The Sylvan’s Secret Garden
Situated amid the lushly landscaped courtyard behind the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Willow Bar aims to be Buckhead’s friendliest backyard, come rain or come shine. Take a seat at the intimate covered white marble bar or wander the lantern-lit garden paths to find your secret spot.
Meet the team
Sommelier Joe Billesbach
Born in Nebraska and raised in New Orleans, Joe has long admired the many dynamic aspects of the hospitality industry and the unique experiences it brings – from the impeccable service inside a grand dining establishment to the quirky charm of a neighborhood corner cafe. Joe spent many years learning the ins and outs of the industry, serving as a dishwasher, cook, bartender, sommelier, wine sales rep, and wine director, while also taking time to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. Continuing his quest in the hospitality industry, Joe ventured to Philadelphia, New York, Greenville, SC, and Atlanta, honing his craft at many renowned restaurants including Jean-Georges, Husk, Brennan’s, per se, and Hillstone before landing at The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel.When Joe is not at The Betty, St. Julep, or Willow Bar, he can be found spending time with family, on a bike ride, or listening to one of his favorite records.