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The Bar at Illuminarium

3.6
3.6
90 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS THROUGH OPENTABLE. PLEASE VISIT ILLUMINARIUM.COM TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO THE BAR!

After dark, Illuminarium re-imagines nightlife on the BeltLine with a bar unlike any other. Enjoy cocktails and a tapas-style menu in an ever-changing and magically immersive setting that transports you to places like a Japanese night market, an awe-inspiring interstellar nebula, a Parisian flower garden, or a luminous reef below the ocean's surface.

This experience is separate from the WILD daytime attraction and the 21+ WILD After Dark Experience. Information about both of these experiences can be found at Illuminarium.com.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Sun 7:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (404) 341-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Damon Cundiff

  • Private party facilities

    For information on how to book your private event in our fully-customizable space that will surround your guests in magical environments, visit http://www.illuminarium.com/events.For groups and party sizes of 10 and up, please contact groups@illuminarium.com or call (404).341.1000, Option 3.

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Parking details

    For parking information, visit http://www.illuminarium.com.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Bar at Illuminarium

    $16.32 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    After dark, Illuminarium re-imagines nightlife on the BeltLine with a bar unlike any other. Enjoy cocktails and a tapas-style menu in an ever-changing and magically immersive setting that transports you to places like a Japanese night market, an awe-inspiring interstellar nebula, or a luminous reef below the ocean's surface. This experience is separate from the WILD daytime attraction and the WILD After Dark Adults Only Safari Experience. Information about both of these experiences can be found at Illuminarium.com.

What 90 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on all time ratings
  • 3.2Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.2Value

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  1. AW

    AkilahW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I had reservations for the bar. However, the bar was closed, yet I was charged. It was completely different from my previous experience, which was absolutely perfect. Super disappointed.
  2. AF

    AltheaF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall1food4service2ambience3
    No one explained the experience. I paid $40 for the reservation didn’t know that was an entry fee for watching the game. Thought I was paying for an experience. We could of used some music while waiting for game. Tables are to small for your plate sizes. Staff standing behind you lined up at the door felt uncomfortable. Lights on the floor could of been dimmed down some, still felt to bright for a lounge fee.
  3. TN

    TiffanyN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had reservations when checked in at 10pm (our time) we were told 30 min wait though the place was empty. We waited 15 then went next door to new realm.
  4. J

    Jaye

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had to wait to get to the check in when we arrived exactly on time. There was a long line. By the time we got to the door we were told we had to wait 90 minutes because they were full to capacity. This was ridiculous. We had 8p reservations. I was dissatisfied with the entire experience from the safari to the mis management of reservations. We left and went somewhere else
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I read a lot of reviews that made me nervous to go, but I bought the tickets and went for a date night. I AM SO HAPPY WE DID. first, parking is a challenge but it is near two urban licks, and a really busy area so that's understandable! We had reservations at 8pm this past Saturday (I do think that the time may affect experience considering some of the reviews I've read). Our experience from start to finish was amazing! My boyfriend loved it, it was such a fun and unique date night. We tried one of everything on the menu. The fries, wings and tacos were the best a d the portions were a really good size. An entire playe topped to the brim with fully loaded fries and six wings evenly distributedbetween glass and drums as well as three medium tacos for us to split. I had their version of an Arnold Palmer made with butbon and honey and not only was it delicious I felt Nice 1 1/2 drinks on! Our server was fantastic (I wish I could remember her name) she had a party of 15+ as well as us and three other couples and she was so kind and attentive even though there were so many people she was assisting. When she found out we didn't like the lsiders or the meatballs she removed them from our tab! Everyone there was so polite with happy energy which added to the experience. It felt more intimate as the room isn't overly large and we got to sit in super comfy chairs and listen to great music with a room that changed ever so often! My boyfriend and I were constantly looking for little things in each of the changing scenes. Our favorite were Shibuya (love the magic Koi fish) and the jungle scene that goes from pre-dawn to night before changing (there were so many animals and even fireflys in the scene). We are definitely talking about doing it again soon!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Honestly i would appreciate a refund. I traveled to Atlanta for my birtday and was recommended this place. My groups reservation was for 11pm. We arrived at 10:57pm and was instructed to wait. We waited 30 mins for our "reserved table" . Once seated at 11:30 we were told that the kitchen and bar were now closed. So we were stuck watching everyone enjoy their drinks while we watched a projection thag barely changed so we left . There was no one in management to talk to and no one picks up the phone.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Just a bad experience. We made reservations and as we would politely ask every 10 mins if there were updates on our table, we met with rude responses about “how busy they were.” When we went up to just ask for a refund (res made for 10:30, by then it was almost 11 and the place closes at midnight) suddenly a table cleared and we were sat. Inside is really nice, but the music doesn’t match the ambiance, at least it didn’t on that Saturday night. But whatever, music taste is relative and maybe I’m wrong. However, I think we can all agree that ordering a beer and getting one that’s room temperature along with a glass of ice isn’t what anyone would expect. To get in you have to pay 15 bucks, which isn’t a lot, but I think it’s fair to say that this place needs a few tweaks, IMO.
  8. g

    gracious500

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Kitchen closes early at 10p. Parking was a mess. Space was too small.
  9. EJ

    EricJ914

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    This is not worth it. The music was the only good part. The kitchen closes extremely early and the drinks are overpriced. I would not recommend nor do this again. Save your money!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    $16 dollar gasoline drinks in plastic cups.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    When we went the kitchen was out of order so couldn’t have anything from there,but I get it these things happen. What’s curious to me is that you need a reservation for $35/ person non refundable here and then we get served drinks in plastic cheap cups and pretty unable to make basic bar drinks taste well. Example here was my old fashioned came out tasting like an orange popsicle. The visuals were fantastic however.
  12. L

