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WESTSIDE MOTOR LOUNGE IS CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL TENNESSEE WHISKEY DAY NASHVEGAS STYLE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/16/24

A Cocktail Shakin’, Chicken Fried, Rhinestone Rockin’, Honky Tonk Whiskey Jamboree

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 from 6-9pm 

Saddle up your horse and ride into the city for Westside Motor Lounge’s rhinestone rockin’ honky tonk jamboree in honor of National Tennessee Whiskey Day on Tuesday, May 21st. Kicking off at 4 pm, Atlanta cowboys and cowgirls alike are invited to revel in the holiday spirit with whiskey cocktails crafted by five of Atlanta’s finest bartenders, competing live for a chance to win an exclusive trip to the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville. But the fun doesn’t end there— dive into mouthwatering fried chicken from Mothers Best Fried Chicken, groove to classic honky-tonk tunes spun by DJ Bottom Shelf, get inked with Nashville-inspired flash tattoos by artist Benzy and strike a pose at the live art spray-can photo backdrop courtesy of WIP Studios. Hosted by Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey in partnership with Westside Motor Lounge and Mother’s Best Fried Chicken, tickets to the event are $25 each and available for purchase at https://www.bigtickets.com/e/west-side-motor-lounge/NashVegas/. Westside Motor Lounge is located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway at 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge

ATLANTA TO HOST THE RED BULL DANCE YOUR STYLE NATIONAL FINAL THIS WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/14/24

The National Final to be held at Underground Atlanta on the 18th, with a full weekend of events beforehand featuring some of the biggest names in the world of dance 

WHAT:                The Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final is coming to Atlanta on May 18. The global all-styles, 1v1 street dance event series will see the best dancers in the country compete for a chance to head to the World Final in Mumbai.  

Through a bracket-style tournament, dancers battle one-on-one to surprise music selections, showcasing the spontaneous nature of street dance and challenging competitors to adapt their moves on the spot. With no planned choreography, pre-selected music, or a panel of judges, dancers must win the crowd’s vote in order to advance to the next round.   

Tickets to attend the one-of-a-kind event are available for purchase here.   

Various workshops will also be held, led by some of the best dancers in the world, that are open to the general public for registration for while spots last. On Friday the 17th, there will be a Battle Royale at the Center Stage Theater, with 2v2 battles and a major Team USA vs. Team Africa headlining battle that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are available for purchase here.   

To reserve your participation any of the free workshops that will be offered at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park, register here.   

WHO:                 On Saturday night ATL rap icons Soulja Boy and Dem Franchize Boyz will performing and rocking the crowd at the National Final. The crowd can also expect showcase dance performances from professional dance stars such as Toosie, creator of the viral Toosie Slide, and 1v1 battles featuring the best dancers from around the country.  

All weekend long, the city’s rich and storied dance culture will be celebrated with even more amazing talent participating throughout the weekend, including Red Bull Dance Your Style USA Champion The Crown, and major dance stars like Kaffy, Ladia Yates, Honey Balenciaga, Hooliboy and Toyin.  On the music side, South African DJ duo TxC are coming all the way to the States to deliver an after-party DJ set at the Royale.   

On the 18th the National Final will feature regional champions, runners-up, and a line-up of invited dancers (wildcards) 

Full list of National Finals Competitors:

CELEBRATE NATIONAL MINI GOLF DAY WITH PUTTSHACK ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/24

Saturday, May 11

Dust off those short game skills, grab some friends and join Puttshack Atlanta on Saturday, May 11, 2024, as they celebrate National Mini Golf Day. With digital driven gameplay through the use of Trackaball technology to keep score, themed holes with challenges and supertubes to risk it all, Puttshack is tech-nically the perfect activity for all ages and skill levels located in the heart of West Midtown. Fuel up for friendly competition with delicious shareables for pre-game noshing like buffalo chicken dip, Rendang lettuce wraps, Maryland crab dip, flatbreads and more. Adult golfers can imbibe in hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine at the bar or soak up the spring sun on Puttshack’s expansive terrace. 

Puttshack Atlanta is open seven days a week and located at 1115 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information, please call 404.738.7888 or visit puttshack.com.

CINCO DE MAYO 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/24/24

ATLANTA HOTSPOTS RAMP UP FOR MULTI-DAY CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS

Restaurants Mark the Festive Holiday with Authentic Dishes and Food and Drink Specials

Chido & Padre’s: A Culinary Celebration

Chido & Padre’s, the go-to destination for those seeking an authentic Mexican dining experience, is throwing a culinary fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. The festivities are doubled with celebrations on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Starting at 11 a.m. and stretching into the late night, Chido & Padre’s offers an array of chef-driven Mexican dishes that are as delightful as they are diverse. Guests are invited to sip on killer margaritas and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Buckhead’s hottest patio. It’s the perfect place to unwind and celebrate in style.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern joins with Eclipse di Luna for the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Weekend Bash

