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10TH ANNUAL NIKOLAUSTAG PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/13/19

Der Biergarten

Friday, December 20th at 5 pm

Join Der Biergarten on Friday, December 20th for their 10th annual Nikolaustag Party. Being held from 5 pm until Midnight, the festivities will include holiday drinks, music, games, Santa, and more! They have 10,000 ornaments, 72 nutcrackers, 48 stockings, 26 Christmas trees, 6 festive holiday cocktails all in 1 MERRY night! Find the Christmas pickles for a chance to win prizes! The event is free to attend, while food and drink can be purchased.

Check out their festive cocktails you can get now through 12/27:

NETHERWORLD IS BACK WITH TWO SPECIAL EVENTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/1/19
A Haunted Holiday Returns December 14 Featuring a Scary Full Production Haunted House Fueled with Yuletide Horror + A Lights on Tour of NETHERWORLD Debuts December 28th – The Behind-the-Scenes Event Fans Have Been Asking For!

The twisted minds behind America’s top-rated haunt, NETHERWORLD Haunted House, are gearing up for two incredible special events this December. On Saturday, December 14, A Haunted Holiday will feature a yuletide takeover of NETHERWORLD’s 2019 main attraction, NIGHT OF THE GORGON, a festive holiday midway, a gift shop filled with creepy seasonal goodies, and a special laser tag event called MUTANT MADNESS that will be held inside of the COLD BLOODED haunt. Then, for the first time in their new Stone Mountain location on Saturday, December 28, NETHERWORLD will reopen for a Lights on Tour featuring both NIGHT OF THE GORGON and COLD BLOODED. It will be a never-before-seen look behind the curtain of the nation’s most legendary haunted attraction and the ultimate gift for any haunt fanatic!

First up on Saturday, December 14, NETHERWORLD presents A Haunted Holiday! Six guests will enter the attraction and will be led on a rope by a ghostly spirit through a full production of NIGHT OF THE GORGON featuring seasonally inspired monsters, holiday themed scenes, and perhaps most importantly… only one group will occupy a given space at a given time! Then, unexpectedly, your guide will vanish, leaving your group to survive the last portion of the haunt without their protection! This carefully paced event is a great way to experience the house without the larger crowds you might encounter during October. Once you exit the attraction you will be able to enjoy NETHERWORLD’s holiday themed midway and gift shop chock full of great Christmas gifts for the lover of spooky things in your life.

This night also features a separately ticketed event called MUTANT MADNESS. Guests will enter the COLD BLOODED attraction armed with advanced laser tag equipment and blast their way through hideous creatures on a quest to see who will get the best score.  But it’s not that easy – when the monsters attack, you need to blast them fast or they can damage your weapon and knock you out of the game. Tickets for MUTANT MADNESS are $15 each and will only be available in the NETHERWORLD Gift Shop on a first come, first served basis. Individual tickets for A Haunted Holiday are $25.95 online.  If any tickets remain, they will be available at the door for $28. Or if you have a posse, round them up to take advantage of a limited number of discounted six-pack bundles, available online for $125.95. Timed ticket slots include 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm and 9:00pm.

Then on Saturday, December 28, experience NETHERWORLD as never before with an extremely limited, reserved entry Lights on Tour. You and a very small group of guests will be taken through NIGHT OF THE GORGON and COLD BLOODED with the house lights turned on and the haunt effects turned off – exposing all the details that have helped make NETHERWORLD the highly lauded attraction that it is today. Guests will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will explain the storylines and production details behind the sets, and each person will receive a free souvenir printed photo to commemorate the experience. Additionally, for the first time in NETHERWORLD history, there will even be multiple opportunities to stop and take pictures inside the actual haunts.  Don’t miss this rare chance to go behind the screams… the perfect gift for any haunted house enthusiast!

“We’ve been thinking about doing a premium small group event for a long time now,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House Co-Creator. “This is a gift from us to the true haunt fans… the ones who have wanted to see the haunt with the lights on for years! Coupled with an informative guided tour and photo stops along the way, this is a great way to really understand the layers of detail put into this place!”

NETHERWORLD’s massive entertainment complex in Stone Mountain has provided room for endless screams, memories and attractions including two haunted houses, four year-round escape rooms, a year-round Laser Adventure Battle Arena, a monster museum, an expanded midway experience, an elaborate gift shop and more. With 2020 just around the corner, patrons can expect nonstop thrilling chills into the New Year and beyond!

