V-Day With Bae: An Atlanta Dinner Guide For All Budgets

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Wine and dine your boo or they’ll shade you.

Every year, couples flock to restaurants across Atlanta, looking to impress their significant other on Valentine’s Day. This particular feat can definitely prove costly, but it certainly doesn’t have to. In addition to their daily specials, a number of restaurants in the city will offer various, wallet-friendly promos for V-Day. 

And if you’re looking to ball out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve also got you covered on that end. 

Dinner & Drinks For Two Under $40

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Lure – Photo via Phase:3

Tin Lizzy’s – Indulge in margaritas and tacos at Tin Lizzy’s this V-Day, which also serves as a #TacoTuesday and #TequilaTuesday hybrid. And if you’re looking to save even more dough on V-Day dinner, sign up for Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Club to save $5 on your next meal. 

Calle Latina – If sangria and tacos are more your speed, Calle Latina offers an amazing special on both items on Tuesdays. You can indulge in sangria for $3 a glass and tacos for only $2 a pop. 

Lure – Alright, enough talk about tacos. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end yet still within budget, Lure is offering a dozen oysters and two glasses of Cava wine for only $20 on Valentine’s Day. Can’t go wrong with bougie on a budget.

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Red White & Brew Returns To The Georgia Aquarium On July 2

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Red White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium was one of a handful of food/drink events I doted on in my “5 Atlanta Food & Drink Festivals You’d Be A Fool To Miss” post a few week backs. Well, this year’s Red White & Brew will take place this weekend on Saturday, July 2, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun event to help in kicking off the holiday weekend.

Red White & Brew attendees will be treated to unlimited sips from the likes of Abita, Terrapin, Sweetwater, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering will also be on hand with their glorious grub. (Fingers crossed for the return of last year’s tater tot bar) You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Georgia Aquarium, during the event.

Tickets for Red White & Brew, which benefits the aquarium’s Sponsored Education Admissions program, teacher development and H20 summer camps), are $65 for nonmembers and $50 for members. This is a pretty popular event, so I highly suggest that you get your tickets ASAP. Hope to see you guys there!

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Whiskies Of The World Brings Its Boozy Expo To Atlanta

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If whiskey was a person, it’d probably be a combination of Rihanna and Ryan Gosling. I can’t quite explain that analogy, but I can assure you that it’s pretty factual. Needless to say, whiskey, as smooth as it is, has arguably the biggest personality of all the spirits.

Last week, I had the opportunity to sample this spirited spirit, and quite a variety of it during the Whiskies of the World expo here in Atlanta. The expo makes stops in a handful of cities each year and brings with it a bevy of whiskies. We’re talking upwards of 200 expressions. It’s heaven for whiskey lovers.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, there’s only so much whiskey I can drink straight up, so after sipping on Glenlivet, Russell’s Reserve, and other potent (though delicious) whiskies during Whiskies of the World, I soon opted for some lighter sips (Crown Royal Apple, a bevy of Bird Dog Whiskey flavors, etc). I was also really hoping to get my hands on a whiskey-based cream liqueur. You know, with it being egg nog season and all, but no such luck.

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Lushworthy In The City: Whiskies Of The World & Highland Restaurant Week

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Atlanta whisky lovers, rejoice! The Whiskies Of The World expo is bringing its annual whisky tasting event to Atlanta this week. During Whiskies Of the World, which will take place on October 23 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to sample “200 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world.” You can also expect food and whisky pairings, whisky masterclasses, whisky and cigar pairings, and more.

Tickets to Whiskies Of The World are available for purchase for $120 (general admission) and $150 (VIP). You can purchase tickets here.

All that whisky drinking is bound to make one eager for a worthy meal. Thankfully, Whiskies Of The World just so happens to take place the same week as Highland Restaurant Week. Highland Restaurant Week began last Saturday, and will end on October 25. During Highland Restaurant Week, well over a dozen restaurants in the Poncey-Highland, Virginia Highland, and Morningside neighborhoods, will offer special prix fixe menus. The prix fixe menus range in price from $10 to $35, so even us budget-friendly folks can take part.

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Vote For Your Favorite “HalloWine” Wine Cocktail!

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Hey folks! So, I’m taking part in a really cool event here in Atlanta on October 30. The event is called HalloWine, and it’s a Halloween-themed wine tasting. Attendees will take part in a guided wine tasting, and then mix and mingle while enjoying a wine cocktail of my creation. Here’s the fun part, I’ve created three wine cocktails and I want you all to vote on your favorite. The wine cocktail with the most votes will be served at HalloWine.

To buy tickets for HalloWine, which will take place at The Wine Shoe in Castleberry Hill, you can visit Eventbrite. Early Bird tickets are currently $40, and will go up to $45 after October 24.

You can vote for your favorite HalloWine wine cocktail, below! I’ve listed the ingredients for each wine cocktail next to its name.

Which HalloWine wine cocktail is your favorite?

“Fall Fright”: Merlot, apple cider, ginger ale, diced apples.
“The Walking Red”: Merlot, cream soda, cinnamon stick.
“Murderous Moscato”: Moscato, lemonade, lemon-lime soda, grenadine.

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Georgia Aquarium To Say So Long To Summer With “Sips Under The Sea” Luau On August 21

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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.

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