Longtime residents Steve Rabb and Shannon Fannin often thought about ways to improve downtown Woodstock. They wanted to see the area become more sophisticated, so one night over dinner they casually discussed a concept of gourmet food and cocktails prepared with simple, raw flavors. The couple had no idea that, within a matter of months, this concept would grow into a chic, downtown eatery: Wink Woodstock. A menu of small plates—favorites include steak empanadas, shrimp and grits, and charcuterie and cheese samplers—complements Wink’s diverse selection of red and white wines. Behind a steel-topped bar, bartenders mix signature cocktails, known as Winktinis, from infused vodkas and specialty garnishes such as raw lemon sugar, graham crackers, and olive-scented fireworks. According to Patch, Fannin drew on her background in interior design to produce a layout representative of both sexy LA nightclubs and downtown Atlanta bars. Steely grays, vivid purples, and electric teals flow throughout the open bar space and into themed areas such as a pillow room and VIP booth.
The pages of thick menus at Landmark Diner flutter 24 hours a day with an array of Greek and Italian fare, sky-high sandwiches, and savory seafood. Diners lean back against the colorful padding of booths while contemplating the menu or reveal their superhero identity. A bevy of breakfast items starts the day or night with a choice of nine omelets or an a.m.-themed stack founded on an English muffin that cushions smoked salmon and poached eggs ($14.99). Thirty-plus sandwiches tempt tongues with turkey burgers ($9.49) or the tangy kraut of a corned beef Reuben accompanied by house-made potato salad ($11.99). Pan-seared grouper luxuriates among a sea of capers and white-wine sauce ($14.99), and a blackened fillet of wild salmon ($16.99) provides enough Omega-3s to ace an eye exam without studying. The flaky pastry melding with spinach in a dish of spanakopita ($12.99) transports taste buds to Greece, and eggplant parmigiana ($14.99) jaunts over to Italy. Meanwhile, an illuminated case of desserts lets baklava ($5.50), lemon-meringue pie ($4.95), and carrot cake ($5.99) press their faces against the glass and beg to be chosen by passersby.
Whipping up a bevy of upscale bar bites, Buckhead Bottle Bar offers a trendy spot for lounging amid a lively and luxe atmosphere. Sashay into the welcoming confines, sidle slyly up to the bar, and snag a drink before perusing a menu stocked with mouthwatering munchables. High-definition flat-screen TVs capture every expertly executed penalty-flag throw during the big game, while diners nosh on delectable fare such as the chicken liver pate with apple jelly and toast ($7), white wine mussels with french fries ($14), and beet salad with blue cheese ($7). A total of four bars––one located on an outdoor patio––lets quadruplets simultaneously scamper up to a bartender and order up a glass of ’08 Lo Tengo torrontés white wine ($8) or white peach cosmo martini ($9) before scathingly mocking their fellow siblings. After a filling meal and refreshing drink, kick back while surrounded by lofty ceilings saddled with an orchard’s worth of vivid, ripe lights softly illuminating the modern décor and flickering smiles of the friendly staff.
Gastronomic glamour comes standard at London Bistro, a combination eclectic-fare restaurant and after-hours lounge, dishing up Indian-, Kenyan-, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Sink incisors into international menu items, such as the Oxford beef stew, featuring beef cuts simmered in brown sauce and veggies and paired with the cultural carbs of basmati rice or chapati bread ($10). The Kings Cambridge crab cakes features two crustacean circles trading for plate territory with claw-signed treaties, then relaxing among a garden of mixed greens drizzled in a mango sauce ($15). Parched patrons can wash down mouthfuls of sausage and mashed potatoes from the bangers and mash ($10) with a free cocktail Tuesdays through Thursdays.