Mixology Duo Greg Best and Paul Calvert Join Forces with Ford Fry and Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Chef Robert Gerstenecker at Bar Margot
“When I go out for a drink, I want to feel like I’m on vacation,” says Greg Best, who helped design the restaurant’s cocktail program with business partner Paul Calvert. “This spot is meant to be a return to a lost era when the hotel bar was the main intersection between a hotel and the place where it's located. We’ve worked closely with the Ford Fry and
Best, who is widely known for his tenure at Restaurant Eugene’s bar and for the opening of Holeman and Finch Public House, and Calvert - of Sound Table, Pura Vida, Victory Sandwich Bar and Paper Plane beverage program fame - have concocted a menu of seven signature cocktails for the new nosh spot.
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“Atlanta needed a cool hotel bar with big-flavour food and zero pretension, and I felt that
Must-tries from the new cocktail menu include the Gin Margot (a variation on a gin and tonic that includes sherry), the Lady Victoria (a fresh and garden-esque vodka-based drink), and the Mercy Street (a souped-up Old Fashioned with a kick of Irish whiskey). A four-cocktail nightcap menu is also available to diners.
The drinks have been designed with Bar Margot’s menu options in mind. According to Calvert and Best, they didn’t begin brainstorming cocktail concepts until they’d seen the menus. Calvert advises patrons to pair the Lady Victoria with flavours such as seafood and shellfish and the Mercy Street with lamb and richer dishes.
Additional menu items include tagliolini cacio e pepe, made from hand made noodle and tossed with black pepper, parmiagiano reggiano and pecorino romano; and Bar Margot’s take on the classic Monte Cristo, better known as the Crunchy Ham & Cheese sandwich. One can’t help but mentally escape to France with every bite of the cotto ham, smoked turkey and field greens stuffed between butter-toasted brioche and topped with raspberry jam.
“This process has truly been a great opportunity to give hotel dining a new perception,” says Gerstenecker. “It’s been exciting to maintain the
Bar Margot serves lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to midnight; Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 am; and Sunday 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. A live DJ plays selections from an extensive record collection on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.