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.
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.
In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, myself and two other bloggers (Kiwi and Talaia) took part in our first ever #TacoTourATL. Over a span of two days, we sampled tacos and cocktails from five Atlanta eateries, and it was just as delicious as it sounds. To give you an idea of where you can spend Cinco de Mayo, or even #TacoTuesday or #TequilaTuesday, I’ve created a superlative-style list featuring the five restaurants we visited on our #TacoTourATL.
For me, simplicity is key when it comes to a great taco. That and a worthy amount of toppings. Trust me, no one likes a dry taco. With that being said, my choice for Best Taco goes to Mezcalito’s Cantina, and their shrimp taco. I loved that Mezcalito’s didn’t skimp on shrimp. Each shrimp taco came with about five large, fried shrimp and a generous helping of jalapeno mayo and cabbage. It was delish. You can also affordably make it a meal by adding rice and beans to any order of two tacos for a total of $10. As far as drinks, Talaia and Kiwi were in absolute looove with their Basil Margarita. I opted for the pomegranate-heavy Pom Rita, which I enjoyed.
Also, I should add that the plantains and cheese dip with chipotle from Mezcalito’s are worthy of at least an honorable mention.
It’s no secret that Atlanta hosts countless food and drink festivals each year. Despite the plethora of fests, this year was my first time attending BaconFest, which was more like a bacon and beer fest. When there’s alcohol and bacon involved, there’s bound to be fun, but I was actually a little taken aback by how much fun I did have at this bacon extravaganza.
There was beer pong, pin the tail on the pig , cooking with candy, and even Dr. Boobies. Beer pong was fun until I failed miserably. Pin the tail on the pig made me realize that the older you get, the less capable you are of handling dizziness. Cooking with candy was absolutely hilarious, and I left with a handbag half-filled with candy. And Dr. Boobies was incorrect with his guess. Nice try though.
In addition to generous servings of freshly-cooked bacon, BaconFest attendees also enjoyed unlimited sips of Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Otra Vez, Summerfest, and Miller Lite. There was tons of bacon on deck, but I wished there were more bacon-y options to choose from. The main, two options for attendees was bacon straight up or a BLT. There was a handful of vendors on hand selling various bacon dishes though. I tried some amazing sriracha-flavored bacon jerky from Jack’s.
Overall, a great time was had and I ate way more bacon (and candy) than I probably should have.
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
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.
Thanks to the addition of downtown Atlanta’s latest eatery, Amalfi 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.