Well, this is certainly a blog post I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be writing. As you all know, Georgia was one of the first states to open back up during the pandemic. My thoughts on that are a whole think piece and not very Lushworthy, so I’ll leave that one alone. The hospitality industry opened up in various stages: from outdoor dining to close to full capacity. I did wait it out a bit, but I eventually did venture out for a good sip and a meal. So, I want to give you all my thoughts on some of my favorites.
Also, I have to absolutely say this, if you find yourself at a bar or restaurant, don’t be an a-hole. It’s a privilege that you’re even being served in the first place, so act accordingly and tip the hell out of your server.
Two Urban Licks
Ahhh, memories. Two Urban Licks was the first restaurant I visited during the pandemic and I’ll say that it’s also the restaurant I’ve felt most safe in thus far. When you first walk in there’s a table where you check in with your reservation (reservations are also highly recommended these days FYI). Your temperature is taken and you’re also informed that masks are required as you make your way through the inside of the restaurant.
Two Urban Licks is huuuge both inside and outside, so distancing is no problem. I will say that the sun hits like a mofo if you’re not under an umbrella, so keep that in mind as we’re still battling it out with summer. While I never indulged in one, Two Urban Licks sells two of their cocktails in fun pouches (think adult Capri Suns). I’m an Old Fashioned lover, and their OF was appropriately boozy and tasty. On the food end, do not pass on their Smoked Salmon Chips.
A speakeasy style bar that was once membership based, 12 Cocktail Bar is by far the most chic destination I’ve visited in recent months. They don’t even have a cocktail menu. It’s just that chic, my friends. Instead of ordering from a menu, you just tell one of their mixologists what you like. I’ve yet to meet a craft cocktail I didn’t enjoy, so I’m okay with being fully surprised. And Jarrett at 12 has come through every time. Continue reading →
There’s a new brew in town and it hails from central Virginia.
To help introduce the good people of Atlanta to the Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the brand is bringing their Devils Backbone Thru Hike series of events to the city this week. Taking place from April 21 to April 27, the week’s events range from a beer dinner to a Pours & S’mores event on Friday (!!!). I’ll list a full schedule of events at the end of this post, but first I feel obliged to tell you guys about the boozy good time I had last weekend during Devils Backbone’s Craft Beer Hike.
After meeting up with fellow media, we were equipped with Devils Backbone fannypacks (yes, you should be jealous) and some snacks, and soon began our journey. We sipped on Cran-Gose (a.k.a my new favorite “brunch beer”) and other DB brews as we traveled to the Tumbling Waters Trail in Ellijay, Georgia via party bus. Given the monstrously mediocre weather we’ve been having here in Atlanta, we lucked out on a really amazing day for our hike. The sun was glistening and it wasn’t too hot.
The hike was super scenic, especially with the waterfall, but after about an hour and 182 photos later, it was clear that we came, we saw, and we conquered. We then boarded our brew-filled party bus and headed to Freight Kitchen & Tap for some Southern-style grub. ‘Twas a good day.
It’s truly a rare treat to witness just how a whiskey you’ve sipped for years is made. Last week, I had the opportunity to do just that, given that I was one of a handful of writers invited to visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I’ve visited distilleries before, but more so on the smaller, local scale, so I was in for quite the treat upon visiting the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The property really is stunning. From their limestone spring that boasts a seemingly limitless supply of spring water to the flames billowing from the staples of wood burned to create charcoal, all of it just looks amazing.
I took a ton of photos while at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, so I wanted to share a few of them with you guys before I recap my Lushworthy adventure at the distillery in a later post.
Our first stop at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery was Cave Spring Hollow where the pure, spring water used to make Jack Daniel’s is found. From there, we trekked to the area where stacks of maple wood are burned to create charcoal for the charcoal mellowing process.