THE BLIND CUPID SPREADS LOVE WITH A NEW POP-UP EXPERIENCE STARTING JAN. 19

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/17/22

The Blind Pig Parlour Bar Transforms into Valentine’s-Themed Bar for

Festive Dates and Girls’ Nights Out

 

 The Blind Pig Parlour Bar is transforming into The Blind Cupid on Jan. 19 through the end of February. This new pop-up experience adds Valentine’s Day-themed sizzle to the winter doldrums with a fiery menu of drinks, decadent menu snacks and over-the-top pink and floral décor that will have guests falling in love at first sight.

The Buckhead speakeasy, long known for its intimate, sophisticated vibe and the popular The Blind Elf pop-up during the holidays, is restyling its Victorian-era decor to lure both hopeless romantics and the lovelorn alike. The Blind Cupid offers guests the perfect place to combat winter blues, whether they are searching for an entertaining girls’ night out, Galentine’s Day celebration or a unique date night.

Drinks include favorites from The Blind Pig libation menu as well as some festive new concoctions:

  • Lip Service: Old Forester rye, E&J brandy, Cardamaro, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters
  • Always Be My Maybe: Strawberry-infused Bare Bone vodka, Pimm’s gin, lemon and Domaine de Canton topped with Zardetto prosecco
  • Swipe Right: ASW Fiddler bourbon, pineapple, lemon and egg whites
  • Some Like It Caliente: Cognac, spiced chocolate and candied ginger whipped cream
  • Pink Halo: Bare Bone vodka, strawberry, elderflower and lime
  • Coup de Foudre: Prosecco, raspberry and mint
  • Oaxacan on Sunshine: Herradura Silver tequila, citrus, honey serrano, turmeric and guava
  • Love You a Latte: Cold brew, Southern Comfort, The Irishman Irish cream and hazelnut

Savory and sweet bites will be on the menu, including a lively mix of cheeses, sliced cured meats and unique house-prepared accompaniments such as dried fruits and toasted seeded crackers. The Blind Cupid will also serve a decadent dessert selection.

The Blind Cupid will be open for a brief fling Wednesday-Saturday beginning Jan. 19 through the end of February from 6 p.m. until late. The Blind Cupid also will be open on Monday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day. Reservations are strongly recommended and the festive venue may be reserved for small parties and special events any day of the week.

The Blind Cupid is located at 128 East Andrews Dr., NE in Atlanta. For more information, visit theblindpigparlourbar.com.

UNCORKED ATLANTA WINE FESTIVAL 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/17/22

Saturday, February 12 at noon

Pratt-Pullman Yards

Tickets here.

Join us on Saturday, February 12th for the next edition of Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival at the historic core of the Entertainment District of Atlanta at Pullman Yards.

From 12:00pm – 4:00pm enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer tastings (over 50 varieties), music performances, and fun wine-themed activations.

General Admission tickets run $45-$60 and include:

  • Souvenir Uncorked Atlanta Tasting Glass
  • Complimentary Wine and Craft Beer Tastings (50+ varieties)
  • DJ and Music
  • Food Available for Purchase

RED’S BEER GARDEN TURNS TWO

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/17/22

Two Celebrations Featuring an Anniversary Collaboration Beer With Sceptre Brewing Arts, Food, and Giveaways

Monday, January 24th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, January 29th at 12 p.m.
Hot-diggity-dog! Red’s Beer Garden is celebrating two years of bringing people together in with great food, beers from around the world, wine, cider, hard seltzers and more. To honor the occasion, not only are owners Kristen “Red” Sumpter and Ed Sumpter going to reveal their anniversary collaboration beer, Neon Suds, with Sceptre Brewing Art, but the duo is hosting two celebrations in their expansive, dog-friendly beer garden. On Monday, January 24th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Red’s Anniversary Dinner will feature all-you-can-eat pulled pork, local sausage, smoked mac and cheese, house baked beans, potato salad, and a green salad for $35 per person. Diners will also receive a commemorative pint glass and a 20 oz. pour of Neon Suds. Tickets are $35 per person and available at www.redsbeergarden.com.     
 
Saturday, January 29th marks the official release of Neon Suds, the limited edition, collaboration beer with Spectre Brewing. With its name inspired by the giant rainbow in front of the go-to haunt and eccentric car wash to the left, beer lovers can expect a tasty dry hopped pilsner with loral hops. From 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., revelers are invited to toast to Red’s true love, beer. For that day only, Red’s will have a special draft list along with a diverse selection of unique bottles and cans in the self-serving coolers. For every beer purchased, guests will receive a raffle ticket for their chance to win prizes every hour. Red’s full food menu featuring signature hot dogs, sandwiches and snacks will also be available. The all day celebration is free to attend.
Open safely and responsibly for outside dining in the expansive, dog-friendly beer garden and for to-go, Red’s Beer Garden is conveniently located in Benteen Park between Grant Park and East Atlanta at 1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, visit www.redsbeergarden.com or call 770-637-2299.

BOOZY CAULDRON ATLANTA 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/16/22

Traveling Pop-up Tavern and Show come to Atlanta on Thursday, January 20th to Saturday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 29th.

