Located in the base of a midrise on a traffic-whipped stretch of the Peachtree conduit, Restaurant Eugene doesn't feel so much out of place as out of time. There's poise to the Brookwood enclave that belies the bustle just beyond the drapes, plus maturity to the cuisine that sidesteps fussy fusion pratfalls. And the restaurant's new bar program playing off time-honored traditions embodies this with aplomb.
Every Friday, Restaurant Eugene offers a classic cocktails program offering three handcrafted libations in an intimate setting (capped at the first 18 people) for $25. Featuring the turn-of-the-century alchemy of "Professor" Jerry Thomas interpreted through mixologist Greg Best, Restaurant Eugene offers a reprieve from both traffic and cloying trends. From hand-shaved cucumber webs in a gimlet to an herb-infused oil floater in lieu of a gin martini's actual olive, Restaurant Eugene acknowledges that the devil is in the details and meticulously sculpted drinks are devilishly good.
Over at Midtown's Ecco, the first thing that greets you, other than the valet, is the smell of leather. Located between Peachtree and West Peachtree, Ecco offers old-world style and new-world substance in ingredients-driven cocktails led by Director of Beverage Services Vajra Stratigos. A culinary clubhouse, bistro-meets-bottega, Ecco is certainly more "Rat" than "Brat Pack" but more flirty than stuffy. Echoing (or is that eccoing) Restaurant Eugene's focus on creatively tweaking tradition and promoting education, the restaurant offers descriptions with literary flourishes and provides house-printed commemorative placards with wine bottle purchases to provide patrons with a record of their wine's favored characteristics.
On the music tip, a similar olde-meets-nu phenomenon occurred the weekend of June 2-4. On Memorial Drive, Lenny's celebrated its Last Days with a two-day festival in tribute to the scruff and skronk that has been so lovingly cultivated at the "CBGB's of Atlanta." The DIY depot intends to move to 486 Decatur St. some time in the near future to provide more of that high-grade lo-fi to the city.
Kids looking for crib notes on how to stalk a stage needed look no further than the Variety Playhouse on Sunday as L5P anchor Wax 'N Facts celebrated its 30th anniversary with six-plus hours of shake, rattle and roll. Reporting from the fringe were musicians including VieTNam, Kevin Dunn and Swimming Pool Q's -- all actually contemporaries of the B-52's, Talking Heads and Dead Kennedys, so the excessive Jerry Lee Lewis on dirty speed moments were not only excusable but also laudable. With a bill bolstered by young'uns Anna Kramer and the Selmanaires, among others, there were compelling, cathartic twitches of vintage groove(s) and Lower East Side-meets-Little Five Points, indeed.
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