Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/31/21

Atlanta Winter Wine Festival

City Winery Atlanta

Saturday, January 22

Two sessions: 12 to 4pm & 6 to 10pm

Atlanta Wine Festivals will host the Atlanta Winter Wine Festival at City Winery on Saturday, January 22, 2022.  We will have 2 Session: 12pm-4pm and 6pm-10pm. We will feature 50+ different wines, beers and White Claw to sample. Enjoy the awesome venue with Live Music upstairs and beats by DJ Qtip on the main stage downstairs (both sessions).

Festival Tickets are $45 advance, $50 after Jan. 13, and $60 day of event

Tickets are now on sale here.

**City Winery does require proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 of entry**

Your ticket price includes a souvenir acrylic wine glass, entertainment, and all of your wine, cider, & beer samples. Food will cost extra. There will not be any Designated Driver tickets.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/31/21

Atlantic Station Event Space

Saturday, January 8, 2022, 6pm-10pm

Enjoy a night full of great beer and wine samples at a wonderful setting. Walk the ATL Holiday Light show course with beer & wine tables along the way, and party with DJ Qtip in the heated DJ tent. Tickets include entry, entertainment, souvenir cup, and all alcohol samples.

$40 advance, $45 after Dec. 30, $55 at the gate.

Tickets here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/17/21

New Year’s Eve Round-up

Fri., Dec. 31 – Aziza’s New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu

Celebrate the New Year with a five-course tasting menu offering modern Israeli dishes from Aziza’s Executive Chef Luis Guevara Salgado and Pastry Chef Lindsey Davis. Guests can each enjoy a glass of bubbly and select a dish for each course. Click here for the full menu. Highlights include Octopus with chickpea masabacha & green chili marinade, Roasted Duck with sweet potato, rillette, kataifi, lentils, dates & spiced jus and Spiced Raspberry Pomegranate Tart with citrus meringue & raspberry pomegranate sorbet. “You Only Live Once” options like Foie Gras Torchon with rose tahini, kubaneh toast, apple & pine nut charoset and Osetra Caviar with blinis & classic accompaniments will be available for an additional charge. Bookings are available on the heated patio here and in the dining room here, and tickets are $125 per person.

Fri., Dec. 31 – Luxe New Year’s Eve at Lazy Betty

Lazy Betty’s third annual New Year’s Eve dinner will invite guests to enjoy an ultra-luxe tasting menu at the acclaimed Candler Park restaurant, plus festive gift bags to take home and a complimentary champagne toast. The menu and more details are to come.


Fri., Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Menu at Le Colonial

Celebrate the New Year with Le Colonial’s three-course menu including amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and a festive dessert for $95. 


Fri., Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve at Gypsy Kitchen

Porrón into 2022 at Gypsy Kitchen with dinner, sounds of a flamenco guitarist and a DJ beginning at 10pm! The restaurant will be featuring an a la carte menu of elevated tapas specially curated for the holiday, featuring classic menu favorites along with exciting items just for NYE. There will also be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Make reservations here.


Fri., Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner and New Year’s Day Brunch at The Southern Gentleman

Usher in the New Year with a lavish four-course dining experience at The Southern Gentleman for $79 per person! As midnight approaches, there will be party favors and a complimentary champagne toast. The Southern Gentleman will also be open for brunch on New Year’s Day brunch beginning at 11am and featuring favorites like Fried Chicken & Skillet Cake with bacon & maple syrup and Crispy Potato Latkes with buttermilk dressing, fennel slaw & smoked salmon. See here for the brunch menu and here for reservations.


Fri., Dec. 31, 4-6pm – New Year’s Eve Cocktail Class at 12 Cocktail Bar

Guests can cheers to the New Year at 12 Cocktail Bar’s New Year’s Eve cocktail class. Guests can enjoy an exclusive and intimate class setting and receive hands-on experience creating four hand-crafted cocktails. Tickets ($200) include complimentary holiday-themed cocktails made with ultra premium spirits, one-on-one demonstrations with 12 Cocktail Bar’s exceptional barmen, four cocktail recipe cards to take home and a 12 Cocktail Class certificate of completion. Tickets can be purchased here


Fri., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm – Noon Year’s Eve on The Roof

Celebrate with The Roof and countdown to noon to ring in the New Year. Tickets (here) are $25 for all ages and include admission, unlimited access to boardwalk games, mini golf, the Heege Tower and three-story slide, and all-you-can-drink complimentary hot chocolate. Ice-skating is available to ticket holders for an additional $10 at the ticket booth (based upon availability).


