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.
Lushworthy history has been made here in Atlanta thanks to the opening of the Old Fourth Distillery. Located on Edgewood Avenue, the distillery is mere blocks away from The King Center, and serves as the city’s first distillery since 1906. Yes, nineteen-friggin’-oh-six.
Old Fourth Distillery has been open for a little while now and they’re finally opening their doors to the public this week. Tours will take place every Thursday at their distillery in Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately though, due to Georgia’s dated liquor laws they’re only allowed to give tour attendees a 0.5 oz sample during tours. But on the plus side, their tours are free, and hopefully in the near future you can grab a craft cocktail made using Old Fourth Distillery spirits from a neighboring bar (think Soundtable, Noni’s, Mother, etc.).
I had the opportunity to attend a media tour at the distillery this week and despite the intimidating machinery there’s a lot of charm to this place. It’s filled with refurbished material: old church pews, granite countertops from an old elementary school, etc. And I have to say it does distill (err, instill) a lot of Atlanta pride.
For more information on the Old Fourth Distillery and details on how you can attend one of their tours, visit Old4th.com or check out their Facebook page.
Oh, and check out a few pics I took at the distillery during the media tour, below.
Every time I attend a beer or liquor festival here in the Atlanta area and proceed to document the festivities on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), I get a lot of responses along the lines of “I can’t believe that was this weekend!” or “Why didn’t you tell me about [insert random booze festival here]?” So, since we’re gradually working our way into booze festival season, I figured I’d help you guys out a bit and list all the Lushworthy festivals I’m aware of. And if you have any festivals you’d like to add, feel free to chime in via the comments section or shoot me an email and I’ll gladly add on to the list. Oh, and FYI, this list only consists of spring/summer festivals.
For the second year in a row, the For A Day Foundation Atlanta, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization committed to children battling cancer and other blood disorders, will host their Cocktails For Kids Annual Fundraiser. The event will take place at 200 Peachtree on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and will cost only $20 per person ($30 at the door).
Here’s a little more info on the event via their Eventbrite ticket page. And I hope to see all my fellow Atlantan’s out sipping for a cause when this event takes place on Tuesday!
“Cocktails for Kids is an annual fundraiser that benefits For a Day Foundation- Atlanta, a 501c3 non-profit that provides therapeutic event programming for children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Our mission is simple; bring a smile to a child’s face, even if that child has not smiled in weeks.This year we are proud to announce an unforgettable evening at 200 Peachtree. There will be a silent and live auction as well as a raffle. Tickets are $20 and they include one drink and tapas! Cash bar also provided. All proceeds from the evening go straight back to the children! To make a donation to For a Day Atlanta or for more information about the foundation, please visit our website at www.ForaDayAtlanta.org.”
Over the weekend, I again had the opportunity to check out Atlanta’s Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The annual cocktail festival, founded by Gary Cobb, first kicked off last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing how the event would fare in its second year. Since there was a fair amount of highs and lows this year, I figured I’d share ‘em with you guys in this blog post. Check ‘em out below.
Wayyy Better Venue – The theme of the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is of course centered around 1920′s speakeasies and that theme was a lot more visible this year at Opera Nightclub than it was at last year’s ginormous Georgia World Congress Center exhibit hall. Opera may be a mega-club, but it also makes for a pretty nice event venue and was a near perfect choice for the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.
More Cocktails – Although it’s called the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, it definitely seemed there was a lack of cocktails last year. Instead, brands were pouring liquor straight and there was also a handful of beer options (and Atlanta’s got plenty of beer festivals). This year, I’m pleased to say that there were a lot more cocktail samples available. Favorite cocktail from the festival? Jim Beam’s “Spiked Apple Cider.” Man, you guys need to get into that! Simple, but friggin’ delicious.
Lack Of Excess – Last year, there was a lot going that really should not have been going on at the festival. There was a car show that was way more “random-old-car-parked-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibit-hall” than it was car show. And the gambling area was entirely too big, which made it look vacant most of the time. They seemed to do away with a lot of the extra stuff this year and it was a wise choice.
With the A3C Hip Hop Festival and last night’s annual Flux Night art party, Atlanta has been absolutely crazy this weekend, but I am in no way complaining. From rooftop parties sponsored by Heineken to music industry panels held in Speakeasy-style bars, I had the opportunity to check out a variety of events over the weekend, but I have to say that my favorite was the Heineken Mural Project VIP party. Held smack dab in the middle of Castleberry Hill during Flux Night, the party took place in a previously abandoned building and included a solar stage powered by Tree Sound Studios and 3 Little Digs.
We arrived at the party just in time to see DJ Maseo of De La Soul spin a few tunes before being treated to a performance from renowned deejay and producer, DJ Premier. And man, did he play some jams! Lot’s of soul and 90′s R&B. He came in with some Aaliyah, switched it up a little with Groove Theory’s “Tell Me,” and then took us back to the 70′s. Pair that with some complimentary ice-cold Heineken and a live art installation courtesy of Heineken Mural Project street artists Chor Boogie, Clogtwo, Inkten, Marka27, Angwy Woebots, and Atlanta’s own Paper Frank, and it was a great night.
I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the murals in person yet, but they did show video projections from each of the mural locations throughout the night and they all looked pretty impressive. For more information on the murals, as well as their locations, visit the Heineken Mural Project website.
Kudos to Mali Hunter and the Retnuh Agency for bringing such a unique experience to Atlanta.