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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Amalfi Pizza Brings A Slice Of Italy To The A

Amalfi Pizza

Thanks to the addition of downtown Atlanta’s latest eateryAmalfi Pizza, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy a slice of Italy. Amalfi Pizza, which opened weeks ago, sits right above Red Phone Booth, and boasts a menu full of–You guessed it, pizza. With the assistance of two, 6000-pound wood-burning brick ovens, the restaurant slings a little over half a dozen, specialty pizzas. 

During their media event, I had the opportunity to sample the quattro formaggio pizza with Amalfi’s special, ricotta-stuffed crust. I have to admit I was feeling a little Kevin McCallister-like with my very own cheese pizza. It was absolutely delicious though. Size-wise, if you aren’t that hungry, you could easily split a whole pizza with a friend. It’s pretty sizable. I absolutely loved their specialty crust. They don’t skimp on the ricotta, and the fact that it’s house-made is much appreciated. You loyal, quattro formaggio. You loyal.

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