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Halcyon is joining forces with neighbor Eclipse di Luna to host a lively Cinco de Mayo celebration over the May 4-5 weekend. Promising a festive blend of music, cuisine, and culture, the event stretches from Saturday afternoon until Sunday night, transforming the shared outdoor green space into a festival arena. On Saturday, attendees can sway to the Latin rhythms of Orquesta Macuba, and on Sunday, the C.O.T. Band takes the stage, complemented by some of Atlanta’s finest Latin DJs. In a culinary twist, HOBNOB steps up with a signature pig roast featuring tacos or plates adorned with charred peppers and roasted pineapple salsa. Eclipse di Luna will serve its renowned paella straight from a massive grill alongside tantalizing tacos, quesadillas, and chips with queso. Guests can quench their thirst at satellite bars offering an assortment of beverages, including mojitos, margaritas, Palomas, Cantaritos, and adult snow cones. Guests can stay late on Sunday for a special Tex-Mex version of Boots & Buckles line dancing upstairs at HOBNOB. HOBNOB welcomes walk-ins and reservations online.

Marlow’s Tavern Mixes Up Cinco de Mayo with Creative Margaritas

Marlow’s Tavern sets the bar high this Cinco de Mayo with a trio of uniquely crafted margaritas. Sip on the refreshing Watermelon Margarita Splash, a blend of Don Cosme Blanco tequila, jalapeño, fresh watermelon, lime juice, and agave nectar, perfect for those looking to cool down with a spicy-sweet kick. For a lighter option, the Skinny Ginger Margarita combines Herradura Silver tequila with Greenbar Ginger, fresh lime, and agave, offering a zesty and invigorating flavor. Not to be missed, the Blood Orange-Rita features Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila with blood orange and a special chili honey syrup, creating a bold and tangy experience that tantalizes the taste buds.

Tin Lizzy’s: Five Days of Festivities

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina invites guests for a five-day fiesta from May 1 to 5. Known for its lively atmosphere, Tin Lizzy’s is going all out this year with “Cinco Days of Cinco.” Revelers will get in the festive spirit with $7 el Jimador margaritas, perfect for toasting to good times. Beer lovers can enjoy $4 Dos Equis drafts or opt for $4 cans of Tecate if they prefer a classic canned beer experience. All locations open at 11 a.m.

Your 3rd Spot Delivers a Festive Fusion of Flavor and Fun

Your 3rd Spot invites guests to join the Cinco de Mayo celebration from 1-11 p.m. when sophistication and excitement merge into a festive extravaganza. Early birds can take advantage of a special entry fee of just $5 for the first hour with reservations. With regular admission, guests will get cinco hours of unlimited access to explore up to 85 unique and thrilling experiences ranging from games to interactive entertainment, with bowling available at just $5 a game per person. Chef Stuart Rogers will offer delectable street tacos, empanadas, and other creations that satisfy any palate. Your 3rd Spot will also serve its Tr33quilla sampler featuring four unique 100% blue agave tequilas and handcrafted Y3S margaritas at the dedicated margarita station on the patio. As the sun sets, guests can get into the groove with a DJ, the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday. Guests can extend the day of celebration by stopping at Chicheria MX Kitchen at The Works, where showing your special card will get you half-price admission. Reservations are available online.

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO ALL WEEKEND LONG AT AZOTEA CANTINA AND TACOS & TEQUILAS MEXICAN GRILL

La Bonanza Hospitality Group Serves Up Fresh Margaritas, Live Music, and Giveaways

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Azotea Cantina on The Green at Atlantic Station and all Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill locations. Both modern-day, Mexican-influenced restaurants are part of the La Bonanza Group. As tradition has it, throw the biggest and best Cinco de Mayo celebrations in and around Atlanta. This year, the family-friendly celebrations kick off on Friday at 11:00 am and last all weekend through Sunday evening.


How did Cinco de Mayo begin? In the mid-20th-century United States, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo became among Mexican immigrants a way of encouraging pride in their Mexican heritage. How do we celebrate in the United States? With margaritas and music, of course!

Azotea Cantina
A special fair-themed celebration on The Green at Atlantic Station from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
On The Green, Azotea Cantina will host two food trucks, Tacos & Tequila and Fair on Wheels. Fair on Wheels will feature fun fair foods such as funnel cake fries and corn dogs, while Tacos & Tequila’s menu will be full of Mexican- style tacos and frozen and house-made margaritas.

Entertainment on The Green includes a live Mariachi band that will appear on the big screen, face paint, balloons, and more!
T-shirt giveaway on Sunday only–until they run out!

Tote bag giveaway — until they run out!

Inside, the Azotea Cantina bar team will serve House-made margaritas for $9, tequila shots for $7, and more!


