VALENTINES DAY ROUND-UP 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/25/21

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at TWO urban licks: 

Following the holiday of giving comes the holiday of sharing, and no one understands this quite like TWO urban licks. Add some heat to this year’s Valentine’s Day with TWO’s wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, and unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline. Available on Sunday, February 14th, friends and couples can enjoy a live music performance while indulging in a seasonal a la carte menu created by Executive Chef Matt Weinstein that’s meant for sharing including Veal Shank, Crispy Flounder, and a 48 oz. Prime Porterhouse. Lovebirds celebrating throughout the weekend can nosh on dishes including, Burrata with Rosemary Focaccia, BBQ Jerked Shrimp, Baked Lobster Ziti, 32 oz. Cowboy Ribeye, and sweeten the night with a Strawberry Cupcake.  A credit card is required to secure each reservation.  To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit  twourbanlicks.com.  TWO  urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306.
S’more Love From Red’s Beer Garden: 
Red’s Beer Garden has dessert covered for Valentine’s Day. Besties and lovers are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with Red’s Beer Garden’s At-Home S’more Kit. The kit includes s’mores supplies for two, roasting sticks, date night card, a four-pack of Flying Embers Pineapple Chili Hard Kombucha and a four-pack of Wild Leap Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout. Online ordering starts February 1, 2021. Kits are $25. Pick up at Red’s Beer Garden. To order, visit toasttab.com/redsbeergarden. Red’s Beer Garden is conveniently located in Benteen Park at 1328 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information call Red’s Beer Garden at 770.637.2299 or visit redsbeergarden.com
Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day with Dantanna’s: 

Friends and lovers are invited to indulge in a special three-course meal this Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at Dantanna’s in Buckhead. Whether lovebirds are getting cozy by the fire at home or dining in, guests can choose from a salad, entree, and dessert made with love by Executive Chef Brand Parker. Salad options include a choice of a wedge, Caesar, or strawberry-spinach with a raspberry vinaigrette. Split an entree of Surf & Turf for $149, Cioppino with fresh fish, shrimp, king crab, and lobster for $99, Rosemary Chicken or Pepper Salmon for $69. Finish the night on a sweet note with a choice of Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, decadent Chocolate Bourbon Pie, or Passionfruit Creme Brule. Guests can pair this special menu with pink bubbles, a Gruet “Sauvage Rose” for $50, or choose from Dantanna’s extensive wine, cocktail, and beer list. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Dr. Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation visit ww.dantannas.com or call 404-760-8873.

Swipe Right On STK’s New Date Night Menu:
Looking for a memorable date spot? STK Atlanta has it covered. Whether it’s Galentine’s Day with friends, a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, or simply a night out in Midtown, STK is known for its charismatic ambiance and exceptional steak and seafood offerings created by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio.  Introducing Date Night at STK, diners can now dive into a curated, three-course menu for just $69 per person every Sunday through Wednesday. The new Date Night menu features signature favorites including Crispy Calamari, Lil’ BRGs, Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, and more. To make Date Night even sweeter, guests can also imbibe on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé for $99.
STK’S DATE NIGHT MENU
Choose One:
Crispy Calamari
Lil’ BRGs
Jalapeño Pickled Shrimp Cocktail
Choose Two:
6oz. Filet
7 oz. NY Strip
Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass
Maple Rub Ora King Salmon
Sides:
Tater Tots | Asparagus
The Closer:
Bag O’Donuts

For more information or to make a reservation, visit  www.stkhouse.com  or call 404-793-0144. STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development.

BAFFI

Fri., Feb. 12 & Sat., Feb 13 – Valentine’s Weekend Four-Course Menu at Baffi, Available for To-Go & In-Restaurant Dining

To celebrate the holiday, Baffi is offering a special, four-course prix fixe menu in addition to their regular menu for takeout and in-restaurant dining on February 12 and 13! The menu here welcomes parties of two to share a Burst Tomato Pizza with burrata and basil, plus their famed JW Kale Salad and Roasted Oysters. Each guest will select an entree – Mushroom and Lemon Conserva Gnocchi with herbs and parmesan, JW Chicken with rosemary potatoes and salsa verde, Cast Iron Trout with braised collards and meyer lemon vinaigrette or Wood Grilled Hanger Steak with romesco, charred carrots and broccoli – before splitting Pistachio Cake featuring lemon curd and pistachio buttercream for dessert. The menu is $55 per person, and three wine pairings are available for in-restaurant guests for $35 each. Reservations can be booked here, and all to-go orders must be placed by emailing hello@baffiatlanta.com with menu selections, dietary restrictions, preferred pick-up time/date and a phone number by noon on Thursday, February 11.

HAMPTON + HUDSON

Sat., Feb. 13 – Hampton + Hudson’s Galentine’s Day Brunch & To-Go Packages

Hampton + Hudson’s annual Galentine’s Day brunch is back for another year! To celebrate the occasion, they will be offering Galentine’s To-Go Packages for groups of two ($85) or four ($160), including Hogwash Rosé Cans (still or sparkling), Pink Grapefruit Cocktails, pink Sublime Doughnuts, pink champagne flutes, “Never Have I Ever: Girls Edition” game and a Galentine limited print. Orders must be placed on the restaurant’s website here by February 10 at 2pm, and pickup will be on Friday, February 12.

