While at Traveller this past Monday, we held in our hot little hands a 1946 reprint of Charles Baker’s famed “The Gentleman's Companion” as well as an 1892 copy of the encyclopedic “The Flowing Bowl”. All of the books are available to read via the bar’s two iPads and are displayed on shelves behind the bar; although the 1862 “Bartender’s Guide” is under lock and key but makes unannounced guest appearances before being whisked away again to the vault in which it’s kept.
We sipped the classic Lucien Gaudin (named for a French Olympic fencer) from the 1929 “Cocktails de Paris”. It’s what happens when a negroni meets a martini and includes gin, vermouth, Campari and Cointreau. Sip this if you’re a fan of either cocktail (or both.) Upon a return visit this Thursday, we savored a Fedora with cognac, Cointreau and bourbon as well as a Whiskey Cocktail containing bourbon, Cointreau and demerara syrup.
As for what Matthew and his bar staff plan to do with these eight classic cocktails once Traveller moves on in April to Washington, DC, he told us, "
The Traveller is a great representation of the creativity behind food and beverage in the Loews brand. The spirit of the bar and this project will live on in our hotel long after its departure within our beverage offerings."
Sip and savor the classics Mar. 6. - Apr. 3, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Valet parking available.
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-745-5000, loewshotels.com/Atlanta, thetravellerbar.com.
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