Lucian Books and Wine is a simple, elegant new wine bar in the heart of Buckhead. Beautifully curated and sophisticated, Lucian feels like a welcome refuge amid the frenetic energy of Pharr Road and Peachtree Street.
Proprietors Katie Barringer and Jordan Smelt, partners in business and life, share a passion for fine wine and books. Technically, she’s the aficionado of beautiful coffee table books, having brought Atlanta the critically acclaimed COVER Books. And he’s the sommelier, formerly of Cakes & Ale and Bread & Butterfly. Together they’ve assembled an elevated offering of some 300 globally inspired wines amongst floor-to-ceiling shelves stacked with gorgeous art, wine and food books. We are cheering their uncompromising commitment to the singular focus of offering only the books and wine they love.
Lucian was born out of an aha moment in 2018 when Barringer and Smelt stumbled on the luxe bookstore/wine bar, Maison Assouline during a Thanksgiving trip to London. The two had been noodling on creating a business together, and this one checked all the boxes.
They knew there was only one chef who would have the vision of creating a concise menu that paired well with wines: their old friend, Brian Hendrickson, also formerly of Cakes & Ale and Bread & Butterfly. They turned to Ed Seiber, also a dear friend, for the design. Lindsay Miller from the Seiber Design team orchestrated the inspired and understated space.
With a third partner in Atlanta attorney Mickey Mixson,Barringer and Smelt were set to sign a lease when Covid hit. They did some soul searching. They knew the concept was right, but the timing was precarious. Still, they kept the faith and moved forward.
The nameLucian is a nod to Barringer’s favorite artist Lucian Freud. They had always imagined they would give the name to their first born or perhaps a pet. Instead, it’s on the marquee of their highly anticipated new space.
Though Freud’s paintings are often dark and haunting, Barringer and Smelt have created a mood that is anything but. When asked what their last meal and reading materials would be, they agreed that they would enjoy Chef Hendrickson’s simple French omelet with crème fraiche and caviar paired with champagne and a gorgeous coffee table book full of color, shape and brightness, like that of an artist likeJosef Albers or Henri Matisse.
The couple aim to host events that pair wine tastings with author talks, book signings and cooking collaborations. Their kick-off event will feature “Wine All The Time” author Marissa A Ross and Seung Hee Lee,who wrote “Sunday Korean,” on Saturday, June 26.
Lucian plans to open officially later this month and will serve wine and an abbreviated all-day dining menu before starting dinner service at 4 p.m. –the couple’s favorite time to eat. They expect to serve a full lunch menu by fall.
Hours:Tuesday -Thursday: 11AM-10PM (dinner starting at 4) Friday and Saturday: 11AM-11PM (dinner starting at 4) Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
Take-out will be available each day they’re open. At Home with Lucian(a romantic take-out package / comes with a beautiful book) will be available Friday and Saturday only.