Cocktail Lounge The James Room Plots Late Summer Debut In Buckhead Village

Already with a location along the Atlanta BeltLine, Buckhead outpost of The James Room is part of a new partnership headed by Aaron Mattison, who also operates Ponce City Market’s Bar Vegan, Excuse My French.
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The James Room, a cocktail lounge along the Atlanta BeltLine, will expand its footprint with a second location, set to open in Buckhead Village later this summer, according to a press release Friday.

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Restaurateur Aaron Mattison, who also operates Ponce City Market’s Bar Vegan and pop-up Excuse My French, partnered with Harold Brinkley, owner of The James Room on the BeltLine, to bring the concept to Buckhead Village.

The Buckhead installation will serve up the same “vibe dining” style as its original outpost, “striking the perfect balance between an upbeat cocktail lounge and a sensorial gustatory experience that’s heavily rooted in hospitality, elegance and fun,” according to the release. The Buckhead location will also debut with a large rooftop lounge overlooking the heart of the neighborhood.

With the cocktail program at center stage, guests will experience a selection of “energetic drinks” in the form of perfected classics, seasonal standouts and an arsenal of “beautifully garnished, robust and complex libations” including the Sidecar with Remy Martin 1738, mathilde xo orange liqueur, lemon juice & simple syrup, the Angry Pina Margarita with tanteo jalapeno tequila, lime juice, giffard banana liqueur, giffard pineapple liqueur, jalapeno agave nectar & pineapple juice and Like A Jungle with Bacardi cuatro rum, martini & rossi fiero, chinola passion fruit liqueur, demerara syrup & lime juice.

The James Room’s anchoring beverage program will be accompanied by a bar menu featuring a revolving collection of chef-driven small plates like balsamic raspberry lamb chops, vegan meatballs, shrimp crudité and a selection of charcuterie board offerings.

“Our eating and drinking experiences are largely defined by the interplay of all five senses,” Brinkley said. “As much as music plays a large part in the process, it’s equally as much about interior design and food presentation aesthetics, tactile impressions like room temperature and food texture, physical comfort and even the color of the napkins. Our goal is to capture all of those elements while still making sure it’s fun and welcoming. We’re excited to bring a space to Buckhead that’s aesthetically on brand for the area, but also high spirited without compromising its sophistication.”

The third floor interior space and outdoor balcony is set to occupy 5,243 square feet across from Shake Shack and will “evoke a chic French and Italian-inspired aesthetic” complete with dark wood, hints of leather and rustic artwork paired with radiant chandeliers with soft ambient lighting, “subtle feminine highlights” and of course, the brand’s signature playlists and musical programming. In addition to the indoor space, the concept will offer a rooftop patio, at 3009 Peachtree Street NE. The James Room Buckhead Village will be open for dinner and late-night Wednesday through Sunday.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc. Check out our publications in your city: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, and San Francisco.
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