If you live in Atlanta, chances are you’ve visited Buckhead’s Andrews Entertainment District at least once. The complex is home to several bars, restaurants, and other nightlife spots, including the newly-opened Burn Social Club. Burn Social Club has dubbed itself “a modern day supper club,” serving craft cocktails and smaller bites like sushi and flat bread pizzas.
With famed, cocktail-slinger Tom McGuire behind the bar, the cocktail menu at Burn Social Club is pretty major. From an Old Fashioned that’s served over smoked ice cubes to a Rum Punch that’s made using clove-vanilla syrup, the cocktail selection at Burn Social Club is not to be played with.
During my visit to Burn, I had the opportunity to sample the “Mary Pickford” and the “Buckhead Bramble.” Sadly, the “Buckhead Bramble,” which was made using vodka, sparkling lime, wine, and Creme de Mure, was on the underwhelming side. It was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and wasn’t very memorable overall. The “Mary Pickford” on the other hand was my kind of drink. Although it boasted only a handful of ingredients, the flavors meshed well together and helped in creating a subtly sweet cocktail banger.
I had a few favorites from the food menu at Burn Social Club. First up was the BBQ Chicken Flat Bread Pizza. I’ll merely describe the pizza as being “off the chain” (that’s a good thing, by the way). Their carrot cake was amazing. I’m not even that big of a carrot cake fan, but I would definitely order that piece of dessert-y goodness again. I wasn’t a fan of the oysters. I’ve had tastier at a more wallet-friendly cost. (A half a dozen West Coast oysters at Burn were $15) Presentation also left a lot to be desired.
The Georgia Aquarium probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you’re in the market for a cool atmosphere to enjoy drinks with friends. Well, it probably should be. Throughout the entire year, the Georgia Aquarium hosts a bevy of booze-centric events, from their annual fundraiser Aqua Vino to more relaxed events like Sips Under The Sea.
Luckily, it’s not too late for you to jump on the boat. Next week (August 21), the Georgia Aquarium is hosting their Sips Under The Sea luau. Perfect for an end of summer shindig, the luau will feature a summer-time band, photo booth, and more. Prices for the event vary (you can find more details on the Georgia Aquarium website), but for $46.95, non-members can purchase a VIP ticket. The VIP ticket includes two drink tickets and two tapas plates.
I’ve yet to attend one of the aquarium’s Sips Under The Sea events, but I have attended Aqua Vino and Red White & Brew, and they’ve both been pretty impressive. Sips Under The Sea also sounds like a fun way to break out of the usual restaurant/bar/lounge routine.
Be sure to check out the Georgia Aquarium website for more details.
If you live in the Southeast, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a vacation quickie. Last month, the fam and I took a girls-only trip to The Gulf for a few days. We stayed in a condo that was on the beach, and also steps away from Pineapple Willy’s, a popular restaurant/bar in PCB.
Pineapple Willy’s is well-known for their cocktails (both frozen and on the rocks), which are served in refillable souvenir cups. We visited Pineapple Willy’s three times during our visit, and I had the opportunity to try their “Pineapple Willy” signature drink (on the rocks) and a “Rum Runner” (frozen). Made using rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut, the “Pineapple Willy” is basically a pina colada on the rocks. A very tasty cocktail, but entirely too much ice. All that ice ultimately waters down the drink and takes down the potency. No bueno.
Since the “Rum Runner” was frozen, I didn’t have either of those issues. As the good folks here in Atlanta say, I was “lit” about halfway through my drink. Yes bueno. Also, another tasty concoction.
As a self-proclaimed oyster connoisseur, the fried oysters at Pineapple Willy’s were everything for me. The oysters themselves were huge. There was a nice amount of batter on them, but since the oysters were so big, I didn’t find them to be overly-breaded. I do wish they had their own house-made sauces. The cocktail and tartar sauce I received were both pre-packaged (Ken’s to be exact). I also tried the calamari and smoked tuna dip. Both were decent, not sure if I’d order them again though.
If you’re a New Yorker or a true baseball fan in general, hopefully you know what a bleacher creature is. If not, I’m going to explain it to you the best I can in just a few sentences. Bleacher Creatures are the most hardcore Yankee fans you’ll ever sit next to at Yankees Stadium. They claim the cheap seats in the outfield religiously and run things by their rules. From the roll call of each player that takes the field at the start of each home game, to the banishment of opposing teams’ fans, it’s truly an experience to see these cats in action. As a life long Yankees fan myself, this drink was created as a tip of my Yankee cap to these blue collar fans.
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks because you’ll be using both for this cocktail…Well, maybe not the peanuts, but they do go well on the side. I went with Bulleit Bourbon to reflect the quality of these fans along with hints of hazelnut and almond liqueurs. So the next time you’re watching the game or pre-gaming prior to going to the ballpark, enjoy this cocktail. Play ball and cheers!
2 Parts Bulleit Bourbon
1 Part Disaronno Amaretto
1 Part Frangelico
1/2 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of sugar
1 box of Cracker Jacks
1 Lemon Wedge
Crush about 3 handfuls of Cracker Jacks and set aside. Next, take a chilled cocktail glass and rim your glass with lemon juice from your wedge. Take the glass and rim the glass with the crushed Cracker Jacks and set aside.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into your prepared cocktail glass over ice and enjoy.
For both fitness enthusiasts and those on the path to a healthier lifestyle, hitting the gym can be a laborsome task. Group workouts have increased in popularity and indulging in post-workout cocktails and bites, ones low on the calories, of course, has become an exciting new trend in fitness.
Presented by Lushworthy.com and Vibe Ride, Cycle & Sip (#CycleAndSip) will give attendees the opportunity to tone up with a cycling class at Midtown Atlanta’s Vibe Ride. To conclude the event, those in attendance will indulge in calorie-conscious cocktails and light bites while mingling with other Cycle & Sip attendees. Attendees will also be treated to giveaways from Athleta and Lushworthy.com.
“With Lushworthy.com turning four-years-old this month, I’m very excited to take part in this unique Happy Hour with Vibe Ride,” Danielle Harling, owner of Lushworthy.com said. “I have a handful of tasty, low-calorie cocktails in mind for Cycle & Sip, and can’t wait to sip and mingle with attendees!”
The premier Cycle & Sip is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 23 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM. Tickets for Cycle & Sip can be purchased for $25 at bit.ly/cycleandsipjuly.
It’s not much of a secret, but if you didn’t know, Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is a pretty amazing soda. As a chaser, this uniquely tasting pop would go great with some tropical fruit flavored booze. Combining Bacardi’s Pineapple Fusion Rum, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and blue curacao ought to fulfill your need for a tropical cocktail. Get your mate, grab some lawn chairs, and get your tan on while sipping one of these.
Check out the recipe, and Dew Me Right by leaving a comment on your opinion of the cocktail. Enjoy, cheers!
1oz Blue Curacao
1/2oz Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum
1/2oz St. Germain Liqueur
1/2oz Passion Fruit Cocktail
Mountain Dew Baja Blast
In an ice filled shaker, combine all ingredients with the exception of the Mountain Dew. Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass and top with Mountain Dew Baja Blast. Garnish with a cherry.