and is served with a spiked cherry. Order it with Elijah Craig Small Batch, and enjoy it during a sunny fall day on their expansive outdoor patio. When it comes to food, the North End Bistro Chicken (with Boursin mashed potatoes and a bistro salad) is a standout as is the portobello and eggplant sandwich served on ciabatta. 

Black Sheep Restaurant

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Next time you’re in Blue Ridge (maybe for some apple picking?), stop by Black Sheep for some Southern dishes in a homey atmosphere. Their Old Fashioned is made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and gets a little something extra from smoked maple syrup and a candied bacon garnish. And their menu boasts everything from crab cakes with remoulade to meatloaf served with tomato and mushroom ragout. Or, come for brunch and enjoy the chicken and red velvet waffle.

Branch & Barrel

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Branch & Barrel transports you out of the Avalon hubbub and into a restaurant dedicated to craft drinks and food (the ceiling might make you feel like you’re literally in a barrel which is pretty cool, too). Here, an Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon is a balanced blend of sweet and spicy. For Old Fashioned Week, the bartenders are taking it up a notch by serving a Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned that incorporates apple butter and brown sugar cinnamon syrup. Enjoy a taste of comfort food in the form of the traditional braised brisket served with smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, or try the maple-glazed salmon with herb-buttered potatoes. 

Good Word Brewing & Public House

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Good vibes can be found at Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth. Large windows let in ample light and its comfortable seating will make you want to stay awhile. Even though this is a brewery, the cocktails do not get short shrift here. Order the classic Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Bourbon. It’ll pair nicely great with the corn fritters and braised beef melt on the menu.

Bottles & Bones

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Bottles & Bones in Suwanee is fit for a proper evening out. Everything from the posh decor to the steakhouse fare is expertly executed with a Bottles & Bones twist. Their Old Fashioned is a great example of that. It’s smoked in-house and served with fanfare at the table, and goes nicely with a 16-ounce Delmonico ribeye and a side of white cheddar macaroni and cheese.

Standard Service

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Chef-owner Billy Streck brought his creative approach to American cuisine to Gainesville when he opened Standard Service in June. While there is a stellar list of craft cocktails on the menu, the Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon is an off-menu treat. Pair it with their chargrilled peaches topped with a hot honey drizzle and Kansas City strip steak frites with caramel, shallot, and dijon sauce.

The Curious Pig

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Located in Peachtree City, the Curious Pig has a convivial, approachable feel and serves seasonally-inspired pub grub. Their signature Curious Pig Old Fashioned is made with Elijah Craig Rye (with cinnamon and nutmeg notes), allspice dram, Benedictine, and house bitters. Enjoy it alongside a plate of their specialty tots which come with beer cheese, bacon, and pickled jalapeño, and a Curious Smash Burger with whipped goat cheese and peach bacon jam. 

The National Tavern

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Those seeking Southern cuisine in a luxury setting will find it at the National Tavern at Reynolds Oconee. Their Hold My Calls cocktail is a play on a classic Old Fashioned, bringing together Bourbon (ask for it to be made with Elijah Craig Small Batch) and Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur, garnished with an orange peel and a Luxardo cherry. And for Old Fashioned Week, try a Rye Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Rye, ginger honey syrup, cherry bitters, citrus peel, and a Luxardo cherry. This would be delightful by the fire pit outside, or you can sip it with dinner. Fancy a creatively-topped pizza? The one with wood hen mushrooms is a star. 

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The Fountain

The Fountain is a stylish locale — just look at those wood beams and button-tiled bar — located in historic downtown Acworth. During Old Fashioned Week, you can choose your own adventure with your choice of the classic Fountain Old Fashioned, made with Elijah Craig Small Batch, citrus-infused demerara syrup, and Angostura and Peychaud’s Bitters, or the Café Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Small Batch, coffee syrup made with locally-roasted Ethiopian beans, and orange cream bitters. Enjoy whichever one you choose alongside bar bites like the chimichurri pork loin with veggies.