La Maison Rouge Atlanta

The Boozy Cauldron Tavern is popping up in cities across America for a 4-part Cocktail Experience and show led by Professor Ivy Grey, current professor of the Beverage Arts, and her cocktail wizards. You will be taken on a magical journey where you can imbibe on the four delicious signature cocktails (including the tavern’s famous butternilla fizz) and hear and feel the stories surrounding the famous tavern and the ghosts that still haunt the establishment.

Tickets include a 90-minute interactive show along with 4 complimentary cocktails including the Tavern’s Old Fashioned Butter Beer. Limited seats are available per each show. Tickets are $45 and reservations are required. Tickets here.

ATLANTA WINTER BEER FESTIVAL 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/9/22

Atlanta Winter Beer Fest
Atlantic Station Event Space
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 1pm-5pm
Atlanta Winter Beer Fest will be held on Saturday, February 5 from 1 to 5 pm at Atlantic Station Event Space. 150+ Beers, 25+ wines and ciders, seltzers and RTDs, Live Music, and DJ Qtip. Tickets include entry, entertainment, souvenir cup, and all beer and wine samples. Tickets are $45 advance, $50 after Jan. 27, $60 day of event. First 500 just $35.
21 and up event, no kids, no babies, no pets. Rain or shine event, no refunds. We will not have Designated Driver tickets, take Uber, Lyft, or walk. Do not drink and drive. We will have free bottled water. No outside food or beverage. Alcohol will cut off at 4:45pm. We reserve the right to cut off anyone at any time.

CELEBRATE A FRESH START IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/5/21

Cobb County’s fan-favorite destination offers January restaurant specials, cornhole league and more

Cobb County’s year-round live, work, play destination The Battery Atlanta has planned a packed lineup of events to kick off the new year! From winter cornhole league to jazz brunches, the celebration never ends. Coca-Cola Roxy will also welcome a wide range of performers in January.

Outdoor Activities:
Cornhole ATL 2022 Winter League
Every Tuesday from January 11 – March 1

The league includes a season ending tournament with a championship trophy and other prizes. Register online here.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Free Pizza Mondays at CRU Food & Wine Bar

Enjoy any pizza with a purchase of wine!

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

Wine Down Wednesdays at BURN by Rocky Patel
$5 off selected wines by the glass

Girls Night Out at Sports & Social
Calling all the ladies! Enjoy $6 house margaritas, half-off appetizers, $5 Vizzy Hard Seltzers and half-off select wine bottles.

Flight Fridays at Terrapin Taproom
$2 off beer flights all day when guests dine in.

Jazz Brunch at C. Ellet’s
The restaurant jazzes up weekends with a delicious brunch and live jazz music every Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

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 Wednesdays. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.

  • Dueling Pianos Show
    Saturdays at 8 p.m.
  • College Football Championship Watch Party
    Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
  • 90 Proof! 90’s Hits and Party Country
    Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m.
  • Odd Man Out Band
    Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 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.

  • Riley Green
    Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Jay Wheeler
    Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.
  • Dillion Francis X Yung Gravy
    Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Ricardo Montaner  
    Sunday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
    Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 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.

NORTH GEORGIA DAY TRIP: JASPER, TALKING ROCK, FAINTING GOATS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/2/22

Join us for our North Georgia day trip to Jasper, Talking Rock, and Fainting Goats.

In front of you, the golden mountains point to the bright blue sky that’s dotted with puffy white clouds. As you weave through the hills, mountain streams bob and weave, cutting through the green grass and creating a beautiful, relaxing view from the road. Close to the mountain majesty, there’s a cozy downtown filled with warm red brick buildings that line the quaint two-lane street. Jasper has come into its own with cute shops, coffee houses, several good restaurants, and even a brewery. It is quickly becoming a hot day trip for Atlantans that want to get away for a day. Being only about an hour, we ventured up to Jasper to try Old Mulehouse for brunch, then meandered our way through the beautiful mountains to Talking Rock and Talking Rock Brewery, and our final destination at North Georgia winery, Fainting Goats.

On the corner heading into Jasper is Old Mulehouse, with a tea-light patio, and beautiful, old brick building that’s breathtaking inside! Rustic, yet industrial, the Old Mulehouse is a spacious, open-air restaurant with exposed brick and a sprawling bar area. They had transformed into The Old Yulehouse with stockings hung with care, multiple Christmas trees, and a gorgeous lounge area behind a pair barn doors. Outside, the patio is large, dotted with patio furniture and covered in case of rain. We sat near the end of the patio where you can sit and stare at the mountain views all day. There, we tried several brunch items like the salmon hash, the brunch burger, and the steak and eggs. We also opted for some unique items, the Greek hush puppies and egg nog cheesecake, as well as some of their featured Christmas cocktails.

Kicking off our brunch with a Christmas cocktail of the day, the Peppermint Martini. The one has a bit of everything from creaminess to minty to sweetness from the sugar rim and then a good hint of booze on the back. It’s definitely a cool Christmas cocktail! The other cocktail we tried is the Hayman’s Law, which is their take on a slow gin fizz, but with elderflower! It comes off refreshing, light, tangy, and a good sippable brunch drink. We know why it’s a customer favorite.