All weekend, Latin sounds via a live DJ on the Azotea Cantina rooftop


Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill
Multiple Locations.
● House-made Texas margarita $8 and tequila shots $7
● Outdoor satellite bars
● T-shirt & collectible swag giveaway Sunday only– until they run out
● Latin sounds via a live DJ all weekend long

TWO urban licks and Alma Del Jaguar Tequila Tasting 

Get a jumpstart on Cinco de Mayo at TWO urban licks’ Alma Del Jaguar Tequila Dinner on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Alma Del Jaguar’s founder McCauley Williams will guide tequila enthusiasts through a special tasting at the BeltLine dining institution on its expansive patio. Joining forces with TWO’s Executive Chef Chad Clevenger, guests will explore two tastings of specialty tequilas and two craft cocktails along with mouthwatering pairings including Pork Belly Pintxos with habanero tepache lacquer and wood-fired pineapple salsa, Fresh Corn and Black Truffle Tamales, and the hearty Georgia Wagyu Bavette with beef cheek sope, tallow masa, puffed beef tendon, mole chichilo, and ramps. For ages 21 and up, tickets to attend TWO urban licks’ Alma Del Jaguar Tequila Dinner are $65 per person. To make a reservation or for more information, call 404.522.4622 or visit  twourbanlicks.com. TWO urban licks is located in the Old Fourth Ward at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @TwoUrbanLicks

Go Loco at Gezzo’s Mexican Street Fiesta in Honor of Cinco de Mayo 

Head to Gezzo’s Cinco de Mayo weekend for a two-day Mexican Street Fiesta featuring delicious food, drinks, live music and more. Beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, May 4th, and Sunday, May 5th, the Westside coastal cantina will transform into a high-energy street party complete with handmade tortillas and fresh tacos served straight from their taco stand while Canelita Sabrosa Band provides the soundtrack for a night of dancing and fun. Whether taking it easy in the Tiki Lounge on the swing beds with a margarita in hand or indulging in their flavorful menu filled with favorites for all tastes including burritos, quesadillas, tacos, rice bowls and more. Gezzo’s Cinco de Mayo Mexican Street Fiesta is free to attend. RSVP online at www.gezzos.com/event-details/cinco-de-mayo-celebration-2024-05-04-18-00. For more information, visit www.gezzos.com/cantina or call (470) 427-3057. Gezzo’s welcomes guests from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, extending to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Gezzo’s Coastal Cantina is located at 2260 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Vesper Serves up Margaritas and Street Tacos For Cinco De Mayo

Grab the limes and salt; it’s almost Cinco de Mayo! Revelers can celebrate all night long at Vesper on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Beginning at 5 p.m., sip on specialty and signature limey libations such as the Atkins Margarita, packed with a kick of tanteo jalapeño & habanero infused tequila, bravo orange curaçao, house-made sour mix & lime with a salt rim, or opt for the non-alcoholic Bonito with Ritual’s zero-proof tequila. Bite into authentic street tacos alongside new and old friends alike while the Glenwood Park cocktail bar ensures everyone has an unforgettable fiesta Sunday. A local favorite, Vesper is tucked away in Glenwood Park at 924 Garrett St. Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30316. For more information, visit www.vesperatl.com or call 404.963.6902. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @vesperatl. 

Shake Things Up This Cinco de Mayo at Puttshack 

Bring on the tacos and tequila, and let the Cinco de Mayo celebrations commence! There are plenty of great spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta this year, and Puttshack is one of the best. Whether looking to enjoy mouthwatering margaritas after a few rounds or just there for the party, guests can get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo with a high-energy fiesta on Puttshack’s terrace with a live DJ from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. Shake things up with Puttshack’s Spiced Pineapple Mezcal Margarita, or keep it classy with their Ultimate Top Shelf Margarita. Puttshack is open on Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. for holiday festivities all day and night. Puttshack Atlanta is located at 1115 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information, please call 404.738.7888 or visit puttshack.com. Stay connected on Instagram & Twitter @Puttshack. 

Birdcage Hosts Free Cinco de Mayo Block Party 

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, four! Birdcage  is gearing up for a festive block party on Sunday, May 5th, 2024, in honor of Cinco De Mayo. Beginning at noon, the blocked-off parking lot to the vibrant Grant Park Latin-inspired haunt will transform into a sun-soaked fiesta. With swift counter service at the roll-up windows, guests are invited to indulge in a specialty menu created by Executive Chef Shaun Whitmer featuring Citrus Adobo Chicken, Chicken Tinga Tacos, street corn, tofu tacos and more. An outdoor walk-up bar will be serving refreshing options like Dos XX, Tecate, House Margaritas, Premium Herdura Margaritas and more. To take the party up a notch, Birdcage will have a live DJ, interactive games and more surprises in store. Birdcage’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party is from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. and free to attend. Birdcage is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and is located at 519 Memorial Drive SE, Suite E1, Atlanta, GA 30312. For more information, visit birdcageatl.com. Stay connected on Instagram.com at @birdcageatl. 