H+H will also host Galentine’s Day brunch from 10am-2:30pm at the restaurant with COVID-19 health and safety protocols here in place. Guests can enjoy a Red Velvet Waffle special, plus bellini, champagne and rose specials, including a Godiva Chocolate and Galentine’s limited edition print while supplies last. Sublime Doughnuts and the restaurant’s regular brunch menu will also be available.

BOCADO

Now Available for Pre-Order – BOCADO’s Valentine’s Day Special To-Go

For $35 per person, BOCADO is offering a Valentine’s Day pick-up special that includes Kale Salad with pecans, flax seed, parmesan and buttermilk dressing, Culotte steak, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Local Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms, Salsa Verde, Wood-Fired Bread with finishing oil and a Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme for dessert. A bottle of Prosecco can be added for $23. Orders must be placed over the phone (404-815-1399) by Friday, February 12, with curbside pick-up from noon-4pm on Sunday, February 14.

LAZY BETTY

Now Available for Pre-Order – Lazy Betty Valentine’s Day Chocolate Boxes

Lazy Betty is offering boxes of handcrafted, gourmet chocolates for purchase this Valentine’s Day! Available for $25 each, the chocolate boxes include six dark chocolates with various fillings, including Raspberry Rose Water, Strawberry Guava, Salted Caramel Hazelnut, Lemon Honey Chamomile, Vanilla Chai and Peach Bourbon. Orders can be placed here, and pickup will be available the week of Valentine’s Day (February 10-14) from 1-6pm at the restaurant. There is a two-day lead time on orders; boxes ordered for February 14 pickup must be placed by February 12.

Wed., Feb. 10 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Lazy Betty Five-Course Valentine’s Day To-Go Menu

Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips are crafting a new five-course menu for Valentine’s celebrations at home, and guests can add supplements to make the meal extra special – think caviar and a bottle of wine or bubbly. Available February 10-14 for $95 per person, to-go meals will be available for pre-order beginning late January through Valentine’s Day here.

Wed., Feb. 10 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Lazy Betty’s Special Valentine’s Week Tasting Menus

The Candler Park restaurant is offering special seven- and 10-course menus featuring new dishes to celebrate Valentine’s Day all week long. Reservations are available here, and the seven-course menu is $175/person and the 10-course is $225/per person. Wine pairings will also be available.

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE

Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Southern Gentleman

The restaurant will be serving a specially curated and luxurious a la carte menu in addition to wine and whiskey flight pairings. Make a reservation here.

Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gypsy Kitchen

Transport to Spain this Valentine’s Day with a specially curated a la carte menu including menu favorites and chef features, innovative cocktails and a romantic setting. Reserve a spot here.

Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Le Bilboquet (In-Restaurant & To-Go) 

All weekend long, Le Bilboquet will serve a special prix fixe dinner menu with three courses, including a selection of appetizers, entrees and festive desserts. A curated wine pairing will also be available, and specialty cocktails will be flowing. Make sure to make a reservation early by calling 404-869-9944, as seating is limited. A condensed version of the menu will be available for takeout on bilbotogo.com.

Available Feb. 1-28 – Valentine’s Day Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake 

Georgetown Cupcake at Buckhead Village is offering three different Valentine’s Day dozens for pre-order with contactless store pick-up, local Atlanta delivery and nationwide overnight shipping available. Cupcakes are available for online order at georgetowncupcake.com, and the Valentine’s-inspired dozens include:

  • The Valentine’s Heart Dozen ($41) – Strawberry Lava Fudge, Strawberry Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, Peanut Butter Fudge and more packaged in a limited edition Georgetown Cupcake pink heart gift box.

  • The Valentine’s Dozen ($36) – Lava Fudge, Vanilla and Baby Pink Buttercream, Raspberry Chocolate Chip, ‘Cupid’ Salted Caramel and more.

  • The Rose Gold & Ruby Chocolate Dozen ($36) – Chocolate and Baby Pink Vanilla Buttercream cupcakes covered in clear and gold sanding sugar and decorated with ‘love’ embossed gold fondant medallions, Chocolate Squared cupcakes decorated with gold and pink fondant hearts, and more.

PONCE CITY MARKET

Available in Feb. – Artisan Chocolate Heart Box, Macarons, Heart Shape Mousse Cake & More from Saint-Germain French Bakery

Saint-Germain French Bakery is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a selection of baked goods and chocolates! Their lineup includes Raspberry and Chocolate Heart-shaped Mousse Cake ($6.25), heart-shaped boxes of 25 hand-crafted Artisan Chocolates (starting at $35.95) and boxes of 18 gluten-free Macarons (starting at $30.95). They will also offer ‘I love you’ specialty cakes available for pre-order by phone (470-823-4141) or Instagram DM. Valentine’s Day cakes must be ordered by the end of the day on February 10, and customers can choose layer flavor, including vanilla cream, champagne sponge cake, chocolate biscuit, black valrhona chocolate mousse or white chocolate mousse ($65 with silver inscription). All items are available in-store, for pre-order and curbside pick-up.

Available Sun., Feb. 14 – “Over the Top Shake for Two” Available at Honeysuckle Gelato

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Honeysuckle Gelato’s “Over the Top Shake for Two.” Customers can select their gelato flavor for the shake, then it’s topped with whipped cream and two mini glazed Revolution Doughnuts. This special is good while supplies last only on Valentine’s Day.

