Prepare yourself to walk into modern yet traditional class and style. If the royal blue carpet emblazoned with the @fellaship.atl logo didn’t give you an indication, wait till you get through the door. Entering the foyer, you’re greeted by the hostess. If you have a reservation, she’ll show you to your seat and if not feel free to find an open seat where you can. Past the foyer, you enter in the middle of the lounge and at the base of the stairs heading upstairs. On one side, you have a large ‘gentlemen’s library’ vibe with two-story book shelving, large TV, a fireplace, large couches, and several 4 tops that are great for conversing. The other side you have mid-century furnishing, captivating artwork, and a soaring high bar next to a reasonable size walk-in humidor. Just recently, they’ve implemented their VIP membership and upstairs is typically reserved for members only or those willing to pay for a one-time admittance ($30-$50). One last thing I want to point out about Fellaship, which isn’t typically a part of our review of cigar lounges is how incredible the food is here. If they keep up the quality coming out of the kitchen, hell I may just come here to eat. It’s located in a terrific location between Atlanta’s creative Art District (Peter St. area) and the new Mercedes Benz stadium downtown.
Humidor and Cigar Selection
What makes a good humidor is more than just the selection of cigars (but is about 80% of it). It’s also determined by the amount of knowledge the tobacconist in the humidor has to share with customers. Fellaship probably has some of the most knowledgeable tobacconists to steer you towards the right cigar selection. They ask the right questions to understand what you may like. Fellaship carries a liberal array of cigars from top manufacturers such as Drew Estates, Rocky Patel, My Father, Oliva, and Camacho. You won’t find too many boutique or smaller brands so don’t expect to stumble across that hard to find small-batch stick.
During its opening weekend some months ago, I was utterly shocked by how well the ventilation held up…despite being packed to the gills. Now that the traffic has normalized, it’s even better than before. I appreciate that this lounge didn’t just focus on the high-profile style and leisure but also paid attention to the volume of clean air needed to make your experience upscale. I will say that I think the fact that it has an open two-story ceiling helps a hell of a lot. I can’t visually see the system, but it seems to keep up with the size of the lounge. I also noticed that there are several rotating floor fans going which they’re probably using to move more air on the first-floor level. Overall, they get an A+ on ventilation.
I applaud Fellaship here, and they have a unique culture as far as Personal/Waitstaff goes. Capturing Atlanta’s nightlife styling but with the helpfulness of a Chick-fil-a shift manager, the staff here is amazing. The team is incredibly friendly and eager to help. They’re quick to greet you, take your drink order, clear your ashtray or refuel your torch. The faces are mostly young, but they have seasoned, knowledgeable vets where it counts…the bar and humidor. My only note here is that there’s quite a bit of turnover in this industry, so I hope they will have high retention and keep their current staff for a while.
Fellaship is easily the manifestation of Cam’s style and class. Even though the lounge attracts some of Atlanta’s more affluent and fashionable people, no one should steer away from making a visit. It’s an incredible lounge with an environment suitable for after-work drinks, a lavish date night, or a guy’s/gal’s night out. If ownership stays consistent with the level of service and decor, this place should be around for quite a while and on the top of Atlanta’s lounge list. One chink in Fellaship’s armor maybe its current popularity. Atlanta is a place of trends, and if you’re a new spot, you attract floods of people that may not become ‘regulars’ or just not sustainable…or even worst, not true to the cigar lifestyle (but hey, that’s not managements fault)