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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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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Recreate The Migos Themed Cocktails Featured At H.O.M.E. By Martell

Martell Cognac, the oldest French Cognac house, threw yet another super Lushworthy, “you-just-had-to-be-there” event in Atlanta. Last week’s H.O.M.E. By Martell event in Atlanta served as one of a series of Martell events that have taken place in cities across the country. Migos rapster, Quavo served as performer for the evening. Additionally, the Atlanta rap trio served as inspiration for the cocktails featured at H.O.M.E.

If you happened to have missed out on the event or just want to recreate the cocktails at home, I took note of the recipes to all the Migos-centric cocktails featured. My personal favorite was the “Bad & Boujee” (pictured above). It reminded me of a cognac-based Old Fashioned, which is one of my go-to cocktails. 

Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Huncho Punch

Martell Blue Swift
Cranberry Syrup
Ginger
Lime Juice

Datway

Martell VSSD
Carrot Juice
Coconut Milk
Simple Syrup
Vanilla
Nutmeg

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Channel Your Cocktail Curiosity With Hendrick’s Gin’s Superbloom Punch

Both cocktail lovers and the curious converged in Atlanta for Hendrick’s Gin’s Surrealist Soiree, late last month. I had the opportunity to check out the intimate event, and in true Hendrick’s fashion, Surrealist Soiree boasted unique talent, tantalizing bites, and of course, amazing and creative craft cocktails.

[Photo: Me sipping on a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail while wearing one of the handmade flower crowns, which were created on site.]

Sipping at #hendricksginatl. 🌷🍸 #LUSHWORTHY #Gin

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One of my favorite sips from the evening was the Superbloom Punch (pictured above). It was a complex, gin-based punch that was quite literally garnished with a garden. I was able to snag a recipe card for the Superbloom Punch, so I can attempt to recreate it at home, and to also share on here with you guys. You can find the full recipe, below. Cheers!

Superbloom Punch

INGREDIENTS

Hendrick’s Gin
Rose Petal Hibiscus Tea
Fresh Lemon Juice
Martini Rosato
Simple Syrup
Sparkling Water
Peychaud’s Bitters
Fresh Raspberries, Blackberries & Edible Flowers

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients over ice in short glass and stir gently. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and edible flowers.

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Jack Daniel’s Is Heading To Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium On October 20 For Art, Beats & Lyrics (RSVP)

This year’s Jack Daniel’s Art, Beats & Lyrics is bound to be epic given that the annual event is set to take place at Atlanta’s newly-opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For those unfamiliar, Art, Beats & Lyrics (ABL) is described as a “traveling urban art and music exhibition” that  “supports visionary artists and musicians who share our values of authenticity, creativity, and individuality.” I’ve attended ABL on several occasions, and it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss.

Click here to RSVP to the Atlanta Art, Beats & Lyrics event, which will take place on October 20 at 7 P.M.

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D’USSE Remixer Combined Booze & Beats To Create The Ultimate Lushworthy Experience

For many, the similarities between music and cocktails may seem minimal at best. But during D’USSE cognac’s intimate D’USSE Remixer event in Atlanta, myself and a handful of others learned firsthand the parallels between booze and beats. 

Before being treated to an intriguing intro to D’USSE courtesy of its creator Michel Casavecchia, we mixed and mingled while sipping on “Jasmine’s Punch.” Serving as the signature cocktail for D’USSE Remixer, “Jasmine’s Punch” was a not-too-sweet combination of D’USSE, St. Germain (my fav!!), pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jasmine tea. It may have looked and sounded dainty, but it packed quite the punch. 

From there, we headed to the studio to meet with producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder (Kendrick Lamar’s “DUCKWORTH,” Jay Z’s “Threat”) to create a remix to Jay Z’s The Black Album track, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Before remixing Hov himself, which I may or may not have struggled with, 9th let us listen to the various components (isolated vocals, vocals with music, etc.) for Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”

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