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.
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.
What do you do when you get your hands on a huge bag of mini Butterfingers? You eat them all while binge-watching your favorite television show on Netflix. Kidding, of course. You break out your Bulleit Bourbon and make shots! I initially planned on making this a full-size cocktail, but it’s pretty decadent, and aren’t we all trying to keep things somewhat light for bikini season? Also, shots are wayyy more fun.
Check out the recipe for my Bourbon Butterfinger Shake Shots below. Cheers!
3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
2 tbsp. Caramel Sauce
2 oz. Milk
3 Mini Butterfinger Bars
7 Ice Cubes
Crush one mini Butterfinger bar to sprinkle on top of shots as a garnish. Add a small layer of caramel sauce to shot glasses and set aside. Add Bulleit Bourbon, caramel sauce, milk, ice cubes, and two mini Butterfinger bars to a blender. Blend and pour into shot glasses. Garnish individual servings with crushed Butterfinger.
With Discovery Channel’s Shark Weekextravaganza starting in a matter of hours, I took it upon myself to create my own drinking game inspired by Shark Week. So, grab a few friends, get your hands on a bottle of your favorite booze, and enjoy! And please do remember to drink responsibly. Cheers!