Our brunch meal was a mix of seriously good salmon hash, a hearty brunch burger, festively seasoned fries, and a savory steak and eggs. Starting with the Salmon Hash, which combined smoky, salty, tender salmon perfectly paired with earthy cooked spinach, crunchy potatoes, and a fantastic bright lime hollandaise on top. It was a spectrum of flavors that came together well. Beyond the hash, we also opted for the Brunch burger that is well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. On top, hearty pork belly adds a ton of savor, as well as sharp cheddar cheese on some nicely buttered buns. This beautiful burger came with the best seasoned fries! The seasoning is phenomenal and a good mix of crunch and potato. John loves a good steak, so he picked the steak and eggs. Now that’s one perfectly cooked and seasoned steak! It is paired with fluffy eggs and the same amazing fries.

Not only is the brunch fantastic, so are some unique apps and desserts they offer. Starting with the Greek Hush Puppies, these little numbers are house-made falafel that’s grainy and earthy just like you’d expect it with mellow chickpeas. Whatever you do, you must eat it with the sauce! It is spicy and creamy at the same time! Then, the best surprise of the whole meal was the Egg Nog Cheesecake! They have a new pastry chef, and her cheesecake of the day was this one, which was simply stellar! Creamy and thick with a mellow, sweet, and savory egg nog juxtaposing the delicate cheesecake for a fantastic flavor. The best part though must be the ooey, gooey sweet sugar cookie crust that melted in your mouth and was the icing on the cake for this dessert.

After our big meal, we took the mountainous road up to Talking Rock, GA, a quaint little town with only about 6 buildings downtown. Then, right on the railroad tracks, the main attraction, Talking Rock Brewery. Nestled in a train car, Talking Rock Brewery is not only cute and eclectic, but its beer also brings people together in this small town to watch the game or just to play some cornhole. We pretty much tried all of their beers, so here’s our take on them.

They have a little bit of everything for everyone, like the Caboose Georgia red that’s mellow up front with a good hoppy bit on the back, yet smooth. My favorite is the Pumpkin Express Pumpkin ale that’s soft, mellow with a hint of pumpkin but not overbearing. Another good option is the Pullman Pub Ale that is a little thicker with a creamy head and mellow malt balancing the hop on the back. If you like dry Irish Stouts, you’ll enjoy the Dart that had a range of toasty, smoky, and a slight back of the throat bitterness. John’s favorite is the Party Like It’s 95 Blonde Ale that is very drinkable, light, and refreshing. He also really enjoyed the Just the Ticket Pilsner that is also light, but with slightly more flavor on the back. If you like IPAs you can’t go wrong with either the Run 8 IPA or the Polar Express Double IPA, both hoppy, while the Double IPA is hazy and juicy.

The flight empty, we headed to our final destination even further up in the mountains, Fainting Goat Winery. The second you arrive, the vineyard sprawls in front of a large chateau perched high on a hill. Below, there is a pin with several goats that are as friendly as you can imagine coming up to the gates and smiling. The day was warmer than usual, so we sat on the lawn, tasting in hand, overlooking the gorgeous view of the vineyard, watched the goats play, and enjoyed the best mountain views! The best spot is on the porch above the lawn where you can watch the sunset! This winery has been on our list for a long time! This day we both got a wine tasting, John got The White Album and I got the Crowd Pleaser. Here are our thoughts! Pro tip: get the Wednesday Night Sauvignon Blanc! We know why it’s award winning.

Of the crowd pleaser tasting, I substituted the Revere Blanc du Bois for the Sauvignon Blanc. This one is floral and hearty, a sweetness up front that finishes dry. The second was a rose called the Summer Quartz. It tastes like roses, a slight sweet peach, and finishes dry. It’s mellow and great for sipping! For the red wine, Harvesting Homes Malbec smells like plum and tastes like a light red wine with a little bit of sweetness of that plum and a little bit of chocolate. Of the White Album tasting, the Amber Fields Chardonnay is very good, smooth and buttery with a good sweetness that comes out near the end. Didn’t get any oak on this one, even though it is oak barreled. The favorite was the Wednesday Night Sauvignon Blanc. It wasn’t what we expected; it’s lemony, citrusy and dry. I typically stay away from these as I don’t like grapefruit in my wine and this one didn’t have that at all! All around a great selection of wines and a beautiful view.

We round through the mountain roads back towards Jasper and the orange, blue, and purple sun set over the cozy little downtown. A beautiful day filled with great memories.

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ATLANTA WINTER WINE FESTIVAL 2022

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.

BECOME THE ULTIMATE BEER CONNOISSEUR AT RED’S BEER GARDEN’S BEER CLASSES

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.

 

SOURS
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.  

 

LAGERS
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.  

 

NON-BEER 
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.

 

OLD WORLD BEER 
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.  

 

BELGIAN BEER
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

CHEF PASQUALE “PAT” PASCARELLA ANNOUNCES UPCOMING OPENING OF OYSTER BAR “ALICI”

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