The Atlanta Bars Providing An Authentic Turn Up

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. 

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How To Survive A Visit To A Dive Bar If You’re Hella Bougie

I’m a thirty-something, so I definitely understand the allure of sipping Rose at a sparkly rooftop bar or visiting a chic eatery for a craft cocktail. But at the end of the day, I LOVE DIVE BARS! Why do I love dive bars? Well, there’s a number of tantalizing reasons. Let’s start off with the most frugal: drinks are cheap. There’s usually a solid Happy Hour, and on top of that drinks are usually cheap to begin with. Also, I love shenanigans, And drunken shenanigans have no limit at dive bars.

Sadly, my love for dive bars isn’t as popular among the 30+ crowd. But for those curious, I’ve created a mini guide to help you maneuver your way through just about any dive bar. So, let’s dive right in! (See what I did there?)

Have No Expectations

If you want to expect the best, that’s cool. I like your optimism. But be prepared for shoddy bartenders, “Real Housewives” level drama, and dogs just casually chilling at the bar. (See below for proof of the latter)

Dogs are also #LUSHWORTHY.

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Complex Magazine Lists Atlanta’s 25 Douchiest Bars…Are Any Of Your Favorites Included?

Ouch, if there’s one list you surely don’t want your bar to make it’s “The Douchiest Bars” list. I came across this list late last month and have been meaning to blog about it ever since. I mean, it’s kinda hilarious. And for their latest “Douchiest Bars” list, listed the most douche-worthy bars in the city of Atlanta (where I happen to reside).

I’ve definitely been to a couple of the establishments on the list and I’ve also blogged about a few. I won’t name names, but I was recently at one of the bars listed and their computers were down so they had to make tabs for the entire bar. Needless to say, once computers were back up it took forever for everyone to pay their bill and I ended up being overcharged…not fun. Also, another one of the bars listed completely smelled of throw-up the entire time I was there. Lastly, another bar I visited had bottle service charges that were out of this world. So Complex is definitely spot on with a few places on the list. Here are just a handful of bars featured on “The 25 Douchiest Bars In Atlanta” list and to view the entire list visit

East Side Lounge

Red (At Philips Arena)

Peachtree Tavern

The Ivy


Frank Ski’s Restaurant

Are any of your favorite bars listed? Have you had any douche-worthy experiences at the bars featured on Complex’s list?

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The “Lushworthy Travel” Bucket List: My Picks For The World’s Coolest Beer, Wine & Liquor Destinations

Before I get into my “Lushworthy Travel” Bucket List here’s a bit of a funny story…So I started working on this list about three weeks ago and had it saved as a draft up until now. If you look at the list you’ll see that one of the places I wanted to visit was Cognac, France. And no more than three days after I started working on this list and before I even published it I received an invite to France from Grey Goose! Pretty crazy, right? And yes, I did get to check out Cognac, France.

As much as I love all that’s Lushworthy I’m also really big on travel. I feel like you truly aren’t living unless you’ve had the opportunity to set foot in a few other countries. So you can probably imagine my excitement when I came up with the semi-genius idea of combining both liquor and travel for my “Lushworthy Travel” column. I was checking out My Beautiful Adventures a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved her bucket list (which is mostly travel related). And while randomly checking out reviews on Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica the idea to create my own bucket list consisting of destinations that are beer, wine, or liquor related came to me. With that being said I present to you my “Lushworthy Travel” Bucket List! Oh, and I will be gradually adding on to the list.

The oh so clever “Been There, Done That!” means that is something I have in fact crossed off my list. So far I’ve knocked out two.

La Playita – Isla Verde, Puerto Rico – November 2011

Enjoy an authentic Pina Colada in Puerto Rico. – Been There, Done That!

Visit Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica for numerous Red Stripes and rice with steamed lobster.

Indulge in a “Vertigo Sunset” at Vertigo & Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Bangkok while taking in the amazing view.

Château de Cognac – Cognac, France – July 2012

Go on a distillery free-for-all in Cognac, France. Grey Goose, Hennessy, Camus, Courvoisier, Remy Martin! Cognac, France is clearly a Lushworthy paradise. – Been There, Done That!

Freeze my buns off at the ICEBAR Stockholm. This experience must be immediately followed by a Hot Toddy with extra whiskey.

Take part in a pub crawl in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sip on a Mai Tai beachside in Waikiki while at the Halekulani Hotel, the birthplace of the Mai Tai.

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