Food & Drink

Spill Buckhead's best-kept secret. And possibly cocktails.

Published On 05/07/2013 Published On 05/07/2013
1Kept bar

1Kept is like that secret that's so juicy you know it's going to get out, so you might as well be the first person to tell your friends and at least get the credit. The place is only accessible via the back alley of Tantra and Peachtree Walk, and they've ingeniously made the cocktails so good, there's no shot you'll be able to remember just how you found it the first time

Dimly lit with dark exposed brick and reclaimed-wood walls, tree stump tables, luxurious tufted seating, and the owner's collection of vintage typewriters hung throughout, this place looks like This Old House meets The Tudors meets sex. With food

Starters are called "1s", and include these deviled quail eggs topped with savory bacon jam, as well as beer-braised mussels and chorizo kale salad

They've also got crispy flatbreads coming out of a wood-burning brick oven, from duck confit with fig puree and honey, to this beef & broccolini with braised short rib, caramelized onion, and goat cheese

Heftier mains include a veal meatloaf, and this crispy-skinned arctic char served with pickled melon rind & cashews that're actually pickled in their onsite pickling room. Just like the one at the frat house

This Georgia Heat cocktail's an interesting play on a bellini with watermelon puree, mint simple syrup, champagne, tequila, and Serrano peppers. Basically, only real men will let themselves be seen drinking it. (And also, you know, women.

They also infuse their liquor on-site, then pour into stuff like this pear-infused moonshine cocktail

And there's this Panaché cocktail, which looks like a standard light beer, but is actually 50/50 Stella and lime citrus soda (or basically fancy Sprite). Secrets, secrets...

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1. 1Kept 2293 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

1Kept slings some of Atlanta's finest meat-based dishes. From pork loin to steak frites and more, its meats are all melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Maybe even more impressive? Some of the most beloved dishes are meatless (or easy on the meat). Don’t let the delectable pimento cheese board, with its grilled, crusty sourdough and pumpernickel breads, assorted jams, and homemade pickles pass you by. And for a dose of healthy greens, check out the warm kale salad with spicy chorizo, quinoa, carrots, and sweet, plump golden raisins tossed in a spicy chili oil vinaigrette.