Available Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Grams for Children & Red at Hop’s Chicken

Similar to the grams with candy that children used to get from their classmates in school, Hop’s Chicken will be handing out grams to children only on Valentine’s Day! Each one can be cashed in for a special milkshake the next time the guest visits Hop’s.

METHANE STUDIOS HOST ANNUAL FLASH SALE AT WILD HEAVEN WEST END BREWERY AND GARDENS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/25/21

A Limited Selection of Lightly-Worn Posters and Art Will be Available Starting at $10
 
1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, January 30, 2021

Award-winning designers, Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee, founders of Methane Studios in Atlanta, GA, are hosting their annual Flash Sale on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens.  A limited selection of lightly-worn posters and art will be available for $10 along with their debut book, 21st Century Schizoid Brand.  The 508-page hardback book showcases more than 1000 limited edition posters and art print design created over their 22-year history working with numerous artists including Jack White, Dave Matthews Band, Black Keys, Wilco, Ray LaMontagne and many more.  The event is free to attend for all ages and dogs are welcome.  For more information, to shop online, and to purchase 21st Century Schizoid Brand, visit www.methanestudios.com

TWO URBAN LICKS HOSTS A LOMBARDI WINE TASTING TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/21/21

Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Experience With Tony Lombardi of Lombardi Wines and Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Acclaimed wine experts, Tony Lombardi of Lombardi Wines and Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants and TWO urban licks, are joining forces and hosting a special wine tasting event on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Bully Boy in the Old Fourth Ward. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., wine lovers are invited to gather and sip on an array of delicious Lombardi wines accompanied by exquisite food pairings created by TWO urban licks’ Executive Chef Matt Weinstein, including Scallop Crudo, Chicken Liver Toast, Mixed Mushroom Strudel, Duck Confit, and a surprise dessert. The tasting will be socially distanced to keep guests and staff safe. Tickets are $75 per person (includes wine, food, tax, and gratuity). To make a reservation visit www.opentable.com or call 404.522.4622. Bully Boy is a destination restaurant located in the Old Fourth Ward next to TWO urban licks, in between The Telephone Factory and Common Grounds, right down the BeltLine from Ponce City Market. 

EXPLORE THE BATTERY ATLANTA WITH A WINTER-FRIENDLY ITENERARY THIS JANUARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/10/21

No matter the resolution, The Battery Atlanta’s ever-evolving roster of experiential offerings, chef-driven restaurants and boutique shopping is accessible to all metro-Atlantans looking ahead to a 2021 filled with new discoveries. Those with a goal to get active this month can sign up for a high-energy workout at Pepper Boxing, get some fresh air at The Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare or toss a bag at Cornhole ATL Winter League. Guests can spend time with loved ones warming up with happy hour cocktails and listening to live entertainment every day at Live! at The Battery Atlanta and PH’EAST, plus dueling pianos at the popular Park Bench bar.

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.

Outdoor Activities:

Cornhole ATL Winter League
Every Tuesday from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament on Feb. 23. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Football Special at Terrapin Taproom
Sports fans can grab 24 delicious Fox Bros BBQ wings and a pitcher of beer for $50, while enjoying Monday Night Football inside the taproom.

Tuesday Combo Deals at Wahlburgers
Dine-in customers can savor Combo Deals every Tuesday including a 5 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $12 or an 8 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $14.

Wednesday Crab Night at El Super Pan
Patrons can score a deal on $19 snow crabs served from 5-10 p.m. every Wednesday with French fries and chili garlic butter. Guests can also grab a 32 oz. ice-cold Coors Light for just $10.

C. Ellet’s Last Call
As the final hour of service approaches each night, C. Ellet’s will be offering a special menu – 4 to 6 favorites plus the H&F Double Cheeseburger and fries for $10.

Kung Fu Tea After-Hours at PH’EAST
Kung Fu Tea lovers can take any drink purchase to Taps at PH’EAST and get it spiked! Try favorites such as the Drunken Fist made with Kung Fu Milk Tea + Brandy, the Lychee Margarita made with Lychee Punch + Tequila or the Honey Badger made with Honey Lemonade + Bourbon.

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social
Visitors can join in on happy hour fun featuring half-off activities, food starting at $5 and all-day drink specials from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday through Friday.

THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE: ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/10/21

The glow of the sign can be seen down Peachtree Street for as far as the eye can see, while the marquee rolls with show titles and draws your eye into its beautiful dance of light. The Fox Theatre has been a staple in Atlanta since 1929, bringing joy and song to the city for decades with everything from musicals, to plays, to dance, and bands. Its stage holds a childhood full of unforgettable memories for Atlantans like me mesmerized by its grand foyer, memorable Turkish-Egyptian over-the-top décor, and that overall Fabulous Fox Theatre mood. One of the most beautiful places you can find here, they’ve actually made it even more beautiful and ornate during the pandemic, while upkeep on this place is daunting, they do it impeccably. Seeing the theater’s beauty from every angle really was a treat, from the top of the balcony to standing on the stage looking out, seeing the fly system, backstage, and where the organ comes up into the orchestra cannot be any more surreal. To say this made my year would be an understatement, so let’s go through the entire journey from start to finish.