Fri., Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Dinner at 9 Mile Station

9 Mile Station will be offering a five-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve for $130 per person including tax and gratuity. Reservations begin at 5pm and can be made here


Fri., Dec. 31 – Hampton + Hudson’s Bubble Trouble New Year’s Eve Party

Ring in the New Year at Hampton + Hudson’s annual celebration. They’ll be celebrating with a DJ playing from 8am-1am, a photobooth and champagne cocktail specials, and when the clock strikes midnight, guests will enjoy a complimentary champagne toast amid bubbles galore. Those interested in having dinner can call 404-948-2123 to book a reservation. Entry at the door will be $10 and includes a goodie bag with NYE party favors and a drink ticket. 


Sat., Jan. 1 – Hampton + Hudson’s Annual Lucky Brunch

The community bar and restaurant hosts a Lucky Brunch on New Year’s Day each year, and this year is no different! They’ll be serving up their regular brunch menu from 10am-2:30pm along with Southern staples, like collard greens and black eyed peas, to bring good fortune and luck in the new year. 

Countdown to a Rare 2022 With STK Atlanta
Bid adieu to 2021 in style at STK Atlanta this New Year’s. Midtown’s sexiest seafood and steakhouse is welcoming the New Year with their signature a la carte menu and New Year’s Eve specials that includes Wagyu from around the world and a caviar presentation. Revelers can ring in 2022 with festive vibes from a live DJ, great food and cocktails, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Beginning Wednesday, December 29th through Sunday, January 2nd, STK will have a limited time Holiday Cheers menu that embraces seasonal and global flavors. Guests can indulge in Imperia Caviar Kaluga Reserve served on ice accompanied with blinis and toast; Japanese Joshu as Wagyu; award-winning Rosewood American Wagyu’s buttery options; Dungeness crab and truffle gnocchi: a steak and Bourbon tasting; surf and turf and more. For partiers keeping the celebration at home, STK is offering a special New Year’s Takeout Menu with Wagyu Surf & Turf and Caviar Imperia Kaluga Reserve. For more information, to pre-order a meal, or to make a reservation, please visit or call 404.793.0144. To stay connected, follow STK on Twitter & Instagram @EatSTK and Facebook @EatSTKAtlanta.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day at TWO urban licks 
Conveniently located on the Atlanta BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward, TWO urban licks is extending its regular dinner hours from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in honor of ringing in 2022. A night of festivities and good cheer, guests are invited to embrace TWO’s acclaimed atmosphere, fiery cuisine, signature cocktails, wine program, live music and more. At midnight, TWO will host a complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop. On New Year’s Day, TWO will keep the party going during brunch with favorite menu items including the salmon chips; biscuits and gravy; the breakfast sammie, frittata; steak Benedict; eggnog chai creme brûlée; and much more. One of the busiest restaurants in the Southeast, TWO serves dinner seven nights per week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday and features live blues Wednesday through Saturday. TWO is located directly on the BeltLine at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information or to make a reservation visit or call 404.522.4622.
A Football Infused-New Year’s at Dantanna’s
Welcome 2022 at Dantanna’s. A favorite dining and drinking staple in the heart of Buckhead, guests are invited to enjoy a full menu of sizzling steaks, fresh seafood, juicy burgers, hearty salads, and much more. Sip on signature cocktails, craft beers, a wide selection of wines and enjoy cigars on their dog-friendly patio while catching all the Bowl games before a Champagne toast at midnight. Revelers and football fanatics alike can also keep the party going on New Year’s Day and dive into Executive Chef Brad Parker’s new brunch menu featuring bottomless food and mimosa offerings. Dantanna’s is located at 3400 Around Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation, visit  or call 404-760-8873. 
Get a Hole in One at Puttshack Atlanta on New Year’s Eve 
Puttshack Atlanta is shaking things up this New Year’s Eve and is inviting guests to end the year on a high note with festive and cheeky fun. Ring in the New Year with live entertainment along with special food and drink options. For $25, tech-infused mini golf enthusiasts will be treated to one round, party favors, a champagne toast, and a live DJ. Reservations are encouraged. Book online at Puttshack Atlanta is located at The Interlock at 1085 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta GA, 30318. For more information visit,