Sat., May 4 & Sun., May 5 – El Super Pan Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

This weekend, El Super Pan at Ponce City Market and The Battery will both be offering a selection of honorary food and drink specials in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Weekend specials include:

  • El Super Pan at Ponce City Market:
  • $8 Palomas – Blanco tequila, grapefruit Jarritos & Campari
  • $8 Mango Margaritas – Blanco tequila, Chinola mango & lime
  • $12 Chicken Pozole
  • El Super Pan at The Battery
  • $8 Palomas – Blanco tequila, grapefruit Jarritos & Campari
  • $8 Mango Margaritas – Blanco tequila, Chinola mango & lime
  • 3 for $10 Tacos – Asada, Carnitas & Pollo

Sat., May 4, 11am-9pm – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with El Burro Pollo’s Outdoor Taquiza

Bottoms up! El Burro Pollo is ringing in Cinco de Mayo (one day early!) with $3 tacos de asada, $6 tecate, tecate with a tequila shot for $10 and flavorful margaritas for just $7.50. Specials available on Saturday, May 4 only, from 11am to 9pm.

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL BODACIOUS BLOOMS FLOWER FESTIVAL, MAY 2-4, 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/19/24

Headlined by Acclaimed London-Based Paper Floral Designer & Artist Zoe Bradley & Renowned Atlanta-Based Florist Canaan Marshall of HBO Max’s “Full Bloom”

Featuring Panel Conversations with International Designers, Vibrant Installations, Botanical Markets, Colorful Floral Workshops, Photo Moments & More

Buckhead’s flower fête of the season is back in Buckhead Village with the third annual Bodacious Blooms Flower Festival, slated to make its lively return Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4. Stacked with design heavy hitters including nationally acclaimed London-based paper floral designer Zoe Bradley and Canaan Marshall, renowned Atlanta-based florist of HBO Max’s “Full Bloom” who is returning for his third consecutive year, the community-wide spectacle invites visitors and floral enthusiasts for a weekend of floral installations, hands-on floral workshops from expert floral designers, in-store events, and photo-ready moments.

Alongside Bodacious Blooms veteran florist Canaan Marshall, decorated paper floral designer Zoe Bradley will be joining the ranks this year from London as an acclaimed headliner to show her world-renowned paper sculptures and transform Buckhead Village with magical 3D masterpieces. Having journeyed along an uncommon path, Bradley is a fashion-trained artist who apprenticed with the late icon Alexander McQueen (where she helped create some of his key show pieces) before discovering her love of paper while making experimental, hand-pleated showpieces for Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino. With luxury clients ranging from Louis Vuitton, Dior and Estee Lauder to Tiffany & Co., Graff, and Christian Louboutin, Bradley’s work has been featured in publications around the world, including British VogueBritish Harper’s BazaarWallpaper, and Italian Casa Vogue, as well as inclusion in several published books and exhibits in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.

Recognized worldwide as a magician for turning a sheet of 2D paper into a monumental 3D stunners, Bradley will bring her talents to The Veranda, Buckhead Village’s outdoor public gathering space, where she will soon unveil a sensational art installation in celebration of this year’s Bodacious Blooms festival. 

Best known for his electric energy and knack for turning the everyday into elegant, decorated Southern designer Canaan Marshall will return for another weekend of show-stopping blooms, floral design workshops and meaningful conversations around the art of floral design, and is set to splash The Veranda’s interior space with a vibrant, live floral install.

From Macon to Atlanta and beyond, Marshall is known for his gorgeous tablescapes, over-the-top mantels, and breathtaking bridal bouquets. In addition to his appearance as a contestant on Season 2 of HBO Max’s Full Bloom, his work can be found in the pages of Southern LivingModern LuxuryFlower MagazineTraditional Home, and Macon Magazine.

For the third year, Jamestown’s Buckhead Village will be partnering with neighboring destinations including Shops Around Lenox, Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta Financial CenterHyatt PlaceThe IntercontinentalThe Kimpton Sylvan HotelResurgens PlazaPATH MuseumBuckhead Tower, and Buckhead Blooms for a walkable weekend with a budding line-up of ticketed events, flower brunches, still life workshops, and over-the-top installations across all properties. Meanwhile on property, Buckhead Village will host an array of live music, themed events, beverages and treats, and in-store happenings from restaurants and retailers including Alice + Olivia, Bella Cucina, Billy Reid, B.M. Franklin, Brown & Co., Buckhead Art & Company, Carousel Fine Art, Fetch Park, Frances Valentine, Gypsy Kitchen, Italian Luxury Interiors, Jenni Kayne, Jerrimiah James, PLANTA Queen, rag & bone, The Daily Pilates, Todd Snyder, Wolford, and Yeppa & Co., and of course, various complementary floral stops along the way.