LARKIN ON MEMORIAL HOLIDAY BLOCK PARTY 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/30/19

Sunday, December 15th

Neighborhood Gathering to Feature a Mini Farmers Market, Holiday DJ,
Kid-Friendly Activities and Giveaways!

Paces Properties invites the local community to join together at Larkin on Memorial for their first annual Holiday Block Party this December. From delicious bites and children’s activities to games and festive giveaways, the Larkin Holiday Block Party will celebrate the season and be filled with fun for the entire family.

Decked out with delicious samples and goodies from Larkin’s tenants, guests can expect to come ready for some festive fun. Grant Park Market will host a one-of-a-kind Mini Farmer’s Market featuring delicious seasonal produce goods, and additional tenants will be set up throughout the corridor to provide light bites and drinks. VibeRide will also be hosting a pop-up cycling class during the event, so don’t forget to bring your tennis shoes! The best part of the block party? A few lucky patrons will win block party prizes from some of the center’s mainstays.

“We’ve been wanting to host a neighborhood get-together for a while now, so we are thrilled to be able to get Larkin’s first Holiday Block Party on the calendar this holiday season,” said David Cochran, CEO of Paces Properties. “Larkin has become a project for neighborhood necessities, delicious food and entertainment, so this will be a wonderful family-friendly way to come together, mix and mingle, listen to music, eat, shop and socialize with the tenants and neighbors.”

A block party isn’t complete without festivities for the kids. Primrose Schools will be on-site to host holiday-themed craft activities, and a DJ will be spinnin’ classic holiday tunes, getting the whole family in the spirit. After the festivities conclude, be sure to stop in one of the delicious eateries for additional food and beverage.

Not your everyday adaptive reuse, Larkin on Memorial is a 63,000 SF mixed-use redevelopment by Paces Properties, the developers of nationally acclaimed Krog Street Market. Since opening in November 2017, Larkin on Memorial has served the day-to-day needs of neighbors in Grant Park, Ormewood Park, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, East Atlanta and more. From daycare to grocery, Larkin on Memorial patrons enjoy a variety of tenants including Grant Park Market, Ace Hardware, Squash Blossom, Ramen Station, Primrose Schools, Kale Me Crazy, Firepit Pizza, Full Commission, My Salon Suite, Vibe Ride, Lush Nail Bar, East Atlanta Oral Surgery and more.

Free to attend.

NIGHT MARKET HOLIDAY EDITION 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/25/19

COZY UP WITH COCKTAILS, BITES & SHOPPING AT DECEMBER’S NIGHT MARKET
Top Culinary Talent, Live Music and Artisan Vendors Return for Night Market’s Outdoor Holiday Edition

The Home Depot Back Yard

Thursday, December 5th 6pm

Next month at December’s Night Market, The Home Depot Backyard will be taken over by the smells, sounds and bright colors of a globally inspired market, featuring Atlanta’s top culinary talent, live music, and a colorful array of artisan vendors to kick off the holiday season. Crackling fire pits will invite guests to cozy up where they can enjoy the evening under the stars sipping cocktails and shopping the curated market for the perfect gift. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the market offers visitors the chance to experience all the international feel and fun without the trouble of fitting their gifts and treats in their suitcase.

“On the heels of our most successful market to date, Night Market is delighted to welcome even more of Atlanta’s top chefs and one-of-a-kind artisan vendors for December. We wanted to create a festive twist this month and truly make it special for the holiday edition, making it a unique experience even for guests who have attended before,” said Latonda Henderson, Director of Community Activation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Despite the open-air setting, the market maintains the same intimate feeling as if you were celebrating the holidays in your friend’s backyard.”

While sipping on holiday-inspired cocktails prepared by celebrated mixologists, Tiffanie Barriere and Kellie Thorn, guests will also be able to shop a unique selection of goods at the artisan market, curated by local favorite, Indie Craft Experience. Here they can spoil friends and family (or grab a little something for themselves) with unique finds from the market pop-up, all while supporting local businesses including Atlas Candle Co., Fox + Fern Botanicals, Paper & Piece, and more.

Visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with some of Atlanta’s top chefs and enjoy dishes from restaurants including American Cut, Brezza Cucina, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Hattie B’s, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Holmes, Honeysuckle Gelato, Kyma, Shake Shack, Spotted Trotter, Sweet Auburn BBQ and Wheelies Tiny Donuts.

Free to attend. Food and beverage tickets are $25 in advance/$40 onsite and include tokens to sample 2 beverages and 3 food items. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thehomedepotbackyard.com/night-market.