Get ready to ring in the new year Ibiza style at Buena Vida Tapas & Sol on December 31st, 2021 from 10pm – 1am. Celebrate like you’re in Southern Spain with our all inclusive food and bar packages, sounds from DJ Juampasol, and midnight champagne toast.

Buena Vida’s own Chef Juan Hormiga has curated a tapas buffet encapsulating the best flavors from the islands of Spain that pair perfectly with our signature cocktails, house wine, and beer. Click above for more info! Tickets range $79-$100.

Arnette’s Chop Shop Studio 54 NYE Party!

Come get your disco on at Arnette’s Chop Shop as we celebrate our third annual Staying Alive New Year’s Eve celebration.
Join us from 10pm until the wee hours in our courtyard for a late night party featuring 70’s & 80’s disco tunes, plenty of booze and a NYE countdown hosted by Atlanta’s own, Tom Sullivan. $50 per person includes access to the fun, as well as two drink tickets. Information above!
Atlas: Open 5 p.m. through the New Year for the special evening, guests will experience a tasting menu featuring caviar with roasted sunchoke, smoked eel and stone crab; beet salad with goat cheese, and plum vinaigrette; white truffle fettucine with parmesan cream; butter-poached lobster with parsnips, vanilla and truffle homardine; Westholme calotte with turnips, spinach, and truffle; green apple sorbet with hemp seed granola; and a hazelnut chocolate sphere with raspberry and vanilla ice cream. $250 per person.

The Garden Room: There will be two options for guests to select from on New Year’s Eve standard menu and reservations until 9 p.m. Want to ring in the New Year with a champagne toast? Select the second option, which offers dining from 9 p.m. to close. $250 per person. Want to start the New Year on a high note? Dine at The Garden Room on New Year’s Day during brunch. Guests can expect bespoke a la carte menus. $150 per person.

And of course, toasting the holiday is a must. For any holiday experience at Atlas, guests will be offered a choice to add on one of three unique wine pairing experiences that highlight the subtle nuances in both the dish and the wine. Guests will have the choice between Classic – a general overview of the counties of focus on the wine list, Timeless – a showing of notable producers and vintages known for longevity, and Grand Cru – a custom table-by-table experience showing off Atlas’s most prized labels.  While The Garden Room offers a full beverage menu featuring wine and beer, it is most notably known for its incredible cocktail menu, which will feature special seasonal additions like the Gingerbread Man, a cocktail with Bulleit Bourbon, Averna amaro, crème de cacao, Gingerbread Dram and cream; and Santa’s Little Helper with Menthe Pastille, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Ketel One, Aztec chocolate bitters, and a white chocolate rim to name a few.

To ensure availability, Atlas and The Garden Room recommend booking as early as possible by calling 404-600-6471 or through Open Table.
The Battery Atlanta

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 at the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at The Battery Atlanta presented by Xfinity. The community is invited to ring in the new year at multiple celebratory events happening throughout the Southeast’s premier entertainment destination. Select restaurant and bars – including CRÚ Food & Wine BarLive! at the Battery Atlanta and Park Bench – are hosting advanced reservation events.

The Early Inning celebrations will begin at 6 p.m. with music from The Lucky Band – named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by The Washington Post. Following the band’s performance, children can join in for a countdown to an inflatable balloon drop at 8 p.m.

Late Innings begin at 9 p.m. as emcee Mark Owens welcomes 12 South Band, as festivities culminate with an aerial firework and confetti display over Truist Park at midnight.  Parking in the Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Silver, Delta, 900 and 1100 Decks and Surface Lots will be free for this event beginning at 6 p.m. on December 31, 2021 and will continue until noon on January 1, 2022.  Please note, the Orange Deck is not included.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.