See below for can’t-miss signature weekend events at Buckhead Village. For more details on additional festive in-store specials, workshops, and events taking place across the property, stay up to date on the latest news HERE

Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7pm at Carousel Fine Art (Buckhead Village)

Meet three creatives known for curating florals throughout their designs and work: London-based paper artist Zoe Bradley; Atlanta-based floral designer Canaan Marshall; and interior designer Whitney Durham. Moderated by Ann Howe, Managing Director of Schumacher, the conversation will be centered around incorporating florals into the every day – both personally and professionally – and how florals inspire their respective crafts. 

Tickets are $75 and include wine provided by Wölffer Estate, light bites prepared by Brush Sushi, an exclusive gift bag, and access to Carousel Fine Arts’ evening event – Spring Reverie: A Contemporary Exploration of Eric Alfaro’s Transient Blossoms –  following the panel.

Friday, May 3, 11:30am-1:30pm at The Veranda at Buckhead Village

Canaan Marshall is returning to Buckhead Village to host a hands-on floral arrangement class in which participants will be guided in designing a breathtaking floral arrangement with Canaan’s signature effortless style. 

This floral experience will be an introductory class perfect for anyone who would like to learn to use everyday floral elements to enhance their next tablescape. Hosted by Buckhead Village, the workshop will take place in the beautiful, weather-protected, open-air pavilion called The Veranda – located at the corner of Bolling Way and Buckhead Avenue, across from Le Bilboquet. Attendees will be provided with florals, a vessel, and all necessary supplies to design a beautiful centerpiece to bring home. 

Tickets are $225 and include a centerpiece floral arrangement ($200 value), an apron & floral shears to use during the workshop, unlimited wine, rosé and non-alcoholic refreshments from Wölffer Estate, a delectable boxed lunch from Bella Cucina, and a three-hour parking validation (*applicable for Buckhead Village parking decks only, not valet).

Saturday, May 4, 8-10am (7am check-in)

buckheadRUN! – Livable Buckhead’s sixth annual 5K – returns! Livable Buckhead is encouraging runners of all ages and abilities to join the fun (and to bring their four-legged friends)! Runners can celebrate spring by dressing in flower-themed costumes and garb. Livable Buckhead will award prizes for the best flower costumes.

This year’s field of runners will follow a new USA Track and Field-certified course that begins at Lenox Square, follows PATH400 to Miami Circle then takes Piedmont Road and East Paces Ferry Road to Buckhead Village. buckheadRUN! is a 2025 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. 

In addition to awards for the fastest runners in various age groups, buckheadRUN! includes a “Fastest Fido” category, bandana giveaways for dogs, a pre-race hype event, and a post-race celebration. Register here.

Saturday, May 4, 10am-4pm

Buckhead Village invites visitors for a day of chic floral installations, live music, sweet treats and in-store promotions! ATL Girl Gang will curate an outdoor, botanical-themed vendor market uplifting women-owned businesses, alongside a blooming floral truck, a vintage photo booth, flower-crown making stations, and yard games. Entry is complimentary and the first 100 guests will receive a special gift.

JOHNNY’S HIDEAWAY CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/11/24

This April, Johnny’s Hideaway celebrates 45 years of “dancing, dining, and cocktails,” as the equally iconic marquee promises at its entrance. This formula is tried and true for one of the Southeast’s most cherished nightclubs and has proven to stand the test of time.

The anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, starting at 11 am, with specials on the menu, including $10 cocktails and $4.50 beer and wine offerings all day.

When the club opened its doors during the Carter administration, the hit songs playing on the dance floor were from 45 RPM vinyl records. Now, the music is played digitally, and the number 45 is for the candles needed to mark the years the beloved Atlanta institution has been drawing faithful patrons seeking a stiff drink and lively dance floor. For many bars and restaurants, the name of the game is changing and updating as demographics shift and tastes change. For Johnny’s, the secret is keeping everything as familiar and recognizable as possible.

From the decor to the music to the menu, all the way down to the glassware, it is a labor of love for owner Chris D’Auria to keep things the way they’ve always been. “We go to great lengths to make sure everything looks the same. Some people think we don’t change one light fixture or make any updates. We do, but we make sure it is just like what was there before. We replace the carpet every two to three years, but it’s always the same kind. It’s hard to find the chairs we use and the upholstery for the bar tops. We order in bulk and keep inventory in storage so we can swap out when it’s time.”

Johnny’s caters to the over-40 crowd and late-night revelers in their 20s and 30s, and it boasts a disco ball and an energetic dance floor that never disappoints. Whether guests have been coming for decades or are visiting for the first time, they can expect to hear familiar tunes. D’Auria says, “When guests come in, whether 21 or 91, they know they will hear the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Beach Boys. And they might occasionally hear a Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars song, but they know they will hear their favorites with music from all genres.”

Speaking of Johnny’s music, check out one of their Spotify playlist here. It’s sure to get the

party started no matter where you are!

D’Auria says their “meat and potatoes” playlist is not incidental. “We painstakingly comb through the music and ensure it stays the same. We may skew younger with some of our guests now, but the song list doesn’t change. We only sprinkle in a new song a few times a year.”

