Not every cocktail is a work of art. We consider even fewer mixologists as true artists. Robert Wood might be one of the few exceptions. The man is responsible for some of Birmingham’s most beloved cocktail bars, such as Smultronstalle and 18/81. He has also won countless awards for his ingenious cocktail creations – attracting accolades from the likes of CLASS, Imbibe and Top 50 Cocktail Bars. This boundary-pushing nature looks set to continue with his next venture, the creative drinks studio Atelier.
Atelier refers to an artist’s workshop or studio and, as much more than a cocktail bar, Robert Wood intends to treat it as such. As the single bartender, he will have complete creative freedom over the space. Especially the drinks, to express his ever-changing interests. The space will be treated as his creative workshop and will be open only a few nights a week to a handful of guests.
Setting up in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter this September – housed in a restored factory in Newhall Square – Atelier will make its menus only available for a limited time. They expect each one to last only between eight and twelve weeks before changing. The first menu is called Terroir and is available three nights a week from September 22 to November 12.
Terroir is a celebration of the British Isles’ pantry, with three distinct experiences on offer. Terroir, 874 Miles is a seven-course cocktail tasting experience – a trip around the UK to celebrate its landscapes, and esoteric flavours and ingredients. Those after a more concise menu can select the Terroir, GB365, a four-course menu that reflects British seasons. Alternatively, guests can enjoy house cocktails from the Terroir a la carte menu.
The creative drinks studio will be able to seat up to only 26 guests. While the interiors have taken an international influence from turn-of-the-century and ‘60s Scandinavian design, as well as Japanese fine dining. Expect your trip to be an intimate yet relaxed affair. Guests should also be able to catch a glimpse at Robert’s creative process too.
Reservations at Atelier for the Terroir menus can now be made for between September 22 and November 12 by heading here.