Story time: The Fox Theatre is where I was mesmerized by Phantom, felt the joy of dance, and sang along to some of my favorite bands! Every year since I was young my mom would take my sister and I, and now my niece to see a play or a musical, so I grew up on Phantom, Les Mis, Cats, and all the greats of Broadway. So, to stand in the spot that these actors stood, or music legends Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Chris Cornell sang their greatest hits was an experience to say the least. Standing on that stage and taking in the majesty and beauty from that angle, you see just how lucky we are to have such a gem in our city. But enough about my experiences, let’s see everything they’ve done during the pandemic to enhance your experience.

Starting with the moment you enter the doors, the fountains were meticulously cleaned, and they found more blues in the design, as well as the glass above it was red but masked by years of dirt. It’s now a beautiful piece of artwork! Once you enter, the whole foyer area has more color and vibrancy as they’ve cleaned the walls and enhanced the lighting. Then, on the second floor, the mural that stands above the orchestra middle entrances and is better seen from the Mezzanine, they’ve cleaned it up and it has more blues and pops as a piece of art. Did you know that most of the furniture that peppers the floors and restrooms are original pieces from the 1920s and are rotated to get restored as needed? No wonder those pieces are so beautiful!

If you’re a balcony lover like me, I believe the front row of the balcony has the best views, that’s where I sat to see Les Miserables in high school with my French class. You could watch as Jean Val Jean rotated on the circular floor so well! They’ve done some major clean-up work on the awning and tent-like structure above the top of the balcony. Original to the theater, the tent mimics a cloth structure, but is actually hard plaster. They have cleaned it and added a varnish so that you can see the red and yellows for years to come. It’s so much more noticeable! Plus, fun fact they found a coke bottle up there that they think could be from when it was constructed because it was left on the small ledge that exists up there and no one had been up there in years.

Another addition is the restoration and resurgence of their acclaimed organ, Mighty Mo. And I got to see and hear it IN PERSON! The day we were touring, they were tuning it, note upon note. Organist Ken Double was there and you could here him working with someone below. This 100-year old Moller Organ is a pride and joy of The Fox Theatre and they’ve restored it to match the original 1929 look, repainted, stained, colored, repatterned all to match the original 1929 design. Plus, internally, it got a full rehabilitation so that it can play on into the next decade and beyond. When we were listening to them tune and go note for note, you could tell how much love went into getting this gem back into the theater, as well as how beautiful it could play. We can’t wait to see it again, maybe in a concert sometime in the future!

From the stage, that’s the best place in the theater. If you look to your right when looking out into the audience, you’ll see the most intricate panel of nobs and pulls that STILL WORK. It looks like something out of a 1940’s science fiction movie and operates the fly system. The fly system itself is a sight to behold in its raw ingenuity and complex assortment of pullies and ropes that soar to the scaffolding and catwalk above. Whoever wields that power is a true magician. Exiting the stage door by the fly system and looking back, above the door reads, “Play it Pretty for Atlanta” this was not always in neon, it was originally a stencil put there in the 70’s. Turning back around you come to the Stage Manager, Fly Captain and all the main stage personnel offices where they spend many a night there during a busy run of shows. Descending into the basement, I got to see the organist office, as well as where the actors from a musical or musicians would gather in a green room or in the main “cafeteria looking” room lined with mirrors where wigs, costumes, and make-up are administered. Surreal. When I was in high school I was thisclose to dancing in International Ballet Rotaru’s Nutcracker. I was going to be a soldier. They replaced us with professionals a few weeks prior, but to have seen this in action would have been a delight, but also electric with nerves and furry.

Isn’t The Fox Theatre fabulous? The history, the beauty, the memories that it brings, are the reason it’s treasured among Atlantans and possibly even the county. We’re blessed to have something so majestic and rare in our fair city. I can’t wait to get back to seeing a musical every year with my family. I wonder which one it will be.

ROSWELL RESTAURANT WEEKS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/6/21

Roswell Restaurant Week(s) Expands, Beginning January 11

Roswell Restaurant Weeks returns for a seventh year with a duration expansion. In 2021, the promotion, which ordinarily lasts ten days, will be temporarily rebranded to Roswell Restaurant Weeks, encompassing several weeks, and will run from January 11 – February 11 to support the local restaurants through a traditionally slower period of patronage. Roswell Restaurant Weeks is presented this year through a joint partnership between Roswell Inc and Visit Roswell, the economic development and tourism partner organizations for the City of Roswell.

In previous years, Roswell Restaurant Week has been celebrated as the largest restaurant-focused promotional event in Metro Atlanta. For the upcoming year, 37 participating restaurants from around the city have signed on. During the multi-week event, all participating restaurants will serve individual prix fixe menus featuring signature favorites and original specialties.

Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s on Canton, Another Broken Egg, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Bayou Q, Big Oak Tavern, Brookwood Grill, Canton Street Social, Chipper’s Pub, Eat Raw Vegan Wellness, The Fickle Pickle, Fresco Cantina Grille, From the Earth Brewing Company, Gracious Plenty, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar Roswell, Houck’s Grille, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Huh Natural & Real Food, Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar, Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine, Lola’s Burger & Tequila Bar, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Monterrey Roswell, Noca Eatery & Bar, Osteria Mattone, Peach & The Porkchop, Pure Taqueria Roswell, Rock ‘N’ Taco, Salt Factory, Souper Jenny, Table & Main, Taqueria Tsunami, Uncle Jack’s on Canton, VG bistro + bar, Vin 25, The Whiskey Project, and Zest Restaurant.