The Third Door

Located near Marietta Square, Third Door is located in a former 1920s gas station. It has a speakeasy vibe — but no password is required. That said, it’s a great place to sip an Old Fashioned. When ordered with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, the spirit’s honey and marzipan notes shine through. For Old Fashioned Week, they’ll also offer an autumnal twist on the drink with Elijah Craig Small Batch, smoked maple syrup, and walnut and orange bitters. The food offerings are light here — think snacks such as charcuterie and pickled shrimp — so this is a great spot to for a before or after-dinner drink. 

North End Kitchen & Bar

The Old Fashioned gets a fruity twist at this downtown Roswell restaurant. The cocktail, dubbed the North x End Old Fashioned, is a combination of bourbon, house-made orange simple syrup, and cherry bitters, and is served with a spiked cherry. Order it with Elijah Craig Small Batch, and enjoy it during a sunny fall day on their expansive outdoor patio. When it comes to food, the North End Bistro Chicken (with Boursin mashed potatoes and a bistro salad) is a standout as is the portobello and eggplant sandwich served on ciabatta. 

Black Sheep Restaurant

Next time you’re in Blue Ridge (maybe for some apple picking?), stop by Black Sheep for some Southern dishes in a homey atmosphere. Their Old Fashioned is made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and gets a little something extra from smoked maple syrup and a candied bacon garnish. And their menu boasts everything from crab cakes with remoulade to meatloaf served with tomato and mushroom ragout. Or, come for brunch and enjoy the chicken and red velvet waffle.

Branch & Barrel

Branch & Barrel transports you out of the Avalon hubbub and into a restaurant dedicated to craft drinks and food (the ceiling might make you feel like you’re literally in a barrel which is pretty cool, too). Here, an Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon is a balanced blend of sweet and spicy. For Old Fashioned Week, the bartenders are taking it up a notch by serving a Cinnamon Apple Old Fashioned that incorporates apple butter and brown sugar cinnamon syrup. Enjoy a taste of comfort food in the form of the traditional braised brisket served with smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, or try the maple-glazed salmon with herb-buttered potatoes. 

Good Word Brewing & Public House

Good vibes can be found at Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth. Large windows let in ample light and its comfortable seating will make you want to stay awhile. Even though this is a brewery, the cocktails do not get short shrift here. Order the classic Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Bourbon. It’ll pair nicely great with the corn fritters and braised beef melt on the menu.

Bottles & Bones

Bottles & Bones in Suwanee is fit for a proper evening out. Everything from the posh decor to the steakhouse fare is expertly executed with a Bottles & Bones twist. Their Old Fashioned is a great example of that. It’s smoked in-house and served with fanfare at the table, and goes nicely with a 16-ounce Delmonico ribeye and a side of white cheddar macaroni and cheese.

Standard Service

Chef-owner Billy Streck brought his creative approach to American cuisine to Gainesville when he opened Standard Service in June. While there is a stellar list of craft cocktails on the menu, the Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon is an off-menu treat. Pair it with their chargrilled peaches topped with a hot honey drizzle and Kansas City strip steak frites with caramel, shallot, and dijon sauce.

The Curious Pig

Located in Peachtree City, the Curious Pig has a convivial, approachable feel and serves seasonally-inspired pub grub. Their signature Curious Pig Old Fashioned is made with Elijah Craig Rye (with cinnamon and nutmeg notes), allspice dram, Benedictine, and house bitters. Enjoy it alongside a plate of their specialty tots which come with beer cheese, bacon, and pickled jalapeño, and a Curious Smash Burger with whipped goat cheese and peach bacon jam. 

The National Tavern

Those seeking Southern cuisine in a luxury setting will find it at the National Tavern at Reynolds Oconee. Their Hold My Calls cocktail is a play on a classic Old Fashioned, bringing together Bourbon (ask for it to be made with Elijah Craig Small Batch) and Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur, garnished with an orange peel and a Luxardo cherry. And for Old Fashioned Week, try a Rye Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Rye, ginger honey syrup, cherry bitters, citrus peel, and a Luxardo cherry. This would be delightful by the fire pit outside, or you can sip it with dinner. Fancy a creatively-topped pizza? The one with wood hen mushrooms is a star. 

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