When we favor the glamour of exploring Atlanta's plethora of shopping, cultural and dining options, while wanting the comfort of the same luxuries right where we sleep, Intercontinental Buckhead is our favorite pick. From the hotel we can stroll to the South's premier shopping area-- Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, featuring Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Rich's, and over 250 other fine stores! When we are shopped out we have easy access to popular attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum of Art, the New World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Studio Tour.
Eventually we make our way back to the hotel for a choice menu of dining options. Enjoy the Nouveau Southern cuisine at Southern Art, helmed by Art Smith who was Oprah Winfrey's former chef, continues to write award-winning cookbooks and is a lively, humorous, animated, entertaining chef to watch. The menu takes southern recipes to a new level in taste and presentation. Menu decisions will be difficult to make; and those difficult decisions include deserts. Pies, pies, and more pies… or the 12-layer Red Velvet Cake.
The InterContinental's Bourbon Bar located across from Southern Art. It's not all bourbon, there's something for everyone as you'll see from what seems to be hundreds upon hundreds of bottles as you walk in. It's become a neighborhood gem. Friendly, unpretentious service, you are greeted with a plate that has an assortment of chips, flavored pecans, and olives; something to go with any drink you order.
Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, the locals call it Vibarnt.