Prix fixe menus are set to be announced in early January and available at RoswellRW.com.

Local residents and visitors to Roswell are encouraged to follow Roswell Restaurant Weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using hashtags #RoswellRW and #RRW2020.

“Restaurants and food & beverage providers make up a segment of the hospitality industry hit the hardest during the pandemic. Facing continuous COVID-related hurdles and colder months, our restaurant partners remain reliant on support that is critical at the local level. Most have made investments that include expanded patio space, tenting, fire pits and electric or gas heaters to offer a pleasant dining experience,” says Andy Williams, Executive Director at Visit Roswell. “Roswell Restaurant Weeks allows us to highlight our partners through offerings typically not seen on standard menus, and the expanded length gives patrons more opportunity to enjoy favorites and consider new choices, as well.”

NETHERWORLD HAUNTED HOUSE TO HOST EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS, PERFECT FOR LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTING

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/19/20

Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Lights On Tour of NETHERWORLD Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3

Spooky season might be over, but NETHERWORLD Haunted House is keeping the thrills going with an exclusive Lights On Tour, a VIP behind-the-scenes experience designed for the most diehard haunt fanatics. Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, NETHERWORLD will reopen for a Lights On Tour guiding guests through HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARES and CYBORG SHOCK for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“After such a crazy year, we’re thrilled to bring another pop-up experience to our fans,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House co-creator. “This is the third time we’ve hosted our Lights On Tour, and for haunt fanatics, it’s an experience not to be missed. So much goes into creating and developing our haunts, and these tours offer an inside look patrons would never get to see during normal haunt visits. Just in time for the holidays, this experience is the perfect holiday gift for the haunt fanatic in your life!”

During this tour, the lights will be on, and the effects will be off, as guests are toured through all the sets by a knowledgeable guide and immersed into the rich history of NETHERWORLD. Tickets are available now, but extremely limited, for $125 per person and include:

  • A one-hour tour of HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARES and CYBORG SHOCK with a well-versed guide who will cover the themes, operations and history behind the attractions
  • Exclusive photo opportunities at preset locations inside the haunts
  • Admission to the House of Creeps Monster Museum

Each tour group has a maximum of six people allowed. If a group is larger than six, two separate time slots will need to be booked. Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To check availability and purchase tickets, click here. After clicking through, change the category to “Tours” and set the game to “any” or “Behind the Scenes Tour,” then choose a date to check availability.

Please note, temperature screenings are required at each visit, and face masks are required at all times. Read up on all of NETHERWORLD’s COVID-19 guidelines and procedures here: www.fearworld.com/wordpress/2020-netherworld-covid-19-policies.

THE MOST WONDERFUL HOLIDAY POP-UP GUIDE ATLANTA 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/8/20

Holiday on the Roof at Ponce City Roof

May your days be merry and bright! We were treated to a holiday preview of Ponce City Roof’s Holiday On The Roof full of socially distant Igloos, chilly ice skating, and sipping on cocktails at Holiday Social Bar!  Igloos are a unique holiday offering at Ponce City Roof and 9 Mile Station! A little champagne, cozy seats, and bites. Wouldn’t that be divine? You can choose from family friendly, 21 plus around the skating rink (shown), and full-service dining experience at 9 Mile Station. We saw they had unique decor like fire or ice too. Plus, Each Igloo is sanitized between groups! Grab the spirits of the season with a selection of holiday themed cocktails from two themed bars: Holiday Social Bar and MixMas at 12 Cocktail. At Holiday Social Bar (free with admission) sip on drinks like Die Hard is a Christmas Movie!, This Christmas I Gave You a Daiquiri, and The Krampus Cane. They also have kitschy, eclectic decor, and a wall of nutcrackers. Plus, they have a fantastic dancing light Christmas tree that was captivating. MixMax reservations are encouraged for an upscale experience. Let’s not forget the skating either. Slide on your skates and hit the ice! There is also Ice Queen residence on Sat and Sun for the kiddos.

Holiday on the Roof is located at Ponce City Market on their roof.  675 Ponce De Leon Ave. Atlanta, GA 30308

Information: https://poncecityroof.com/holidays

Miracle Bars – all locations including newest at The Fox Theater Marquee Club

Merry Christmas, Y’all!  The Christmas season officially kicked off with a visit to Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club! The decor is so over the top awesome in a beautiful, swanky club downstair while you wait! Then, upstairs in the pop-up, presents hang from the ceiling, tons of Santas and Christmas trees, and even a winter village. Sit inside or out, you’ll feel in the Christmas SPIRIT! Speaking of spirits, Miracle never disappoints with their cocktails! Like our favorite, the Yippee Ki Yay Mother F****: Santa pants and all, the pumpkin-almond orgeat brighten this boozy cocktail and sprinkles it with the magical dusting of Christmas cheer. Yes, we agree, it’s about time Die Hard was given its due as a Christmas movie! Also, the SanTaRex is a beyond cute mug with a fantastic concoction inside. Tequila, coconut, and pineapple all come together like a holiday-inspired pina colada. Such tiny arms too but watch out T-Rexes like to hunt in packs. We witnessed them all together behind the bar on the prowl.

