Clues and Cocktails, an Escape-Room-Themed Bar, Programmed For Sweet Auburn

Elements of the planned concept could include using a blacklight to reveal the menu and placing your drink order with a secret code.

Clues and Cocktails, an escape-room-themed bar and restaurant, is slated to open this spring in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta.

It will be housed in Room Escape, a two-story space where guests solve puzzles to escape one of several locked rooms, at 314 Auburn Ave NE.

Owner Joy Christina is currently in permitting with the City to build out Clues and Cocktails in the first floor of Room Escape.

“We created the idea for Clues and Cocktails after surveying our customers,” Christiana in a telephone interview Saturday told What Now Atlanta.

“Nearly everyone we surveyed indicated they would grab a cocktail or a bite to eat before or after visiting Room Escape, so we decided to bring that element directly to our business.”

Clues and Cocktails will offer “escape-room-type puzzles” like using a blacklight to reveal the menu or finding a code to place an order.

Its design will emulate an escape room with a new theme every year.

One idea in play is a Juke Joint fashioned in the classical sense—set in a barn with a rural feel.

The details are still being fleshed out and Christina is meeting with her design team and engineers next week to finalize the plans, including the inaugural theme for Clues and Cocktails.

The beverage program and menu are also being finalized.

Room Escape’s entire first floor will become Clues and Cocktails while the actual escape rooms will be upstairs.

“Escape rooms are becoming over-saturated in the market,” Christina said.

“It’s time to do something different and with a little flare.”

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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