If you’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for at least a decade, you’re probably well aware of the swift changes being made to the city. New buildings are finding their place within the Atlanta skyline, every weekend seems to be met with a restaurant opening, and Murder Kroger is now long gone.
I’m not against finding new and exciting places to get my drink on, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to find an authentically Atlantan, good time. So, if you’re struggling to find a bar with a true Atlanta turn up, I’ve compiled a list of my personal, favorites.
The list is lit to say the least.
Jack’s Pizza & Wings – I absolutely LOVE Jack’s. They have some of the cheapest drinks in all of The A. The wings are bomb and I’ve met so many cool/fun/crazy people while late night drinking. Speaking of which, shout out to the random at Jack’s who gave my best friend and I life while snap-dancing to D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Jack’s is one of those places where you’ll be met with random shenanigans nearly any night, and for that I love it.
El Bar– What El Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in pure turn up. Seriously this place is small AF, but also lit AF. It’s almost magical. I take that back, it is magical. With the gentrification of Ponce running rampant, places like El Bar and MJQ have become treasured jewels of turn up.
I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy.
I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!
Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)
1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk
Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.
In the age of capturing the perfect photo, whether it be a sipping selfie or a snap of a craft cocktail, aesthetics are everything. With that being said, KINKY Cocktails has introduced their new, summer-inspired packaging and it’s very easy on the eyes. In heavenly hues of pink, green, and yellow, the package designs for KINKY Cocktails Pink, Summer, and Sunshine are meant to make their fruit-filled, flavor profiles pop.
“We really just wanted to inject a little more of the brand’s personality into the packaging,” Prestige Creative Director, Joanne Campo said in a statement. “We definitely feel that the new packaging captures the naughty nature of the brand while helping us stand out on the shelf.”
And just in time for the sweltering heat of summer, KINKY Cocktails has introduced a new flavor, KINKY Cocktails Sunshine. They’ve also announced the seasonal return of a favorite, KINKY Cocktails Summer.
Get your hands on a six-pack of your KINKY Cocktails flavor of choice for only $7.99, nationwide. Cheers!
The pool party, it’s a summertime staple. But if, like me, you’ve found yourself pool-less and baking in the Southern heat, Scoutmob and the W Downtown Atlanta have teamed up for a deal that is sure to keep you cool. On Saturdays and Sundays this summer, you can purchase a guest pass to WETBAR at the W Downtown Atlanta for $20 (normally $30). In addition to being able to play Marco Polo in the rooftop pool at one of the city’s swankiest hotels, your pass also includes a complimentary cocktail, towel service, and live music.
And we’re not just talking about any live music here, folks. Gritz & Jelly Butter serves as the house band at WETBAR, and they are hands down one of the most sought after bands in The A.
Check out Scoutmob to purchase your WETBAR pool pass. Cheers!
Forget Waffle House, okonomiyaki is how you end a booze-fueled night in The A.
I first came across OK YAKI via a Facebook event page announcing that the pop-up restaurant would be at Atlanta eatery/late night turn-up, Noni’s over the weekend. I was interested off the bat after reading a drool-worthy description for their okonomiyaki, which is a super savory, Japanese pancake made of water, eggs, cabbage, and meat (or tofu).
It’s grilled and then topped with all kind of goodies (Japanese BBQ sauce, mayo, etc). It is DEE-lish-usssss. The pancake has a subtle crunch to it, and is tasty enough to be a standalone item, but the variety of sauces and toppings really make for a memorable dish. The okonomiyaki is big enough to be enjoyed by two, non-starving people, but you also won’t have a problem devouring this bad boy solo.
Also, the ambiance at Noni’s late at night is pretty ideal for enjoying street food from far off lands. You can usually hear the trap tunes blaring from the inside and the outdoor bar is perfect for grabbing a drink either pre or post-okonomiyaki.
You can find OK YAKI and their epic okonomiyaki at Noni’s every Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM – 3 AM.
If you’ve found yourself in a last-minute bind when it comes to a gift for dad this Father’s Day, let the gift of booze be your saving grace. Last week, I took part in a live Tips And Sips video workshop with Maker’s Markin honor of Father’s Day. My favorite part of the workshop was when Pamela Wiznitzer (National President of the United States Bartender’s Guild) showed us how to make two, different Old Fashioneds. I personally love Old Fashioneds, so it was pretty cool learning how to make one from an expert.
And since dads love simplicity, I am hereby declaring the Old Fashioned the official (but mostly unofficial) cocktail of choice for Father’s Day. So, grab yourself a bottle of Maker’s Mark for dad, and check out this Old Fashioned recipe from Pam Wiz.
Pam Wiznitzer’s Old Fashioned
2 parts Maker’s 46
3 dashes bitters of choice (i.e., Angostura or 18.21)
Simple syrup of choice (i.e., cinnamon or tea-infused)
Citrus of choice (orange, lemon or grapefruit)
In a rocks glass, muddle choice of syrup with choice of sliced citrus. Add ice, Maker’s 46 and bitters. Stir and enjoy.