Miracle Bars have other locations, all with over-the-top décor, and delicious cocktails! Check out the details:

Miracle at Wonderkid, new to the scene, is excited to welcome in a new era of Miracle in Atlanta. Located at Atlanta Dairies, Wonderkid will be decked in holiday gear and ready to serve up Christmas off Memorial. If being inside still isn’t something you want this year, The Yard at Atlanta Dairies will be in on the fun, making Miracle a safe and accessible experience for everyone.

 

Miracle on Highland is back for its third year at PARISH in Inman Park and ready to serve up cheer with a side of safety. The beautifully decorated spot is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but ready for you throughout the rest of the week.

 

Bon Ton’s Sippin’ Santa, the all-ages tiki twin to Miracle, returns for its third year at Bon Ton along with a new location at Golden Eagle. The tiki-themed meets Christmas atmosphere is perfect for those who didn’t get to take their beach vacations this year. Bon Ton will keep its regular hours for lunch and dinner but won’t offer its traditional drink menu during Sippin’ Santa. Golden Eagle will be operating inside and outside and serving up the holiday-meets-paradise drink menu Atlantans have come to love.

 

Go to for more information: MIRACLE (miraclepopup.com)

Tiki Tango Holiday Oasis

“How’d you like to spend Christmas, on Christmas Island?”  – Bob Dylan covers Christmas Island. Now you can! Tiki Tango, in Midtown, has morphed from tiki hut to island holiday oasis filled with presents, lights, and tons of island holiday cheer. While we were there we sipped on the Campfire, a rum blend with cocoa, vermouth, lime and espresso and topped with marshmallows and lit on fire! This drink is one part tiki and one part Christmas and embodies what Christmas on an island would feel like. The Bodi Hai is Tiki Tango’s own brand of rum mixed with coffee rum and pineapple, this one is mellow and smooth like an island breeze. The coffee adds a little bit of smoke and bitter. They also have some fun Christmas themed entrees like the fantastic sleigh bell sliders with plank fries. We’re in love with their wasabi aioli, so slather it on. They also have wings, dips, and a more. The decor is phenomenal, and you should definitely get over there for an unforgettable time. 

Tiki Tango is located in Midtown at 57 13th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Information: Midtown Hideaway Oasis | Tiki Tango Atlanta

Foxtrot Liquor Bar’s Home Alone Pop-Up

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal! We think we all agree, Home Alone is no doubt an iconic Christmas Movie and our friends at Foxtrot Liquor Bar has transformed their bar into a homage to the movie, Kevin’s classic scream and all! With some fantastic cocktails and food here’s some of the fun menu items we tried! The Milk & Cookies cocktail is one that Santa would approve! Not at all milky, but just smooth cocktail that tastes EXACTLY like milk and cookies, plus adorned with a cookie on the side and in this cute Kevin glass. The Wet Bandits is a beer and a shot combo, only this one a dark beer (Sweetwater Festive Ale) and a sweet shot. That’ll hit you in the face with a paint bucket! BEST THING ON THE MENU is the fabulous Holiday Board. It is jammed full with cookies, pumpkin pie and ginger snaps combo, apples and whipped cream, candied nuts, and John’s favorite sausage balls, it’s a smorgasbord of holiday delights. Ya Filthy Animal plate is a take on a loco moco this dish reminds us of Salisbury steak and rice then smothered in gravy and topped with a perfectly presented egg. It’s comforting and hearty! Imagine Kevin eating this all alone at his large dining table. They also have everything from frozen eggnog, poutine, wings, and a ton of other festive drinks. We had so much fun and even spied a leg lamp from last year’s A Christmas Story pop-up. 

Foxtrot Liquor Bar is located next to Tiki Tango at 45 13th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Information: Best Liquor Bar Midtown Atlanta | Foxtrot Liquor Bar (foxtrotbar.com)

Joy Café’s 1st Annual Naughty or Nice Holiday Pop-up

With a GINORMOUS live Christmas tree anchoring the dining room, Joy Café has decorated their dining room and feature an array of Christmas cocktails to be sure to make you naughty or nice. On the nice list is the Stocking Stuffer. It’s sweet of a frothy egg white up front with striking peppermint on the back. It balances on the line between sweet and savory. Along side this one, are the Milk & Cookies Santa Really Wants where the name says it all. This Santa approved cocktail comes with a cookie glass that you have to eat after you shoot the milky Kahlua! Santa may leave you more presents for this! Now on the naughty list is the Cuddly as a Cactus. This Grinch-inspired green drink, with slightly smoky mezcal, chartreuse, and very citrus forward. The balance on this one is incredible. This was the favorite of the Christmas cocktails! Whatever you do, stay for some FANTASTIC southern-inspired fare like fried chicken, pork belly ribs, ceviche, salmon, and even pie.

