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Bar Review - Craftbar

CASUAL CHARACTER: Craftbar — the more casual little brother of Tom Colicchio's Craft located on the building's first floor — is a nice alternative for something low-key and less expensive. The restaurant's decor has an organic yet refined feel: Wood walls meet industrial accents such as dangling lightbulb clusters and dark metal.

CRAFTY COCKTAILS: A drink binder houses a wide selection of wines from around the world, an impressive list of spirits such as grappa, eau-de-vie, scotch, rum, tequila, and a handful of original cocktails. Favorite drinks included the Sunshine Squeeze #1 — fresh ginger, Ketel One vodka, Depaz cane syrup, and lemon and lime juice — and the herbaceous and playfully named Tom's Collins made with Hendrick's gin, Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon and a slice of fresh cucumber.

COMFORT CUISINE: Large ricotta meatballs are packed into a cozy bowl alongside wide ribbons of fresh pappardelle enrobed in a deep red tomato sauce and topped with snowflakes of Parmesan cheese. S'mores made with homemade salted graham crackers, marshmallows and dark chocolate are almost too pretty to eat.

Craftbar, the Mansion on Peachtree, 3376 Peachtree Road. 404-995-7580. Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m. www.craftrestaurant.com/craftbar.html.



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