It’s not often that you stumble upon a tiki bar while walking through a dimly lit alley in downtown Decatur. Okay, maybe said alley wasn’t that dimly lit, and I was familiar with The SOS Tiki Bar long before stumbling upon it, but you get the idea.
Pina coladas, daiquiris, and other tropics-inspired concoctions are high on my list of favorite cocktails, so I wanted to visit The SOS Tiki Bar as soon as I received word that the bar would be replacing Paper Plane.
Also, they have a daily Happy Hour special, which features various punches, so my enthusiasm was heightened even more. I assumed their Happy Hour punches would feature solely rum, but the punch of the day when I stopped by featured cognac as the main spirit. It was the “Beach Cobbler,” and was made using cognac, sherry, raspberry, lemon, sugar, and soda. I can’t say I was a fan. It wasn’t bad, just not my speed.
I did enjoy their pina colada, which was only $5. FIVE FRIGGIN’ DOLLARS. In case you’re wondering, I felt the need to repeat that price because A) $5 for a real pina colada is pretty insane, and B) The pina coladas at The SOS Tiki Bar were initially $10, but were brought down to $5 back in December. Let’s all go ahead and embrace that win for a moment.
With its $5 pina coladas, rotating Happy Hour, and retro, tiki bar vibe, I’m very much looking forward to my next visit to The SOS Tiki Bar.
It’s Tuesday, folks. And with that being said, I’m sure Happy Hour is much needed for the majority of us. If you happen to live in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and check out Happy Hour at Mi Cocina in Midtown at least once. During their Happy Hour, which takes place Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 PM, you can purchase their Mi Cocina Margarita and Mambo Taxi for only $5.
The Mambo Taxi is made using Sauza Silver Tequila, lime juice, housemade Sangria with Pinot Noir, Brandy, and fruit juices. Yes, my friend, the Mambo Taxi is a margarita/sangria fusion! Shout out to the genius who came up with that combination, because it’s both delicious and potent. I had the opportunity to try one, which quickly turned into two, at a media event recently, and I’m already plotting my next visit to Mi Cocina.
Mi Cocina’s Happy Hour menu also features $5 bites, which consists of Flautas de Pollo, Nachos Locos, and more.
It’s no secret that STK Atlanta can be a little on the pricey side, but if you aren’t planning on going all out with a steak dinner and a bottle of bubbly, then you may be surprised to hear that you can enjoy both cocktails and small bites at an affordable price.
Late last year, the Midtown Atlanta steakhouse launched their B.A.D.A.S.S. specialty cocktail menu. I’m guessing this is the part where you need a little help with that acronym. Well, B.A.D.A.S.S. is an acronym for $7 Belvedere All Day And Saturday, Sunday. Among the Belvedere cocktails featured on STK’s specialty cocktail menu are the Midtown Elixir, Blueberry Collins, and Orange Noir.
I had the opportunity to try the Midtown Elixir and it was both tasty and refreshing. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s a champagne and vodka-based cocktail (one of my favorite boozy combinations). And if you happen to venture outside of STK’s B.A.D.A.S.S. menu then I highly suggest their Strawberry Cobbler cocktail (pictured above). Yeah, it’s $14, but the graham cracker rim is well worth it. The vodka and fresh strawberries too.
In addition to $7 cocktails all day, everyday, STK also offers a $7 Small Bites Menu from 5 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday. In regards to that menu, my favorite is the Lil’ BGR with truffle fries.
Things harder than finding half price specials on craft cocktails: locating a leprechaun and his pot of gold, beating Level 482 on Candy Crush, taking a selfie with Beyonce…You get the point. Needless to say, finding cheap craft cocktails is no easy feat. That’s why I’m a big fan of Whiskey Wednesdays at downtown Decatur eatery, The Pinewood Tippling Room.
Every Wednesday, the restaurant offers their whiskey cocktails, which are normally $10 to $12-ish, at half price. Sometimes this offer does change a bit. They might only feature select whiskeys, but despite any minor stipulations, the cocktails are always half off. And we’re talking about some darn good cocktails too, folks. I can’t speak on the food too much since I haven’t sampled a lot, but the cocktails at The Pinewood are definitely on point.
I’ve clearly been slacking on my Cocktails On The Cheap column, but over the weekend I promised myself I’d bring back Cocktails On The Cheap and also be more consistent with it. Because who doesn’t like cocktails on the cheap? With that being said, I’d like to introduce you all to Tacos & Tequila, a Mexican grill located on Ponce de Leon Ave. (right across from the new Ponce City Market).
And with a name like Tacos & Tequila they’ve got close to a dozen margaritas to choose from. I happened to check out Tacos & Tequila this past Friday with my dad. We were told the drink specials and to my surprise, they happened to have a drink special that lasted all day. Now unless I’ve been living under a Lushworthy rock all these years, there are few restaurants that offer drink specials that last all day on Fridays.
The special for Friday was the Texas Margarita for $5.99. On the Tacos & Tequila website, the Texas Margarita is described as being made with Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, and citrus liqueur, but I’m about 99.9 percent sure our bartender used Herradura Tequila in my margarita. That would of course make this an even more amazing Happy Hour special.
Thanks to the March premiere of the newest season of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men” it seems like everyone’s gone “Mad Men” crazy these days. Banana Republic released a line of clothing inspired by the show and there’s of course a ton of “Mad Men” inspired cocktails. One Atlanta bar that’s created a unique cocktail based on the show is Park 75 Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta.
For the entire month of June, Park 75 will be serving up their “Park 75 Old Fashioned” which is made using Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and house-made bitters and is served over mesquite smoked ice garnished with a twist of orange. And yes, you read that correctly…mesquite smoked ice! I absolutely love the creativity Park 75 is giving us with these specialty cocktails.
The “Park 75 Old Fashioned” will be available everyday in June from 5-7 p.m. for only $6 and can be paired with the lounge’s $2 Mesquite-Smoked Brisket Sliders.