Not only do guests know the songs and the furnishings, but they also know the friendly staff, who are like family to D’Auria. “I am what I am because of my staff. I have six that have been with me for more than 20 years. Without the fantastic staff and the great customers, the Hideaway wouldn’t still be here.”

Johnny’s is open late seven nights a week, closing at 3 a.m. every night except for Sunday, when the music stops at midnight. Yet another tradition is the closing song that plays just before the lights come on. D’Auria says most staff members would be reluctant to name a preferred song from Johnny’s catalog, but they all smile when they hear the first notes of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra because they know they are wrapping up another great night of providing good food, good drinks, and good times for their guests. It is a fitting finale at a venue that has been doing it “their way” for 45 years and is still going strong.

GEORGIA ORGANIC’S 13TH ANNUAL ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL STRIKES AGAIN!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/10/24

July 28 3-6pm

Westside Motor Lounge

Georgia Organics’ longstanding fundraiser, the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, is back! Join a lively crowd of over 1,000 of Atlanta’s most passionate local food enthusiasts on July 28 from 3-6 PM at Westside Motor Lounge as Georgia Organics dives headfirst into the 13th year of its epic tomato-tasting showdown. 

This iconic tasting festival features a carefully curated lineup of some of the Southeast’s most formidable chefs and bartenders showcasing their culinary prowess with dishes and cocktails crafted from tomatoes grown by Georgia farmers. Previous participating chefs include luminaries like Terry Koval (The Deer & The Dove, B-Side), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union), Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours), Hector Santiago (El Super Pan), and Ford Fry (Rocket Farm Restaurants). 

Attendees will traverse the festival grounds sampling dishes and cocktails, all while being entertained by live performances, including Djs, puppets, and roving musicians, A lively auction will feature coveted items – dinners, excursions, and more – curated for the food and farm lover. The event will culminate in a delightfully campy ceremony crowning the Tomato Champion of 2024. 

Among the culinary participants are chefs and bartenders from Georgia Organics’ Farmer Champion network – a growing roster of culinary professionals across sectors recognized for their dedication to purchasing from local and organic farmers. Launched in 2019, the Farmer Champion program supports professionals dedicated to sourcing locally and organically, thereby nurturing Georgia’s diverse patchwork of small farms. 

Natasha Paracha, Georgia Organics’ Director of Events states, “Through the celebration of local farmers and culinary artisans at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, we’re not just savoring delicious dishes, we’re cultivating a deeper connection to our community, supporting local regenerative agriculture, and nourishing the roots of Georgia’s rich culinary landscape.” 

Since 2008, this event has been Georgia Organics’ primary fundraiser, powering its mission to invest in organic farmers for the health of our communities and the land. True to this mission, all tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival are purchased from local farms who are recognized and honored at the event.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 12 PM on Monday, April 15. General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets are $250 and include early festival entry, access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, specialty beverages, and a collectors’ “swag bag” upon entry. As in years past, tickets and sponsorships will sell out fast! For more information about tickets, sponsorships, and participating chefs and bartenders, visit: bit.ly/aktf2024

Follow the festival on Instagram @attackofthekillertomatofest or sign up for Georgia Organics’ e-newsletter The Dirt at bit.ly/thedirtnewsletter if you dare to keep up with AKTF news and more…  Because in the world of Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, the only thing scarier than a killer tomato is missing out on the hottest food event of the year! 

We all know these tomatoes don’t stand a chance. However, the burning question remains: which of our culinary heroes will emerge the crowned and caped 2024 Tomato Champion? 

THE BATTERY ATLANTA ANNOUNCES APRIL EVENTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/24

Iconic entertainment destination swings into spring with weekly yoga, restaurant specials, musical performances and more!

This month, The Battery Atlanta has a full lineup sure to help guests celebrate the start of the anticipated spring season. Visitors can enjoy free yoga classes on the Plaza Green every away-game Monday, and Twilight Tours continue at Truist Park. March Madness continues at Live! at The Battery Atlanta for the Final Four and the Championship, and the eateries will once again host UFC Fight Night. The music is nonstop at the Coca-Cola Roxy this month with performances from Offset to The Brothers Osborne. Park Bench parties are back with a calendar packed full of karaoke nights, dueling pianos and more! Returning restaurant promotions include Jazz Brunches, Prime Rib Wednesdays and Sunday Supper at Garden & Gun Club.

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays, April 15 and 29 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Yoga Series has arrived for spring! Yogis can kick off every away-game week stress-free at an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente. As part of the Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta, this free event is open to all ages to relax and unwind on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring a water bottle. Guest may register here.

Taste of Truist Park & The Battery Atlanta Food Tours
Thursday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m.