New Year’s Eve Events:

New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Friday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m.-midnight

The chef-driven restaurant is dishing out a prix-fixe gala dinner menu complete with four courses ($75). Space is limited so reservations are encouraged.  Learn more here.

NYE Live! 2021 at Live! at the Battery Atlanta
Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

From the balloon drop to the bowl games, your weekend is covered! Live! is offering a variety of packages to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with host Blake Eason. Grab your tickets for a fun night culminating with a balloon drop and a midnight champagne toast! Learn more here.

New Year’s Eve Party at Park Bench
Friday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

The well-known live music venue invites guests out for an early Piano show at 6 p.m., the Main Event with DJ Tron kicks off at 9 p.m. with a late night full of pop, dance and country rock party hits! A limited number of advanced tickets are available and include admission, party favors and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Select VIP tables with bottle service available. Learn more here.

Blue Martini Bubbles & Bowties NYE Party – Friday, 12/31

Premium Open Bar includes entry, Open Bar 8-11pm, Gourmet Buffet, Party Favors, Champagne Toast at Midnight

General Admission includes entry, Gourmet Buffet, Party Favors and Champagne Toast at Midnight.

Dressing up is highly encouraged! Cocktail attire requested: cocktail dresses for the ladies; suits/tuxedos for the gentlemen. Encouraged but not mandatory; normal dress code will be in place.

MUSIC. Wear comfortable shoes because there will be dancing! Atlanta legends DJ Babey Drew & The Black Amigo will be teaming up with Tao NYC Resident DJ Mark Anthony to provide a soundtrack you will not soon forget! (See bio below)

Questions? You can call Blue Martini directly at (678)732-0166.

Looking for more than just individual tickets? Contact our VIP Manager Sam directly at 770.712.9953 via text to reserve your VIP Tables for NYE!

Online ticket sales will cut off at 6pm on NYE. Walkup tickets will be available, but at an escalated price point.

Please note: General admission tickets do not guarantee an area to sit down. All tables sold out last New Years Eve. The only way to guarantee that is with a VIP table reservation.


BABEY DREW made a name for himself as the touring DJ for Chris Brown, regularly DJs for the Kardashians, and has opened up for numerous artists including Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Justin Bieber, just to name a few. Not limited to only turntables, Babey Drew took home a Grammy Award in 2016 for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on their ‘Jack U’ project.

THE BLACK AMIGO’s music collection may be the only thing bigger than his personality. You can catch him on Nappy Boy Radio as a regular with T-Pain & Gary Owen or at literally any of Atlanta’s top nightclubs, as he has gained a reputation as the ultimate crowd pleaser.

MARK ANTHONY hails from NYC where he spent 5 years as Heather B’s righthand man on SiriusXM while serving as a resident DJ for a handful of Tao’s venues. Mark is supported by many of the top open-format DJs in the world, including Vice, Ruckus, Politik & BeatBreaker.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/12/21

Make it a December to Remember With Festive Cocktails, Bites, Tacky Sweaters, Holiday Decor, Music and More

Open Seven Days a Week Through Thursday, December 23, 2021
Days are looking happy and bright on the Atlanta BeltLine at TWO urban licks Tacky Takeover holiday pop-up. TWO has transformed its expansive and dog-friendly patio into a winter wonderland where revelers are invited to eat, drink, and be merry and don their tackiest holiday sweaters through December 23, 2021. Guests can gather around fire pits while enjoying TWO’s fiery American cuisine, holiday decor, live music, and an array of festive cocktails including: Krampus – Tequila and Mezcal, Pomegranate, Orange and Jalapeño; Polar Express – Vodka Peppermint, Chocolate Martini and Peppermint Dust; Mr. Scrooge – Hot Chocolate, Rum, Smoked Paprika, and Whipped Cream; and the Cindy Lou Who shot with Rum and Fernet Branca Menta. TWO urban licks Tacky Takeover holiday pop-up is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. To make reservations, visit or call 404-522-4622. TWO urban licks is located in the Old Fourth Ward at 820 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, Ga 30306. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook @twourbanlicks and Twitter @2urbanlicks.
TWO’s Tacky Holiday Takeover Cocktail Menu
Over Ice or Up:
Krampus – Tequila and Mezcal, Pomegranate, Orange, Jalapeño,
Oogie Boogie – Brandy Coconut Milk, Cream, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
Let `er Rip – Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned, Orange Bitters
Polar Express – Vodka Peppermint, Chocolate Martini, Peppermint Dust
Vixen – Rum, Orange, Pineapple Clove, Ginger
Miracle on 34th Street – Gin, Lemon, , Cardamom Cordial, Lemon
The Gingerbread Man – Bourbon, Gingerbread Syrup, Lemon

