Miracle Atlanta: The Holiday Pop-Up Bar You HAVE To Visit

Returning to Atlanta for its second year is Miracle On Monroe, the holiday pop-up bar that’s as cheery as it is Lushworthy. From the tabletops covered in wrapping paper to the Christmas lights that fill nearly every inch of the ceiling, this place oozes holiday spirit, but in a good way. In addition to its original location off of Monroe Drive (next to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema), Miracle now has a second location: Miracle Two The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. I’ve yet to visit the new location in Buckhead, but I can say that the Monroe spot is super cozy, in space and feel.

As far as booze, Miracle features several signature cocktails ($12) and shots ($5). My personal favorites were the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r” and “Christmapolitan.” A clear ode to the Die Hard franchise, the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r” was a pleasantly sippable combination of Barbados rum, cachaca, overproof rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat, and pineapple. And with additions like cranberry sauce and rosemary, the Christmapolitan (pictured above) was festive both visually and taste-wise. Shots are available in “Naughty” (cinnamon and bourbon) or “Nice” (rum, peppermint, and chocolate). 

Both Miracle On Monroe and Miracle Two The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will be open until December 24. 

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Forget A Kroger: 5 Atlanta Establishments That Really Need A Bar

Five Points Bar

Picture By Creative Loafing

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.

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Five Reasons Why Mac’s Club Deuce In Miami Beach Is The Move

Mac's Club DeuceI haven’t been back in Atlanta more than 24 hours yet and already I’m eager to share the details of my recent trip to Miami. Miami (South Beach in particular) is a pretty popular tourist spot. So, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the hoity-toity mega-clubs and sidewalk cafes that charge you well over 30 bucks for a margarita with two gallons of ice plopped into it. Although I do have to admit that I did indulge in one over-priced, sidewalk margarita. What can I say? I just can’t avoid the allure of numerous, neon-hued straws.

Anywho, while taking the South Beach Food Tour (also “the move”) our tour guide pointed out a well-known, Miami Beach dive bar called Mac’s Club Deuce. She revealed that it was a favorite of Anthony Bourdain, and at that point I knew it was a place I had to check out before the end of my trip. Unfortunately, I waited until my last night on Miami Beach to check out this divey jewel, and here’s a few reasons why my visit to Mac’s Club Deuce was pretty damn amazing.

Cheap, Strong Drinks – You’re more likely to come across a three-legged unicorn than you are a cheap drink on South Beach. Thankfully though, the drinks at Mac’s Club Deuce are both affordable and potent. I switched between a Manhattan and Guinness the night I was there. The Manhattan was made using Maker’s Mark and was only $9 and the bottle of Guinness was $6.

Shenanigans – No good dive bar is complete without a surplus of shenanigans. So, here are just a few randomly hilarious and/or interesting moments I witnessed.

  1. A man riding his bike around the pool table.
  2. Two, Atlanta chicks hovering over the jukebox, singing loudly to Incubus and Outkast. And yes, I was one of them.
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Lushworthy Travel: One Night At Aruba’s The Sopranos Piano Bar

A couple of months ago I took a week long trip to Aruba and to be honest with you aside from constantly hitting up the pool bar during Happy Hour, I didn’t have the opportunity to take part in too many Lushworthy activities. Thankfully though, I was able to check out The Sopranos Piano Bar which is part of a chain of bars that’s well-known for featuring pianists that’ll sing just about any tune you can throw at ’em.

“Espresso Martini” at The Sopranos Piano Bar in Aruba.

We were in Aruba during low-season so aside from myself and my two cousins there were only about 10 people in the bar and I’m pretty sure that at least seven of them were completely wasted. We grabbed a cozy, circular booth on the porch area and browsed through the drink menu while listening to pianist Steve Savage play everything from “Gangster’s Paradise” to “Margaritaville.”  I do feel like The Sopranos Piano Bar is one of those places where it’s a little more exciting when there’s more people, but Savage and his piano were pretty entertaining.

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