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Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar and Kitchen Replaces Community Smith in Renaissance Midtown Hotel

Prohibition era-inspired restaurant is complete with a rooftop and serves 'Southern American comfort food' alongside a collection of the 'finest' whiskeys.
Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar and Kitchen - Midtown Atlanta

Renaissance Midtown Atlanta Hotel has converted its in-house restaurant Community Smith into Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen.

Before it was Community Smith, the space was home to Pacci and the hotel’s flag was Palomar.

Rowdy Tiger is now open, at 866 W. Peachtree Street NW, serving a Southern-inspired menu and the “world’s finest whiskeys,” according to a press release Wednesday.

Its drink menu, called the “Whiskey Diary,” features more than 50 moonshines, craft cocktails, and local beers.

The new menu of southern-inspired shared plates and entrees is conceptualized and crafted by newcomer and Executive Chef Christina “Chris” Wai.

Wai most recently was executive chef at Midtown’s Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant, Takorea.

Menu highlights include small shareable plates such as fried green tomato caprese ($13), entrees like sweet tea brined Heritage pork loin chop ($32), and desserts including a croissant bread pudding ($9).

Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch serving 150 patrons in the dining room and an additional street level and accessible patio that seats 20, as well as two semi-private rooms.

Above Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen is Rowdy Tiger Rooftop—the outdoor, rooftop patio, accommodating 200 people—where the attention shifts to a team of “mixologists who will shake, stir and serve high-quality prohibition era cocktails, cognac, whiskey, and bourbon.”

Rowdy Tiger collaborated with Dallas-based design firm Studio 11 to transform the restaurant and rooftop.

“The inspiration behind Rowdy Tiger’s design was to bring the prohibition era to life with thoughtful touches of the past,” according to the release.

“Specifically, tying in the name’s history which stemmed from the citizens who were a part of the ‘Free & Rowdy Party’ and would go to speakeasies called ‘Blind Tigers’ to consume forbidden liquor.”

Rowdy Tiger is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday (the kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (the kitchen closes at 11 p.m.).

Rowdy Tiger Rooftop will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and Friday (weather permitting).

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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