Hot Toddies:
Mr. Scrooge – Hot Chocolate, Rum, Smoked Paprika, Whipped Cream
Chris Kringle – Mulled Wine, Cinnamon, Star Anise, All Spice

Shot Your Eye Out – Bourbon, Cinnamon, Allspice Dram
Cindy Lou Who – Rum, Fernet Branca Menta


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/12/21

Red’s Beer Garden’s New Year’s resolution is for every guest to work on their six packs. Beer-lovers, don’t worry, no gym is involved here, just brains, creativity, and taste buds for a bold brew. Those looking to perfect their knowledge and become the ultimate beer connoisseurs can choose from a variety of Red’s beer classes this January and February. Whether it’s a date night or a group outing, Kristen “Red” Sumpter is ready to chat about what makes her the hoppiest. All classes last about an hour and are $20 per person and include five handpicked tastings that are each 4 to 5 oz. pours.


Originating from Europe and now extremely popular in the U.S., attendees will sample a range of beers from a marshmallow sour to a Belgian lambic. Red will discuss the process of wild fermentation and the difference between sours across Belgium, Germany and the U.S.
  • Saturday January 15th, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday February 24th, 7 p.m.  


Not all lagers are pale, so there will be a range of flavor profiles including malty and roasty to crispy and clean. Red will share her expertise on how lagers came about and how they’ve changed throughout the past few centuries.
  • Thursday January 20th, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday February 26th, 4 p.m.  


Sometimes people are in the mood for something that isn’t a beer, and Red has her guests covered. Samples will include still mead, carbonated mead, hard kombucha, and two versions of dry cider.
  • Saturday January 22nd, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday February 19th, 4 p.m.


It’s fun to find historical beers from Europe that can be discovered in Red’s grab-and-go coolers. She will chat about the history of these beers, who historically brewed them (women!), how ales and lagers came about, and what makes these brews so special to the world of beer.
  • Saturday February 5th, 4 p.m.  


While not being biased at all…Red believes these are the best beer styles in the world. All samples will come straight from Belgium breweries, with two being Trappist. Hear from the ultimate Belgian beer lover herself about the history of the styles and what makes a Trappist ale so unique.
  • Thursday February 10th, 7 pm


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/6/21

Cobb County’s fan-favorite destination offers Santa photos, restaurant specials a holiday movie and more

Tis the season! Cobb County’s year-round live, work, play destination The Battery Atlanta has planned a festive lineup of holiday events for the whole family! From an outdoor movie night with “How the Grinch stole Christmas” to family photo taken with Santa Claus, the festive fun never ends. Coca Cola Roxy and Park Bench also offer a wide range of performers throughout the month.

Santa Paws Event presented by Truist

Friday, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 4-8 p.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town! Every Friday evening, four-legged family members can have their picture taken St. Nick.

Santa’s Post Office presented by Truist

Fridays-Sundays in December and the week of Dec. 20

Little ones are invited to bring their handwritten letters to Santa – postage not required – in person at his official Atlanta outpost. Santa’s helpers will take care of the rest!

New Year’s Eve Bash Presented by Xfinity

Friday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. – midnight

Geared for the kiddos, the Early Innings celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and includes music from The Lucky Band – who were named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post. Following the performance, families will enjoy a countdown to an inflatable balloon drop at 8 p.m. Adult guests looking to ring in the New Year on a later note can enjoy Late Innings, beginning at 9 p.m. with live music from fan favorite The 12 South Band out of Nashville, Tennessee. The evening will close with a midnight countdown featuring an unforgettable fireworks and confetti display over Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta.

Outdoor Activities:

Xfinity Fall Movie Series

Friday evenings at 7 p.m.