Ocean & Acre: Land and Sea Perfectly Paired

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/24/19

Land and Sea come together in perfect harmony up at Ocean & Acre in the Halcyon Forsyth complex! What really sets them apart is the innovative and truly unique menu offerings like ceviche with beets, wagyu beef carpaccio, lamb belly, and savory pork chops. If meat isn’t your thing, they have tons of fish, a take on fish and chips, oysters, and even more shellfish to choose from. Like we said, perfect harmony! Beyond this, we really enjoyed the medley of flavors that they paired together in each dish to make them remarkable. Ok, enough talk, let’s take a journey through their menu, sip on a cocktail, and sit by the fire. Come on in.

Starting with the raw bar, the Bass Ceviche was one of the most unique small plates we’ve ever had with light and flaky bass mixed with beets and in a beet vinaigrette. It was earthy, fresh, and light with every flavor you could imagine in such a simple dish. Yes, you must like beets, but they are perfectly cooked and are actually the perfect pair with the fish. Light and delicious.

Maintaining our foray into the lighter side of Ocean & Acre, we opted for the wagyu beef carpaccio. The most tender slice of tartar beef paired well with some oil, herbs, and a light whipped cheese. The best bite is to wrap up the beef, cheese, herbs, and oil and stuff it all in your mouth. Savory, creamy, light.

We took a turn from there into hearty with the Smoked Lamb Belly. The meat was fresh with very little game, a different take on a pork belly dish. What was truly amazing about this dish was the best side on Ocean & Acre’s menu: the polenta. We cannot sing the praises of this more! With the creamy polenta flavor up front then the tart and sweet of the craisins and raisins on the back it’s a savory sweet MASTERPIECE. Could. Not. Stop. Eating it. Great for the cold weather!

Our main course consisted of some of the most flavorful, savory pork chops we’ve had in a long time. Perfectly cooked with herbs and a hearty au jus, this chop was well, perfect. It comes with two, cooked onions to add flavor to the sauce, as well as mushrooms. Two people can share it, it’s that big. Suggestion: get the pork chop with a side of the polenta from the lamb belly dish. We ended up mixing them together and WOW. This is THE combination to try! Highly recommend.

Let’s not forget their drink menu which had a good mix of classics and signature sips to try. The one we like the best was Barracuda. It’s their drink of the week this week, November 22nd 2019 through the Thanksgiving. They have an in-house infuser and backed it with habanero, blood orange and tequila. They paired this with crème de chassis on the top. Perfecto. We also enjoyed both the Rosetta, the drink of the week last week with whipped egg and cloves, as well as a fun tiki drink called Ebb Tide: pineapple, rum, mint. A tiki mule if you will. Wonder what fun drink of the week they will come up with next week? Can’t wait to find out.

We must say that the Halcyon up in Forsyth is really a destination for anyone living in Atlanta. They have a brew pub, sports bar, movie theater with delicious eats, and more. Let’s not forget this absolute gem, Ocean & Acre. Take your family, friends, and life mate, grab a cocktail and sit by the fire. You’ll be glad you did.

ETU HOMES PRESENTS AN AFTERNOON WITH ANNETTE JOSEPH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/24/19

Etu Home

Saturday, November 30th at noon

Join, Etu Home, on Saturday, November 30th for a special afternoon with entertaining author, Annette Joseph, to kick-off the holiday season!

From Noon until 2 pm, learn how to build a charcuterie board, watch a cocktail mixology demo, followed by A Cocktail Italiano book signing.

Details here.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA HOLIDAY EVENTS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/24/19

City Winery, the restaurant, urban winery, private event space and intimate music venue, has released its December lineup of culinary and beverage events at the popular Atlanta location in Ponce City Market. Atlantans and visitors alike can take advantage of an array of mouthwatering opportunities including plenty of wine sampling opportunities to enjoy on cold winter nights.

On December 10th, Atlanta can visit the Tasting Room at City Winery for Lift Your Spirits, An Elevated Tasting Featuring Compass Box Scotch. Guests will enjoy Limited Edition Blended Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Compass Box. Compass Box is based on the lost model of the Scotch whisky blending house.

Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 plus applicable fees. 

On December 17th, Atlanta can visit the Tasting Room at City Winery for Lift your Spirits, An Elevated Tasting Featuring ASW Distillery. With family roots in Ireland, France and England and more locally in Athens Georgia, Jim Chasteen, Charlie Thompson and Justin Manglitz, began ASW Distillery because of their passion for spirits “crafted with character”. The range of whiskies demonstrates individuality and true whiskey craftmanship.

Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

On December 18th, Ponce City Market’s Posman Books and City Winery team up to host Books & Booze to host a spirited discussion among literature fanatics. December’s book discussion is centered around Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Starts at 7 p.m. $10 RSVP goes towards food & beverage.

On December 19th, Atlanta can visit City Winery for City Winery Explorer Series Featuring Wines of Casa Rojo Winery. At Casa Rojo, wine is seen as the expression of a family, a land, a climate, and ultimately of an origin. Wines will be tasted from the varied regions throughout Spain.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

Atlanta can visit City Winery on December 21st for City Winery’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. Guests will receive a choice of hot chocolate or mulled wine, cookies and decorating materials. Wine tastings will also be offered, and City Winery wines will be available for purchase. Cheese and charcuterie will be provided.

Starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 plus applicable fees. 

Stanky Wine, a Dirty South Hip Hop Natural Wine Bar pop-up, will throw The Stanky Stomp, a Day-Time Dance Party on December 22nd at City Winery. This day-time dance party will feature tastings of 25 wines, small bites, and a live DJ.

Starts 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 plus applicable fees.

On December 23rd, City Winery will explore holiday wine pairings with classic foods of the season during City Winery Holiday Wine Pairing. City Winery chefs will prepare traditional holiday dishes while Sommeliers will explain how to enhance meals with ideal wine pairings. This will be a great opportunity for guests to make new friends and get an early start to the Holiday season.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

PUB CRAWL ON THE BELTLINE WINTER EDITION 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/19

Saturday, December 14th @ Noon

From Inman Park to Piedmont Park, the East Side Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine connects some of the best restaurants and bars in town! Join us on Saturday, December 14th to try them all!

Enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along the BeltLine along with awesome food and drink specials at each participating location. Get your crew together and join us for Pub Crawl on the BeltLine: Winter Edition presented by Lunazul Tequila

Tickets Include:
• Up to (5) complimentary drinks at our partner bars
• Souvenir Pub Crawl on the BeltLine koozie

Tickets were $35 at the time of posting.

Participating Partner Bars (MORE 2019 Bars TBA)
Apres DiemF.R.O.G.S. | Park Tavern in Piedmont Park |New RealmPure Taqueria Inman ParkLittle SpiritGuac Y Margy’sButter & Cream HawkersMellow MushroomReindeer Games: A Day of BeltLine Holiday Spirit

Check In Locations (exact locations TBA):

  • INMAN PARK: will be located at one of our partner bars on North Highland Ave
  • PONCE: will be located near Ponce City Market
  • MIDTOWN: will be located near the Midtown Promenade shopping center

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR: MIRACLE HOLIDAY POP-UP RETURNS!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

The team behind Bon Ton, The Lawrence + Wonderkid once again host Atlanta’s
favorite holiday tradition for the fourth year   

We hope you’ve been good this year Atlanta. Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, Miracle, unwraps its fourth season ready to spread holiday cheer!  Miracle on Monroe returns to the Midtown Promenade restaurant Tapa Tapa and Miracle on Highland, heads back to The Brasserie & Neighborhood Café PARISH. Bon Ton will once again get into Mele Kalikimaka spirit as they host Sippin’ Santa, a Christmas-themed Tiki takeover.  All locations will offer special holiday cocktails, a fun festive staff, and enough cheer for everyone!

Whether you’re as happy as an elf or as grumpy as the grinch, the classic Christmas-themed cocktails at any of our Miracle locations are sure to make you light up like a Christmas tree. From the Snowball Old-Fashioned to the Mistletoe Shot, there’s an option to make everyone on your list happy.  In addition to the drinks, every location is decked in Holiday spirit, from the staff’s attire to the decorations that make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the North Pole itself. If you want additional Holiday cheer, say snow more. Everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes will keep you bopping, and sippin’, until the reindeers come home.

“If we’ve learned anything the past three years, it’s that Atlanta is overflowing with Christmas spirit,” said Eric Simpkins, co-founder of Big Citizen along with partner Darren Carr. “With our fourth year here, we’re excited to once again host the best Christmas bar pop-ups in the city, and we hope everyone comes out for many more Holiday seasons to come.”

