Tesserae private rooftop lounge and restaurant opens to the public

Tesserae at Thompson Buckhead Hotel. Photo by Douglas Friedman

The Thompson Buckhead Hotel officially opened in Buckhead Village in December of 2021. Invited guests toured new rooms and suites and the Dirty Rascal restaurant, but the real party was held that night in the exclusive roof-top club known as Tesserae.

Tesserae is an upscale indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant designed by Dallas-based firm Studio 11 Design. The interior features luxurious decor, including deep blue velvet couches and pink leather booths, surrounding a gorgeous central bar. Breathtaking 10th floor views through floor-to-ceiling windows provide a unique backdrop to the entire space.

The views from the outdoor patio are hard to beat. Guests can flow effortlessly between indoor and outdoor spaces when an entire wall of glass is folded out of the way. Covered and uncovered areas outside offer unobstructed views of both the Buckhead skyline and downtown Atlanta.

From private club to inclusive lounge

Tesserae was designed as a private club, with access granted only to members and guests of certain suites in the Thompson Buckhead. On opening night it was easy to see what attracted members to Buckhead’s newest private club, and according to the Thompson there was a waiting list to join the club before it was even opened. 

From the Thompson, “Since debuting in early 2022, the former private social club has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most sought-after locations for sipping handcrafted cocktails and rubbing elbows with movers and shakers in a chic and sophisticated setting.”

As of May 2023 Tesserae will be open to all hotel guests and the general public for dinner and drinks. The Thompson Buckhead team says that rave reviews and steadily growing demand prompted the decision to go public.

“We’re eager to continue growing the incredible community we’ve built at Tesserae and excited to build on this strong foundation to attract a diverse audience of individuals from Atlanta and our surrounding cities,” said Donte Johnson, General Manager of Thompson Buckhead. “We’re grateful to Tesserae’s founders, some of the city’s most influential thought leaders and power players, for helping drive this success, and remain committed to challenging the status quo in this beautiful place where guests can connect, be inspired and celebrate the best this city has to offer.”

Tesserae is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Menu items range from yellowfin tuna tostadas to lobster rolls to sliders, and you will not want to miss the signature craft cocktails.

More information about Tesserae’s public opening can be found at @TesseraeATL on Instagram.

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