Where To Get Your Drink On During College Football Championship Weekend In Atlanta

With the National College Football Championship taking place in Atlanta this Monday (January 8), the city will surely be (safely) boozing it up this weekend. Atlanta will soon welcome thousands of folks from out of town, so I figured I should welcome y’all to “The A” by offering my picks for the best places to get you drink on near Mercedes-Benz Stadium (where the big game will take place).

To be honest with you guys, there aren’t a ton of amazing food/drink options in the immediate area near the stadium. Fortunately, we have a streetcar in the downtown Atlanta area that’s surprisingly ideal for bar-hopping. A few of the places featured on my list are easily accessible by taking the streetcar. If you’re near The Benz or Centennial Park, your likely streetcar stop will be on the corner next to the SkyView ferris wheel. You can find a map for the streetcar here.

Check out my picks below, cheers!

McCormick & Schmick’s: Listen, finding a decent Happy Hour in downtown Atlanta is like finding the lost city of Atlantis. It’s rough. Thankfully, there’s McCormick & Schmick’s. Their Happy Hour is everyday from 4 to 7 P.M., and features both food and drinks. My favs are the Lemon Drop Martini and Crispy Baja Fish Tacos. FYI: This pick is also the closest to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

Ray’s In The City: The Mai Tai at Ray’s In The City on Peachtree Street is hands down one of my favorite drinks in all of Atlanta. Their calamari is also pretty divine. Unfortunately, their Happy Hour menu is only available Monday through Friday, so go now!

MOTHER: MOTHER is my jam! This is definitely a place you want to hit up, during late night hours. There’s usually a deejay playing some classic Atlanta tunes, so it can get pretty lively. If you’re not quite ready to turn up, grab yourself a local brew and partake in one of the numerous board games available at MOTHER. 

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LUSHWORTHY Pics: #MeetMeAtTheBar Stopped By El Bandido For Cheap Margs & A Shot Of Holiday Cheer

Upon first visit, I was really impressed with El Bandido, a Tex-Mex restaurant located in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood. So, when I was in the middle of planning a super-last minute Happy Hour meetup before the holidays, I knew it was the perfect spot. Not only is the food on point, but their house margaritas are $2.99, every Tuesday. Despite the last minute notice, a nice-sized crowd turned up at my third ever #MeetMeAtTheBar. I had boozy gifts on deck for a few of those in attendance, and the margs had everyone in Lushworthy spirits.

In case you missed it, check out a few photos in the gallery below, and stay tuned for details on the next #MeetMeAtTheBar!

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My Goal Of Keeping Fit As A Food/Drink Writer

It’s a new year, and with that comes new goals. As a food/drink writer, health and wellness is usually pretty high up on my list of priorities for the new year. I mean, you really can’t go around drinking all the margaritas and eating all the nachos without putting in some cardio here and there, and getting your fruits and veggies in.

Funny enough, despite my love for margs and queso, I fall into the category of people who actually enjoy working out. I lowkey live for busting a sweat on a warm (humidity-free!) spring day. But the primary issue I have with working out is finding appropriate workout gear. It’s truly a struggle. I’m usually one to wear my workout kicks until the soles fall off, and I’m definitely one to double up when it comes to sports bras.  The doubling up is a hassle, and for the most part, it’s not even that effective when it comes to keeping your ta-tas in place when you’re hitting the infamous elliptical machine. And the biggest problem with an ill-fitting sports bra(s) is that it can be downright demotivating. 

Thankfully, there are brands out there that have crafted sports bras that fully eliminate the need to double-up, for us ladies out there with fuller chests. Additionally, gone are the days of bland sports bras that lack color and femininity. My sports bra hunt has uncovered a plethora of patterns, colors, and other feminine detailing for this workout necessity. 

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The Cocktails You Need To Survive The Weekend Before Christmas

If you’re like me, and have yet to buy a single Christmas gift, then you’re probably going to need a solid cocktail at some point this weekend, as you begin your last-minute shopping. It’s not easy fighting the masses at Target or having to pass on buying yourself those thigh-high boots because you’ve already blown your gifting budget. So, you should definitely treat yourself once it’s all said and done. If you need some boozy inspiration, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list featuring a few of my favorite holiday cocktails. Cheers!

Snowflake Chiller (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts heavy cream
3 tablespoons melted white chocolate
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon coconut extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Shredded coconut or granulated sugar crystals

DIRECTIONS

Rim edges of glasses by dipping in melted white chocolate and then in either coconut flakes or sugar crystals. Combine vodka, heavy cream and extracts. Shake and strain into the glass.

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Hendrick’s Gin Celebrates Atlanta Influencer Chilly-O’s “Half-Birthday” With Lavish Dinner Party

Hendrick’s Gin hosted yet another curiously opulent event here in Atlanta. This time around, the city’s creatives and influencers (and me!) gathered in a cozy, private space at Negril Village for a dinner party held to celebrate Chilly O’s “Half-Birthday.” Yes, his Half-Birthday. Considered the Creative Godfather of Atlanta, Chilly-O has likely helped pave the way for a number of your faves in the creative realm. In addition to Chilly-O, other notables at the dinner party included rapper Kap G and photographer Cam Kirk.

Hendrick’s Gin’s pre-dinner cocktails proved once again that gin drinks are fully capable of slaying. My personal favorite, the “Fall All Over” was a seasonal cocktail with a spicy kick (thanks to the addition of ginger beer). For those curious, I’ve gone ahead and listed the recipe for the “Fall All Over” at the end of this post. Dinner was fittingly served family style, with plates of jerk chicken, plantains, and other Caribbean bites placed alongside table settings adorned with gorgeous roses. Suffice it to say that it was a good night. 

Fall All Over

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
2 Parts Cloudy Apple Juice
1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Parts Ginger Beer
Grated Nutmeg
Sliced Apple
Cinnamon Stick

DIRECTIONS

Combine gin, apple juice, and lemon juice. Shake and pour into a highball glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with grated nutmeg, a slice of apple, and cinnamon stick.

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This Holiday Season, Cozy Up To These Cocktails Straight Outta The Caribbean

With snow in the Southeast and frigid temps in the North, “brrrr” has become an all too familiar declaration this December. It’s cold. Super cold. Aggravatingly cold. With that being said, at least there is the option of cozying up at home with a holiday-inspired cocktail straight from the Caribbean. Despite what’s being served up at holiday parties and your local watering hole, winter cocktails don’t have to be all boozy hot chocolate and cranberry-pomegranate sangria. Below you’ll find drink recipes to two cocktails (both of which are served at hotels in the Caribbean) that are equal parts holiday cheer and beach-y bliss.

Aruba Aloe Mule (Featured at Aruba Marriott Resort in Aruba)

INGREDIENTS

1.25 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Aloe Vera Juice
0.25 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.25 oz. Simple Syrup
0.25 oz. Ginger Beer
3 Lemon Slices
1 Mint Sprig

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients and pour into copper mule mugs or in a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

The Old Hollywood (Featured at SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas)

INGREDIENTS

2oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
.75oz Fig Almond Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Walnut Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients into mixing glass. Stir until properly diluted, and strain into a double old fashioned glass. Top with an orange ribbon and brandied cherry.

 

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