The Atlanta Braves and The Battery Atlanta are thrilled to announce the addition of Taste of Truist Park & The Battery Atlanta Food Tours as an extension of their current Truist Park tour program. The tour will lead off with a Terrapin beer and a soft pretzel in the Truist Park Press Box. This will be followed by a trip to the Braves dugout to sample Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Continuing into The Battery Atlanta, the tour will feature stops at ASW Distillery, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub and El Super Pan, ending with a classic Southern treat at River Street Sweets. To purchase tickets and for the full tour schedule, please visit www.braves.com/foodtour.

Allatoona High School Jazz Band Performance
Thursday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

The Allatoona High School Jazz Band is returning to The Battery Atlanta for select nights this spring and summer! Guests are invited to sit back and relax during the hour-long live performances on the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage.

Select Restaurant Promotions:

UFC 300 Fight Night at Live! at The Battery Atlanta
Saturday, April 13 beginning at 10 p.m.

Live! at The Battery Atlanta is the ultimate viewing destination for UFC. With over 40 televisions and a 32-foot LED screen, guests can catch every second of the title bout between Weili Zhang and Yan Xiaonan. The door cover is $10 and tables must be reserved by noon the day before. Reserve a table here.

90’s Music Bingo At Punch Bowl Social
Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.

Punch Bowl Social invites guests to turn up the volume, test their knowledge and sing along at Punch Bowl Social’s Monthly Music Bingo. This month’s theme is everything 90s! So, whether a fan of acts like Nirvana and Soundgarden or catchy melodies from iconic artists such as the Spice Girls and Britney Spears, this will be a night of nostalgic fun and friendly competition. It is free to play so visitors can grab their friends, snag a bingo card and get ready to play for some incredible prizes.

Prime Rib Wednesdays at C. Ellet’s
Wednesdays, April 10, 17 and 24 from 4 – 10 p.m.

C. Ellet’s Steakhouse offers a 14-ounce Prime Rib served au jus with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream every Wednesday. For more information and reservations click here.

Sunday Supper at Garden & Gun Club
Sunday, April 14 from 6 – 9 p.m.

This Sunday Supper experience begins with an alfresco cocktail hour featuring creative libations and hors d’oeuvres and culminates with a three-course seasonal dinner by Lake Martin’s SpringHouse Executive Chef Pete McKenny. Each course gives a modern spin on classic southern comfort dishes. Wine pairing will be carefully chosen by Stephanie Ioffredo, SpringHouse’s experienced sommelier. Additional details and tickets are available here.

Family Board Game Day at Battle & Brew
Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m.

Kids and families can roll the dice on making new memories in the ultimate family brunch event at Battle & Brew on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Family Board Game Day gives the chance to showcase one’s competitive side in thrilling board game competitions against the ones you love most. Who will be the reigning champion of Connect Four, or the undisputed master of Uno? Gamers can play the classics or discover a new treasure trove of board and card games free for all ages and skill levels. ​ To make a reservation to secure a table , visit here!

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:

Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery Atlanta continues to bring a lineup of fan-favorite performers throughout the month! Review venue safety guidelines and information here.

  • Offset – Set It Off Tour

Wednesday, April 10 from 8 – 11:30 p.m.

  • The Rock Orchestra By Candlelight

Monday, April 22 from 8 – 11:30 p.m.

  • The Teskey Brothers – The Winding Way Tour

Friday, April 26 from 8 – 11:30 p.m.

  • Social Distortion and Bad Religion

Tuesday, April 30 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Park Bench Events:
​The music venue and dueling piano bar has announced April’s live shows and events. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.

  • Park Bench DJ: Pop & Country Hits
    Monday, April 15 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Country Karaoke
    ​Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Karaoke Night
    ​Thursday, April 4 & 11 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m.
  • Josh Courson Band – Top Hits & Party Country!
    ​Friday, April 5 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Dueling Pianos – Rockin’ Pre-Game & Post-Game All Night!
    ​Saturday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. & April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Hot Hits & Cool Drinks – Braves Post Game!
    ​Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m.
  • Aaron Watkins – Rockin’ Country & Favorite Hits!
    ​Monday, April 8 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Nick Bryant – One Man Band Party Rock & Country!
    ​Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Lawson & Fletcher – 90’s to Current Hits & Party Country!
    ​Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Vegas-Style Rockin Piano Show
    ​Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on The Battery Atlanta’s website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.

