Relive the camaraderie of the 4-H Club, marching band, and Latin Honors Society without the snobbish competition, "accidental" spit-valve mishaps, and verb-conjugation contests with today's Groupon: for $85, you get a one-year dinner membership (a $200 value), plus $25 toward dinner and drinks, to The Warren in the Highlands.
The Warren collected a variety of 2009 and 2010 Best of Citysearch awards for its tasty cuisine and exclusive ambience, including best place for brunch, dessert, fireside dining, hamburgers, people-watching, and more. Your dinner membership comes with a bona fide membership card and gets you and up to three guests free entry until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., this handsome house of yum becomes a sophisticated club—you're welcome to linger after dinner and stay as late as you like, ducking into the restroom periodically to make sure your mustache is lush and your wit is devastating.
Chef William Taylor's innovative menu delivers succulent dishes with Southern flair. Start with a tempting goat-cheese fritter ($8) and parmesan pear salad ($9) and then move on to entrees that delight taste buds with a multitude of flavors and textures. Try the espresso-rubbed flat-iron steak with a cabernet reduction, au gratin potatoes, and grilled asparagus ($20), Captain Crunch–crusted salmon (with mashed potatoes and haricot verts ($17), or apple chili-glazed pork with broccoli rice and cheese casserole ($19). If making a decision seems difficult, take comfort in the fact that you'll have a year to return again and again. Citysearchers rave about the Warren Burger ($11) and sweet desserts, such as Krispy Kreme bread pudding ($8) and rich chocolate molten-lava brownie ($8).
Located on the third floor above the Dark Horse Tavern, The Warren's atmosphere exudes intimate elegance befitting one of the few private clubs left in Atlanta, with red drapes, exposed brick walls, and cozy armless armchairs. The five fireplaces will make the club feel like a home away from your over-fireplaced home.
As shepherd-of-sophistication Walter Hill taught us in The Warriors, nothing compares to the feeling of being part of a gang, particularly one that dines on adorable bacon-wrapped mignonettes ($12) from a garden terrace with the city skyline and a sweeping sunset as its dinner companions. At The Warren, it won't take long for your friendly and attentive waiters to learn your name and favorite drink, especially if they're both Captain Morgan. In addition to the free entry (and discounts at local boutiques, restaurants, health clubs, and spas), the membership nets invites to exclusive parties for special occasions, including New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl, and the Kentucky Derby, which is rumored to be run by horses this year.
The Warren opens at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturday and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Members must be at least 26 years old.
- With a burger that is above and beyond any you've had before, the best DJs in town, and a great staff that always remembers you (but more importantly, remembers what you drink), the Warren City Club is one the best spots in Atlanta. – AlexRobertson
- the vibe is very urban chic but the people are mad chill and make you feel right at home. william the chef mixes up a really unique menu- try the warren burger, it will not disappoint you... – alexcon, Citysearch
The Warren City Club
High above the bustling shops and bistros of Virginia-Highland, The Warren City Club members toast the view on a third-level garden terrace. Tiled in stone and surrounded by Atlanta's cityscape, the patio's rustic french doors lead to exclusive stomping grounds furnished with rich wooden furniture, aged brick walls, and no fewer than five roaring fireplaces. These elegant environs are housed in a turn-of-the-century building, and its timeless appeal is matched by cuisine prepared by Johnson & Wales–trained chef William Taylor.
While most must pay an entry fee to enjoy Chef Taylor's singular suppers such as the Cap'n Crunch–crusted Atlantic salmon or seared sea scallops over butternut-squash risotto, members enjoy unbarred access to any meal. Their status also grants them exclusive deals at local businesses including floral boutiques and personal trainers, and invisible "Members Only" jackets handcrafted by imperial tailors. Non-members hoping for an admission-free taste of the high life can attend Sunday brunch, or drop by the Open House on the first Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to midnight.