    Leah

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Our service was great, but the drinks were over priced and the experience was oversold.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Braves watch party. Super cool event
  14. MD

    MsDoward

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to watch Game Six of the World Series the entire team at Illuminarium was amazing from Max correcting a scheduling mistake, to the lovely ladies at the front , to our waiter Michael and the manager Brandon going around to every table to make sure everyone was having a good time …. This was an amazing experience great food, great drinks …. We will definitely come back
  15. A

    Amber

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went for a World Series Watch Party - really fun experience with friendly staff and great drinks. Menu was Braves themed and they even had peanuts and cracker jacks at every seat! Go Braves!
  16. J

    Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere to watch the World Series game. Staff were very nice and welcoming.
  17. SR

    SusanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Congratulations Atlanta Braves ❤️
  18. JD

    JohnitaD

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It's a great spot with unique experiences and has an incredible staff.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice I had to visit twice. It’s a vibe!
  20. JH

    JheriH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off the staff was AMAZING!!! EVERYONE was so pleasant and welcoming. I went for a surprise date for my husband and he loved it. The vibe was good and there was a mixed crowd. We'll definitely be back! Parking wasn't too good......but it's Atlanta so it's expected. The tables could have been a little bigger but definitely didn't damper the overall experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful experience. We waiting an hour for our seats inside the bar. Our drink orders were wrong. We were overcharged. Very disappointed.
  22. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited an hour and a half after ordering the sliders and fries. Never got our food. We were served only 1 drink each and the waitress seemed very busy to even check on us. When we bought the tickets I was told it would be a downtown Japan scene but instead it was icebergs. It was very overpriced and i was highly disappointed in our evening at the Bar.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Went for drinks and had a 9pm reservation but we weren’t seated until almost 9:45… the room itself was beautiful and we loved the ambiance. Drinks were overly sweet but we were able to ask for sugar-free and the next round came out much better. Not somewhere I would necessarily frequent, but definitely worth checking out at least once.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We had a reservation for 8:30 and it took an hour to be seated. Just had to wait in the lobby area.
  25. KE

    KinetraE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Mediocre. Pre made watery drinks over priced. Do not recommend
  26. KB

    KevinB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good experience. A cool place to sit, relax and chit chat. Parking was terrible so be sure to get there 30-45mins ahead of reservation. You are definitely paying much more for the food and drinks but all it all I will do it again and recommend it.
  27. A

    Alex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The gimmick of the wall projections were low quality, one side of the wall was broken when we went for one of the locations. The food was terrible and overpriced. The drinks were small and overpriced. The warning signs to avoid this cash grab were there but we thought we'd give it a shot anyways, would not recommend.
  28. JS

    JustSad

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Cover charge and price of drinks is offensive. $31 + tax+ tip just to have a glass of wine?? The atmosphere is cool but NOT that cool. So not worth it.
  29. E

    Excellent

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Prices are out-of-whack and borderline insulting considering the overall quality of the offering. $32 cover charge just to reserve a table for two… why?! $16 for a watered down cocktail, $16 for a plate of lukewarm fries that took 30m to arrive, I expected a mellow chill atmosphere and received thumping drum’n bass that I had to shout over to be heard. To differentiate the *entire* experience, they should create a custom ambient soundscape that transports guests, not just another bump-and-grind playlist. I do appreciate the uniqueness of the wall projections and the overall “experience” concept for a night out, but the execution needs a ton of work.
  30. SD

    SamanthaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful place. my only draw back was the drinks being served in plastic cups.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing chill experience.
  32. KG

    KeishaG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Very disappointed over rated food not good too expensive
  33. HB

    HannahB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ehhh...Overpriced drinks and the scene at the bar only changed 3 times...It was neat but I have no desire to return.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Was asked if I had a reservation and was seated promptly after confirming. Ordered drinks and meatballs. Drinks were delicious. Meatballs were cold. Received an email later stating I had missed my reservation. Was very confused because I had stated I had a reservation prior to being seated and had asked if I would be charged the cover charge if I had made a reservation. Hostess confirmed that I would not be charged if I had made a reservation. Overall the place is nice for a little date night for drinks and experience, not for food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Birthday for my friend. The food wasn’t warm but the staff was very nice and courteous, the place was okay. Experience was alright as well overall. It should be cheaper for what you get that’s all.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chill vibe. Great service, food, and drinks. Would also be good for a small group meetup. Loved it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    No reason on a Saturday night that the kitchen closes at 10:45 when the bar closes at 12am. It’s tapas food not 3/5 course meals.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    When I originally booked I was charged $16/per person and the instructions stated that the money would count towards food and drinks at the bar. When we got there we were told that the $16 was just an entry fee so just beware of the bait and switch.
  39. P

    Pleasantly

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute ambiance. I visited with friends for birthday cocktails and food. Surprisingly the food was very good. The pricing was decent. The host were friendly, attentive and work mask. Definitely a vibe!! I shall visit again.
  40. AN

    AtlNights

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    The ambiance sells the venue, however the plating is a bit large for the size of the small table. Also, while the wings were delicious, the tacos were soft, mushy and not appetising at all! Would recommend, but please consider smaller plates and it taco stands or hard tacos instead of soft.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Bar at Illuminarium is rated 3.6 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Bar at Illuminarium

550 Somerset Terrace NE Atlanta, GA 30306

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Sun 7:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    For parking information, visit http://www.illuminarium.com.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Damon Cundiff

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (404) 341-1000

  • Private party facilities

    For information on how to book your private event in our fully-customizable space that will surround your guests in magical environments, visit http://www.illuminarium.com/events.For groups and party sizes of 10 and up, please contact groups@illuminarium.com or call (404).341.1000, Option 3.

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