Families and friends can enjoy a movie under the stars located at the Plaza Green! Continuing through December, the community will discover family-friendly films.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Free Pizza Mondays at CRU Food & Wine Bar
Enjoy any pizza with a purchase of your favorite wine!

Half-off bar bites at Silverspot Cinema
Indulge in different shareables from Munday-Thursday all day.

Wing Crush Wednesdays at Terrapin Taproom
The eatery offers 20% off on smoked wings!

Girls Night Out at Sports & Social
Calling all the ladies! Enjoy $6 House Margaritas, Half=Off Appetizers, $5 Vizzy Hard Seltzers & 1/2 Select Wine Bottles.

Flight Fridays at Terrapin Taproom
Start your weekend with $2 off beer flights all day with dining in!

Park Bench Events:
The popular dueling piano bar and live music venue has announced a line-up of live shows this month, in addition to its Karaoke Wednesday at Park Bench programming. Visit for more information.

  • Rocking 3 man Piano Show
    Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Party
    Friday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:

The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is gearing up for a full variety of live performances! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings a wide range of music to the stage for guests to discover. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

  • Midland- The Last Resort Tour-
    Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Chelsea Handler
    Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Yacht Rock Revue: Holiday Spectacular
    Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Polo G
    Sunday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Jack Harlow Crème De La Crème Tour  
    Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

26 Thai Kitchen and Bar Brookhaven

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/6/21

Immaculately decorated with an expansive patio, 26 Thai Kitchen and Bar’s newest location in Brookhaven is one-part delicious Thai and sushi and one-part beautiful ambiance. Yes, this location has sushi! Everything from the creative cocktails to start to the delectable Nigiri, creative ceviche, spicy tuna tartare, the stunning Ka Pow Kai roll, and sensational sushi, they have a great variety for all palates. Let’s dive in.

Sitting on the patio, there is a light breeze as the wait staff brought us a KOH Samui cocktail. This drink starts bright and citrusy up front and then ends tart on the back. As we sipped, we delighted in the Nigiri, which was absolutely amazing. The salt water and freshwater eel are both so tender and fall apart in your mouth. Of the two, the freshwater eel is divine with a slight char and full flavor. It’s some of the best eel we’ve had in a long time. Plus, don’t count out the salt water eel, which was a little bit fuller, thicker, and tons of flavor, as well. The octopus was just ok though, it needs more flavor and tenderness.

Next to pair with our Zen Sake, we opted to try some of the other raw dishes, like the Ceviche and the Tuna Tartare. First up, the ceviche is so fresh and packed with peppers and radish! It starts almost sweet up front and then as you eat, there is a myriad of spice on the back. The spiciness grows as you eat, so this ends up being a spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy with a good crunch. Another one of the great appetizers is the Tuna Tartare. It is spicy, creamy, spicy, and a great crunch from the wonton. The best bite is to add soy sauce for an extra saltiness and richness that revs up the flavor!

One of the things that 26 Thai in Brookhaven does that the other locations don’t is sushi! Starting with the stunning Ka pow kai roll, this one is the most unique fusion roll we’ve had with crepe on the outside and rice and asparagus inside. Surrounding this is some delicious minced and slightly spicy chicken with bright, crisp, peppers. Fun tip, go ahead and add soy sauce, it actually adds a little more richness to the meat and rice. Beyond this Thai and sushi mashup’s amazing flavor is the best sushi presentation we’ve seen in a long time on a circular wood board and piled high.

Along side this, we got two more sushi rolls, the Under the Sea and the Sahara Roll. The Under the sea is surprisingly light and refreshing with tender meat and creamy avocado that can be paired with the soy and wasabi for even more flavor. The best part is this one feels healthy for those watching their weight! We also thoroughly enjoyed the Sahara Roll, as well. This roll is sweet and rich and then you get the creaminess of the avocado and the tender fish on the back. Then, there is the slight crunch of the wispy tempura flakes and if you top with soy sauce and wasabi, you’re in for a treat.

What would you try first?


