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
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.
I’m pretty sure I’m one of few Atlantans who never had the opportunity to visit Prohibition before it closed months ago (tsk tsk, I know), but it seems as if the bar has been reborn thanks to the newly-opened, Red Phone Booth. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Red Phone Booth serves as a cigar lounge and Prohibition-style bar.
I had the opportunity to visit Red Phone Booth, during a media event earlier this month, and I was immediately impressed by the richness of the space. Lots of deep colors and wood detailing. The space is also filled with a number of cozy, leather couches for your Lushworthy leisure.
During my visit, the mixologists whipped up a number of classic cocktails. I opted for a Caipirinha (in the spirit of the Rio Olympics), a modified whiskey sour, and a Flirtini (don’t ask). I absolutely loved the modified whiskey sour, which was made by master mixologist Bob Ruede. As much as I love a good whiskey sour, I find that a lot of them are usually way too tart, so this cocktail was perfect. As far as the food selection, we were offered a variety of fresh seafood and other bites. Although tasty, I’m hoping their full menu has more of a robust selection.
With news that the new grocery store near Glenwood Ave. has its own beer and wine bar (sup gentrification), I couldn’t help but think of all the other Atlanta establishments that could really benefit from a bar. So, here goes:
Publix: You know what would really make shopping a pleasure? A bar. Publix is obviously wayyy better than Kroger (not up for debate), so I can only imagine how epic a bar inside of Publix would be. BOGO cocktails, chicken tender samples while you turn up, the possibilities are truly endless.
Decatur Library: No need to go crazy here. A simple wine bar will do. Who doesn’t love a good book with a glass of vino?
Five Points Marta Station: Yeah, I’m sure a bar at Five Points Marta Station would do way more harm than good. But it might actually be needed for most commuters. Actually, you know what? Scratch that. How about a mobile bar on all Marta trains? I’m here for it.
The Varsity: They already have the food that drunk people love, so why not offer a brewski with that Yankee Dog with Strings, and other greasy delights.
The Passport Agency On Peachtree Street: I don’t know about you all, but the Atlanta Passport Agency is up there with the DMV. The wait is insanity. And by the time you’re done with it all, a Happy Hour is likely calling your name. And if they were to ever open their own bar, a cutesy, global-themed lounge with sake cocktails, caipirinhas, and other international dranks would be the move.
As the city of Atlanta continues to thrive as a top food and drink destination, the number of food and drink festivals hosted in the city are steadily increasing. I’m definitely not complaining. In fact, at this point I think I can officially add “attending food/drink festivals with the homies” to my list of hobbies. Right next to visiting MJQ bi-yearly and pigging out at Fellini’s.
With my newfound hobby and all, I felt compelled to create a list of my favorite, Atlanta food and drink festivals. Check ’em out below!
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Although the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) is only in its sixth year, it’s fast becoming the G.O.A.T. of Atlanta food and drink festivals. The tasting tents alone have proven to be the it place to see and be seen (and to grub out like there’s no tomorrow). There’s also plenty of knowledge dropped during one of the many seminars and workshops that take place during AFWF.
Atlanta Taco Festival – Trust me, I know that attending a food festival for the first year can be a little scary. There’s about a bazillion things that could go wrong. But I’ve got a really good feeling about the inaugural Atlanta Taco Festival. I mean, we’re talking about tacos here, people! TAHHH-KOESSS. Oh, and if you purchase a VIP pass, there’s also The Lunazul Tequila Experience. A win, win, for sure.
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.