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Raising the Bar

The minds behind sushi hot spot Umi expand their reach with new haute hangout Himitsu.

CHAMPAGNE WISHES AND CAVIAR DREAMS
Housemade brioche with Petrossian caviar and creme fraiche (market price)

Having earned a fervent following among Atlanta A-listers ranging from Elton John to Matt Ryan, Umi’s menu offers an indulgent experience of Japanese culinary perfection from start to finish. And now with uberswank sips spot Himitsu next door, chef Fuyuhiko Ito and co-owners Farshid Arshid and Charlie Hendon have cornered the market by crafting one of the hautest hangouts in town. “It’s a place where James Bond and Sammy Davis Jr. would meet for a martini,” says Arshid. Famed London-based interior architect Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio created a darkly theatrical speakeasy inspired by the rich colors and textures of Todd Murphy’s statement-making 12-by-16-foot painting “King of Birds.” With an elegantly lit, beautiful copper bar as the centerpiece of the 1,300-square-foot space, Dixon juxtaposes sleek metals against rougher, natural materials all punctuated by an installation of Tom Dixon Melt pendants that evoke the feel of molten metal. After you soak in the stylish atmosphere, kick back with curated cocktails like the Yuzu (master mixologist Shingo Gokan’s riff on the margarita featuring blanco tequila with shiso, agave nectar and yuzu, $17) and nibble on high-brow bites like the the caviar brioche (market price). With a VIP list of guests accepted via reservations-only, this secret spot sounds like the luxest lounge in town, bar none! Hours Wed.-Sat., 7pm-1:30am, contact hello@puraibeto.com for reservations