The S.O.S.

Decatur, GA
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340 Church St
Decatur, GA
Opened in November 2015
Wed-Sat 6pm-2am
Closed Mon, Tue, Sun
(404) 377-9308

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The S.O.S.



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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 7.2
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 6.3
Mood 8.3
Music 8.8
Service 9.4
Tikiness 6.3
Tilt 8.3
Vibe 8.2

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Humuhumu’s description

The S.O.S. opened on November 5, 2015, in a space that had previously held Paper Plane. Like its predecessor, it is a sister to the neighboring Victory restaurant. The look of the small space is upscale tropical, with dim lights providing the bulk of the mood, and an assist from a few small hula girl lamps and strategically placed orchids. The emphasis here is on the drinks: a full menu of classics and originals, crafted under the stewardship of bar lead Shanna Mayo. Many drinks on the menu are offered in scaled-up versions for sharing. There is a small menu of tiki-appropriate food available, like spare ribs and coconut shrimp.


Jasper Meer
Jasper Meer is a semi-regular at The S.O.S..
July 22, 2017, 9:39 AM
Make no mistake: S.O.S. is not a bad bar. However it is not a Tiki bar. There have been a few significant improvements of late worth mentioning, however. A local pop-up restaurant, Eat Me Speak Me, has found a home in the kitchen at S.O.S. Eat Me Speak Me alone is worth a regular trip to S.O.S. for my partner and me. And this place is close to the MARTA rail entrance in Decatur, so, if you're hitting Trader Vic's, you can get there from the nearby Peachtree Center MARTA rail station.
Fishboy has visited The S.O.S..
February 12, 2017, 8:35 PM
A big group of friends and I hit this place for a few hours before we headed over to Trader Vic's. And this was a decent opening act. A nice, niche place. It is in a bustling section of Decatur, Ga, nestled in a little cluster of restaurants, condos, public transportation, and shops. It's got a great patio running between the buildings with benches and tables and little silhouettes of palm trees painted along the outside wall. Inside is nicely dark with a few comfy-looking booths, sparse tiki accents, and a well-stocked bar full of rum. Nice pick of drinks, which really seem to be the focus. Cheerful staff. They have the foundation down now--they just need a little more hula to make it a hut.
TikiKeith is a semi-regular at The S.O.S..
December 6, 2016, 2:20 PM
Reviewed last year. Been a regular since, so here's the update: drinks are still highly creative, but very tiki. Drink quality has improved from a starting high point - they really do make the best mai tai I've ever had. Menu rotates every few months. Mai Tai and Zombie are always there, and there's always a local twist on at least two other tiki classics, plus 4 or 5 more house recipes.

Food menu has changed a bit. Sadly, the ceviche is no longer there, but they've added some quality empanadas. Ribs and wings are still great.

Bar staff is excellent. Good service (if you want to get in and out quickly, sit at the bar - booths are for hanging out a while, and there's normally just one barback doubling duty as a waiter.) and excellent drink knowledge. Good people, too.

Decor hasn't changed much. Still minimalistic, not enough tikis, and the place isn't brown. Traditionalists have Vic's downtown for that. SOS is a newer style place, but it's still dark, mysterious, and friendly.
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