The best bars and clubs are always hard to get into, but the newly opened Prohibition takes it to a new level. The upscale lounge in Buckhead, which debuted in early December, has the feel of a 1920s underground speakeasy, with no exterior signage and a password-only entry policy. The location is marked, though, by a red London phone booth, where guests can gain access by calling the secret phone number (obtained through friends or by asking nicely at the neighboring East Andrews or Cellar 56 restaurants). Once inside, the theme continues, with 1920s-era light sconces and heavy oak paneling. Guests can cozy up by the fire on rich leather sofas, while sipping top-shelf cocktails created by master mixologists from recipes handed down for decades. Among the choices is the 130-proof Absinthe Drip or the classic Singapore Sling. Patrons also can enjoy selections from the house humidor, which stocks more than 30 types of fine, rare cigars.
Details: Prohibition is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd., N.E.
Though he was only the runner-up in the most recent season of “Top Chef,” fan-favorite Kevin Gillespie is still hosting packed crowds at Woodfire Grill. The restaurant in Cheshire Bridge is known for its constantly changing menu, which emphasizes seasonal ingredients purchased from local farms. Among some of its wintertime offerings are creamy sunchoke carnaroli risotto, wood-grilled local bobwhite quail and pan roasted wild striped bass. And if you’re willing to put your taste buds in Gillespie’s hands (and why not, Tom Colicchio did), there is a three-course chef’s tasting for $42 and a five-course tasting for $65. Reservations are recommended, but if you’re feeling especially social, you can ask for a seat at the large communal farm table, where you might make some new food-loving friends.
Details: Open 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m. –11 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Night at the Museum
High Museum of Art, 404.733.HIGH
Martinis & IMAX
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 404.929.6300
Who says museums have to be stuffy and quiet? Two of Atlanta’s top institutions, the High Museum of Art and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, keep their doors open late on Friday nights for lively after-hours soirées. At the High (above), guests can browse the special exhibitions while listening to live jazz — and maybe even try their hand at making some art: On Feb. 19, a live model will be posing in the galleries for patrons to capture on paper. Meanwhile, Fernbank will be mixing up cocktails and screening the documentary “Forces of Nature” in its IMAX theater.
Details: Friday Jazz is from 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; tickets are free with admission to the museum. Martinis & IMAX starts at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $12 adults, $11 students and seniors, $7 members and include admission to the theater; $7 cover charge for admission without viewing the film.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. N.E.
There will be plenty to see and amaze at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing there from Feb. 18-22, presenting their unique blend of theatricality and modern dance. In addition to using several of Ailey’s original works, the company also performs pieces from choreographers including Karole Armitage and Twyla Tharp. But viewers will also get an eyeful from the venue, one of the city’s architectural treasures. The 80-year-old theater, which was originally intended as a headquarters for the Shriners organization, is designed in an opulent Moorish style, complete with a ceiling painted to look like the evening sky with clouds floating past. Tours of the Fox Theatre are held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through the Atlanta Preservation Center.
Details: Alvin Ailey show times are 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased at the Fox Theatre box office or through Ticketmaster.