Joy Café is located in Midtown at 1110 Peachtree St. NE 110, Atlanta, GA 30309

Website: Cafe in Atlanta, GA | Cafe Near Me | Joy Cafe (joycafeatlanta.com)

Best End Brewing Mingle & Jingle Holiday Pop-Up

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.” Down at Best End Brewing, they’ve transformed one of their rooms into the Mingle and Jingle Bar full of creamy Christmas cocktails, photo ops, and holiday cheer! Starting with a Christmas bow wall and a larger-than-life glowing teddy bear to take photo with, the décor is over the top fun that Buddy the Elf himself would approve of! While we were there, here’s some of the bites and sips we sampled. Of the cocktails, Partridge in a Pear Tree is a pear purée, brandy, lemon drinks with a frosty, sugar rum, this was the best drink they have with a sweet fruity start and then boozy on the throat. Then, the Call Me Elf One More Time was the favorite of the creamy drinks. It was sweet up front but had a cool, peppermint on the back of the sip. Creamy and cool! They also have creamy numbers like Santa’s Kiss with brandy, creamy, and honey, as well as School of Hard Nog, a boozy egg nog. A Classic! If you’re looking for beer, the Santa Sleigh Bomb is a pick a beer and a shot, all delivered on a sleigh. Santa would approve. This pop-up has the BEST HOLIDAY POP-UP BITE, Die Hard is a Christmas Movie. This giant, feeds two and the angus beef patty has so much flavor, you could eat it alone. On top of that, you get crunchy hash browns, sauce, and an egg?? Divine! Mingle & Jingle has partnered with United Way Atlanta to provide giveback opportunities. You can also enter the Drunken Reindeer Raffle to win an overstuffed stocking filled with goodies.

Best End Brewing is located in West End at 1036 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Information: MINGLE & JINGLE CHRISTMAS BAR | Best End Brewing

The Elf Room at The Blind Pig Parlour

“There’s room for everyone on the Nice List.” -Buddy, Elf. We agree, The Blind Elf at The Blind Pig Parlour has definitely been added to Santa’s Nice List this year for its fabulous array of festive cocktails, sweet and savory bites, and fun holiday decor. When you enter, you notice tastefully adorned Christmas décor around a swanky bar. The cutest little spot is the big deer (reindeer?) surrounded by a huge wreath. They have a great array of cocktails like our favorite, All Cider Dram. It’s rich with allspice and reminiscent of hot cider, this beauty is sassy and sweet with a buttery finish from the caramel rim. Another one we loved was the Mid-Winter Blast. Be prepared for this one to nip at your nose with the chill of spearmint and crushed ice paired with the warming bourbon and sweet blackberry. So balanced and cool. If bubbles are your thing, the Blind Cherub classes it up with edible glitter and candy pearls on top of the guava and bubbles. You can also drink your dessert with The Dude. Just like the famed Dude and his White Russians, this cocktail mixes vodka, chocolate liquor, Kahlua and a sweet, toasted meringue. It’s smooth and like eating a piece of holiday pie. They also have an array of small plates like the chili-glazed and pecan smoked pork belly skewers, savory mini sausages with a honey mustard dipping sauce, and divine dark chocolate dipped candied oranges. There’s something that will make your nice list here too.

The Blind Pig Parlour is located in Buckhead at 128 East Andrews Dr. Atlanta, Ga BEHIND Chido & Padres.

Information: The Blind Pig Parlour Bar

Jingle Bar at Three Sheets

“Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight.” Get over to Three Sheets to see how they’ve transitioned into Jingle Bar full of frisky cocktails, dancing lights, and some solid Santa approved bites! When you enter, you’re greeted with a huge lighted Santa and reindeers flanked by Christmas trees. Behind it, are a ton of lights from floor to ceiling that dance to the Christmas music.  Of the cocktails we sampled, the first was Elsa’s Hawaiian Vacation. It was our first frozen cocktail at a pop up is a sassy, frosty number with vodka, pineapple, Curaçao, and the coconut sweet rim that balances it out. Plus a little sweet and a little crunch. On the opposite spectrum was the Cocoa Caliente. This was HOT CHOCOLATE with cinnamon infused tequila and Aztec bitters, topped with a ton of whipped cream. Just like childhood the night before Christmas, without the booze of course. They have several light and full bites to choose from like the Charcuterie & Cheer Board we sampled all the way to lamb pops. The board has three cheeses, salami, crispy toast, and a fantastic jam to make a great bite. Love the addition of the grapes.

Three Sheets is located in Sandy Springs at 6017 Sandy Springs Circle. Atlanta, GA 30328

Website: {three} sheets – Upscale lounge and rooftop bar (threesheetsatlanta.com)

West Pole Village at McCray’s Tavern Smyrna

Step into a West Pole Wonderland at McCray’s Tavern Smyrna. With several festive cocktails, holiday decor, and fantastic food, you’ll definitely feel the Christmas Spirit here. The second you walk in you see tons of lights, Christmas tree, and giant blow-up santas, plus they have several great holiday cocktails to choose from, and you MUST stay for dinner! You’d be in for a treat. While there, we tried the Frozen Egg Nog. It’s just what Santa wants you to leave out instead of boring cookies and milk, some eggnog and booze. Amiright? Also sampled the The St Nick and this one one SMELLED like Christmas! You could roll it up in a candle and have in your home! With cloves, rum, and cinnamon forward with the only sweetness from the whipped cream, it’s a tasty treat. One of our favorites was the Holiday Bounce, a old fashioned with cinnamon. Just imagine sitting by the fire and sipping this warming drink. Classic.  Then there was the The Mistletoe, the wine spritzer of Christmas! Delighted by this one because it marries sake, bubbles, cranberry, and booze so well! Sweet, bubbly, and pretty.
Remember we said to stay for dinner? Here’s why! They have a new menu item, the Duck Ramen where the duck was perfection! Then mixed with green tea earthy noodles, savory sauce, it’s a solid ramen. One of our favorites was the Scottish Salmon that was medium cooked and melted into the rich broth below and paired with earthy spinach.  All-around great bite. Then, there was the wild, most interesting (in a good way) bite, the Pork Belly. It has coffee rub and truffle on top! It’s fantastic! The cassoulet was tasty below with beans and a slightly spicy sauce. Why not stay for dessert too? They have a stellar bread pudding that’s crunchy on the edges, ooey and gooey on the inside. Top it with caramel and chocolate drizzle, plus a scoop of ice cream and you’ve got something fantastic.

