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American Express launches the biggest Centurion Lounge yet

Guests can now enjoy outdoor terraces, airfield views and a pre-flight dram at The Reserve whiskey bar. 

American Express has this week opened its largest network-wide Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world. The new Centurion Lounge is located in Concourse E, near gate E11.

At around 2,400 square metres, it features a locally inspired menu from Atlanta-based chef, Deborah VanTrece, numerous seating options for guests to relax or work before their flight, outdoor terraces with views of the airfield, and The Reserve by American Express, a bespoke whiskey bar serving signature cocktails, classic and new American whiskeys.

The design is inspired by Atlanta’s reputation as ‘the city in the forest’ and its abundance of trees, and American Express Card Members’ passion for wellness. The main seating area features a 50-year-old olive tree and a 360-square-metre custom light sculpture that represents a forest canopy, creating a relaxing space for Card Members to unwind before their flights.

American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
© American Express Centurion Lounge

Additionally, visitors can enjoy multiple outdoor terraces which is a first for the Centurion Lounge network. These meticulously landscaped seating areas are equipped with heaters and fans for use year-round. Chef Deborah VanTrece, owner of local Atlanta restaurants Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Oreatha’s At The Point and La Panarda, will bring her take on modern, global soul food to the lounge. Using flavours and techniques she discovered while travelling the world as a former flight attendant, enhanced by her family food traditions and fresh, local ingredients, the custom menu includes black eyed pea biryani, za’atar grilled chicken thighs with green tomato chimichurri, and ‘Twisted Soul’ salad with strawberry peppercorn vinaigrette. There will also be a dedicated food and beverage station with gluten-free and vegan options, including protein bites, salads, smoothies and immunity booster juice shots.

American Express Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
© American Express Centurion Lounge

The Centurion Network’s First Whiskey Bar

Celebrating the rich history of American whiskey, The Reserve by American Express is the first dedicated whiskey bar in a Centurion Lounge. The cocktail menu, curated by award-winning mixologist Jim Meehan, features five specialty whiskey cocktails, including ‘Drink a Peach’ with peach-flavoured whiskey and bitters and Mayme, Tailored, highlighting an American whiskey with ginger beer. Guests can also choose from more than 20 classic and new American whiskeys.

The bar offers a modern take on a classic whiskey bar with dark finishes and caramel leather seating and connects to an outdoor lounge area. The lounge also features a fully stocked main bar with 10 wines hand-selected by sommelier and Centurion Lounge wine director, Anthony Giglio, a local cocktail menu with spirit-free options and Centurion Lounge signature drinks.

Guests will find also find signature Centurion Lounge amenities, including dedicated workstations and phone booths, premium restrooms and shower suites, several seating areas and access to complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

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