WESTSIDE MOTOR LOUNGE AND CRAWFISH FOR A CAUSE PRESENT MENTAL AWAKENING 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/3/24

Two-Day Festival Featuring Live Music, Art, Food, Beer, Seltzers and Crawfish in Support of Mental Health and Suicide Awareness 

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2024; Tickets on Sale Now 

Westside Motor Lounge has joined forces with Crawfish For A Cause for Mental Awakening 2024, the fourth installment of the popular charity fundraising festival supporting mental health awareness and suicide prevention efforts. This year’s event is slated for Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2024, and promises festival goers two high-energy days filled with live music, plenty of crawfish, delicious eats, cold drinks, art and more. Single-day and two-day tickets are on sale now at www.westsidemotorlounge.com

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, this year’s festival features an impressive lineup of live music performances on the Summit Stage, Westside Stage and in the Vibe Lounge. From the soulful melodies of Eggy to the genre-bending sounds of Underground Springhouse, the eclectic range of musical styles promises to keep the crowd moving all day and night. Other standout artists include Sam Holt Band, Airshow, Frute, Spaghetti Western, Blue Talk, Tom Galloway and Joe May’s Month of Mondays and DJ Airwolf. In addition to the stellar music lineup, Mental Awakening 2024l will have installations showcasing local talent and an array of vendors including Drifter Merch, Honerycreek Pottery, Zinnialou Jewelry, Reba’s Dancing Dye, Wild Earth Mama, and Rising Tide Art Studio. 

Mental Awakening 2024 benefits Crawfish For A Cause, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and promoting mental health and suicide awareness in the greater Atlanta community. For more information, the full performer schedule, and to purchase tickets or make a donation, visit www.westsidemotorlounge.com. Westside Motor Lounge is located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway at 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge

MUSIC:  Friday: 

6:00 p.m.— Joe May’s Month of Mondays

7:15 p.m.— Spaghetti Western

9:00 p.m.— Underground Springhouse 

Saturday: 

12:00 p.m.— Tom Galloway

1:00 p.m. — Blue Talk

2:00 p.m. — Frute

3:15 p.m.— Airshow

5:00 p.m.— Sam Holt Band and Friends

6:30 p.m. — Mountain Grass Unit 

8:00 p.m.— Eggy 

10:15 p.m.— DJ Airwolf 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG WITH APRIL EVENTS AT HALCYON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/3/24

Forsyth County’s mixed-use village invites the community to play, shop, dine and experience what’s new

Halcyon welcomes the spring season with sunny skies, warmer weather and a fun-filled calendar of events in April! Kick off the month watching the Masters Tournament at Cherry Street Brewpub; enjoy live music every weekend jamming to local bands at Groovin’ on the Green; celebrate fan-favorite farm animal yoga returning this month; shop from a variety of local, handmade products and gifts at the Halcyon Spring Artists Market; and take advantage of the spring weather by dining on one of the many outdoor patios at Halcyon’s restaurants. 

The full April events schedule is outlined below:

Groovin’ on the Green

Fridays and Saturdays in April from 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the weekend by dancing and singing along to live musical performances on Village Green. Enjoy local musicians across a variety of genres playing top hits. On the last Saturday of each month, Cherry Street Brewpub will host live music on its patio adjacent to Village Green. Guests can treat themselves to a craft brew and groove to live music playing all around the village! Halcyon has an open container policy, however outside food or beverages are prohibited. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Halcyon Kids Club

Wednesdays in April from 10 a.m. – noon

Preschoolers are invited to play and make new friends at Halcyon’s free Kids Club! Enjoy rotating activities each week ranging from arts and crafts, dance, animal encounters, story time, puppet shows, music and so much more. Themes and activities vary each week and will be announced on Halcyon’s Facebook page and Instagram stories. A parent or guardian is required to stay with each child during the event. Afterwards, enjoy lunch or a sweet treat at one of Halcyon’s kid-friendly restaurants. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Cherry Street Brewpub: Master’s Pappy Van Winkle Flight

Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14 from 3 – 9 p.m.

Join Cherry Street Brewpub for an unforgettable Masters Tournament weekend experience with the inaugural Pappy Van Winkle Flight! Featuring Pappy 12 year, 13 year rye and 20 year editions, the flights are paired with a delicious pimento cheese board and house-made beer bread. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Twirling Under the Sea with Ariel at Tutu School

Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Dive into a sea of fun at Tutu School! Join Tutu School for an enchanting event featuring dance activities with Ariel, a magical mermaid tail craft, a Swimsuit pop-up from Piggy-Jo’s and delicious mini cupcake from It’s A Sweet Life! The cost is $15 per child. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tutuschoolhalcyonatl/1196823

Farm Animal Yoga

Saturday, April 20 at 10 and 11 a.m.

Mooove on over to Halcyon for Farm Animal Yoga, featuring live animals from North Georgia Wildlife Park! Treat your mind and body to a relaxing session of yoga appropriate for all skill levels, accompanied by adorable furry friends. Participants must bring their own yoga mat and are welcome to pause and take photos with the animals during the session. This event is for ages 10 and up. For more information or to fill out the waiver prior to class, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Spring Artists Market

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Halcyon’s Spring Artists Market returns with more than 50 talented local artisans! From jewelry, pottery, wood crafts, home decor, pet products and candles, it’ll be impossible to leave without taking home something new – especially with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and year-end teacher gifts around the corner. There will be live music from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. Stay for the day and shop around Halcyon’s locally owned boutiques or indulge in a delicious meal at Halcyon’s restaurants with outdoor patios. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.