Old Fourth Distillery is cooking up some new endeavors.
The distillery and tasting room on Old Fourth Ward’s Edgewood Avenue Thursday night plans to soft launch its new “Locker Club” concept.
It’s aimed at turning its tasting room into a Prohibition-era speakeasy.
Locker clubs were a uniquely Atlanta phenomenon during the early 1900s when private clubs sprung up where the alcohol was placed under lock and key and only served to members. Many of these locker clubs were clustered around Decatur, Peters and Marietta streets, according to this history of Atlanta’s beer scene.
“These clubs were a way of getting around Prohibition and temperance era laws and were very much centered around Decatur Street — quite possibly at our building at 536 Decatur Street,” said Craig Moore, who founded Old Fourth Distillery with his brother, Jeff. “We intend to bring back this unique piece of Atlanta history, only we won’t have to keep our booze under lock and key and all will be welcome!”
Locker Club hours will run Thursday through Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tours will still be offered those days, running 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.