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/3/21

Specializing in Oysters, Seafood, & House made Pastas 

Set to Open in the new Midtown Promenade Development on the Beltline SUMMER-2022


Chef Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella announces the upcoming opening of Alici, an Amalfi Coast inspired Oyster bar specializing in oysters, seafood, house made pastas and more… Opening in SUMMER-2022, the restaurant will be located in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood near Piedmont Park on Monroe Drive.

With a focus on Mediterranean cuisine, the coastal Italian menu will feature a wide range of seasonal seafood focused dishes, as well as an extensive selection of oysters. Rotating house made pastas, risottos, and socca will round out the menu. Socca is an Italian chickpea pancake that will offer an interesting gluten free option and will be served with accompaniments like stracciatella, pistachios, figs and more! Our risotto will be cooked to order ensuring the freshest quality each time. Our fish will be the star of the show, simply cooked and served with your choice of sauce. Veggies will be cooked in the wood fired oven. The kitchen will take a from-scratch approach, providing guests with inventive dishes made with fresh, high-quality and wholesome ingredients sourced locally and from Italy. The beverage program will place emphasis on bubbly wine, white wine and light reds all sourced from coastal areas of Italy, as well as classic craft cocktails.

Offering an approachable, coastal feel, the restaurant will invite guests into a beautiful dining room that will make them feel as though they are on an ocean-side terrace in Italy looking at the beautiful Amalfi coast line. The minute you walk in the door, you will be met with the kitchen and fire coming from our wood fired oven. Move further in, to our oyster bar where the oyster selection will be on display and guests will be able to watch the plating process of the oysters and crudos. Huge front windows and a lively back patio will bring the outdoors in, giving the space an airy and open feel. The interior design will take you to the Amalfi coast’s rustic and organic lifestyle, right here in the heart of Atlanta.

Walking off the Beltline, guests will be greeted with a fresh botanical environment that will flow seamlessly with the vibrancy of the area. Alici will offer 110 seats inside and out, providing guests with an intimate experience where people will want to eat and drink all night long.

Chef Pat Pascarella will lead the kitchen. With two homerun restaurants under his belt at White Bull in Decatur and Grana that opened last year in Piedmont Heights. The White Bull, a much-acclaimed, farm-forward restaurant located on Decatur’s historic square. The White Bull has been named Best New Restaurant by Creative Loafing and Best Farm to Table Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine, and both the food and cocktail programs have been recognized in local and national publications, including Garden & Gun, Eater, Condé Nast Traveler, Thrillist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and more. Grana has graced the top of many best of Italian food lists, best patio, and best pizza lists. He brings two decades of experience to Alici and draws expertise from a culinary background that includes serving as Executive Chef at Atlanta’s The Optimist and as Executive Chef and Owner of his renowned Italian restaurant Bar Sugo in Norwalk, Connecticut. Prior, Pat cooked in Manhattan at restaurants including Eric Ripert’s Michelin-starred Le Bernardin, Mario Batali restaurants and he also worked for Scott Conant.

“I’m very excited to open Alici. Amalfi owns my heart and I can’t wait to bring authentic coastal Italian cuisine to Atlanta. I have two good passions in life, Italian food and seafood and it’s about time I bring them together!” – Chef Pat Pascarella

931 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30308


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/21

Round-up on all the holiday pop-ups around Atlanta.

The Blind Elf

Blind Pig Parlour, opening night, Friday, November 12th

Opening Mid-November – The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar

Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village are “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their spaces for the third annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurants will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – Holiday Social Bar on The Roof

Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical decor and holiday drinks. 

Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar

12 Cocktail Bar is celebrating the season with a Mixmas cocktail menu including returning favorite “Sleigh Fuel,” a spiked coffee eggnog made with Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, plus new holiday-inspired cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at  

Fri., Nov. 26 – Sun., Jan. 2 – Atlanta’s Annual German Christkindl Market

Buckhead Village announces it will be home to The German American Cultural Foundation’s 2021 German Christkindl Market. Open to the public from Friday, November 26, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, the German holiday market will be located on the corner of North Fulton and Buckhead Avenue (309 Buckhead Ave) and feature over 50 vendors offering food and beverage treats and items to shop, plus live music and entertainment on the weekends. Market hours will be 11:30am-9:30pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:30am-10:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Georgia Festival of Trees – Tuesday, November 30 – Saturday, December 4

The Georgia Festival of Trees is a special five-day holiday event for all ages and includes a beautiful forest of dazzling holiday trees, unique gift shops, local treat vendors, and much more! Check out their site for all the events.

