Yet another of my favorite Hotlanta experiences happens to be in the far reaches of the east side of town, smack in the center of Decatur. What can I say? Decatur's booming these days. And this restaurant-bar that opened in 2012 is one of the reasons why. Linen curtains part to reveal wooden furnishings and a casual-cool vibe only the finest establishments manage to nail. The emphasis here is on handmade, high-end cocktails. It's rare you'll find a drink on The Pinewood's libations menu with less than six ingredients. For example, the "Stay Gold, Pony" is made with Four Roses bourbon, grapefruit, Georgia honey, Luxardo Bitter, pimento dram, and grapefruit expression. Each cocktail is carefully crafted; in other words, you might have to wait a few minutes for your drink to arrive, but it will be worth it. For true whiskey and bourbon connoisseurs, there's a separate menu of flights (like the "Whole Van Damley," featuring three different kinds of Pappy Van Winkle), and reserve cocktails that show off some of the finest booze around. The food is tasty, too, with Southern dishes like chicken and waffles, cornmeal-crusted catfish, or shrimp tamales served nightly for dinner (Monday–Saturday), plus a delicious brunch whipped up on Sundays. Many weeknights, The Pinewood has a theme: Monday is NOLA Laundry Night, highlighting Cajun cuisine and cocktails, Taco Tuesdays bring Mexican food and margaritas, and Whiskey Wednesdays are not to be missed, as all whiskey drinks are half price. Twice a week, The Pinewood also offers an alchemy course in the fine art of mixology for $75, which includes four cocktails and several hors d'oeuvres.