We're so excited to tell you about a new(ish) restaurant in Decatur that is one of our favorite places! The Gin Mill opened a little over a year ago and quickly became one of the hot spots in town. They have great food, vintage cocktails and the coolest décor and atmosphere. They recently started serving appetizers and cocktails in the afternoon, so we popped in a couple Saturdays ago to sample the menu.
Of course we had to dress for the occasion! We will get to exactly what we wore a little bit later. First, let's talk about the decor!
The best way to describe the Gin Mill's super cool atmosphere is 1920's speakeasy meets modern gastropub. There are so many unique pieces, like a taxidermy buffalo head mounted on the wall, the one-of-a-kind skull wallpaper, the antique bar, and of course, the gorgeous chandeliers.
Jodi is devising a way to steal this one for herself. Think they will notice?
Now, let's talk cocktails. Who doesn't love a good cocktail on a Saturday afternoon? The Gin Mill specializes in classic cocktails, like a Sidecar, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. They also have an impressive selection of imported and craft beer, as well as a fully stocked bar of fine liquor. We ordered an Old Fashioned, a Lillet Rose cocktail, and a craft beer flight.
As for the food, there are a lot of options, but we had to get Molly's favorite, The Duck Bacon Pizza. It's got DUCK BACON, pickled cherries and goat cheese, and is downright heavenly.
We also ordered the Imported Cheese Plate and Crispy Fried Potato Skins. The bread alone is worth getting the cheese plate. It's got a nice layer of melted butter coating the top and is to.die.for. The cheeses and meat change depending on the seasons, but we were #blessed to encounter the array below. One of them had dried cranberries in it and was absolutely delightful.
Not to be outdone, the potato skins were out of this world. They were huge baked potatoes, cut in half and topped heavily with all of the goodness of a loaded baked potato.
As promised, here's a look at what we wore. With such fun décor, you can't not dress for the occasion, right? We were both going for the speakeasy meets modern look.
Molly took this chance to don a new vintage-looking sequin tank she found right after New Year's (wouldn't that have been perfect to ring in the new year though?). Paired with a gold-accented sheer kimono and a long tassel necklace, it was a perfectly vintage look. The turban headband was a must to bump up the costume factor. Harem pants and tall, chunky boots helped give a modern edge to the whimsical old-fashioned look. Her husband said she looked like a rich 1920s housewife getting ready for bed. She said perfect.
Jodi wore a silky wallpaper print kimono cardigan, with a flowy white blouse. To balance out the top, she paired it with skinny jeans and navy blue ankle booties. The gold tassel necklace helped pull it all together and give it that extra 20's touch. She stuck with dark lips to match the decor.
We hope you check out The Gin Mill when you're in the area! Whether you go for apps, lunch or dinner, or just a nightcap, you're sure to leave feeling a little cooler than when you went in.
Cheers! - Jodi and Molly
Molly's Outfit Details: Top: TJ Maxx, Kimono: Forever 21, Turban Headband: Von Maur, Pants: H&M, Boots: Target, Necklace: Wal-Mart, Ring: Chloe + Isabel
Jodi's Outfit Details: Blouse: Lush, Kimono: Joys by Austin Warren, Jeans: Rock & Republic, Booties: Sole Society, Necklace: Stitch Fix, Bag: River Island