Miracle on Monroe, similar to years prior, will  set up shop at Midtown’s Tapa Tapa and is the classic stop for a jolly good time. The original Atlanta Miracle will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for private events, but there’s still plenty of cheer to go around the rest of the week!

Miracle on Highland returns to Parish for its second year to serve up Holiday cheer. Also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, this winter wonderland will offer a special Holiday brunch on weekends and has partial buyouts available for those of you looking for the perfect space for a Holiday special event.

Bon Ton’s Sippin’ Santa, the all-ages tiki twin to Miracle, returns for its second year at Bon Ton in Midtown. The Christmas-meets-paradise drink menu is the perfect opportunity to indulge for those who prefer their holiday on the beach. Thanks to last year’s success, Santa (and you) will be sippin’ on carefully curated cocktails all season long. Bon Ton will keep their normal hours serving lunch and dinner and won’t offer their traditional drink menu during Sippin’ Santa.

On the week of November 25 only, to kick off the holiday season, Miracle on Monroe and Sippin’ Santa locations will be open Monday-Friday (except for Thanksgiving) and Miracle on Highland will open on Black Friday. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, both Miracle locations will resume their typical Wednesday-Sunday schedule, and Sippin’ Santa will maintain Bon Ton’s regular hours. All Miracle locations last through New Year’s Eve (closed only on Christmas day) and are first come first serve, with only partial or full buyouts available for reservations. In addition, they will each be hosting a charity event with details to be determined. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Beverage and cocktail menus will be the same for each location. Signature Miracle chex mix and cookie plates will be available at each location as well. Food menus will be customized per location and announced Mid-November. For more details on how to get into the holiday spirit at this festive joint, head to www.miraclebaratlanta.com.

Miracle is 21 and up (excluding Sippin’ Santa), with no entry fee. There is a 2-hour limit for tables, and due to all the Christmas cheer required to keep Miracle on Monroe and Sippin’ Santa in tip-top shape, a 20% service charge will be added to each check. Miracle will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5pm to 12am, and Friday and Saturday 5pm to 1am. Mondays and Tuesdays are closed but available for private party bookings. Locations include: Miracle on Monroe – Tapa Tapa in the Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Dr. NE, Suite C-106, Atlanta, GA 30308; Miracle on Highland – The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH, 240 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; Sippin’ Santa – Bon Ton, 674 Myrtle St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30318. Please send party inquiries to MiracleBarAtlanta@gmail.com. For updates on Miracle visit Facebook or www.miraclebaratlanta.com.

URBANTREE CIDERY ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER PAWNEE STYLE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Saturday, November 23rd 12:30 pm

“Parks and Rec” Inspired Party will Feature a Ron Swanson Look-alike Contest, Harvest Cocktails, “Treat Yo’ Self” Raffle, a DIY Caramel Apple Bar, BBQ from C-Bo’s BBQ Food Truck, Visits with a Live Miniature Horse & More

Plus, the Release of New Seasonal Cider, Bourbon Barrel Buzz

UrbanTree Cidery, Atlanta’s first craft cidery, announces its first-ever Pawnee Style Harvest Party, a “Parks and Rec” inspired party celebrating all things fall on Saturday, November 23 from 12:30 to 6:30pm. Taking place at their Westside tasting room (1465 Howell Mill Rd. NW), the all-day, family-friendly event will feature activities like a costume contest, visits with a live miniature horse and the release of a new seasonal cider, Bourbon Barrel Buzz (7.5% ABV).

Throughout the day, guests are invited to partake in a Ron Swanson look-alike contest, enter in “Treat Yo’ Self” raffles and from 1:30 to 3pm, grab photos with a live Li’l Sebastian impersonator, a miniature horse. In addition to themed activities, UrbanTree will serve a harvest cocktail called Snake Juice, a bright and crisp sangria with mild cinnamon spice and subtle sweetness. Their full menu of flagship and seasonal ciders and local beer will also be available. To complement the beverage offerings, there will be a DIY Caramel Apple Bar sponsored by Sweetums, and C-Bo’s BBQ Food Truck will serve Ron Swanson’s favorite dish–turkey legs–along with their full menu of BBQ classics.

The event also marks the release of UrbanTree’s newest seasonal cider Bourbon Barrel Buzz. Made with Stayman Winesap, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Mutsu apples, the cider is aged in Ghost Coast Distillery bourbon barrels and lightly sweetened with a touch of Blue Ridge Gallberry Honey.

More information about UrbanTree can be found on their website urbantreecidery.com, and additional details about the Harvest Festival are available here.