Mingle & Jingle Bar at Best End BrewingNow through December 31st

Best End is welcoming back the very FIRST & ONLY pop-up Christmas Bar in the West End of Atlanta, GA.  Nestled right off the SW trail of the BeltLine in the Flamingo Room at Best End Brewing Company, 1036 White Street SW, Atlanta GA 30310.  Chef & Founding Partner Cory Burke and Events Engineer Suzanne Dieter are excited to celebrate the holidays with the third installment of the Mingle & Jingle Christmas Bar. From Christmas tchotchkes to a life-size hugging bear, to miles of tinsel garland, to an Instagram-worthy Bow Wall and Giant Wreath, you’ll find all the Christmas feels to make the holiday season a little less stressful.  Upon entering Mingle & Jingle, the first thing you’ll notice is Suzanne’s obvious love of all things sparkly and shiny. Curling ribbon glistens and tumbles off the light fixtures over the bar and miles of tinsel garland are woven through the rafters to create an intimate holiday setting out of a spacious room. The mid-century modern glassware sparkles on the decorated shelves behind the bar looks fantastic in a photo taken in front of the large bow wall or wreath.

Truck & Tap Duluth’s Christmas Bar – December 4th through the holidays.

This year, Truck and Tap Duluth will be doing a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation themed Christmas Bar, starting Dec 4th.

Hampton + Hudson’s Mountain Lodge – December 14 through December 30

This holiday season, Hampton + Hudson, the community bar and restaurant in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood offering elevated pub food, craft cocktails, beer and wine, will host a Mountain Lodge Pop-up to celebrate the most joyful and cozy time of year from Tuesday, December 14 through Thursday, December 30. The pop-up will be open 6-11pm nightly, and walk-ins are welcome. Centered around creative cocktails, the pop-up will be located on the restaurant’s mezzanine level and welcome guests to step into the comforting and cozy lodge atmosphere. Servers will don checkered flannel and merrily serve holiday cocktails like classic Tom & Jerry’s, Tequila Eggnog and Hot Buttered Cider with duck fat caramel. Guests can also get the party going with Rumplemintz and Fernet Menta Shotskis served up on sets of wooden skis. To pair, guests can order fun snacks like tableside s’mores, a limited edition Apple Cider Doughnut from Sublime Doughnuts, classic poutine and a croque madame. 

Ravinia’s Holiday in LightsThursday, December 16th. Free.

See gorgeous light displays, listen to live music, drink hot chocolate, spot Santa and more at this community celebration. Registration on Ravinia’s Facebook page is encouraged. The event is free to attend, but will also serve as a donation center for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Children’s Holiday Wish List program. Guests can bring a donation the night of the event, or drop off a donation before the event in one of three lobbies at Ravinia. A drop-off location will also be available at the main entrance of the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter Hotel. 5 pm to 8 pm.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/3/21

Centered Around Creative Cocktails, Pop-Up will Also Feature Tableside S’mores & Fun Snacks to Pair


Open December 14-30 from 6-11pm Nightly


This holiday season, Hampton + Hudson, the community bar and restaurant in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood offering elevated pub food, craft cocktails, beer and wine, will host a Mountain Lodge Pop-up to celebrate the most joyful and cozy time of year from Tuesday, December 14 through Thursday, December 30. The pop-up will be open 6-11pm nightly, and walk-ins are welcome.


Centered around creative cocktails, the pop-up will be located on the restaurant’s mezzanine level and welcome guests to step into the comforting and cozy lodge atmosphere. Servers will don checkered flannel and merrily serve holiday cocktails like classic Tom & Jerry’s, Tequila Eggnog and Hot Buttered Cider with duck fat caramel. Guests can also get the party going with Rumplemintz and Fernet Menta Shotskis served up on sets of wooden skis. To pair, guests can order fun snacks like tableside s’mores, a limited edition Apple Cider Doughnut from Sublime Doughnuts, classic poutine and a croque madame.