McCray’s Tavern Smyrna is located at 4500 West Village Place. Smyrna, Ga 30080.

Website: Taverns in Smyrna | Vinings Bar & Grill | (mccraystavern.com)

Park Tavern’s The Rink and Miracle on 10th

Miraculous, Merry, Majestic. The Rink and Miracle on 10th at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park is all of this plus a dash Christmas SPIRIT of and a pinch of holiday magic. Back at it again this year, Park Tavern is always a great spot to go ice skating, but they’ve upped their game with IG photo spots, tons of holiday kitsch and even gotten into the festive glass wear game. We sampled the Campfire Hot Toddy in the Snowman mug and served warm with cinnamon. It’s Jack Daniel’s apple, sweet brown sugar are paired in an adult apple cider that will remind you of those cold winter nights by the fire. Our second cocktail was the Holiday Mule in a Santa Boot. It’s spicy ginger beer, lime, and either whiskey or vodka. The perfect sipper.

Park Tavern is located in Midtown on the edge of Piedmont Park, 500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Information: https://www.parktavern.com/event/the-rink-at-park-tavern-powered-by-Pepsi-Zero

 

The Blitzen Room

Biltong Bar – the acclaimed South African-inspired restaurant and bar specializing in dry-aged beef jerky and craft cocktails – will kick off the holiday season with its signature Blitzen Room. The pop-up will take place at the Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village locations, and near Biltong Bar’s newest location at Avalon in collaboration with Maker’s Mark. Blitzen Room will run from late November through early 2021 and feature swanky, vintage decor, festive seasonal libations and more.

 

Launching on November 22 and lasting until January 3 as part of Avalon’s Holiday Market, Biltong Bar’s newly opened location in Alpharetta will host Blitzen Room in collaboration with Maker’s Mark. Located inside Avalon’s Holiday Market, the pop-up Blitzen Room bar will feature a menu of seasonal libations made with Maker’s Mark, like Stave Me An Old Fashioned with Maker’s Mark, Calvados, Walnut, Bitters; Comet’s Cider featuring Maker’s Mark, Spiced Cider, Maple, Lemon; and Not Your Grandma’s Eggnog, served frozen and made with Jim Beam Rye, Courvoisier VSOP, Rum, Sherry, Egg, Sugar, Cream, Spice.. The pop-up bar will be separate from Biltong Bar’s location at the property and will include an awkward family photo wall where guests can snap pictures in addition to festive decor. Maker’s Mark will be on-site throughout the season hosting events and activations.

 

Launching at Buckhead Village on November 24 and at Ponce City Market on November 25, Blitzen Room will also return to Biltong Bar’s intown Atlanta locations this year. Guests can expect to get “Up to Snow Good” with seasonally themed cocktails including Chartreuse Hot Chocolate, green chartreuse, almond, drinking chocolate, white chocolate whipped cream; The Famous Eggnog, brandy, rye, rum, pedro ximenez, milk, eggs, spices; and Elf on the Top Shelf, rye, calvados, oloroso, champagne gum, brown butter. The restaurant’s moody interior will once again transform into a winter wonderland complete with swanky, vintage Christmas decorations, trees with twinkling lights and more.

 

Originally opened in 2016 at Ponce City Market, later in 2018 at Buckhead Village and most recently at Avalon, Biltong Bar is part of restaurateur Justin Anthony’s South African-inspired hospitality group, True Story Brands. In 2019, Biltong Bar was recognized as one of Thrillist’s “21 Best Cocktail Bars in the Country” for its standout cocktail program.

Biltong Bar values the safety and comfort of all guests and is following safety precautions including socially distanced tables and limited seating capacity, extensive sanitation measures, a mask requirement for guests and staff and more. For more information, visit Biltong Bar’s website: biltong-bar.com.

 

ATLANTA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/18/20

Atlantic Station, Pinnacle Event Space

December 1, 2020 – January 18, 2021; 6pm-11pm
(Closed Dec 31st & Jan 1st)

The 1st annual Atlanta Festival of Lights is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family while staying safe in the comfort of your car! Atlanta Beer Festivals, Atlanta Wine Festivals and Atlantic Station have partnered to bring this event to life for the holidays.

You don’t want to miss the beautiful display of hundreds of thousands of lights displayed over six acres of land. It will be held for seven weeks starting on Tuesday, December 1st and running through Monday, January 18th. The hours are from 6pm through 11pm nightly with the exception of New Years Eve and New Years Day when it will be closed. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are designated for 30 min time slots so be sure to buy your tickets early to choose your desired time slot! This is a COVID-safe event where you aren’t permitted to get out of your car and tickets can be scanned through your car window. This is a great way to ring in the holiday season! More details on the website:  www.atlantafestivaloflights.com

Sunday – Thursday: $25/ vehicle
Friday and Saturday: $35/ vehicle
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 18th
at 10am.