Is Bishop Arts becoming the new spot to go out? It certainly seems like the neighborhood has come alive more than ever in the last year or two! And now Bishop Arts can say that it’s home to a speakeasy, thanks to Atlas!
Updated February 2022
Atlas opened June 2021 right on N Bishop Ave across from Eno’s in Bishop Arts. From the owners of Cajun meets Asian Bishop Arts restaurant Krio, they traded out the airy and minimalist atmosphere of Krio for a dark, decorated and fancy space. The idea is to celebrate cultures through food & cocktail, so not only is the bar worldly-traveler themed, but also the menu pulls from a variety of countries!
Walk inside and sit down in the “living room” by the fireplace in one of the velvet chairs, or choose bar top or bar tables that line the narrow cocktail lounge. Big paintings line the wood paneled walls, tapestry wraps the bar, and big chandeliers hang down. It kindof feels like you just walked into a European castle drawing room!
Push past the bookcase on the back wall and walk down a hallway to find their speakeasy bar. More imagery of world travels from old books to maps to treasures exists here, with seating for about 15 people. You can even rent the space out for private events!
Choose a cocktail from the Well Traveled menu and try something from Peru (Pisco Sour) or Singapore (Singapore Sling) or Kenya (Dawa) to name a few. Or enjoy some Local Stops like a Tugged Flower made with Desert Door Sotol, tamarind, Fresno pepper, cucumber and lime. There’s also an extensive Chopin Martinis list and a “Can You Dig It” take on an espresso martini. It’s more of a dessert than anything, and was super fun to try!
For food, order German pretzel bites or a Cuban sandwich or gyro… there’s a menu of about a dozen bar bites and small plates plus three types of cheesecake, all globally inspired, if you’re craving a sweet treat!
Atlas is open Wednesday through Monday, until 2 am. On weekends, they open at noon, for those out brunching and wandering the Bishop Arts neighborhood! Next time you’re doing just that, stop by Atlas!