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.
Atlanta whisky lovers, rejoice! The Whiskies Of The Worldexpo 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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t get me wrong, BYOB paint classes are cute and all, but eventually they get kinda been-there-done-that. There’s only so many times you can paint a bottle of wine and a bunch of grapes or a boxy cabin sitting beneath snow-capped mountains. There is good news though for those of you in the Atlanta area. They’re holding another Drank ‘n’ Paintclass in the city this week, January 22 to be exact.
Unlike other boozy paint classes, Drank ‘n’ Paint is a street art painting class. In addition to your admission to the two-hour class you’ll also be able to check out the “Hard In The Paint ATL” art exhibition and partake in a mild turn up during “Snap Or Die,” the official Drank ‘n’ Paint after party.
There are a variety of ticket options for Drank ‘n’ Paint. You’ll have to check out their website for more details on that, but for $30 you’ll receive admission for one to the paint class, art exhibit, after party, and a free specialty cocktail or glass of wine.
Drank ‘n’ Paint begins at 6 PM on January 22 and takes place at Department Store on Edgewood Ave.